The best of the best!
Stand alone/first graphic novel:
2013 was a really bad reading year for me. I seriously thought that I may never enjoy reading like I used to again.
But then 2014 opened with the powerful The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski and I never looked back. (The Winner’s Crime – book #2 is on this list because I read it this year but it doesn’t come out until 201- but it blew me away so it’s here.)
I let a lot of series go in 2014. I quit reading ones I wasn’t enjoying but only continued out of guilt or some misguided sense that I “made it this far so…” but a few of my favorites delivered. Banishing the Dark was a fantastic conclusion to the Arcadia Bell series, Murder of Crows - oh how I love this series, Magic Breaks was a game changer and Isla and the Happily Ever After, although quite different from Anna and Lola was delightful.
I stopped reading based on OMG THIS IS THE BEST BOOK EVER twitter hype. That never goes well for me. I picked what appealed to me – and let the other stuff go.
I read a LOT of novellas and that pulled me right out of my reading funk. I also stuck to lighter books. I am seriously over angst filled stories. I’ll probably come back to them at some point but I needed a break.
The majority of my picks, with a few exceptions of course, were just plain FUN or romantic. I found that that’s exactly what I needed to be reading this year. I wanted an escape. I didn’t really care if it was a deep, life changing read.
Courtney Milan's Talk Sweetly to Me was so darn adorable, Laura Florand can do no wrong IMO, Nyrae Dawn delivered a powerful and timely story with Rush. I discovered Ruthie Knox ( Truly) and Megan Erickson (Make it Count), Heidi Cullinan (Fever Pitch), and graphic novels - The Graveyard Book.
Shocker - I enjoyed quite a few of the New Adult titles offered in 2014. Mostly the less angsty ones but it gives me hope that the genre to expand a little for those of us looking for something different.
AND…..I did it! I made it to my goal of 200 books read in 2014!!
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