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Is it too early to showcase my best reads of the year? If the rapid changing of days is an indication, I might wake up one day and realize it’s already 2015 so better start these yearly specials promptly.

I’m little sad because I didn’t read a lot this year compare to last year. I sort of cheated my GR challenge and decided to lower it to 150 to achieve my goal. (I need to balance my hobbies, seriously.) And because I’m pretty sure that there’s huge chance that I won’t be able (more on really unmotivated) to read a book. I think it’s safe to say that this list is final.

Enough of my needless whining here’s the crème de la crème of 2014!

Brand Spanking New (Best Debut [Standalone/Starter] Novel)

  • Rebel Belle (Rebel Belle, #1) by Hawkins, Rachel – Still has that Ms. Hawkins’s fun and snarky heroine and much, much more. I remember laughing my way ‘til the end. That’s how much fun it was!

Next in Line (Best Sequel/Part of a Series)

  • Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Mafi, Tahereh – Do I need to spell it out? No? Ok!

Eye Candy (Best Book Cover!)

  • The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski – I might have not loved the story but hot damn that COVER!

Shipper’s Award (Best Couple)

  • Naruto Uzumaki & Hinata Hyuuga (Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto) – I’ve decided to include mangas (graphic novels) in the list. And since the series ended this year, with them being the end game (married and all) and I’m shipping these two for about 10 years; I have to choose them over Warner & Juliette (they won already last year). I’m in a bliss! I need the movie with all the naruhina fluff. Damn it, SM Cinema for chickening out the last minute. Now I have to wait next month to watch it! >.<

Indie-mand (Best Self-Published Novel)

  • Love Show by Bell, Audrey – Angtsy, sexy and raw? Sure most NA books have that, too, but this one delivered it better than the rest!

The RE-invent! (Retellings, Mythology/Folklore inspired, etc.)

The Shadow Prince (Into the Dark #1) by Bree Despain – May not be the best and predictable at times but it was really enjoyable!

Larger than life! (Best Contemporary Book)

  • Since You’ve Been Gone by Matson, Morgan & To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #1) by Han, Jenny  – I can’t choose! So these two will have to do!

Re-wind! ((Best Historical/Fantasy Novel)

  • Her Dark Curiosity (The Madman’s Daughter, #2) by Shepherd, Megan – I didn’t have a lot of options. In all fairness this one is very good, too. I enjoyed it!

Into the future! (Best Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Book)

  • Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky, #3) by Rossi, Veronica – Is it really the end? *sobs* An awesome ending to an awesome series!

Trailblazers (Best Book Hero + Heroine):

  • Kaneki Ken and Touka Kirishima (Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida) – ASDFGHHKJLKJAGDKSDLSLAA;; THEY ARE ABSOLUTE BAD-ASS OF COURSE THEY WON IT. HANDS DOWN!!! And with that the best novel of the year goes to—

Best read of 2014

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TOKYO GHOUL (東京喰種トーキョーグール) BY SUI ISHIDA

Oh man, I loved this series. I might have cried bucket of tears when I learned that the series wrapped up suddenly. But behold the power of a sequel!!! And know what, I think, I just think, that I’m enjoying Tokyo Ghoul:re than the first series. I love Haise oh so much!!! If you want dark, gritty and absolutely amazing storytelling (Sui Ishida is a brilliant author, I’m in awe with this man’s talent),  Tokyo Ghoul is your story!

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And that wraps up my Best of the Best for this year (this is my third time doing it! Woot!!). I have few books to choose from but I know I awarded the deserving ones! Yay! xD

How about you, which books top your best read of 2014? Or do you also do this annually like me? Share me your thought or links if you have any!

 
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14 Responses to 2014 Best of the Best!

  1. Alysia says:

    Yes yes yes to Ignite Me! That book went way beyond my expectations. I reallyy enjoyed Since You’ve Been Gone as well, but I need to read To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before. And now that my semester is over, I’ll have more time to continue with Tokyo Ghoul 😛

  2. Megan says:

    Can you believe that the only book I’ve read here is Tokyo Ghoul?? Wow, I sure am missing out, huh? But I totally agree — TG deserves the best book of the year award. I don’t remember feeling so many emotions while reading something, or feeling so horrified when some huge twist was revealed. *claps* I will never grow tired of Ishida-sensei’s stories. I actually do think TG:re will be more emotional… if that’s even possible. Damn, that latest chapter!

    I don’t know how many awesome things I’ve heard about both Since You’ve Been Gone and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, but I know I definitely need to get my hands on them asap. Not big on contemporaries currently, but these sound like the best of the best.

    I think I’ll do a best books 2014 post, too! Even though I didn’t read much this year. D:

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Well, what can I say Tokyo Ghoul is awesome. Hey, at least you’ve been reading. I, on the other hand… :X

      Since You’ve Been Gone and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before are super good, you should check it out! xD

  3. Alise says:

    *immediately adds Tokyo Ghoul to TBR* I’ve seen gifs of the anime on Tumblr but never really looked into it-now I’m intrigued! I’ve always wanted to get into Naruto but the length intimidates me, plus isn’t there like 600 episodes of the anime? *hides*

    I’m really happy to see you liked The Shadow Prince, I’ve seen so many negative reviews for it I didn’t give it a chance. I will now! I also need to get to The Winner’s Curse.

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yes!!! *fist pump* I’m been raving and recommending Tokyo Ghoul so I’m happy every time someone say they will try it!

      It wasn’t that awesome or anything like it but it was enjoyable read for me.

  4. Haha I love the way you name your categories! So original and funny. I can’t believe I have not read any of the books you have mentioned, but I have been eyeing Rebel Belle ever since it came out, so I am glad it made it to your list! Will read it someday. 🙂

    • Mitchii G. says:

      I’ve been doing this for 3 years, haha, you’re the first one who had noticed it (but then again I’m basically no one to notice, haha :P)

      Yay! Rebel Belle is so fun, I’m glad you’ll try it.

  5. Shannelle C. says:

    Was The Shadow Prince a 2014 debut? It feels like I read it such a long time ago. And seeing you talk about Ignite Me brings back such feels, because it wasn’t long after I found your blog that you started your Project. 😀

    And can I say I’m jealous that you’ve read Since You Been Gone? I want to find a hardcover of that book in a bookstore so badly but luck has not favored me. And there are far too many praising reviews for it for me to just ignore it. :/

    • Mitchii G. says:

      Yep, I got it as an ARC so I’m pretty sure it was starter of a series. Haha, it feels like super long ago, right? To think it’s only just been a year.

      Do read it! It’s really a good book. xD

  6. I still haven’t read Rebel Belle! Every time I walk into a bookstore and see it sitting there, I have a mental fight with myself on whether or not I should get it. 🙁

    The Winner’s Curse has such a GORGEOUS cover! Unfortunately, I’m not a big fan of the cover for The Winner’s Crime… (It’s still definitely on my wishlist, though.)

    I’ve had Since You’ve Been Gone for ages, but I still haven’t read it. ._. BUT I did read To All the Boys… sadly, it wasn’t my thing. (Gee, this comment seems to be super negative so far, haha!)

    I HAVE TO READ THE MADMAN’S DAUGHTER. A lot of my trusted friends recommended it, and now you as well!

    And Tokyo Ghoul! Damn, I am so curious about that. 😉

    Have an awesome 2015, Mitchii! Happy holidays. ^_^

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