I read quite a bit in 2014…During that time I discovered some new authors and genres that I’d like to share with you all. Here are my top 5 books of 2014:
- Saga (Graphic Novel, Volumes 1-4) by Brian K.Vaughn and Fiona Staples – This was the first graphic novel series I’ve ever read and it is AMAZING! Not only is the storyline intriguing, but the art work is incredible. Simply put, Saga is about a family that is on the run. Alana and Marko come from different sides of warring planets. They decide to abandon the war effort and focus their energies on their child, Hazel. Their daughter, the narrator of the entire series, is considered to be an abomination. Therefore, the entire family is being hunted. Saga is often referred to as a sci-fi Romeo and Juliet sort of story…I know, I know, it sounds crazy but trust me, it is well worth the hype.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – I read this book in a day…Although she is the daughter of a single mother, Cadence Sinclair has everything she could ever want. Every summer she and her mother escape to her grandparents’ private island where she spends most of her time with her cousins. She typically looks forward to summers, until something strange happens and changes the way Cadence views herself, her family, and their fortune. I am being a bit ambiguous because anymore information than that will ruin the book for you…Just trust me, it’s worth the read.
- Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas – This fast-paced YA thriller is a must read. Basically, it is a story about a group of friends/teens who go on vacation together to Aruba for Spring Break. They are having an amazing time until their friend Elise is murdered. The crazy thing is that the police are convinced that Anna, Elise’s best friend, is the murderer although they have very little evidence. Of course, drama ensues as Anna struggles to clear her name, and finds which friends are really on her side.
- Dark Places by Gillian Flynn – This book was crazy! It starts off a little slow, but is amazing nonetheless. The main character, Libby Day, was seven years old when her brother murdered her entire family. The narrative picks up with Libby’s life as an adult. Her trust fund is running low, and she needs to find a way to make money. When she is contacted by a group called the Kill Club, a group of people who are obsessed with murders and murderers, she figures out that she can get paid to simply talk about her family’s tragedy. However, the Kill Club begins to convince Libby that perhaps her brother didn’t actually kill her family. She begins to question what she always thought she knew for certain and begins to do some research. You’d be amazed by what she finds.
- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – This was an incredibly endearing story about an interracial Chinese-American family and their struggles with race, acceptance and guilt. Early on in the narrative you find out that the middle daughter (Lydia) is dead, and both her parents and her siblings struggle to deal with such a disastrous reality. Lydia was her parents’ pride and joy, she was the child that was supposed to live out the American Dream. Lydia’s death pretty much shatters the already teetering family, and many of their secrets quickly rise to the surface. A must read!
I’ve linked these titles to Amazon, but you can also find them in Target, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million. Please let me know if you decide to read any. Also keep in mind that if you aren’t sure you want to commit to buying a particular book, remember that you can download a sample to see if you like it before purchasing.
My goal for this year is to read 75 books…Wish me luck! Lol…I hope you all have a fabulous weekend! xx