Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#AMonthofFaves: Top 10 (or 12) Books that Blew My Mind in 2014!


As "off" as I felt in 2014 at times, looking back over the year, there were some books that impacted me in big ways. Whether it was a heartrending story or a tome so full of fun I wanted to shout from the rooftops. Without further ado...the best of 2014. 

Today we're linking up with Top Ten Tuesday!

I know. I'm a cheater. This is 12 books. Now, let's move on. ;) 

Looking over the list, it is noteworthy that nearly half of my favorites this year were written by authors of color. I did make it a goal to read more diversely in 2014, and while I felt adrift at times, unable to do anything but read in a "free range" manner, I still managed to increase the number of POC authors on my list. It was a fantastic experience. It was an enriching experience. It's one I hope to duplicate, and even increase, in 2015. 

It seems this was also the year of opposites. On the one hand, books like Ruby and Beloved were damn near physically painful to read. They broke my heart and made me bawl like a baby. On the other side, there were books like Cinnamon and Gunpowder and Seconds that were so much fun I ate them up like candy and couldn't wait to share them with anyone who would listen. 

As much as I've complained about not feeling like my readerly self this year, it was a damn good year of reading. I hope you're finding the same as you look back over your own list. 






25 comments:

  1. You read some tough books this year - Beloved and Bastard Out of Carolina are brutal but excellent. I loved The Namesake. My best-ofs turned out to be almost all women writers but not many women of color.

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  2. I need to check out Bastard of Carolina...you and Shannon have been talking about it...plus, I love the title! I couldn't get through Spoiled Brats...I love the message he's sending, just couldn't wrap my head around some of his story constructs. I got about halfway through before putting it down, but will try to come back to it over the holidays.

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  3. I love these lists! Must read Bastard Out of Carolina next year...

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  4. My wish list is groaning. I've only read one of those books - Spoiled Brats - and I loved it!

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  5. So many great books on this list and absolutely none that I have read yet! Gunpowder and Cinnamon is on my TBR as well as Spoiled Brats and Patrick Rothfuss's books. I want to read Ruby but I'm scared. I don't want to be heartbroken!

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  6. I loved Beloved and Smoke Gets in Your Eyes this year, too. I still need to read Spoiled Brats!

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  7. There are some books in that list that I'm dying to read like The Diviners and The Name of the Wind! It frustrates me a bit to realize how many books I'm still missing. Well, we got a lifetime ahead (I hope), but I fear I'll never be able to catch up.

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  8. You have a few on my TBR list and now that you loved them so I have to get to them in 2015. Like The Namsake. It will fit perfectly with my D.O.T.S. reading challenge too. So it's a 2015 must. Love that you are adding more POC to you 2015 goals. You should sign up for the D.O.T.S. 2015 reading challenge http://littlepocketbooks.blogspot.com/2014/12/diversity-on-shelf-2015.html There are quarterly giveaways too.

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  9. Ruby. Indeed. That's on my list too! And The Name of the Wind was awesome too! Those were some great books you read!

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  10. And my wishlist just got so very much longer!

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  11. Great list! The only one I have read is Beloved, and it was for my 12th grade English class, so I didn't really enjoy it the way I probably would now (all the over-analyzing and such). I'm quite due for a re-read.

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  12. 12 books is a good problem! I had trouble coming up with 10 and even included one I haven't quite finished yet. SHAMEFUL!!! Sounds like I NEED to read Ruby.

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  13. What a wonderful year of reading! Beloved is my absolute favorite book (I think I've read it three or four times), and I'm so glad to see you enjoyed it as well. :) Best of luck with your 2015 reading!

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  14. YAY for diverse reading, and so many of those reads ending up on your best of list!

    Also, how did you make such a beautiful graphic? I want one!

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  15. Beloved is a wonderful book, but painful to read. I read it many years ago, and it made a deep impression on me.

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  16. I so feel you about this being a year of opposites! My most read genre is one I "clain" not to like and my "best books of the year" list is almost half filled with emotionally tough books which I usually avoid at all costs!

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  17. It's so easy to feel like I haven't read a good book in FOREVER whenever I get slumpy, but looking back like this helps. Love seeing Spoiled Brats and Bastard Out of Carolina (which was fantastic) on your list!

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  18. Oh, how I hated Beloved. Hated it. Totally.

    Sorry, I still love you.

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  19. I just should've cheated too ;)

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  20. I'm with Bellezza on Beloved, though, to be fair, it was assigned reading in high school and I try not to form my final opinions of a book based on an assignment. There are some other titles here I've been eying (I don't think I've read any but Enchanted), so off to grow my TBR list. Bastard Out of Carolina is calling to me...

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  21. This is the second top list where I haven't read any of the picks! Makes it easy to add to the TBR.

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  22. Name of the Wind blew my mind completely away. One of the best adult fantasy novels that I have read in a long time. Was absolutely great that I brought the second and devour it in like 2 days. Now I'm patiently waiting for Mr. Rothfuss to come out with book 3. I hope he doesn't decide that there is no need to continue with this series because that would make my rather bum. By the way, great article and book choices.

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  23. I cheated too. And Ruby made my list because I went with twelve, so obviously that needed to happen.

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  24. I think that blend of books is what keeps us going!

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  25. I am not at all surprised that Ruby made your list ;)

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