2014 was a crazy year! I graduated from College, spent a few weeks in New York City, went to Disney, got my first professional performing job, participated in a bunch of Blog Tours, read 82 books, participated in NaNoWriMo (sadly, did not finish-next time I will!), and those are just the highlights! What a busy year its been! I hope I’ll have a similar list of awesomeness at the end of 2015!
Check out my favorite books and movies of 2014! I’ll be doing a TV Recap post later this month to talk about what shows I think are hot this season and which ones need to go!
Top Five Books of 2014:
Choosing my top five books of 2014 was really difficult. I read so many amazing books this year—you can scroll down to see my full list of books read—and I obviously couldn’t list all of the ones I loved in my top 5. These definitely stood out to me though, and they were the ones I just raved about in my reviews.
The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
- I almost didn’t read this book; my friend had to convince me to read these novellas before I read HEIR OF FIRE (another really great read of the year). I was shocked by how much I loved THE ASSASSIN’S BLADE. You really get to know how Celaena became the way she is in the series, and you will fall madly in love with Sam. It’s inevitable. This book definitely made me cry.
Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- This is one of my brother’s favorite books and he tried to get me to read it for months. I wasn’t disappointed; Sanderson does an incredible job crafting the plot up until the mind-blowing ending. Awesome fantasy action, a touch of romance, and lots of character development.
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
- The best time-travel book I’ve read; now I haven’t read many, but ALL OUR YESTERDAYS is so ridiculously clever and brilliantly plotted, it’ll have you going WHAT JUST HAPPENED at the end of each chapter.
The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons
- The was an unexpected new love. I was on the blog tour for this one a few months ago, and I fell in love with Lyons’ writing and characters on the first page. It’s basically all of your favorite literary characters (led by Alice of Alice in Wonderland fame) getting together and fighting bad guys across dimensions. It’s just as amazingly awesome as it sounds.
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- JLA is pretty much my favorite author ever. I will read anything she publishes. And she never disappoints. WHITE HOT KISS was the beginning of a new YA Paranormal Romance, and it was awesome. Romantic, interesting paranormal elements, action, and plenty of kissing, it fits in with JLA’s epic resume of awesomeness.
Most Read Author of 2014: Jennifer L. Armentrout-is anyone surprised? I read 7 of her books this year! (and I think they were all published in 2014! She’s a writing machine!)
Top 5 Movies of 2014:
Another really hard pick; there were some great movies out this year! Plus, I didn’t even get to see many of the movies that came out (still haven’t seen The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, and I’m a major LOTR fan!) These aren’t in any order.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
After seeing Moonrise Kingdom, I knew I had to see Grand Budapest; it’s hilarious, quirky, brilliantly acted, and whimsically directed. I loved every second of it. Disclaimer: it’s probably like nothing you’ve ever seen, unless you’ve seen other Wes Anderson movies.
The Fault in Our Stars
This one will make you laugh and then it will rip your heart to shreds. I loved the book (cried all the way through) and Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort did a spectacular job bringing Augustus and Hazel Grace to life. A Really fantastic adaptation.
Edge of Tomorrow
I went into this movie with no idea what to expect, and was so pleasantly surprised. Crazy sci-fi ideas rule this film, with wonderful performances from Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. A big blockbuster summer fun movie, and so worth every second.
Guardians of the Galaxy
After seeing the trailer, I was certain I would not like Guardians. I was proven completely wrong and it immediately became one of my very favorite films of the year. I would love to see Chris Pratt in pretty much everything in 2015. Which it seems that he is, so yay.
Into the Woods
As a self-proclaimed musical theater aficionado, I was very concerned about this adaptation. I wasn’t too impressed with Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables (one of my favorite musicals of all time) last year, and I didn’t have much hope for any other stage to screen adaptations. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed Into the Woods, even with it’s script cuts and generally less than stellar singing. The entire cast held their own, and created a lovely version of the incredible show, something I will be thrilled to watch again and again.
Honorable Mentions: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Interstellar, Divergent, Big Hero 6
Did I mention any of your favorite books or movies? What did you love in 2014? Leave me a comment or a link to your 2014 Recap post!
Books Read in 2014:
- Splintered by A.G. Howard
- Freak of Nature by Julia Crane
- The Atomic Circus by K.C. Finn
- Trust in Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
- White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa
- Found by Stacey Wallace Benefiel
- A Matter of Temperance by Ichabod Temperance
- Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
- United We Spy by Ally Carter
- All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill
- The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel
- Strikestone by Stella Atrium
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
- Divinity by Patricia Leever
- Pulse by H. J. Daly
- Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
- Pieces of Me by Carrigan Richards
- Synchrony by Cindy Ray Hale
- The Blonde by Anna Godberson
- Fighting for Infinity by Karen Amanda Hooper
- No One’s Angel by Kelly Walker
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
- The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead
- On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
- Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi
- Take Me On by Katie McGarry
- Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
- Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
- Sapphire Blue by Kirsten Gier
- The Wanderers by Jessica Miller
- Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
- Foreplay by Sophie Jordan
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
- Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
- The Jewel by Amy Ewing
- Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead
- Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
- Summer Demons by Mia Hoddell
- Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi
- The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Love’s Prey by Meg Xuemei X
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
- One Foot in the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
- At Grave’s End by Jeaniene Frost
- Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
- Unhinged by A.G. Howard
- Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
- When the World was Flat (and We Were in Love) by Ingrid Jonach
- Stay With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
- Angel Burn L.A. Weatherly
- The Collectors’ Society by Heather Lyons
- The Falconer by Elizabeth May
- Virtual Arcana: The Fool by Karen Amanda Hooper
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
- Cloven by Georgeann Swiger
- Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers
- Virtual Arcana: The Magician by Karen Amanda Hooper
- Reluctant Prince by Dani-Lyn Alexander
- The Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
- Alienated by Melissa Landers
- Persistence of Vision by Liesel K. Hill
- Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Forbidden by Kimberley Griffiths Little
- Virtual Arcana: The High Priestess by Karen Amanda Hooper
- Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
- Foretold by Rinda Elliot
- Awaken by Sarah M. Ross
- Be With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Thimble Down by Peter Prown
- Salt & Storm by Kendall Kulper
- Lux: Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
- Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost
- Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
- Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter
- Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose
- A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray