Chatterbox: My Top 10 Books of 2014

December 19, 2014 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | Chatterbox, Features


I can’t believe 2014 is nearly over! This list was incredibly difficult to put together because there were just so many amazing books this year! 2014 has been the year of YA contemporaries, but I’ve also picked up some incredible YA sci-fis and psychological thrillers. There were also some stand out NA books and romances as well. This list also includes books that I read this year, not necessarily released.

Without further ado…Happy Indulgence’s Top 10 Books of 2014 are:

redrising10. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (Review)

The arena in Red Rising may be inspired by The Hunger Games, but the sci-fi world with futuristic weapons and technology blended with the Greco-Roman war game was not. I read this at the start of the year and can still remember it vividly, especially the ruthless and vicious leader Darrow became. With excellent war tactics and plenty of action, I loved the experience this book offered and it definitely deserved to win the 2014 Goodreads choice award for Debut Author.


maybesomeday9. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover (Review)

Ridge and Sydney made me feel so, so much with their creation of music and the way they just suited each other so well. Their chemistry was palpable and it just felt so right that they were together. I have never, ever condoned cheating and these two respected the boundaries of Ridge’s girlfriend here, and that type of respect and restraint was so touching. With a soundtrack to go with it, Maybe Someday will set your heart a flutter.


addicted2you8. Addicted to You by Krista & Becca Ritchie (Review)

A book about two characters who are addicted to sex and alcohol, and constantly struggle between their vice and caring for each other. From the sounds of things, it seems like your typical NA, but the depth of emotion in this one is incredible with the strongest bond between Lily and Lo. There’s also fantastic secondary characters as well who help this damaged couple manage their addictions. It’s all and all an incredible read and the series is just as fantastic.


gonegirl7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Review)

I can’t believe it took me this long to read this book because it was filled with so many twists and turns that it took my breath away. What makes this book fascinating is how things can be twisted and portrayed into one angle, and then you’ll see it from another and things will never be the same again. The protagonists here are also extremely unlikable, but the book is not. It’s an unforgettable experience.


aristotle6. Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (Review)

One of the only contemporaries that made it on the list, and totally deserving at that. This is a really beautiful story with a wonderful friendship between two boys who have supportive families. It was wonderful seeing Dante bring light and love into Ari’s life as he deals with family issues. The writing is beautiful and the story just touched my heart so much.


murderofcrows5. Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (Review)

A completely fascinating and unique urban fantasy where humans live amongst monsters. The main character Meg, while practically food for The Others, have gained their protection by her sweet, child-like nature. I love the juxtaposition of her technically being ‘weak’ as a blood prophet who needs to cut herself to see prophecies, but she’s ‘strong’ in her influence and building a rapport between the humans and The Others. Plus it features big strong wolf leader Simon who likes dog biscuits.


assassinsblade4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (Review)

Surprised that I picked this over Heir of Fire? Even though The Assassin’s Blade is a collection of novellas, I enjoyed it thoroughly because it is integral to Celaena’s development as a character. It helped us understand her past and where she came from, and we also got to witness her disturbing relationship with her Assassin master Arobynn. Not to mention the devoted and wonderful Sam…It’s a must read even if you don’t do novellas.


shatteredworld3. This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Review)

JUBILEE CHASE AND FLYNN CORMAC is my ship of 2014! Jubilee is totally badass and she shares my gamer tag <3. I loved how the stakes were high in this military vs rebel story and it brought so much world building to the series, even linking in Tarver and Lilac from the first book. The star-crossed lovers act definitely worked well here and I loved the action, characters and the sci-fi universe.


cress2. Cress by Marissa Meyer (Review)

I’ve never wanted a book to go on so badly. Even 600 pages was not enough for the next in the Lunar Chronicles series. I was totally impressed with how a new character based on Rapunzel was weaved into the storyline and she was totally lovable with her awkward geeky self and the charming, cocky Captain Thorne! I don’t know how a series develops multiple characters and couples so well while still introducing new ones and advancing the original characters, but Marissa Meyer does it so well.


dangerousgirls1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Review)

This was a tough decision, but no book in 2014 left a more lasting, memorable and breathtaking impact than Dangerous Girls. I was literally walking in a daze for the whole day after finishing this book, my mind reeling from an ending that I didn’t see coming. Throughout the book, you’ll cast your suspicion upon every single character and it will twist and turn in so many ways into the final crescendo. A brilliant, shocking and twisted experience that everyone has to go through.


Honourable Mentions: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, Brew by David Estes, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

Do you agree with my picks? What are your top books of 2014? 

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76 responses to “Chatterbox: My Top 10 Books of 2014

  1. Ahh, I love looking back on the fantastic books I read the year before, though now since I go offline for two months I don't really do it anymore. I shall have to change THAT, now I'm aware of it! I don't know if I could choose between Heir of Fire and Assassin's Blade- both gave such a new insight to Celaena, in different ways. They'd probably fight it out and tie! x
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  2. Lola @ Hit or Miss Books

    Aristotle & Dante, heee <3 I remember you saying you loved it and I'm so happy about it. This is the kind of book I wish everyone would read. ^_^ However, I didn't like Red Rising. I mean, the beginning was SUPER promising, but the lack of romance really killed the ambience that there was at first for me….but I am aware so many people love it and it's nice to see 😛 MAYBE I'll give book 2 a chance? I don't know yet. Awesome list!
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    • Definitely one of my favourite books, I wish more people would read it too! Too bad about Red Rising though, I know everyone expected something from it but what it came out to be was quite different.

  3. I absolutely adored Maybe Someday and Ari and Dante as well. Once I get around to writing my post, they're definitely going to be on there. I also really loved All the Bright Places which I literally won't stop mentioning everywhere. I neeeedd to read Red Rising and Dangerous Girls. Everyone has been raving about them!

    • Oh they were both completely beautiful books weren't they? I can't wait to read All the Bright Places, it's next on my list!

  4. cristinasbookreviews

    The Winner’s Curse, Heir of Fire aaaaaaaaaaaaaand The Assassin’s Blade were definite 2014 favorites for sure!!! ♥♥♥ The others I have yet to read but I will…especially Red Rising. I almost want to wait to read that one because I love reading a series that's complete but we know that won't happen. 😉 And I'm dying to read This Shattered World! I enjoyed the first book but I think the second book will be more my speed!
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    • So glad to hear they were on your list too, I thought they were completely amazing! I cannot wait for you to read and fangirl over This Shattered World <3

  5. LilysBookBlog

    This is a pretty good list Jeann! I'm so happy to see Addicted to You up there 😉 I also haven't yet read The Assassins Blade novellas but I've been dying to get my hands on them (I always say i'll read them when i'm in a stable place–emotionally) Great list Jeann

    • Thanks Lily, so many wonderful books this year, I\’m totally lucky to read so many of them! Oh those Assassin\’s Blade novellas are fantastic, but yes definitely emotional.

  6. Everyone's reading Red Rising and I'm just sitting here and wondering if it's the book for me. I'm not sure, but I'm glad that a lot of people have discovered a great series. I loved how unique Maybe Someday was! ADDICTED TO YOU YES PLEASE I AM READY FOR FUEL THE FIRE AND FOR YOU TO CATCH UP WITH THIS SERIES JEANN <3333 I just watched Gone Girl yesterday and MU MIND IS BLOWN WTH?? It's really good. I wish I had read the book, but maybe Gillian's next novel or something. EEEEEEEEEEEP!!!! I NEED TO READ ASSASSIN'S BLADE, THIS SHATTERED WORLD AND I'M PLANNING ON READING CRESS NEXT WEEK :') Haa! Nick gifted me Dangerous Girls and I can't wait to read this shocking book that's full of plot twists and incredible mystery. Your reading year was pretty darn awesome, Jeann 😉
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    • Yeah, I know it wasn\’t for everyone but I thought it was so freaking fantastic. A lot of war tactics and it really feels like a Greco-Roman sci-fi book which is totally unique!

      YES I am going to read it when I go away on holidays Siiri, I can\’t wait to discover your OTP and all of the other ships!

      So glad you enjoyed Gone Girl, it was freaking crazy wasn\’t it? Definitely left some great memories in my head. I can\’t wait for you read to Cress and Dangerous Girls!

    • I know, it was Fan-Freaking tastic and I\’m just glad more people are reading it now! It was so emotional and I loved it so much <3

    • Yay I\’m glad to hear you loved Cress! I loved it so much, I thought all of the characters were amazing. Hope you enjoy This Shattered World!

  7. readerswonderland

    I've only read The Assassin's Blade out of all of these, shame on me. Totally agree that it's amazing for Celaena's character development. I definitely need to get going on these though, I'm curious about all of them. I saw the movie for Gone Girl, that counts right? 😉 Adding these to the TBR!
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  8. *FLAILS*


    (Sorry fangirling moment! 😀 haha)

    Most of these books are actually part of my TBR. But I'll start by reading Cinder soon (I know I just got it now, sad.)
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    • Hahha I totally agree, I\’m so glad to see so much love for it in the blogosphere! I wouldn\’t have picked it up otherwise hehe.

  9. SNOW LIKE ASHES! HAHAHAAHHA I'm kidding. I'm going to stop now. Honestly, that's my go to answer, just because that's the only thing I can remember from the last three months. I'm sure I read much better but nothing comes to mind right now (food coma, sorry LOL I can't concentrate hahaha) BUT definitely fantastic choice with Dangerous Girls! That one blew my mind. AND I keep hearing all this Red Rising hype and I've been meaning to pick it up for ages. I may have to cave one of these days 😉 Especially since you enjoyed it! 😀
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    • Haha I totally need to read that book soon! So glad to hear you loved it, I\’m really curious because you have an amazing taste in books 😉 I bet you\’re writing that comment after midnight again Jess! But YES Dangerous Girls was so amazing, I\’ve never read anything like it. YOU MUST READ Red Rising!

  10. littlebookstar

    Wow okay I gotta read Dangerous Girls. I just see review posts here and there in the blogosphere, but I haven't heard much about it. I also enjoyed Cruel Beauty so I can't wait to read the next installment. I'll definitely read Hoover's books (maybe someday? haha see what I did there) because I heard she's a great contemporary writer. Hope you have a fabulous Christmas!

    • WOAH you must read Dangerous Girls, it is freaking AMAZING! I wish the book was more popular because I\’d never read anything like it. Colleen Hoover is a must for romance I think. Thank you Leigh, have a wonderful one too!


    And yeah both Cress and Dangerous Girls and Ari and Dante are on my list because THOSE BOOKS. Dangerous Girls was definitely a mind-blowing read this year, especially with THAT ENDING. And I need the next book in the Lunar Chronicles now.

    • YAY I can\’t wait to hear what you think of it Val, it is truly fantastic! So glad you loved those books as well, there were so many amazing books this year!

  12. AHHH so many wonderful books on this list, and so many that I still need to get around to reading. It;s definitely so hard to nail down a top ten, so I'm impressed with what you came up with. I actually didn't give out many 5 star ratings this year so not sure how I can even nail down my top 10 haha!

    • There were so many and I\’m so glad I got to read and discover so many amazing books! Haha I could have easily did a Top 20.

  13. Ebony

    Aristotle & Dante was wonderful, wasn't it? Definitely one of my favourites of this year, too. I'm really glad to see Maybe Someday, This Shattered World and Dangerous Girls on this list, as I own them all and hope to read them before university starts next year. 😀 I also want to get around to reading Red Rising, The Assassin's Blade (after I read Crown of Midnight) and Cress (after I read Scarlet.) Thanks for sharing, Jeann. 🙂
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    • Glad to hear you loved Ari & Dante as well, it was so completely beautiful! I hope you do get around to reading some of these books Ebony because they were all amazing.

  14. Zoe N

    DANGEROUS GIRLS! *flails* Ha…I totally saw that one coming Jeann – it's the top book of the year for me as well! 😉

    And Cress and This Shattered World were both such wonderful sequels, and their spots on your list is most definitely well-deserved. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing, and great choices!
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  15. I loved Gone Girl! If I had read the book this year, it would have made my top ten for sure. Have you read her other books? Sharp Objects and Dark Places? They are both so incredibly good as well.
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  16. YES, Dangerous Girls! I read it in 2023, I think, and I'm still not over it, it's that jaw dropping, mind blowing ending that still gets me. Have you read Dangerous Boys yet? It's a different story but has the same mind blowing effect 🙂
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    • Oh my gosh it is so amazing, I just remember vividly turning the pages and going I WANT TO KNOW! I did read DB this year and I loved it, although the first was better 🙂

  17. What a great list girl! I totally agree Cress was amazing and I loved it. Also surprisingly Maybe Someday even thought I usually don't enjoy NA. But I want to read Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe badly. It sounds like something written for me. Great list, Jeann 🙂
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    • Thanks Tanja! Cress was so incredible, I loved it so much. Glad you enjoyed Maybe Someday too! Ari & Dante is freaking brilliant.

  18. Red rising has been on my list for a while now, I need to give it a shot next year. Cress is amazing. I agree, it seems like there are never enough pages! The assassin's blade; my favorite novella's ever. She is a genius for writing them like one story. Celaena's character is definitely the most explored here.

    • I think so, I feel like more people should read it because it is freaking fantastic! CRESS was so good and I'm glad you enjoyed Assassin's Blade. I chose it over HoF because of her development and focus on her.

  19. ADDICTED YAY! Siiri is going to fangirl so hard if she sees this.

    Totally with you on Assassin's Blade. I've never been a huge novella person but OH WOW. Sam <333 Those novellas were just everything

    • Hehehe it was sooo fantastic, I really need to binge read the rest of the series lol! Man, those novellas really changed my feeling on novellas. SO FANTASTIC. And Sam T_T

  20. Gone Girl, The Assassin's Blade and Cress were also favourites of mine. One more that I also loved was We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart (have you read it?). I really need to read Maybe Someday (soooo many bloggers keep raving about it) and Dangerous Girls (I've heard it has a twist and I absolutely love those!)

    Great post!!
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    • Yup, We Were Liars was on my honourable mentions list, it was fantastic but didn't quite make the cut for me! I do love Maybe Someday and heard it came 2nd in the romance category on GR choice awards. Dangerous Girls, SO GREAT. Thanks Lara!