Book Reviews, News, On Writing

My Top Twenty Favorite Books for 2014

Some people celebrate the new year with parties, good food, and dancing.  That’s fun, but I also like to look back at all the books I’ve read during the past year.  Whoa, did I really read that many? (Sorry, I only posted reviews on the ones I enjoyed most.)  2014 has been a very good year for reading, with lots of amazing books by both new and established authors.  I tried to pick just ten, but I couldn’t.  Here are my top twenty favorites of 2014 (not in any particular order):

1.   Mile 21 – Sarah Dunster (Women’s contemporary fiction)

2. Flora and Ulysses – Kate DiCamillo (Chrildren’s)

3. The Tale of Despereaux – Kate DiCamillo (Children’s)

4. The Alloy of Law – Brandon Sandersen (Fantasy)

5. Dogsbody – Diane Wynne Jones (YA Fantasy)

6. The Wee Free Men – Terry Pratchett (Middle Grade Fantasy)

7. Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy – L.A. Meyer (YA Adventure)

8. Curse of the Blue Tattoo:  Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady – L.A. Meyer (YA Adventure)

9. Black Ice – Becca Fitzpatrick (Romantic Thriller)

10. Choices of the Heart – Laurie Alice Eakes (Historical Romance)

11. Eleanor – Johnny Worthen (YA Fantasy)

12. Cesar’s Way:  The Natural, Everyday Guide to Understanding and Correcting Common Dog Problems – Cesar Millan (Nonfiction)

13. Cress – Marissa Meyer – (YA Fantasy)

14. The Humming Room – Ellen Potter – (Middle Grade Contemporary)

15.  Drops of Gold – Sarah M. Eden – (Regency Romance)

16.  The Rithmatist – Brandon Sandersen  (YA Fantasy)

17. Shadows – Robin McKinley (YA Fantasy)

18. On the Fence – Kasie West (YA Contemporary Romance)

19. The Distance Between Us – Kasie West (YA Contemporary Romance)

20. A Hat Full of Sky – Terry Pratchett (Middle Grade Fantasy)

I recommend all these books, and I hope you enjoy them.  Happy New Year.  And now, Rocky wants a walk!


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