I tried to keep this as concise as I could when it came to my favourite books of 2014. There are many that have kept me entertained, and that I’d hope you’d enjoy as well! I picked my top 3, but I’ll include a list of others at the bottom of the post! We’d love to hear what your favourite reads were this year!
#1 – The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
Anyone that has encountered me at any point since August, has quickly figured out that I’m most likely going to recommend (and by recommend I clearly mean berate you) to read this book. David Mitchell is the author of ‘Cloud Atlas’ which was made into a movie a few years ago. The movie was panned by critics, and not a lot of people actually enjoyed it, or the book. They found it too confusing.
I’ll be honest that when I first saw The Bone Clocks at my local bookstore, I was intrigued. It sat there for a few weeks, and each time I noticed it, it kept telling me to read it. So I did. And there’s a reason why it’s number one on my list this year.
Mitchell weaves a fantastic story that focuses on reincarnation vs. eternal life, that spans 60 years, and multiple countries. Holly Skyes is the main character, who you first meet in 1984 when she is 16, and has just discovered that her best friend is sleeping with her boyfriend, and she hates her family.
As the book catches its wave and rides it to the end, we meet a strange collection of characters who play central roles in Holly’s life, and help shape the woman she grows to become. It’s a riveting book that keeps you wanting more, and once you finish it, no book afterwards is ever the same.
#2 – The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Here is another book that I’ve held quite close to my heart this year. I stumbled across it in early July, on recommendation from a customer in the same store where I was shopping. She’d seen an interview with Emma Watson earlier that day, who had been going on and on about this new book, and how she’d already signed on to direct (or produce, I cannot remember) AND act in it. I was intrigued to say the least. I picked it up, and had finished it within a day, craving more.
Kelsea Glynn is quite honestly an ordinary girl, who is the heir to the Tearling Crown. Her mother put Kelsea into hiding when she was still a child, and ultimately, Kelsea’s mother was killed so that the Red Queen can rule the land.
What captured my attention most in the story, besides the fantastic plotlines, is the fact that Kelsea is extremely ordinary. She’s not the most beautiful maiden in the land (that was her mother), nor is she the thinnest. She has no idea how to rule her kingdom, despite her caretakers attempting to teach her everything they could… And most importantly of all? Kelsea does not have a love interest (At least so far, there are two more books to come)! This is ground breaking, and potentially why Johansen’s book has a 3.8 star rating on Good Reads. This book is without a doubt a fantastic read, especially for any person who feels that they need to define themselves by the love that they receive from others.
#3 – The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
This was one book I honestly didn’t expect to like as much as I did. I was lucky enough to meet Kenneth Oppel in September at an event for HarperCollins Canada. I’d heard a bit about both his DarkWing and His Dark Endeavours series’, but neither really struck my interest.
When Kenneth took the stage to start talking about his book, I was sold. Here was a man who’d taken actual historical data about the creation of the Canadian National Railway, capitalized on famous names present at the time the last spike was driven in (and when the train set out on her journey) – Such as Sir Sanford Flemming – and created wonderful characters to act out his beautiful story.
Through these characters, we follow a murder as The Boundless continues on her maiden voyage across Canada. There’s a bit of love, and lots of adventure sprinkled throughout the book, making it a great read for all ages. Oppel uses well placed bits of Canadian folklore to give the story a slightly supernatural edge to it, and he also has a travelling circus aboard as well. It’s funny and enjoyable, and adds just the right amount of history and adventure, to be a fantastic.
Now of course there are many books that (sadly) did not make my top three list this year. In no particular order they are: Crazy Town – The Rob Ford Story (Robyn Doolittle); Silver Shadows – Book 5 in the Bloodlines series (Richelle Mead); Don’t Look Back (Jennifer Armentrout); Sea of Shadows (Kelley Armstrong); The Rosie Effect (Graeme Simsion); Horrorstor (Grady Hendrix); Burying Water (K.A. Tucker); The Book of Life (Deborah Harkness); The Silkworm – Book 2 in the Cormoran Strike series (Robert Gailbraith/J.K Rowling); City of Heavenly Fire – Book 6 in The Mortal Instruments series (Cassandra Clare)