Words of Mystery’s Favourite Books of 2014

This year I was incredibly fortunate to be in touch with so many great people in publishing who gave me the opportunity to read so many amazing books. So I thought I’d share some of my favourite books (in no particular order) that I read this year. Keep in mind that I had an insanely hard time narrowing the list down to 10, as there were so many great books that I read in 2014. Anyways here’s to 2015, being an even better year of books!

1. Mãn by Kim Thùy (my review)

Mãn
Although I loved Ru slightly more than Mãn, this book still was such a beautiful book and as a foodie I loved the mentions and descriptions of food. I also loved how the chapters were both in Vietnamese and English. I was fortunate enough to meet Kim Thùy this year and was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and approachable she was.

 

2. Faceoff edited by David Baldacci (my review)
faceoff
Hands down this was my favourite Mystery Monday pick of 2014. I mean most of my favourite thriller/mystery writers and their characters in one book? It was just a perfect collaboration and short story collection.

3. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins (my review)

truelove
I loved the holiday season, and I love a good love story so this book definitely made my favourites list for 2014. The best part of this book, was how the stories just kept getting better and better.

4. Haze by Paula Weston ( authour guest post)

haze
As someone who is known for basically only reading contemporary young adult fiction and barely any other genre when it comes to YA, this book may seem like an odd choice. However I found this series so far extremely addicting, and the characters and their back stories so compelling. I CANNOT wait for the next book in the series to come out in Canada and if there’s a blog tour for that book I would LOVE to be part of it. (Hint, hint)

5.  The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (my review)

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This book is awesome, I love the dark humour and the wacky characters. Overall it was a fun and unpredictable ride.

6. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord (my review)

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Another contemporary YA novel, this one is actually a debut novel from Emery Lord. I love the friendship in the book and the romance was nice as well. Cannot wait for Emery Lord’s next book!

7. Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

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I kind of grew up on historical fiction (in addition to classics) so of course I had to put one on my list. I love this book not only for the love story but also because it’s the story of a woman breaking free from tradition and finding her own way in the world during a time where women of her position were only supposed to marry and start a family.

8. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce (my review)

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After reading Harold Fry’s story, I just knew I would love Queenie’s story and I was right! Though heartbreaking it was also an uplifting story about life and love filled with hope.

9. Listen to the Squawking Chicken: A Daughter’s Blueprint for Life from the Mother Who Thinks She Knows Best by Elaine Lui (my review)

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This one was definitely relatable, and it made me feel that I was not alone in having a hilariously overbearing mom who I do love.

10. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

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My first Murakami novel, and it did not disappoint! I’m hoping to get around to reading Norwegian Wood by him some time next year.

So what are your favourite reads of 2014? Feel free to chime in below.

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