Best of 2014

Another list compiled of the Best of the Best. Pulled from my Goodreads, screenshots captured on the Googles. 
The Book Thief by Mark Zukas

This book was so amazing and I’ll never read it again. Not unless I’m in need of a good cry. Or want to sob for days on end. It was beautifully narrated by Death and he tells you the ending on the first page. What he doesn’t tell you is how you will fall in love with the small German girl and her family and the town she is forced to live in. It was very tragic but very beautiful. Haven’t seen the movie yet, I own it, but I’m still not over it. 
Starvation Heights by Greg Olsen

Nothing like a local author digging up the past in Ollala, Washington. That makes this tale even more gruesome and terrifying. Linda Hazzard was a supposed doctor who got people to sign up for her fasting program during the 1930s. She basically starved them to death and took their inheritance. She preyed upon the well to do social community and then disposed of their bodies in the furnace or down the gully. This follows the last couple victims she had, as well as her trial which took place in Port Orchard. She later died from her own remedies and it’s said the property is still haunted. 

Discworld and Terry Pratchett

This was the year I discovered A’Tuin. My friend managed to swing me all of Terry Pratchett and told me I wasn’t living life until I read it. It’s a bit daunting to get started but I have a cheat sheet. I started with Witches and have been hooked ever since. In a world that describes physics, the universe, and filled with magic and Death and dragons and politics, Discworld is my happy place. Plus Death likes cats. 

Here’s my cheat sheet:

And the man himself. RIP sir. You are still greatly missed:

Catacombs/Catalyst by Anne McCaffery  (Barque Cats)

McCaffery, the woman of scifi, has an immense and vast Universe that spans…well, alternate planes of existence. These ones were a treat as I didn’t know they exsisted. Familiar with Pern, I was more than excited to read these. It’s simple: CATS. IN SPACE. 

A Street cat Named Bob by James Bowen

Okay. Yes. If you haven’t noticed by now, I really fucking love cats. And stuff. And this book was touching and fantastic. Drug addled and homeless James tells his tale of how he got clean, got off the streets and found Bob, who saved his life. (And vice versa). Bob would accompany him busking in London and it was the first time anyone had seen a cat accompany someone in such a way. They garnered a following, Bob received scarves, and then someone approached them with a book deal. Rags to riches, this is definetly a feel good story about overcoming the odds. 

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

This was my first book of hers and I instantly fell in love with her writing style and quirkiness. She’s amazing and captured the heart of what it means to be a fangirl, grow up, and embrace your inner nerd. I’ve read all of her books since and can’t recommend her enough. 
Shadow and Bone Trilogy by Leigh Bardo

I had a friend recommend this one to me and OMG. It was amazing. It’s kinda like Avatar the Last Airbender but awesome and cooler. If that’s possible. It’s a YA series and it gets more awesome as the series goes on. And will blow you away. 
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I got this one initially as part of the Kindle First program offered to Prime users and O.M.G. In a world quite like out own, there is magic in material. Paper, glass, wood, fire, etc. Ceony gets apprenticed to a paper magican to learn the art of paper folding when she really wants to learn fire. She learns quickly and ends up developing feelings for her tutor. When his past comes to taunt him, it’s up to Ceony to bring him back using the art of paper. 

I fold orgami as a hobby so I was blown away by the detail in this book. 
The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer

I first knew her as Neil Gaiman’s wife. And then I discovered The Dresden Dolls. And listened to her Ted talk. Basically, I fell in love with Amanda Fucking Palmer. She discusses the art of asking for help when you need it. And how it’s okay to ask for help. It’s essentially a memior of her time as The White Bride silent statue and how she got into music. And her lifelong friendship with Anthony. And her relationship with Neil. And what it took to be an artist. Definitely recommend this and the audio book. Because Amanda. 
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky

This. Fucking. Book. It changed me. It lifted me. It made me realize I wasn’t alone. It is the ULTIMATE coming of age story and has been around the blocks a few times. It’s about falling in love, discovering who and what you are, and thinking about the things that made you who you are. And that it’s okay to be a misfit, outcast, wallflower. Now go watch the movie. And watch it a million more times.

And in that moment, I swear, we were infinite.