Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Random Thursday: Books to Read in 2014...

The topic Lin & Katrin and I have for you guys is possibly my favourite of the year:

You guys have no idea what you're in for. I am all about the books. (I'm guessing you'll be getting a long post from Katrin, too!) For those of you who don't know, I have another entire blog devoted to the topic called Backlist Books, so if you want EVEN MORE bookish ramblings, go check it out. For the rest of you, here's the short list:

2014 Releases:

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

I am in love with Rowell's writing. Eleanor & Park and Fangirl were two of my favourite books of 2013, so I cannot wait to read this new one!

2.  The Veronica Mars Book

Not only are we getting a Veronica Mars movie in 2014, but we're getting the first of two Veronica Mars books. It's going to be awesome!

3. The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

I read the first two books in the Shades of London series this year (The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath) and even though I didn't dig the second book as much, I still can't wait to find out what happens in book 3!

4. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
Like Rainbow Rowell, I am a huge fan of Quick's writing style. So far I've only read The Silver Linings Playbook, but I can't wait to read more!

5. Unremembered by Jessica Brody

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.

Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories
period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world. - Goodreads

6. The Naturals #2 by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 This is like a YA cross between The Mentalist and Criminal Minds. I read the first book (The Naturals) this year and I'm intrigued to find out where she takes the series.

7. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

This book could go either way, but if it works, it'll be awesome. It's about a girl who starts writing letters to dead musicians for a school writing assignment. But once she gets going, she keeps going. She tells them all about her life. Hopefully this'll be a unique format for telling a story.

8. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

I've heard lots about this book from other bloggers, and after checking it out, I get why. First line of the synopsis: "What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you? " (from Goodreads). Definitely one to watch for 2014!

9. Daughter of Chaos by Jen McConnel

Witches must choose the path they will follow, and Darlena Agara is no exception. She’s been putting it off long enough, and in her case, ignoring it has not made it go away. In a moment of frustration, Darlena chooses to follow Red Magic, figuring she had outsmarted the powers that be, since there’s no such thing as Red Magic. But alas, Darlena’s wrong (again) and she becomes a newly declared Red Witch. - Goodreads
10. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.
- Goodreads

Does that not sound AWESOME??

TBR Pile:

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

I have been hearing so much about this series lately. I just HAVE TO KNOW.

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The wonderful Martha sent me this book for Christmas and I'm so looking forward to it! Everyone I know who has read it has loved it. And there's a movie version coming out soon!

3. Outpost & Horde by Ann Aguirre

I read the first book in this series (Enclave) at the end of my Xmas vacation. It was kind of like a cross between The Hunger Games, that movie 12 Monkeys and The Walking Dead. Quite well-conceived for a post-plague anti-society book. A bit more believable than some of the dystpian books I've read (*ahem* Divergent *ahem*) and with more likeable characters.

4. The Calling & The Rising by Kelley Armstrong

The Gathering, the first book in the Darkness Rising trilogy, I devoured in a day. Super easy read, but actually very well written and with an engaging, suspenseful story. Also it's set like an hour's drive from one of the towns I went to high school in, so it's cool to revisit in my head. Great if you like YA supernatural adventure.

5. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

I started this one over Christmas and stopped because, though it's beautifully written, it was just a bit too heavy for the holidays. I fully intend to get back to it this year though.

6. The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen

Katrin recommended this series to me, and I've read about the first 100 pages of this book - excellent so far. It's a scandanavian crime thriller about a detective who's shunted off into a new department called Department Q - mostly because no one wants to deal with him. But I believe he ends up solving some pretty big cases, much to everyone's suprise. Kind of reminds me of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson and The Harry Bosch books by Michael Connelly.

7. The Night Circus by Erin Mogenstern

Another Christmas gift - this one and Submarine were sent to me by the lovely Katrin, who, among her other many, many virtues, has amazing taste in books. I love, love, love the way this book is written. It creates such amazingly beautiful mental images, and the story is intriguing!

8. Submarine by Joe Dunthorne

Katrin told me that this is a lot like the Adrian Mole series by Sue Townsend, which I read as a kid. So far it does bear striking resemblance, so if you were a fan... this might be your next great read! Also, recommended by Katrin. So, you know.

9. The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow by Rita Leganski

Another one I've started but not finished. If you liked The Night Circus, this'll probably be up your alley - they both have a magical realism feel to the writing and story elements. This one is about a boy who doesn't speak, but can hear everything happening around him - even the voices of the dead. I like the writing style particularly.

10. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack

I know, I know, I have to read this. Immediately.

Okay, that's my very, very long list! What's on yours? Link up and share!


  1. You have so many good picks! I'd really like to read Enclave, especially after being so disappointed with the second and third Divergent books. I'm so glad you like your Christmas books!!!

    1. Yeah, the Divergent series was a major let-down. And someone spoiled Allegiant for me (I had my suspicions, but didn't really want to know for sure), so that combined with not liking Insurgent... yeah, I haven't gotten to it yet. I plan to, but in the meantime Enclave was much better. Dude, I was so spoiled by you guys! I am so excited to get into all my Xmas books. Thank you!! :)

  2. Hehe, I am glad you trust my taste! :) I trust yours so I will definitely put all your books on my reading list. I wish my post would have been longer but I am having serious computer troubles. I had to borrow a laptop to catch up on blogs, mine is getting fixed. Looks like a stupid damn virus! Have fun reading,you rock!

    1. You're one of my go-to people for book recommendations! Ugh, that sucks about your computer. Nothing worse than computer trouble. It makes me feel so lost and lonely when I don't have one! I hope it gets fixed soon!


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