If you haven’t heard of Goodreads, it is an app where you can track all of the books you have read, are reading, and would like to read. You can sort your books into shelves and it will give you recommendations based on those shelves and how you rated the books in them. Being a book lover, this app is AWESOME! They also have an option to participate in their 2014 Book Challenge where you input the number of books you would like to read this year and it keeps track for you! My goal for 2014 is a rather lofty one. 150 books in one year. That sorts out to be around 3 books per week. We are about half way through the year and I am actually a little ahead of of schedule! 84 books read so far! I figured a top 10 list of the books that I would recommend of those 84 was in order 🙂 I would like to mention though that these are in no particular order. If you click on the titles, it will take you to the Goodreads page if you would like to read the official summary or reviews from other people.
1. Seriously I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres – I was stuck in an airport for 6 hours so I downloaded this book to listen to while I was waiting. Listening to Ellen tell her story was such a good life choice. I may have been that weirdo that burst out laughing in the middle of a busy airport for no apparent reason to the outside world, but I was enjoying myself. There is something soothing about Ellen’s voice that made the whole thing pleasant. If you need something easy and happy to listen to (or read) definitely check out Ellen’s books.
2. Into the Black: Odyssey One by Evan Currie – This book took me a little while to get into but dear god am I glad I stuck with it. The edited version is AMAZING and the adventure that these characters go on through space, discovering a new alien race and all the trials and tribulations that come with intrerupting a war makes for one hell of a read. I am planning on picking up the next couple books in the series but haven’t gotten around to it yet. If you like space-related sci-fi, definitely check this one out 🙂
3. Divergent Series by Veronica Roth – I am pretty sure everyone knows about this series but trust me, it’s not over hyped and definitely worth the read. When you get to the end of Allegiant, let me know and I will come over with a blanket, disney movies, cookies and tea. I would also recommend reading the mini stories that Veronica has released.
4. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking – Quiet took me a long time to finish but I am glad that I did. I felt like I learned a lot about both myself and others while reading this book. If you are looking for a good book to either learn more about introverted people or to understand yourself better, I would highly recommend this book.
5. This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl – Esther’s book is a compilation of some of her journal entries and drawings while she was struggling with cancer. This book reveals the good, the bad, the hope and the sorrow of all the comes with fighting cancer. This book made laugh, cry, angry, and everything else. It’s a good one. DFTBA Esther.
6. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – This could be my top pick for the entire year for all of the books. I just read it back in February and I really want to read it again. I DEVOURED this book while on a plane and I could not put it down. This book is one giant treasure hunt in an virtual reality and just thinking about everything that happens is making me flail and dying to pick it up and re-read it. Even if you aren’t really into futuristic sci-fi, please check this book out. The author is so good at building these virtual worlds and I really want to check out some of his other work.
7. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – This is probably one of my top YA pics for the entire year so far. Boy and Girl Meet. Boy and Girl initially don’t like each other. Boy and Girl end up liking each other. Girl’s family is a piece of crap. Boy helps her out. etc etc This book is glorious and it makes me want to hug everyone and tell them it will be okay and this feels like a much better example of romance in your early teens.
8. Girls with Slingshots Volumes 1 – 7 by Danielle Corsetto- I actually read all of these online but spent so much time that I ended up counting them as actual books (which they are published). Girls with Slingshots is one of a few web comics that I make sure to check on every time there is a new post. GWS is about a group of characters who are all in their mid-twenties and dealing with anything and everything in today’s age from relationships, drinking, moving in and out of your parent’s house and with a talking cactus and his talking mustache occassionally. GWS is one of those little nuggets of gold that you want to share with the world and protect all at the same time because it is just so good! I recently met the writer at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival and holy crap did I fan girl over her. Like, couldn’t breathe, couldn’t function, fan girling. It was awesome 🙂 If you do end up reading this comic, I would suggest starting from the beginning otherwise you will probably be confused about a lot of things. But trust me, it is worth it!
9. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan- I don’t really know how to describe this book other than a treasure hunt surrounding books and a secret society. To say anything else would be giving away some major plot points but trust me, this one is good 🙂
10. The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner – This series did take me a few chapters to get into but I got HOOKED! The story is about a group of boys who have been sent into this Maze with no memory of their life before the maze. They are located inside a set of walls which keeps them safe from the maze at night, where it is very dangerous. They are trying to find a way out when all of a sudden a girl shows up and everything changes. This book is INTENSE. You get very attached to some characters who are later viciously injured or killed. These books will challenge your idea of right and wrong and you better hang onto your seat because it is one crazy ride!
Let me know in the comments below what your favorite books have been so far this year! Any recommendations??