Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.

This week is new-to-me authors I read in 2014. Well looking at my Good reads list. I found that I have not read THAT many new authors this year. Of the new authors I have read I’ve only read one of their books so it is kind of hard to say they are a “favourite”…..but I will give it my best shot.

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Top Ten Eight New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014: (no particular order)

1. R.J. Palacio: Her debut book Wonder was absolutely fabulous. It was middle grade but I know MANY adults who have also loved this book. It was very moving and I recommend EVERYONE check it out! =)

2. Jojo Moyes: I read her book Me Before You  on Valentines day, although not really a “Valentines” read it was such a great book, not your typical chick-lit. I’ve only read this book by her, but have added many of her other books to my TBR.

3. Daphne du Maurier: I just finished reading Rebecca and it has been added to my favourite classics list. I look forward to reading more books by her.

4. Graeme Simsion: I have read both of this author’s fiction books this year The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect, and loved them both. I actually think I liked The Rosie Effect the best. You can check out my short review of it HERE.

5. Anthony Doerr: I’ve only read All the Light We Cannot See but it one of the best books I have read this year so he had to make my list. I don’t think I know anyone who has read this book and disliked it.

6. Kazuo Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go has been on my TBR for a LONG time, not to mention I owned it, and I FINALLY got around to reading it this year. The story was so captivating! I have added The Remains of the Day to my TBR and hope to get to it this coming year.

7. Neal Shusterman: Someone recommended me Unwind in a challenge group so I decided to pick it up and was NOT disappointed. I haven’t got back into this unique dystopian world yet, but I definitely want to. Looks like it will be a great YA series.

8. V.E Schwab or Victoria Schwab: Vicious is the only hardback book I bought last year AND paid full price for. That is how excited I was to read it and our library didn’t have a copy. It was a great purchase though! I loved the book and look forward to her upcoming book A Darker Shade of Magic. I have never read her YA novels either, but I hear they are also quite good!

Well there you have it! What are some of your top new authors you read this year? I’m always looking for recommendations so please comment below and let me know!! =)

Book Review: If I Stay

If I stayBook: If I Stay
Author: Gayle Forman
Rating:★★★.5

What would you do if you had to choose between life and death? After a tragic accident 17 year old Mia is faced with this gut-wrenching decision. She is standing on the sidelines watching her life as an outsider. The decision is up to her. Will she stay or will she go?

I found the premise of this book very unique. Although I don’t believe that it is our decision to choose, I found this piece of fiction captivating. I enjoyed how the chapters went back and forth from past to present, but because of this it was also a little choppy and I found I couldn’t really connect with the characters emotionally (no tears from me). Also found the characters to be a little one dimensional. Since we were learning about them all mostly from the past there was no real character growth. The “love scene” was cheesy and I found myself rolling my eyes, but that could just be me. =p

Now I know that sounds like I probably didn’t like the book, but I actually did. I kept turning the pages faster and faster to find out what happens. I found it enjoyable, but I don’t want to give anything away so I can’t really talk too much about what I really liked about the book. This book really got me thinking though. What would I do if I was in her situation? Definitely brings out some interesting discussion.

Although I didn’t LOVE this book as much as pretty much everyone. I still thought it was a good read. 3.5 stars from me and I’m looking forward to reading the sequel and watching the movie. I will definitely try more books by this author. I was not disappointed.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I am Looking Forward to in 2015

It is Tuesday! Which means another list! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

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Top 10 Books Released in 2015 That I’m Excited For:

1.Winter- Lunar Chronicles?? Need I say more?

2. A Darker Shade of Magic– Vicious was one of my favourite books I read this year, so I’m definitely looking forward to what else V.E Schwab writes.

3.Nightingale – Kristin Hannah is one of my favourite authors. I don’t even have to know what the book is about, as long as her name is on it, it automatically goes on to my TBR list!

4. The Heir –  I just marathoned the whole Selection series in October. It was a fun, quick read and I look forward to getting back into that world in 2015.

5. First Frost– I love me some contemporary with a splash of magical realism, and this author is the queen. I read Garden Spells by her a long time ago and look forward to this second book.

6. Sabotaged-Okay so technically this is book #5 in the series, and I have only read the first two…..but I REALLY liked them so I know I will enjoy this one too…once I eventually get to it!

7. The Remedy– In a world BEFORE the program! I’m currently reading this series right now. This is a 0.5 book, but its not a novella, says it should be about 320 pages so I will definitely read this one too!

8. An Uncertain Choice- This author writes great Historical Romances! I’ve read quite a few of her books.

9. A Love Like Ours- Contemporary Romance series, more companion novels than a series though. Same family, centers around different people in each book. I own the first two so you better believe I’m going to want the third book!

10. Lady Maybe- Another author that I see her name on a book and automatically it goes on my TBR. She writes awesome Historical Fiction as well!

 

Well I think that is it! What books are you most excited for in 2015? Are any of these on your list? Leave a comment I love to chat!

 

 

 

Book Review: The Rosie Effect

rosie effectBook: Rosie Effect
Author: Graeme Simsion
Rating: ★★★★☆

The Rosie Project was one of my favourite books I have read this year, so I had high hopes for the Rosie Effect, and I was NOT disappointed. I actually think I might have liked this one a LITTLE bit more than the first. *gasp* I know crazy right?

This book had many of the same shenanigans that the first book had. Don still described people by their BMI, he still over-analyzed everything, he put his foot in his mouth more than once, and he may or may not have got in trouble with the law….twice! 😉

I think the reason I enjoyed this a little more was because of the plot. Parenting! I for some reason find enjoyment reading about couples going through a pregnancy. They are usually comical and every experience is completely different. If you have read “The Rosie Project” then you can ONLY imagine how Don is going to handle this news. Mr. Over-Prepared, Shows- No-Emotion, Don! Yup! Its interesting and frustrating all at the same time.

Honestly, if I had someone like Don in my life I am pretty sure I would go a little crazy, but he is entertaining to read about. You know who ISN’T entertaining to read about? Gene! I still dislike him just as much as in the first book. Although he did redeem himself a “little” bit in this book, he is still a pretty big jackass!

So there you have it some of my thoughts on the book! I couldn’t give it a full 5 stars because there were some things towards the ending of the book that frustrated me.

If you enjoyed the Rosie Project then I definitely recommend you check this one out too!

Friday Reads/ Top 10 Books I have read in 2014

So, obviously from the name of this blog, you have figured out that I like to read. For my first book related post I thought it would be fun to do a Friday/weekend reads and a top 10 list. I know in the blogging community “Top 10 Tuesday” is pretty popular so maybe I will jump on that bandwagon at some point. =)

Hoping to make a dent in these books this weekend. #fridayreads

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These are the two books I hope to make a dent in this weekend. I’ve only just started the Jodi Picoult one, and I am 240 pages into Rebecca and enjoying it so far. =)

What are you reading this weekend?

Now for my list….

TOP TEN BOOKS I HAVE READ IN 2014 ( in no particular order)

  1. A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman
  2. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  5. Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  6. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  7. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  8. Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
  9. Eyes Wide Open by Ted Dekker
  10. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

So there you have it! I’ve read 57  books so far this year, and these are my top 10. There is still some time left though maybe, just maybe, one of these will get bumped off the list. I doubt it though! =)

What are YOUR top books you have read in 2014??? I would love to know!