2014 Top Ten

2014 Top Ten

So after last week’s Top Ten Tuesday, where I featured my favourite science fiction books of 2014, my initial idea was to make separate Top Ten lists featuring my go-to genres. And then I figured that would just get tiresome for you all to read, so change of plans!

Here is first of all my overall top 10 for 2014. It was incredibly hard to put together, as I read so many amazing books this year. Many more 4 and 5 stars than last year (in 2013, when 3-star-average books seemed to reign…). I can recommend all these books wholeheartedly!

Harry Potter China Mountain Zhang Daughter of Smoke & Bone The Bone Clocks Rebecca

Top Ten of Books Read In 2014

  1. Harry Potter(series) by J.K. Rowling
  2. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  3. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  4. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  5. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  6. Krabat by Otfried Preussler
  7. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  8. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  9. Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
  10. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa

Krabat More Than This The Miseducation of Cameron Post Hogfather Revenge

And now, here are all my genre Top Tens for 2014 together.

Classics

This year, like previous years, the classics I read counted towards the Classics Club Challenge. I really enjoy this challenge! And looking back, I read quite a few amazing classics this year.

Rebecca The Woman in the Dunes To Kill a Mockingbird

  1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  2. The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. Maurice by E.M. Forster
  5. The Odyssey by Homer
  6. Japanese Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Rampo Edogawa
  7. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  8. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  9. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  10. Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima

Fantasy

Honestly I never seek out fantasy on purpose, but I always end up reading quite a few books in the genre. I am currently rereading all of Harry Potter, so the first place was easy to fill in (Harry Potter will have a special place in my heart until the end of times). But even besides that I read quite a few good fantasy novels! Some may not actually be strictly fantasy but I’ll include them here anyway.

Harry Potter Daughter of Smoke & Bone The Bone Clocks

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
  2. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
  3. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  4. Krabat by Otfried Preußler
  5. The Odyssey by Homer
  6. Princess Princess by Katie O’Neill
  7. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  8. The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
  9. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  10. Pantomime by Laura Lam

Japanese Literature

I love Japanese literature as you all know, and couldn’t leave this ‘genre’ out. I read a lot of Japanese literature this year and really enjoyed most of it. But still, in the end I only gave 5 stars to Revenge

Revenge Harmony The Woman in the Dunes

  1. Revenge by Yoko Ogawa
  2. Harmony by Project Itoh
  3. The Woman in the Dunes by Kōbō Abe
  4. Restaurant of Love Regained by Ito Ogawa
  5. Hardboiled & Hard Luck by Banana Yoshimoto
  6. The Goddess Chronicle by Natsuo Kirino
  7. Japanese Tales of Mystery & Imagination by Rampo Edogawa
  8. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
  9. Forbidden Colors by Yukio Mishima
  10. Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino

LGBT+

This year I participated in a few LGBT+ related challenges 🙂 Mostly focused on YA, but I also read some adult books. So here’s my top ten for this ‘genre’ (lots of crossover with other genres)!

China Mountain Zhang More Than This The Miseducation of Cameron Post

  1. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  2. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  3. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  4. How to Repair a Mechanical Heart by J.C. Lillis
  5. Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
  6. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  7. Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
  8. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  9. Maurice by E.M. Forster
  10. Pantomime by Laura Lam

Science Fiction

I actually read more science fiction this year than I expected! The Sci-fi & Fantasy MOOC I followed earlier this year helped, although I did not enjoy that many of the sci-fi classics we were told to read (and I had to skip two that I was looking forward to: Ursula LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness and Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother). It was difficult to create a top 3, especially, because the first three books on my list were equally amazing.

China Mountain Zhang More Than This The Martian Chronicles

  1. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
  2. More Than This by Patrick Ness
  3. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  4. Harmony by Project Itoh
  5. Fortunately, the Milk . . . by Neil Gaiman
  6. The Country of the Blind by H.G. Wells
  7. Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  8. Lonely Hearts Killer by Tomoyuki Hoshino
  9. Adaptation by Malinda Lo
  10. The Aunt Paradox by Chris Dolley

2 thoughts on “2014 Top Ten

  1. I cannot wait to read Ness and Taylor! I read one book from Ness and really enjoyed it, so I am stoked. Same for Rebecca, I got it as a gift but still haven’t read it so it’s about time I start! 🙂
    I head a lot about To Kill A Mockingbird as well, must get on that!
    And yayayayayay Harry 😀 <3
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