My Top Books of 2014

Mud Vein - Tarryn Fisher God-Shaped Hole - Tiffanie DeBartolo The Bronze Horseman - Paullina Simons The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood Get in the Van: On the Road With Black Flag - Henry Rollins What's Left of Me - Amanda Maxlyn Dust to Dust (Experiment in Terror #9) - Karina Halle The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller Geek Love - Katherine Dunn The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line - Jennifer Graham, Rob Thomas

As I was going through my read book list, I realized that this year kind of sucked for reading for me.  The few that I loved, I really really loved though, so I guess that is something.  I did kind of cheat because I added Geek Love even though I'm not quite done.  When you know, you know though.  Anyway.  


Mud Vein was probably my overall top book this year.  It was such a beautiful, yet heartbreaking book, Tarryn Fisher can write.  


God-Shaped Hole...well I still can't talk about that one without wanting to cry.  


Ditto The Bronze Horseman. I wish I liked the rest of the trilogy as much as I liked this one.



The Handmaid's Tale was nothing short of amazing.  I couldn't stop thinking about it for weeks.  


Get in the Van made me alternately hate, love and pity Henry Rollins.  


What's Left of Me was an awesomely realistic (finally) look at the start of a relationship while coping with cancer and it's ramifications on everyone.  


I'm stretching a bit including Dust to Dust in this, because I don't think it entirely compares to the rest of the books on this list for me, but I LOVED the entire EIT series as a whole so I'm using this to represent that.  


The Haunting of Hill House was probably the best horror novel I have ever read. It was so freaking creepy solely based on writing that wasn't your typical "horror" type style, I loved that.  


Veronica Mars...once a Marshmallow, always a Marshmallow.  LoVe forever!


Lastly, Geek Love, like I said I'm kind of cheating but the writing is amazing and the story line is so complex in it's build up that I couldn't not include it knowing that I'll get it finished in the next couple of days.  If something happens and ruins everything, I reserve the right to change my mind though.  *Edited to add that I was absolutely right about this book.  It actually is taking my top spot for favorite read of 2014 now.  



I can't say that I'm overly disappointed with my reading year, but I also can't say that I'm thrilled with it.  I obviously need to expand my genres out more than I have in the last couple of years since most of the reads that I've had complaints over are among the same genre.  I got stuck in a bit of a rut reading the same type books over and over, which isn't surprising in the slightest.  I've always been the type to find something I love and then indulge so much that I OD on it.  I plan on working to curb that in 2015..