Hey guys! In honor of the year being halfway over, I have decided to share my best reads of the year so far. Having graduated college this past December, my time for reading opened up tremendously! As a result, I have discovered some great titles, some of them popular, others not quite discovered.
#7. City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare
However, it is ranked #7 for the sheer fact that, while I was pulled into it, the series has not wowed me yet. Is that bad? I can't explain why, because I know others are smitten by it. I just haven't developed the same love I have for other series. Will definitely read the next books, though.
#6. Larkspur, by V.M. Jaskiernia
There was a lot of beauty to this story. Pierre is a very deep character, and I found my feelings about him mixed. It was short lived (only sixty pages), and seemed to end just as it was getting good. But not to worry! The longer sequel is set to come out within the next couple of weeks. I know I'm definitely looking forward to it.
#5. The Great Gatsby, by Ella Fitzgerald
If I would have never heard of the Great Gatsby and someone told me about it, I would shrugged it off as "not my kind of book." But when actually reading it, I found myself enthralled. Not only has it been one of my favorite reads this year, it has been my quickest. I finished this in less than a day.
I know some would say that, as a classic, it should be my number one. But my ratings are based off of how much I enjoyed the book. That's why this literary masterpiece is ranked #5.
#4. Violin, by Anne Rice
I don't know if I've ever been more thoroughly surprised by a novel. I first read Anne Rice my first semester of college, and fell in love with Interview with a Vampire. Since then I have been seeking her name out in every book store I go to.
From the description and the picture, I expected a classic Anne Rice novel; scary, sexy, with plenty of dark, twisted action. I was shocked to instead find a rich literary novel. Violin follows the story of Triana and Stephan, two souls bound together by sorrow and their love for music. It has a very steady pace, delving deep within the minds of the two main characters, who are trying desperately to move on from their pasts and find happiness.
That being said, you have to enjoy literary fiction to love this as much as I did. The emphasis is on the characters and the words; not the action.
#3. House, by Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker
Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker are truly a lethal combination. I couldn't tell whose writing it was, nor did I care, I was so enticed by the story.
Lost with no phone. Trapped in a house that seems to not want it's inhabitants to escape. Being hunted by a psychotic killer.
Seriously, what more could you want in a thriller?
#2. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
It is a dystopian fiction following the main character Offred, who has been taken, along with several other women, to become a "handmaid." In a world where children are scarce, handmaids are assigned to aspiring couples desperately wanting to have children. The abuse these handmaids go through is horrific. I was gasping with every page, thinking, "Surely this will get better. Surely there has to be some way out . . ."
I can't believe I didn't read Margaret Atwood sooner. A seriously stunning work.
#1. The Diviners, by Libba Bray
How do I express my love for this book? Libba Bray is truly a master storyteller. The Diviners is a historical, supernatural thriller set in the 1920s. Out of all I have read, this is the one I most didn't want to leave. Mystery, thrill, a truly terrifying villain, and a heroine who, though flawed, is entirely relatable. Don't let the length scare you off. This is a truly incredible book, written by a marvelous author. It was the perfect novel to bring me from college assigned material, back into the world of reading for fun. It took me weeks to get myself out of that world. Can't wait for the sequel!
So those are my top seven books so far this year. I will end the year with my top seven overall.
What are the best books you've read so far in 2014?