Top 5 Books Of 2014

Compiling the books to feature in this post was actually pretty difficult for me, because I've read and re-read some amazing books this year, and I loved all of them for different reasons. But for this post, I've picked the books that made me feel something when I was reading, or because it's a book that isn't similar to anything else I've ever read. So without further ado, here are my Top 5 Books of 2014!

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare. This is book three from the 'Infernal Devices' trilogy by Cassandra Clare. Personally, I think that Cassandra Clare is a wonderful writer and TID is actually one of my favourite book series. It's set in Victorian London, and is kind of a prequel to the Mortal Instruments, as it's basically the same world, just one hundred years before. I prefer the characters in this one to the ones in TMI, and I think that Will & Tessa will forever be my favourite romantic couple. I read this in I think maybe January..? and have been meaning to re-read Clockwork Angel (the first book) ever since! I just adore the writing, the characters, the setting... everything!
Looking For Alaska by John Green. If there's one book that's put me into a book hangover this year, it's this one. I still have so many unanswered questions! This book is about Pudge, a teenage boy who transfers to a boarding school and meets the wild and charming Alaska. This is one of those books that's actually about the secondary character (Alaska), and we're living it through the main character's point of view. I definitely preferred the second half of this book to the first, although I immensely enjoyed the whole thing. If you'd like to know more about this book, then you can read my book review here.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I have never read a book like this before. And I don't just mean because of it's plot & topic, but just one that is so emotionally scarring (in a beautiful way). Lia is the main character, and she has anorexia. Her best friend, Cassie, has just died from a complication of bulimia. This is a very, very deep book that is not an easy or light-hearted read at all. But I think that because of it's brutal honesty and rawness, it's stunning. I also reviewed this book a few months ago, read my review here.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. And my light, fluffy read of the year award goes to: Fangirl. This book is just so damn adorable. But it's not just fluff - anxiety issues, fanfiction and family problems bulk this book out and give it substance. I absolutely adore the relationship between Levi and Cath - it's just so authentic and real and just pretty damn adorable. You know one of those books that gives you those little fizzes in your chest? This is that book for me.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This book is wonderful. It's a kind of mock-thriller, in the respect that you kind of have to work things out as you go along, and yet nothing is as it seems. I'm not going to go into too much detail, because this is the kind of book that you need to read to understand, but for those who'd like a bit more information, I have a book review here that goes into more detail.
So there you have it - those are my Top 5 Books of 2014! If you'd like to see what other books I've read over the past year, you can see a full list of my book reviews here or you can follow me on Instagram (@whatlaurendidtoday) where I usually post a pic of whatever I'm reading. xx


  1. Looking For Alaska is INDEED brilliant! One of John's best books. I read your review on it a while ago and it was on point. Have a great, great new year! Xoxoxoxo


    1. I think it's definitely my favourite book of his! Aw thank you so much! Have a wonderful new year lovely! xx

  2. i love Looking For Alaska, an all time fave! great post - inspired to read some of these in 2015! x


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