Nat’s Top 10: Books Published in 2014

As you probably know, I was a book blogger for a while, and old habits die hard. 2014 was something else entirely for me. Reading, like I’ve said before, is my shelter, so the books I choose tend to be important. I read a lot of books this year, and I wanted to share my Top 10. These books were published this year, and each of them was amazing in its own way. I hope you like my list, and that some of your books coincide with mine!


10. Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

This is book 5 from the Bloodlines series. Last book ended with quite the cliffhanger and Richelle worked it out better than I thought. Something amazing happened.*starry eyes* (I still wonder how I didn’t see that one coming). This one also ended with a cliffhanger, so I guess that’s her style! (I should have gotten used to this a while ago *shrugs*). I started reading the Vampire Academy series last year and I couldn’t believe how good it was! Now Bloodlines is about to end and I will miss the characters! I can’t wait for what’s next for them.

9. The One by Kiera Cass

I waited a while for this one. I hoped for this ending, I really did, and I’m so happy about how it ended! It was all I wanted and more. America really evolved as a character during the trilogy, and Maxon did as well. This book almost made me cry for a while there. I care so much about these characters and when Kiera said there would be more books, I couldn’t be happier. I want more Selection books ASAP. (I will reread these books soon!)

8. Split Second by Kasie West

Pivot Point was one of my favorite surprises ever since one of my Twitter friends recommended it to me. Ever since I read it, I couldn’t wait for Split Second. When it came out, I had to have it… and it was worth it! The plot was as good as the first one (and as desperating) and the ending was satisfying. This book was different, and I want more like it!

7. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

I read Miss Peregrine’s and this one, one after the other and really fast! This book was desperating, and intriguing and amazing and Ransom Riggs is a genius! I definitely love the “realistic” touch the photographs give it! I hope the movie can do these books the justice they deserve, because I would hate it if they did.

6. Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

This book. You can’t understand how much I love this trilogy. I love Perry and Aria and Roar and how they met! I suffered while reading this book, and I smiled and I laughed and then I was anxious for it to end but then I didn’t want it to ever stop. I didn’t expect how much I would love books like this one, until I read them. I hope you read them and love them as much as I did. 🙂

5. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

People, Cassandra Clare is a genius! She could tie two storylines with this book, and still has room for more. Cassie’s Shadowhunter Chronicles are some of my favorite books. I loved how she worked everything out, how she tied all the loose ends! (The ones she left loose were left on purpose for the next books! :D) Personally, I love everything related to Magnus Bane…! I can’t say anything else because I will definitely drop a spoiler and I don’t want to 🙂

4. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The only flaw I could find with this book was the lack of Percy and Annabeth’s POV. Everything else? Flawless. Reyna’s trip to PR (which I loved!), Nico’s evolution as a character, Leo’s journey, even Jason! Ooh, and the ending. I suspected it would happen, but I wanted more. I. Wanted. MORE. I hope Rick’s new series features Annabeth, even a little. I mean… he’s her cousin… right? Now, I loved this book and I read it really fast, and then I regretted reading it that fast, since I waited too long for this to end.

3. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

I usually don’t like entirely cheesy stories, but Stephanie Perkins’ books are my weakness! Now… I didn’t know what to expect with Isla. I listened to the audiobook and I instantly felt in sync with her character, with her strengths and her weaknesses. I am glad to have met Isla. Isla and Josh’s story was so cute, and then there were cameos from Anna, Lola, Etienne and the gang! Seriously, I fell in love with both of them and I wouldn’t have it any other way with them. It was perfect. *starry eyes*

2. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

Ooh, someone give me some water and a fan because this one was hot! I loved this book, not just for the sexy times *wink, wink*, but for how much Juliette evolved during this trilogy. Seriously, she was this weak character that couldn’t defend herself, and now she is this amazing leader! Now, about those sexy times… Tahereh can write them right!! I couldn’t stop squealing and jumping from sheer happiness! *cough* chapter 55 *cough* I will always love the Shatter Me trilogy. Every single one of you should read it. 😉

Now, for #1. Can you guess what it is? I bet you can, if you read my tweets and saw my Instagrams… or were just close to me on the waiting period.

#1 is… The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin!!!

I waited 2 years for this book. Two. Damn. Years, and they were so worth it! Incredibly, it was better than I expected. I didn’t know what Michelle would do, I just knew it would be amazing, and she managed to surprise me. There they were, the answers I had been waiting for all along! The last book had ended on a note that had left me speechless for a while, and then I couldn’t stop talking about it, and recommending the book to everyone so my friends could read it and suffer as much as I did. (Bookworm love, I guess!) I will most definitely not tell you how it ended so you can die- I mean, read it and then tell me what you think. I really hope you love it as much as I did. The Mara Dyer trilogy has been my absolute favorite for a while. (and it probably will always be. Thanks, Michelle.)

Honorable mentions!

These were two amazing books that I read this year and that were almost on my list. Lizzie is there because… well, it’s Lizzie Bennet and I could listen to her, read her story or watch her videos forever. Positive is here because Paige Rawl’s story is inspiring and I wish more people could be touched by her words. I hope her story will be read by people for years, and that they learn from her.

Guest Blog Post: Grow Up and Read Some YA

Hello, there!! Inertial Confinement agreed to write a guest post for our blog here. It’s about YA, and the impression everyone has about it. How it is not mature enough, blah blah blah. I must say I agree with it wholeheartedly! 🙂

Let’s all welcome our friend here, and please share your opinion!

*Nat


We’re all adults here, so let’s get serious. We need to have a serious discussion. We need to read some serious literature, then open up some serious dialogue to guide our minds in a more serious direction. Did I mention we’re being adults here? And that we’re serious? Not just serious. Seriously serious. Put your serious faces on. I’m serious. 

I’m convinced this is what it means to be growing up. Becoming an adult.

Seriously, grow up! Stop laughing! Try and be a little more mature!

Having now reached that good old age of you-should-be-embarrassed-to-be-caught-in-the-YA-section-of-a-bookstore-and-for-heaven’s-sake-do-something-about-your-hair-what-is-wrong-with-you, I am now realizing some of the literature I am reading is considered “Young Adult.”

I can’t tell you for sure how much YA I read as a young person because when I was a young person, I read just to read. I read books that blew my mind. I read books I didn’t fully comprehend or relate to. I read books that changed my perspective on my view of life. I read literary fiction. I read science fiction. I read romance. It did not occur to me there were books I was supposed to be reading, and books that I shouldn’t read. I often read books without even checking the genre first because books were wonderful and stories were wonderful and I was a reader of books. Not just books–I was a reader of books, magazines, recipes, poetry, manuals, and backs of cereal boxes.

But then there comes a day when you decide to log onto the internet and your whole blissful ignorance is shattered. Dun, dun, dun. There are books that are considered “trash” and there are books that are considered “serious.”

Do you want to be considered serious? Are you a mature adult? Well, then, you need some serious literature! Hurry! Pick up your copy of Swann’s Way and take a number so you, too, can be on the path to becoming a Serious Adult™!

Sometimes I wonder if the word “serious” will cease to have any serious meaning now-a-days because it’s seriously being thrown all over the place.

What makes a book “serious” anyway? Who sets these standards? And why did I ever let myself think I wanted to meet these serious standards? And seriously, I probably should do something with my hair.

But you know what? I’m about to let you all in on a little secret. My favorite part about becoming an adult was when I stopped becoming an adult. Becoming an adult is a transition that never ends. Becoming. Becoming. Becoming. Wait, when did I get old?

It’s too confined. It’s restricted. And what exactly is the prize when you reach the end? I think Neil Gaiman drove this point home in his novel, The Ocean at the End of the Lane: 

“Adults follow paths. Children explore. Adults are content to walk the same way, hundreds of times, or thousands; perhaps it never occurs to adults to step off the paths, to creep beneath rhododendrons, to find the spaces between fences. I was a child, which meant that I knew a dozen different ways of getting out of our property and into the lane, ways that would not involve walking down our drive.”

I’m done walking down the drive. I’m tired of all these proverbial paths. I’m done becoming an adult. I’m ready to end this transition and just be.

Perhaps nobody who catches me in the YA section of my local bookstore will ever take me seriously. Ruth Graham sure won’t. [See Graham’s article on Slate: AGAINST YA (http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2014/06/against_ya_adults_should_be_embarrassed_to_read_children_s_books.html) ] But why should I care what book snobs think of me anyway? As the Indigo Girls would say, “I spent four years prostrate to the higher mind / Got my paper and I was free.” Yes, I just quoted Indigo Girls. Yes, I still expect you to take me seriously. Or not. I’m really not so sure anymore.

I enjoy reading, and I will continue to read what I enjoy and while reading for my own enjoyment, I will read what suits my mood, whether it be the lectures of Richard Feynman, the newest Murakami novel, or some random book I happened to pick up in the section marketed toward Young Adults.

And if you find yourself braving the YA section of your local bookstore among the more sophisticated folk, you can arm yourself with this relevant C.S Lewis quote I’m about to drop like it’s hot:

“Critics who treat “adult” as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

In other words, if you’re avoiding YA because you’re an Adult™, you really need to grow up.

FUN QUESTION TIME: Have you ever been embarrassed about what you read? What do you think of the process of “becoming an adult”? What makes an adult?


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