Because a picture is worth a thousand words...my top 10 YA reads for 2014:
10. #SCANDAL by Sarah Ockler
9. HORDE by Ann Aguirre
8. FAR FROM YOU by Tess Sharpe
7. THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
6. DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS by Laini Taylor
5. ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O'Dell
4. HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas
3. RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo
And my TWO #1 picks:
1. WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart
1. I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson
Yes, I cheated and picked two #1 books this year...but they were both so good -- here's what I shared about them both over at the YA Buccaneers:
Jandy Nelson could write one of those uncomfortable brochures you find in your OB/GYN's office and I'd still read it. Seriously. I love Jandy for so many reasons and I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN is one of them. Here's what I wrote about Jandy and her books in our Thanksgiving Giving Thanks post:
I'm thankful for YA author, Jandy Nelson. I loved her latest release, I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, but THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE -- that one is at the top of my all-time favorites and reminds me every single day what great writing is all about. When I went out on sub earlier this year, I was honored to use SKY as one of my comp titles -- and in September when I got to meet Jandy, I let her know. Her response: she squealed, jumped up and hugged me, then gave me a huge kiss on my cheek. It resulted in the best personalization ever.
Captain E. Hook, aka Erin L. Schneider: "My favorite read for 2014 was WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart. Full of characters with deep flaws, twists and turns throughout, and an ending that was not at all what I was expecting, this read has it all!"
Make sure to stop by the YA Buccaneers and check out the rest of the crew's top favorite YA reads for 2014. Plus, we've got copies of I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and our very own Caroline Richmond's THE ONLY THING TO FEAR up for grabs for our December Reading Muting Challenge!