I’ve pretty much rambled about that book to everyone who will listen, and it was a really easy choice for my favorite book of the year. It’s a perfect geek love story, and I’ll continue to prattle about it until someone tells me to shut up.
I did love a lot of other books this year too though, most of which ended up as Best of the Month selections on BookRiot.
So here they are, my ten favorite books released in 2014.
Note, this isn’t to say I didn’t read other, equally awesome books this year that weren’t released in 2014. I did. Those favorites include September Girls by Bennett Madison, Under the Empyrean Sky by Chuck Wendig, Relativity by Cristin Bishara, The Sound of Us by Ashley Poston… the list goes on. Those guys are a great start though.
And when it comes to book series… well, you can read my latest list over on The Huffington Post. The conclusions to Susan Dennard and Kat Zhang’s trilogies brought the tears. I adored all of those.
Now then, let’s do this!
1. GUY IN REAL LIFE (Steve Brezenoff): You know what, let’s just not do this again. See above, and see my ramblings over on BookRiot. I give my books away to friends that visit all the time, but this hardcover will never leave my bookshelf.
Favorite book of the year.
2. LOCK-IN (John Scalzi): I breezed through the first half of Lock-In in a single evening. An incredible book with a unique, stunning plot. I rambled about it here on BookRiot, so I’ll spare you the cut-and-paste.
It’s a must-read, whether you like sci-fi or not. You’ll adore this novel. Can’t wait for the inevitable TV show.
3. STATION ELEVEN (Emily St. John Mandel): This book left me absolutely haunted and emotionally drained… and I loved every moment of it.
A novel about the apocalypse that takes place before and after it happens, this National Book Award nominated novel might have been the most heart-wrenching book I’ve read all year.
If I had to pick my favorite book for adults this year, this would be the one. As opposed to YA, which would go to G.I.R.L.
4. BLIGHTBORN (Chuck Wendig): I picked up both of Wendig’s YA novels before I zipped off on vacation, I read the first book (Under the Ephamrapn Sky) and the sequel, Blightborn, in two days.
If Chuck was to ever offer a course in world building… man, I would take it like, three times. I mean, just look at the cover. That world pictured there is fully realized, and man, is it ever beautiful. I can’t wait for the third and final book in this series. I need it now.
5. GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE (Andrew Smith): How do you even classify this book? How? Someone please tell me because I can’t.
Actually you know what? Here. Let me try.
Nope. Can’t. Just read this. It’s unique, hilarious, and incredibly heartfelt.
6. SEKRET (Lindsay Smith): I’m sorry, I just love YA writers who share my last name. It’s a thing, I guess.
This surprise YA novel is unlike anything you’ve ever read. Spies. Mind control. The KGB vs. the CIA. The world is rich and the setting is incredible.
I’ve got an ARC of the sequel, and I can’t wait to read it over the holidays.
7. IN A HANDFUL OF DUST (Mindy McGinnis): Without a Drop to Drink was one of the most surprising reads I’ve ever had. I picked it up on a whim, spotting it for $1.99 on the ol’ Kindle, and just LOVED it.
McGinnis sure does know how to gut her readers with her prose, and I welcomed giving her my tears with the sequel to that first book. I hope they have made her stronger, more powerful.
8. BURN OUT (Kristi Helvig): I do this weird thing when a new author follows me on Twitter. If they are fun, engaging, interesting, and if I can, I’ll pre-order their book. Kristi has a knack for sharing advice and talking about awesome reads, so I pre-ordered her debut. And it blew me away.
She was kind enough to blurb my debut YA novel, and let me tell you, that was a thrill for me. Her epic science fiction novel is fantastic, and I can’t wait for the series to continue.
9. TALKER 25 (Joshua McCune): Fact. When my pal Preeti tells me I need to read a book, that means I seriously need to read it, and I should stop whatever I’m doing and pick that book up right away. This was one of those recs, and my goodness, what a story. Dragons. Dystopia. Romance.
Gah. This novel blew my mind, and I can’t wait for more in the series.
10. World of Trouble (Ben H. Winters): OH NO. I’m talking about a book I worked on at Quirk Books! Please don’t send me to book jail, you guys. Please.
One of the greatest thrills of working at Quirk has been marketing Ben’s amazing trilogy. The Last Policeman is one of my favorite books we’ve done, and the conclusion to his epic, World of Trouble… man, he just nailed it.
I cried a lot. I laughed a lot. I smiled really hard. So very proud of this author. Great work, Ben.
And that’s it! Though I’m sure I missed a book or two that I loved just as much as these guys. It’s hard to choose, especially when you read like, 100 books in a single year.
What were some of YOUR favorite reads, you guys? Give me something to read over the holiday break.