[Top Ten Tuesday] – #41 – Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.


This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books I Read In 2014

Initial Thoughts:

The theme this week was “Top Books Read in 2014” but I’m going to shift the focus a bit and highlight certain categories, like many award shows, and select a top contender for each. I’m sticking to books solely read in 2014. I’m going to be extremely cheesy and call it the Thinker Awards (so you can think about what you would award each category when you respond–but also because thinking is fun?).

I have also enlisted the help of some friends for their input as well (because I have clearly not read everything this list describes LOL). Thanks Jeffrey and Savindi for the assistance. I have marked their nominations with a star*.

2014 Thinker Awards

Best Overall:
A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness)

Best Novella/Short Story:
Legion (Brandon Sanderson)

Best Contemporary/Romance/Mystery/Historical:
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (Gabrielle Zevin)

Best Hero/Heroine in a Contemp/Romance/Mystery/Historical:
Jonathan Melton (Dublin in the Rain)

Best Supporting Char in a Contemp/Romance/Mystery/Historical:
Chief Lambiase (The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry)

*Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Action:
Name Of The Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)

*Best Hero/Heroine In A Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Action:
Kelsier (Mistborn: The Final Empire)

*Best Supporting Character In a Fantasy/Sci-fi/Action:
Vin (Mistborn: The Final Empire)

Best Anthropomorphic or Animal Sidekick:
Manchee (The Knife of Never Letting Go)

Best Book-to-Film Adaptation:
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)

Best Television Adaptation:
The Flash (The CW Network)

*Best Visual and World Building:
Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)

*Best Fight Sequence:
“Vin v.s. Zane” (Mistborn: Well of Ascension)

Best Villain:
Mayor Prentiss/Mistress Coyle (The Ask and The Answer)

*Best Bromance:
Uno & Danny (Mexican WhiteBoy)

*Best Ship: 
Ari & Dante (Ari and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe)

Best Book Hype:
We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

Best Cover:
A Monster Calls (Patrick Ness)

Best Quote:
“You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.”
(A Monster Calls, p.g. 192)


Now it’s your turn! Let me know what you think of some of these (or all of them if you’re willing). But in particular: let me know which book you read during 2014 that you would award the “Best Overall” accolade.

(I also realized I have yet to respond to last week’s topic–oops LOL.)


43 thoughts on “[Top Ten Tuesday] – #41 – Top Ten Books I Read In 2014”

  1. I like the idea of awards for books! 🙂 I just got Legion! I’m scared to read Ness again, so sad. The Name of the Wind is on my hope to own list. The Flash is good, a bit cheesy but good. lol @ Olicity.

    I can’t pick best novel I read this year, that’s too hard! Settle for best novel I read published in 2014? That’s Cress. 🙂


    1. I hope you enjoy Legion! And do let me know what you think about the first line in the story (if it’s reminiscent of the intro on Arrow/The Flash haha).

      I think as an overall, I enjoy season one of The Flash better than season one of Arrow. But perhaps it’s because Flash has the support (re: crossovers etc) to help it along.


  2. Man, I need to read Mistborn already! Two of the best characters are from that series!

    Best ship goes to Bran and Liadan from Marillier’s Sevenwaters series. I never thought I would ship before, but LOVE them.


    1. There should have been a disclaimer somewhere to suggest that I am half-crazy and full of nonsense. But yeah, my friend is definitely feeling all the feels with Mistborn and keeps nagging at me to start it too.

      Gotta admit: it’s always the pair you LEAST expect to ship in the beginning that you end up full-blown shipping for–and perhaps you’ll fight anyone who thinks otherwise. #truefan


  3. Lord, I’m surprised I haven’t gone into apoplexy yet with what The Flash and Arrow have put me through lately (those midseason cliffhangers OMGAH).

    And lol, I would totally argue that Vin should be considered a main character at some point, but yeah, spoilers! (I do agree with Kelsier though…and I love Vin, and all her Mistborn vs. Mistborn fight scenes were epiiiic.)




      Caps lock was broken. Excitement is not fake.

      Haha, yeah my friend thought it’d be spoilers if he told me more than I thought I should know to fill in these categories.

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    1. I unfortunately had to condense some categories because I don’t often read into some genres haha, but I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      Fikry is certainly a book that caught me by surprise. The only detail I knew going into the read was “it’s a book about books”–and it most definitely was!

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  4. I take it from this list that you really, really liked Monster Calls this year! Manchee!!! Poo, Todd? My husband got so sick of me saying that when I was reading Knife of Never Letting Go. And then there was that moment in Knife when I needed to throw the book across the room and cry nooooo with lots of o’s. Have you read Patrick Ness’s newest? I haven’t yet. Still need to read Storied Life–it’s on my list. Love your take on a best of list. And really digging your blog in general!


    1. Full transparency: I only rated A Monster Calls 4/5 stars (if that means anything) but it was still an undeniably powerful book even if I myself didn’t feel all the feels associated with the themes it tackled.

      But I will never forgive Ness (jokes, I will always forgive you, Ness) for letting Todd do that to Manchee! And I did read Ness’ More Than This! Though, if I had read it this year, it would have been a tough call to pick either Monster Calls or More Than This for top spot (can you tell I’m a big Nessochist?)

      Did you see his pseudo-blurb regarding his new book coming out in 2015? I’m all hyped up about that one!

      And thank you for your kind words!


  5. I haven’t seen the Gone Girl movie adaptation yet, but maybe I’ll be able to make the time over the holiday! And I seriously YAY’d when i saw your “first choice” for best ship. I love Olicity!

    Danee @ Fiction Function


  6. Love the awards idea and awesome picks too! Very original spin on this weeks topic. 😀

    As for best book I read in 2014 – Ari and Dante for sure. You definitely need to read it!


      1. I think the last two seasons make it pretty clear what direction the writers are going with regard to Olicity and as for that ending, I’m still trying to recover! I’m so excited for whatever direction they take the show when it comes back in January (far too long!).


  7. Very creative list! And Olicity IS real. Haha! I wish the actress that plays Felicity would come to Fan Expo, I’d love to meet her. The guy that plays the Flash, too!


    1. I’m definitely holding onto that possibility that it’s real (and endgame). Laurel is just [choose your choice of negative word here].

      They have such wonderful personalities off-camera (at least from interviews etc.) that it’d definitely be cool to meet anyone from the cast (well…maybe not Laurel–sorrynotsorry).

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  8. I feel like I should be wearing a fancy dress for these awards. So many of these are on my please-gimme-now list! Also NAME OF THE WINDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD


  9. I have yet to read some of the books you have on here i.e., A.J. Fikry, Mistborn… OMG!!! That Monster Calls though… Awesome read! Pushed people to read it, they did, and now they’re thanking me 😉 LOL!!! I remember posting that same quote on FB because… just cuz of its awesomeness!!! Great post!!!

    Sorry it took me awhile to get here… ooopsie!


    1. It was fun doing this and I’m excited to add more categories next time around! Remember to pick up the hardcover of A Monster Calls instead of reading it on epub or the plain text one! The visuals are worth it! (Except I’ve seen the hardcover with illustrations cheaper than the plain text–and I can’t tell you why.)


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