[tps_title]Gabrielle Bondi’s Top 10 Books of 2014 [/tps_title]
- Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith – It’s the first book I read this year, and nothing else I read this year was able to top this epic adventure about horny grasshoppers taking over the world. Seriously.
- The DUFF by Kody Keplinger – It’s not a 2014 release, but it’s one of the best books I’ve read this year. Keplinger writes a funny and sweet romantic comedy with genuine message. We’re all DUFFs; embrace it and love it.
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han – Another rom-com makes the list; this adorably sweet story stayed with me for a while. Han has a way of creating characters that feel real and nuanced. With To All the Boys, she does that and more.
- Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – The final companion piece to Perkins’s lovely romantic YA trilogy was worth the wait.
- Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Taylor closes out her high-fantasy trilogy with a hell-of-a-novel. We meet new characters and revisit old ones; Karou and Akiva try to end a centuries-old war.
- The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness – Another favorite trilogy ended on a high note as we see Diana and Matthew connect the past and present to discover the ultimate truth of their species.
- Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle – The sequel to Better Nate than Ever is another empowering and hilarious look at the life of a young theater aficionado.
- Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead – It may have been a short, fast read, but it was heart-stoppingly romantic.
- Cress by Marissa Meyer – With each new installment to The Lunar Chronicles, it continues to get better and better. Cress and her relationship/infatuation with Captain Thorne was wonderful to read, in addition to the adventure they embark on.
- The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey – This book got me thinking in a way I had not expected. I’m not entirely sure what went down, but it sure was interesting.