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)

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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)
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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)

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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)

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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.

5th Annual End of Year Book Survey – 2014 Edition

We’re super excited this year to be part of this survey by Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner. So check out our answers and feel free to leave a comment and share your links to your survey answers below.

Number Of Books You Read: Aiming for 100 (and almost there)
Number of Re-Reads: 6…I think?
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary (both adult and YA)

1. Best Book You Read In 2014?
General Fiction: Either Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami or The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
Mystery/Thriller: Faceoff edited by David Baldacci
Historical Fiction: Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson
YA: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories edited by Stephanie Perkins
Non-Fiction: Listen to the Squawking Chicken: A Daughter’s Blueprint for Life from the Mother Who Thinks She Knows Best by Elaine Lui

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Then and Always by Dani Atkins

3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read in 2014?
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did) In 2014?
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

5. Best series you started in 2014? Best Sequel of 2014? Best Series Ender of 2014?
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, Haze by Paula Weston, and I haven’t read any series enders this year

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?
Emery Lord

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
Haze by Paula Weston, not a fan of paranormal but loving this series so far!

8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Faceoff edited by David Baldacci

9. Book You Read In 2014 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?
Haze by Paula Weston

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?
The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessey by Rachel Joyce

11. Most memorable character of 2014?
Nombeko Mayeki from The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?
Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2014?
10:04 by Ben Lerner

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to finally read?
Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2014?
“A story is like a moving train; no matter where you hope on board, you are bound to reach your destination sooner or later.” – Khaled Hosseini, And the Mountains Echoed

16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2014?
Shortest: No Place Like Oz by Danielle Paige and Longest: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

17. Book That Shocked You The Most
Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson, so many good twists and turns.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)
Rafa and Gabe from Haze by Paula Weston

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year
The friendship between Reagan O’Neill and Lilah Montgomery in Open Road Summer

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2014 From An Author You’ve Read Previously
Mãn by Kim Thùy

21. Best Book You Read In 2014 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:
….none? Haha, so if anyone wants to chime in on the comments below, feel free to leave me some recommendations.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?
I don’t really have one…unfortunately? Haha

23. Best 2014 debut you read?
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?
The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2014?
Lots! The most memorable one being Calling Me Home by Julie Kiebler

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?
The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences by Robin Esrock

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?
World of Trouble by Ben Winters

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2014?
Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2014?
As I hate love triangles, I really loved the book blog: http://www.loveisnotatriangle.com/

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2014?
My review of The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?
Top Ten Tuesdays…Top Books I’ve Read This Year (so far)

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?
IFOA, I got to meet Kim Thùy who’s one of my all-time favourite authours.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2014?
I have a few, getting to meet other book bloggers at the Frenzy Presents event, and meeting my favourite mystery authour this year, Louise Penny (who was extremely friendly and approachable)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?
My book review of No Relation by Terry Fallis

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?
Pretty much any of my reviews.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?
The Recaptains site!!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I finished the Savvy Reader’s 50 Book Pledge

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2014 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2015?
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2015 (non-debut)?
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

3. 2015 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?
I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore

4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2015?
Winter by Marissa Meyer

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2015?
Read more of the non-review books that have been accumulating on my shelf for awhile now.

6. A 2015 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone:
The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark