Fangirlish Favorites: Top Books of 2014

2014 is quickly drawing to a close–but before we ring in the New Year, we’ll be reflecting on our favorite media and moments of the year. Today, members of the Fangirlish team are sharing their favorite book that they read in 2014.

Liz: Noggin by John Corey Whaley

My favorite book of 2014 would have to be Noggin by John Corey Whaley. I’m a huge fan of Contemporary Young Adult. This book had everything that I love. There’s this hilarious concept in which the main character’s head is cryogenically frozen until they can find a new body for him. There are quirky friendships. There’s a bit of love.

Erin: After by Anna Todd

Look, I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and by all the hate emails and tweets we get every time we cover it – it just solidifies to me, how good it is. A great author gets people talking and she has done that. Anna gave a new generation a voice. I admire that.

Lauren: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Iris: Zoo City by Lauren Beukes

My top favorite book this year had to be Zoo City by Lauren Beukes. Think of it as Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” meets the present, but set in Africa and your animal companion is the physical representation of your past crimes. Zinzi is one of the best female antiheroes I have ever found in fiction.

Flo: Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Chloe: Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

I fell in love with Anna and the French Kiss–it’s one of the books that I recommend most often–and had been dying to read Isla for so long. It definitely did not disappoint. The swoon-worthy romance, humor, heartbreak, and gorgeous locales (Spain this time!) we’ve come to expect from Stephanie Perkins made this un-put-downable.

Katie C.: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare was definitely my most anticipated book of 2014, and it did not let me down. A perfect ending to a fantastic series!!

Elena: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Because #JAMMF. That is all. You’re welcome.

Beth: Clariel by Garth Nix

Interesting that this year – 2014 – a year when a whole lot of my favorite series found completion, would be the year I am so certain as to which book is my favorite. For years now, the Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix has sat unequivocally atop my favorites list and each time it expanded beyond the first standalone novel [Sabriel] I would worry that this next book in the series might knock it off its pedestal. Thankfully that’s not happened even with the appearance of Clariel this year, a prequel to all the other stories and a first person narrative look at the evil that shows up in later stories. If one day I were forced to have only one series of books to my name – this series would be it because nary a one in this series could ever be called anything less than amazing and their message, their story and their characters develop in a way that while fantastical will always be thought classic.

Katie M.: Sundays at Tiffany’s by James Patterson and Gabrielle Charbonnet

This was a book that has been on my shelf for a long time. Published in 2008, it’s a book with a simple premise: Jane Margaux’s imaginary friend, Michael, comes back into her life and they both fall in love. Hallmark Channel made a movie starring Alyssa Milano as Jane last year, if it sounds familiar. I read this book and MY GOD did I fall in love with it! The book goes deeper than the Hallmark movie ever did, and has such fantastic detail. Michael and Jane’s relationship is so beautifully casual and sweet! I strongly recommend reading it.

Did your favorite make our list? Let us know in the comments section and stay tuned for more of our 2014 Favorites!

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