Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To.

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Here is my list of the books that came out in 2014 that I didn’t read but really want to. Quite a mix but they all look so good!

  1. Inferno – Dan Brown
  2. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer
  3. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves –  Karen Joy Fowler
  4. Us – David Nicholls
  5. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North
  6. The Seafront Tea Rooms – Vanessa Greene
  7. A Week in Paris – Rachel Hore
  8. The Poppy Factory – Liz Trenow
  9. The Far Side of the Sun – Kate Furnivall
  10. Serenity: Leaves on the Wind: 4 – Zack Whedon

Hoping I will make a dent in this list in 2015! Too many books, not enough time.

‘The Final Empire’ – Brandon Sanderson

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Where to begin. Wow. Just wow. I love this book. A friend recommended it to me just after Christmas and told me to buy the box set. She was so confident that I would love it that she said she would buy it off of me if I didn’t. Of course, that didn’t happen because I fell in love with this book and it is now one of my favourites of all time!

The Final Empire is the first in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy. It tells the story of Kelsier, the Survivor of Hathsin, who is hired to start a rebellion against the Final Empire. It also follows Vin, a new recruit, who learns she is a Mistborn and powerful Allomancer like Kelsier. The story is brilliant, it is gripping and once you start you don’t want to stop. You get invested in the characters and root for them and the fall of the Final Empire. The Allomancy is really interesting too and Vin’s training with Kelsier is one (of many) of my favourite bits. This was my first real fantasy read and it has opened a can of worms. I have so many more I want to read now that I have discovered this genre.

There are so many great characters but Vin and Kelsier and my favourite and my ship. I was rooting for them throughout the book. They have such a great relationship. Kelsier teaches Vin how to trust again.

The ending almost killed me. No one warned me how emotional it would make me but I am warning you. The ending is… Just be prepared. This is a must read. I could ramble about it forever but I honestly cannot recommend it enough. My first Brandon Sanderson novel but by no means my last.

2015 Reading List

New Year, new list. 🙂 I like to make a list of books I have to read so I can keep track of what I’m reading and still have to. You get the sense of achievement from crossing books off of the list. 😀 This year I already have so many to read. Here are a few that I am most looking forward to…

The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson
The Book Thief – Markus  Zusak
Unraveling – Elizabeth Norris
The Flight of the Silvers – Daniel Price
A Dance of Cloaks – David Dalglish
Elantris – Brandon Sanderson

What’s on your to read list?

Favourite Reads of 2014

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I have been really rubbish updating this year and it is my New Year’s resolution to fix that and update more frequently! I read so many books, but I am going to try and post them all this year.

A few of the books I read in 2014 that have stayed with me are: –

Divergent – Veronica Roth

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The Maze Runner – James Dashner

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The Girl With All The Gifts – M. R. Carey

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The Fault In Our Stars – John Green

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The Prisoner of Heaven – Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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What were your best reads of 2014?

‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ – M. R. Carey

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I received this as a gift and had never heard of it before but I was hooked from the start. The story follows the character of Melanie, a young girl who has classes most days and loves to learn. The difference is that she is strapped to a chair and locked in a cell when she isn’t in class. Melanie is a zombie and studying her and a group of similar children is the only hope of finding a cure.

It is a brilliant read; really thought provoking. I really felt for Melanie, she is just a little girl who loves to learn and doesn’t understand, at first, why people are so afraid of her. I don’t want to spoil it but she turns out to be the strongest character in the book. You won’t be able to put this down. I couldn’t. Give it a try.

‘The Bunker Diary’ – Kevin Brooks

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This was definitely an interesting read. I had to read it for my uni course and it’s not something that I would have normally chosen but in a way I am glad that I did.

There is a lot of controversy surrounding this book. It won the Carnegie Medal in 2014 which recognises an outstanding book for children or young adults. Many people have questioned whether it should have won as it is depressing and sinister and maybe too dark for a child. The author has argued that children should be aware that life doesn’t always have a happy ending but childhood is a time of innocence and books are a form of escapism so I’m not sure I agree.

The Bunker Diary is told from the point of view of a teenage old boy called Linus. He has been kidnapped and put into a bunker by a man he tries to help thinking he was blind. The book follows what happens to him in the bunker. I found I couldn’t put this down despite the sinister nature and how unpleasant it could be. You want to know why he is there, who put him there and whether he will be found or escape.

Without spoiling it I will just say that I didn’t like the ending,  although I wasn’t suprised by it considering all the stories in the news about it. It was a good read but left me wishing for me at the end. Worth a read.

‘The Maze Runner’ – James Dashner

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I decided to read this one after being invited to see the new film adaptation of the same name. It appealed to me as it is similar to the Hunger Games and Divergent, two other great series. It follows the story of Thomas. A big who wakes up in a lift to find himself in a strange place remembering only his name and nothing else. He soon discovers the only way out is to figure out the maze and find an exit which the others have been doing for two years to no avail.

I found this gripping and finished it in a couple of days. Although it was slow to start it picked up and I really wanted to know how it ended. The ending, like in most series, is open and paves way for the sequel which I will eventually get round to reading.

The film adaptation was different and quite a bit was changed but it was still really good and I would recommend it. They are also filming the sequel ‘The Scorch Trials’, for release next year.