Favorite Reads of 2014 & An Update

It’s 2015 and I’m sitting here typing this up, wondering where the time went. I realize that I’ve had this blog for a while and that I always say I’m going to update more and I never really do. I’ve always loved books but as a sophomore in college, I’ve turned my love into a career goal.

For those who have stuck with me and still read this, gold stars and much thanks to you. To everyone who has recently found me (surprisingly, people still do since I get emails about subscribers): welcome! I forever apologize for updating infrequently, but I’ve come to terms with the fact that it will always be that way.

A little update on my life: Last fall, I interned with the literary agency McIntosh & Otis, Inc. (they’re known for John Steinbeck’s titles). This semester, I’m interning at Bloomsbury USA. Hence, why I never update  (plus college and classes and all that).

Anyways, I’m here to share my favorites of 2014. I read a whopping 42 titles in 2014 (not really, since some of those titles are mangas, but let me believe I read 42 books). As always, my goal for 2015 is to read 100 titles and we’ll see how that goes…Here are my picks for 2014:

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Favorite YA book released in 2014:

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Why: What can I even say? I love fairy tales, and I love re-makes of fairy tales even more. Hodge’s book is seductively beautiful. She is a wonderful world and character builder and I was hooked from page one. If you wanna know a little bit more of my love for this book, it’s up on YA Interrobang; all of us posted our fave reads of 2014 there.

Favorite NA book released in 2014:

London Falling (International School #2) by Chanel Cleeton

Why: I loved the first book, I See London and was excited for the sequel. Cleeton is my favorite NA author because she writes characters that I can connect with and understand completely. Not only that, but there are passages where I find thoughts and feelings I’ve felt forever put into words and that means everything.

Favorite YA book that wasn’t released in 2014:

The Selection by Kiera Cass

Why: I’m sad that I didn’t read this book when it was released a few years back. Everyone talks about this series and I finally got around to it. To me, the idea isn’t 100% brand new to hear about, the way Cass writes America’s story is very addicting. I’m hooked on the relationships in this series and America’s indecisiveness. Not only that, but I also love the idea of having a prince.

Honorable Mentions:

Branded by Abi Ketner and Missy Kalicicki

Why: Not going to lie, I was captivated with the Stockholm syndrome theme. While the action and destruction in this book is interesting, I really enjoyed this book because the romance is written well.

Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

Why: Alsaid’s story beautifully captures moments and that’s all I’m going to say.

Now, since I have some time to read before the semester starts I would love to hear your favorites; I need reading material. In addition, what books are you looking forward to in 2015?

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Random Quotes That I Enjoy

“You know how one day you think someone is so hot, then the next day you look at him and go, what did I ever see in you?”
It’s Our Prom (So Deal With It) by Julie Anne Peters

“Everything has changed and everything is the same.”
Saving June by Hannah Harrington

“I’ve lost track of where friendship ends and falling begins.”
The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan

“I think there is no way to write about being alone. To write is to tell something to somebody, to communicate to others.”
-“Solitude” by Ursula K. LeGuin

“Poor Linden. He has had, at once, four wives, whom he adored and maybe even loved. But we frightened him, us girls, with our intensity, the weight of our sadness and the sharpness of our hearts.”
Sever by Lauren DeStefano

“What a fine persecution – to be kept intrigued without ever quite being enlightened…”
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard

“Experience makes liars of us all.”
-Doctor Who, “The Witch of the Well”

My Favorite Books of 2012

2012 was a year of amazing books, was it not? Although I didn’t read as many as I had hoped, I was still able to find a few books that BLEW MY MIND. That’s actually saying a lot for me, becuase I’ve noticed that I’m not as wowed by that many books anymore…

I’m sure I’ve mentioned these reads before, either on my blog or on my twitter; either way, I definitely think you should check them out if you have not! The books below have wonderful story lines, unique characters, beautiful writing, and heart-wrenching plot twists.  I give you my favorite books of 2012:

[The books below were all released in 2012.]

Another book that stood out to me was The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan. It wasn’t written in 2012, but I only managed to stumble-upon this book last year. It is a novel composed of poems from different characters who are all in high school. Reasons why I really liked this book:

  • Each poem only gives you a glimpse of what is going on in that person’s life.
  • Each story is told in a different way (you’ll understand what I’m saying when you pick up the book).
  • It emotionally grips you. My heart was torn, healed and broken all at once. I cried, I laughed and punched the wall. I could understand and felt what a lot of the characters were going through.
  • Levithan’s writing is absolutely wonderful.

If you get a chance, I’d love it if you read these books! If you do, e-mail me or something so we can discuss them; I have so much to say (:

What were your faves of 2012?

Best Quotes

Recently I started to write down the quotes that stood out to me when reading a novel. Here are the top quotes that stood out to me since September. They’re funny, random, or just important to me. All of them are from books, so enjoy!
 

“me giving my mom romantic advice is kind of like a goldfish giving a snail advice on how to fly.”
                -Will Grayson (pg. 66) from Will Grayson, Will Grayson

“Just close your eyes and ask-What would Joe Jonas wear?'”
                -Riley (pg 60) from Radiance

“I’m just a teenager with hormones running wild. And may I say young fairy lady, they’re running wild in your direction.”
                -Orion (pg 137) from the Atlantis Complex

“So kiss it, fairy-tale endings. This story ended my way, and it is just the beginning.”
                -Chastity (pg 273) from Kiss It

“It was one thing to appreciate the past. It was something else to relive it.”
                -Lila (pg 90) from Ex-Mas

“Life, he realized, was much like a song.             
In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.”
                -Steve (pg 391) from the Last Song

Fave Fictional Couples

Okay, so I’ve been thinking of all the awesome couples in books. I mean yeah, we all do the Team Edward, Team Jacob, Team Jace, Team Peeta, blah blah blah thing. But have you ever actually thought of your fave couples?! Yeah, I haven’t really. So here are mine:

Edward & Bella (Twilight)
Katniss & Peeta (Hunger Games) <= This one isn’t official, but whatevs XD
Sonny & Chad (Sonny With A Chance)
Tod & Addison (My Soul to Take)
Max & Fang (Maximum Ride)
Katsa & Po (Graceling)
Keenan & Donia (Wicked Lovely)

Well there are my fave couples ! I usually draw a blank when thinking about books and shows, but you know 😀


Now have you ever thought of switching characters into other books/shows to pair them up with others?! Yeah, I didn’t until someone brought it up the other day. But then I actually thought about it and it worked out ! Here are some couples I think would actually go really well together:

Alec (from the Mortal Instruments) & Irial (from Wicked Lovely)
^ I don’t know, for some reason I think they would be great together. Cause their both gay, but they don’t outwardly flaunt it.

Tod (My Soul to Take) & Johanna (the Hunger Games)
^ They are both really strong and witty 😀

And I can’t think of any one else, but you know 😀 Who are your fave couples & crossovers?!