I'll be honest and say I didn't get to read as much as I would have liked this year. It has kinda left a bit of a blue feeling in my reader's soul. Life has just gotten too big right now to be able to sit down and read whenever I want. I think I'll take a page from my friend Madeline and start counting down the days until school is finished. Then I will immediately take a few days off and read to my heart's content. My soul will be happy and all will be right in the world.
You know I couldn't possibly make one big post with my top ten reads of the year, right? What fun would that be? This post begins the countdown to number one....so here's my favorite reads of 2014, Part 1: Ten through Five.
10. Archetype by M. D. Waters
I took a chance on a genre I normally don't read and was pleasantly surprised. A woman wakes up in a hospital not remembering who she is, but keeps having strange dreams about a man who is not the one visiting her and calling her his wife. Futuristic fiction.
9. Goodnight June by Sarah Jio
I do enjoy Sarah Jio's novels. I think I've read every one! This one especially grabbed me because it's all about bookstores, reading, and a childhood built by books. I recommend Sarah Jio to anyone who likes contemporary women's fiction with a dash of romance and a bit of history. Always enjoyable and perfect for vacations.
8. First Impressions by Charlie Lovett
Oh Charlie Lovett. A new favorite author. This was such fun to read. Did Jane Austen take the idea of Pride and Prejudice from someone else? What?! If this is true, just how valuable would that proof be in the world of rare books today? A literary mystery that is perfect for a summer's day on the front porch. But if you want to read it in the winter, please do.
7. Green Rider by Kristin Britain
The first book in the Green Rider series. I finally read it and promptly bought the next two in the series. A strong female character, magic, evil, a kingdom in danger--great fantasy for all ages. Oh--and a pretty awesome horse, too.
6. A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
2014 was the year I first read Maeve Binchy. And I thought to myself, "Girl, why did you wait so long?!" A lovely novel about the people who gather for a week at a small Irish hotel and make some pretty important life decisions. A great cast of characters, and heck--it's set in Ireland. How can you not love this?
5. The Wedding Bees by Sarah-Kate Lynch
A queen bee named Queen Elizabeth. Honey. New York City. Magic. Love at first sight. Sarah-Kate Lynch needs to write faster. I love her stuff! Magical realism in the realm of Sarah Addison-Allen and Alice Hoffman. You too will become obsessed with bees, hives, and urban beekeeping.
Only four more to go! All will be revealed in a few days.....
What are your favorite reads of 2014?