My Favorite Reads of 2014

The moment I finish reading a book, I write down my impressions of it in a reading log before they start to fade away or get influenced by other people's opinions. At the end of each year, one of my favorite things to do is go back and look over the books I've read that year. Here are 2014's stats:

Total number of books read: 29
--of which were advanced readers copies: 9
--of which were audiobooks: 2
--YA books read: 18
--MG books read: 2
--adult fiction books read: 6
--nonfiction books read: 3

These numbers are far lower than in previous years. When I was in the Peace Corps, I averaged about four books a week. I think, in part, I was reading less this year because I was traveling often: I did 45 book-related events in 2014. And partly that number is down because I read more lengthy adult fiction, which takes longer than YA or MG. But mostly, I think my numbers were down because I was focused more on writing my own books. This was a big year for exploring new genres and new ideas for me; I worked on four different books and brainstormed several others. I think I needed to pull away from reading others' work for a little while, to focus on my own. That said, I came across some amazing books. The kind of book where you just know, within a page or two, that it is going to be fantastic, and it doesn't disappoint. Here were my favorites:

It's a great mix of adult fiction, YA fiction, adult horror, middle grade, and literary fiction. 

But wait! I have one more bonus favorite of 2014, which I'm saving for last because it was the best of the best. I still think about this book months after reading it. I recommend every single person pick up and read:

What about you? Have you read any of these titles? What are some of your favorite reads of 2014?