It’s that time of year again, the time of year when we all look back upon the last year of our lives and assess what we accomplished and what we learned and what mistakes we made. While sitting on my floor and looking at my bookshelves, I immediately knew which books I had to include in this Best of 2014: Books post. These are all books that consumed me at one point or another over the past year, books that took a bullet right to my heart and inspired me in one way or another. Let’s get started.
- Graduates In Wonderland by Jessica Pan and Rachel Kapelke-Dale: Two best friends who make a pact the night before their college graduation that they will keep in touch after they graduate no matter what. That means weekly emails that span across countries as Rachel moves to New York City and then Paris and as Jess moves from Beijing and then to Melbourne. When I finished this book, I quite honestly felt like I should just call them up for coffee because I legitimately felt like we were friends. They are two of the most entertaining and captivating writers I have come across, and their story is a memorable look at friendship and entering the real world.
- City Of Glass by Cassandra Clare: In 2014, I discovered the author that is Cassandra Clare and quickly proceeded to read every single book she’s ever published. City Of Glass, Book 3 of The Mortal Instruments series, was my favorite book of hers as it felt like I was living in a TV series and each chapter was a different episode. (And what do you know, the series is actually going to be a TV show!) It’s entirely too complicated to explain the plot line in this post, but I seriously recommend that you pick yourself up a copy of one of Clare’s masterpieces.
- Orange Is The New Black by Piper Kerman: You’ve probably heard of the Netflix show, but you probably haven’t heard that it is based on a book. Orange Is The New Black is Kerman’s real life recollection of her time in a women’s prison in Connecticut, and it is pretty much guaranteed that you will end up as her number one cheerleader, rooting her on from the sidelines as she stumbles her way through a 15-month sentence.
- Attachments by Rainbow Rowell: Attachments is told through a string of emails between two best friends, Beth and Jennifer, who work for the same newspaper. (A string of emails that is illegal according to company policy.) In fact, Lincoln O’Neill was just hired to read through everyone’s emails to make sure that nobody is sending personal emails on the clock. But when Lincoln starts reading their overly detailed emails about their lives, he can’t help but be drawn in to their story and ends up not reporting them for misconduct. I can’t find the proper way to explain just how captivating Rowell’s words are. She seriously knows how to write, and this office romance novel will capture your heart from the very first page.
- We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: I really had no idea what to expect when I opened this book, but I was immediately drawn in to Lockhart’s poetic prose and quickly fell in love with the storyline and the characters. The marketing ploy is “If anybody asks you how it ends, just lie.” So of course, there I was thinking how immature it was to assume that the ending could really be that spectacular, and how it really couldn’t set the book that far apart from other YA novels…… And then I read the ending. And it shattered me into a million little pieces. You’ve been warned.
- Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris: If you’re in a looking for happy-go-lucky book, this is it. If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh, this is it. If you’re looking for a book that will take you to opposite sides of the globe and into the mind of (in my opinion) one of the best writers of this generation, this is it. I actually bought this book last year but I recently re-read it and fell in love all over again with David Sedaris.
What were your favorite books this year? Let me know below!