Monday, December 22, 2014

8 Best Books We've Read in 2014

It's that time of year where everyone recaps everything. But seriously, one of the best things about being in the YA community is that we get to share what we love with others.  That said, Adventures in YA Publishing is proud to present our own list of Top Ten of 2014! This awesome event is originally hosted on Two Chicks on Books!


As I've been saying all over twitter and other websites, my favourite of 2014 hands down is I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, I even included it in the Thanksgiving post! I am honestly in love with this book, and everything about it and I will definitely be re-reading it in the new year. If you haven't read it yet, please go do so! The writing is lyrical, the plot is superb, and the sibling relationship is beyond magical.


My favorite book of 2014 is COMPULSION, by our own Martina Boone. The writing is lyrical and descriptive and the characters are so well drawn – each flawed in their own way – that I felt like I knew them -- that I was sitting in Pru’s kitchen in Watson Landon with Barrie and Eight. If that wasn’t enough, there’s a heady romance, a page turning mystery, a fresh and intriguing fantasy world, and a protagonist that I cheered for from the very first page. I highly recommend it!


Because I’m always ridiculously behind on my towering TBR pile, the best book I read in 2014 wasn’t actually published in 2014. I finally read ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell, and it was definitely one of those ‘I forgot to eat and sleep’ books. I loved everything about it - the characters, their relationship, the 80s nostalgia that took me back to my childhood. And then that ending. It made me ugly cry, but in the best possible way, and any book that can do that instantly becomes a favorite.


Okay, my favorite book of 2014 is obviously COMPULSION, because it's mine and that's like having a child. But the best book has to be a tie between BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE and DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS. Not only does the writing of both Maggie Stiefvater and Laini Taylor get more exquisite with every book, but the concepts in both these books are so beautifully mind-boggling that they blew me away.

That's a taste of what we loved reading this year. What about you? 


  1. The only one I've read (currently reading) is Compulsion (which is AWESOME!). I'll put these others on my wish list.
    Wishing you all the best over the holidays and for 2015!!

    1. Thank you, Jemi! I am sending you a big, fat, squishy hug for that! XO

      Happy holidays and much love,


  2. I'm happy to nominate Linda Phillips' book, CRAZY as one of my fans for 2014!

    1. Wasn't that completely AWESOME? Linda did a fabulous job and I'm so thrilled for her! XO

  3. That was supposed to be "fav" not "fan"--although I'm that too!

  4. Hmmmm. Such a hard question. I think my favorite YA this year was What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman. But I think Crazy, nominated by Carol Baldwin, is right up there. But then I haven't read Compulsion yet.

    1. I haven't read that one yet, Rosi, but I'm adding it to my list right now. I have read Compulsion though! XO

  5. Hi Martina, will be adding all these books to my TBR list. Compulsion will go on top :)
    Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to you!


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