Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books I Read in 2014.
Most of these books won’t be a surprise as they have appeared on some of my other lists already.
1. Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong
The final book in Kelley Armstrong’s Nadia Stafford series and something I had been anticipating for four long years. In Wild Justice, Nadia finds herself face to face with the killer of her young cousin and is forced to confront her memories of the past. This was an excellent conclusion to the series and well worth the wait.
2. Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews
Magic Rises is Kate Daniels book number six and one of the best new additions to the series. It brings a breath of fresh air to the books as we get a change in scenery when Kate and crew venture overseas. There’s also an escalation of stakes in Magic Rises as things with Roland, Kate’s father, start to ramp-up.
3. Astonishing X-men by Joss Whedon
I’m going to count Joss Whedon’s entire Astonishing X-men run as one. I’m a huge fan of Whedon and he did not disappoint with his contribution to the franchise. Astonishing X-men features a smaller cast of the X-men and a more centralized main plot than is typical here. This really worked for me as it allowed for some interesting character development for Kitty Pryde, Scott Summers, and Emma Frost.
4. The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian has been getting a lot of positive hype lately and its fairly well deserved. Stranded on Mars after an aborted mission, astronaut Mark Watney faces a seemingly impossible survival scenario. This was an excellent hard sci-fi book with some great humor interjected throughout.
5.The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
After stumbling across a traveling library the Queen slowly becomes an avid reader. This follows her personal transformation as the books she reads start to modify her perception of the world she lives in. If you’re in the mood for a quick and engaging read, I would highly recommend The Uncommon Reader.
6. Guardian Demon by Meljean Brook
Guardian Demon is another book on the list that is a series finale. In this one, Lucifer has finally figured out a way to break through the barrier between hell and Earth. The battle that all these books have slowly been building up to finally happens here and its just as intense as promised. Highly recommend reading this series from the beginning.
7. Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison
The Elder Races series can sometimes be a hit or miss for me. Night’s Honor was a definite hit. Tess lands a job with Xavier del Torro in the hopes that the possibility of starting a war with the vampire demesne will be enough to keep her former Djinn employer at bay.
8. Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire’s Waltz by QuinRose
Another series that I’m counting as one since they’re a quick read. Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire’s Waltz is a bit of a guilty pleasure for me. It’s a fluffy manga very loosely based off of Alice in Wonderland.
9. Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
Heart of Obsidian is book 12 in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series and one I was surprised with how much I enjoyed the story. Sahara has spent the last seven years locked away and with no real memories of who she is. This follows her as she works to regain her memories and overcome what was done to her.
10. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper
I have a strong affection for paranormal stories and roadtrip books, so this one was right up my alley. How to Run with a Naked Werewolf was a funny light read that loved to death. After witnessing a shooting Anna Moder once again finds herself on the run from something, but this time she has the unwanted company of Caleb Graham.