Whilst I definitely didn’t read as much as I usually do in 2014, there were many amazing books that I did read. This year has felt like one massive reading slump, but each of the books featured on this list captured my heart and I’ve been recommending them non-stop since reading them.
Vendetta by Catherine Doyle
Out on 1st January, this is the most recent edition to my list. Vendetta is Catherine Doyle’s debut novel and I’ve read many books by well-established authors that I didn’t love half as much as I loved Vendetta! It’s thrilling and adventurous – I couldn’t put it down!
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I love all of Rainbow Rowell’s books so I couldn’t miss Landline out of my list! I read it at a very special time and all of Rainbow Rowell’s books are like a big, warm hug. It’s hard not to fall in love with every word!
A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
I am OBSESSED with this series! I’ve started to watch the TV series, but I much prefer the books. I’ve now read the second and third books, which I loved even more. Incredible!
Have a Little Faith by Candy Harper
Candy Harper never fails to make me laugh. I read the two Faith books earlier in the year and I love them! They’re the funniest books I’ve read in a long time and so easy to read. I’d recommend them to anyone!
Starring Kitty by Keris Stainton
Wow! This book amazed me when I read it – it has LGBT, feminism and diverse characters. I fell head over heels in love with it!
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
I don’t think I’ve spoken about The Virgin Suicides on the blog yet, but I have a few times on my YouTube channel. Whilst it’s primarily targeted at adults, I think this book has a huge crossover appeal and I’d love to see more teenagers reading it. It’s a haunting read that will stay with you for a long time after you’ve finished it.
Winger by Andrew Smith
Winger is a truly original novel that portrays teenage life and experience perfectly. It even has cartoon images that I adored when reading it! READ IT, READ IT, READ IT.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Although this book is hated by many, I was one of the people who loved it. Even though it was written over 60 years ago, it’s still very current a bookish rite of passage! Definitely worth reading at least once during your lifetime.
Trouble by Non Pratt
Trouble is a brilliant book all about teenage pregnancy! Non isn’t afraid to tackle subjects that many authors shy away from and I can’t wait to read more from her in 2015!
Solitaire by Alice Oseman
And now for my favourite book of the year… Solitaire! My review of Solitaire is the easiest review I’ve ever written and I will not rest until I get everyone to read it. It’s phenomenal and I haven’t seen a bad review for it in the five or so months since its release.
Holly27 December, 2014 at 7:14 am
So curious to read Vendetta – I have such a dislike for Romeo and Juliet but really like the sound of this take on the story.
Completely agree with you on Landline – it’s in my top 2 of the year.
Merry Christmas xx
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Kyra27 December, 2014 at 9:32 am
Vendetta sounds AMAZING, as well as Landline! These books look really good and I’m glad you enjoyed them! Hope you had a lovely Christmas, Lucy! x
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Charlotte27 December, 2014 at 9:48 am
Wow, great choice of books. I love Game Of Thrones too, I’m on the last book but I don’t want it to end because that means waiting!
Chrissi Reads27 December, 2014 at 11:32 am
Sounds like you’ve had an amazing reading year despite the slumps Lucy! I will have to pick up a copy of Winger. It sounds great!
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Sophie27 December, 2014 at 3:37 pm
I loved Solitaire, Winger and Trouble as well! I’m hoping to read The Virgin Suicides in 2015 – I’m aiming to read a lot more in the way of classics and adult literary fiction. Great picks!
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Cassie (Happy Book Lovers)27 December, 2014 at 11:53 pm
I just got an ARC of Solitaire (it’s not released yet in the States), and I cannot wait to read it! I’m so glad to see you love it! I may try and read it really soon then!
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Emma Luxton29 December, 2014 at 12:28 am
Ooh you’ve made me want to buy them all! I think I might check out Solitaire though, it’s hard to ignore when someone really loves a book, I feel like i have to read it!
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Rachel @ Booktastic Reviews30 December, 2014 at 11:24 am
I’ve only read one book from your list and that is Trouble. I quite enjoyed it but not as much as you, I don’t think. Anyway, I’ve got a feeling I need to read more of the books you’ve mentioned as you regard them so highly!
Happy New Year for tomorrow, Lucy! 😀
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prettybooks31 December, 2014 at 2:36 pm
Super list, Lucy! A lot of those are on my TBR… hopefully in 2015!
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Rita @ Weaving Pages2 January, 2015 at 5:24 pm
Okay, I NEED to read Vendetta!! I’ve heard so many things including that there ARE FIVE BROTHERS?!!! I’m reading it. hands down. Solitaire is on my TBR pile, so I must get round to it soon. Love this list, Lucy!
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Lucy Powrie2 January, 2015 at 7:15 pm
Vendetta is AMAZING, Rita! Think you’ll love it! Solitaire is also equally as amazing!