Hello everyone! Are you ready for a new year? I’m not quite. 2013 was a pretty rough year for me- a lot of things happened (some good, some bad) and I feel like I need about 2 months of limbo before I am ready to face another year.
Sadly, that will not happen, so I just have to dive right in!
To start off 2014, here is a list of books that I read this year that were my favorites:
The Woodlands (YA dystopian): An original take on the YA dystopian genre. I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did, but I am extremely pleased I was able to read it.
The Wall (YA dystopian): Continuing from The Woodlands, The Wall follows Rosa and her friends as they try to cave out new lives away from the wall. I’ve never read a YA book that has the elements present in this book. The characters seem realistic, and it feels like it could be real- unlike many YA dystopia books.
Divergent (YA dystopian): This series has been around for a while, but I just started reading it this year. I actually haven’t reviewed it on the blog yet. It is kind of a typical YA dystopian story, but it has enough of a twist to separate it from the competition. I didn’t quite like it as well as The Hunger Games or The Woodlands, but it was one of the best books I read this year.
Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker (historical fiction): This historical novel was thoroughly researched and amazingly well-written. I may never write as well as Jennifer Chiaverini, but it’s definitely something to work toward.
World War Z (thriller/sci-fi): This book felt so real to me, I literally looked for zombies out of my window and would not have been that surprised if they were there.
The Most Powerful Women in the Middle Ages (non-fiction): This book is short, but I loved the down-to-earth way the authors wrote about these incredible women from history and how they managed to rule in a world dominated by men.
A Storm of Swords (true fantasy): A Song of Ice and Fire is an interesting series; I like the concept and the rich universe, but I do get bored by how long everything is. I think A Storm of Swords is the best one in the series so far.
Getting Prepared : Surviving Emergencies Without Stress (non-fiction): If you are into emergency preparation and preparing for disasters of any kind, this book is incredibly helpful. It has all the info you need to practically prepare without going full apocalypse.
Hatchet (YA): I liked this book and its discussion of surviving alone in the woods.
Spoiled (YA): This book was by far the funniest one I read this year. Every page had something that made me chuckle, smile, or laugh out loud. Spoiled rich girls in LA with The Fug Girl’s sharp wit? What else could you ask for?
Messy (YA): The same goes for this book as the above. It is a continuation of Spoiled.
How to Write Good (non-fiction): This small book offers a look at writing that I can get behind. I love the motivations presented in this book to just write- no matter what.
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer (non-fiction): This year, my baby Bo was born, and without this book, I think I would have gone insane. Gentle guidance for establishing routine with your baby is the core concept of this book.