This week's Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish is: Top Ten Books I Read In 2014. But I've got a whole yearly wrap-up thing planned, so instead, I'm going to go with: Top Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2014.

I started off the year with the best of intentions. I was going to blow away my reading goals and catch up on all those awesome books I've been meaning to read for a year or more. 2014 was going to be the year I finally got what everyone else was talking about. And to a certain extent, I did. But there are definitely a bunch I'm still anxiously anticipating - some I even had listed for my 2014 reading challenges - that went unread.

Because these are books I feel like I'm really behind on (some of them are entire series at this point), I don't think there are any on this list that were published in 2014, but they're also not classics. I'm picking books that aren't super old, but have been around long enough that I probably should have read by now. (The 2014 releases I didn't get to will be in my yearly review.)

Here's hoping I manage to check off more of these in 2015!


The Night Circus - Erin Morgenstern
Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Beautiful Ruins - Jess Walter

The Keeper of Lost Causes - Jussi Adler-Olsen
The Cuckoo's Calling - Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
A Discovery of Witches - Deborah Harkness


The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein 

Ask the Passengers - A.S. King
Partials - Dan Wells
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin

Shadow and Bone - Leigh Bardugo
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
Looking for Alaska - John Green

Obviously there are so, so many more, but these are the ones that stand out when I'm thinking back over the books I wish I'd had time to finish this year. I'm currently chipping away at The Cuckoo's Calling and The Night Circus, so there's a chance, however small, that I'll finish one or both before the end of the year!

Are there any other books you guys think I really ought to have read by now? Any faves on this list that you think I have to read in 2015? Any books you went into 2014 intending to read that didn't get read? Share in the comments!


  1. I really hope you enjoy Me Before You when you get to it. I think it's a beautiful read.

    1. It's another one I've started... and I liked what I read. I think part of why I put it aside was that I got this feeling that it was going to tear my heart out, fry it up with some hashbrowns, and eat it for breakfast. I'm not the bravest!

  2. Great list!! The Book Thief made my list as well. Looking for Alaska is the next John Green book I'm planning on reading. I also love the Mara Dyer series and can't wait to read The Retribution of Mara Dyer when I'm off work over the holidays.

    Here is my TTT: http://www.jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-10-books-i-read-in.html

    1. I've started Alaska, and it could go either way for me. I've heard it's the most like TFIOS of his other books, though, so I have hopes. (I've also heard that Alaska is a bit manic pixie dream girl, which tends to irritate me, but we'll see.) Mara Dyer is one I haven't really gotten into - but I plan to give it another try!

  3. This was definitely a clever post, and something I should have done since I didnt get to sooo many books I wanted to this year!! Im reading the Unbecoming of Mara Dyer now, its great. Also check out Cinder soon, its clever, engaging and funny. Heres my TTT

    1. Haha! Thanks! I feel like that's me.... every. single. year. I started Cinder and I really liked it! I can't remember what distracted me - I think I had to read something else on deadline - but I know I'm going to like it. I've got the sequels sitting on my shelf too! I tried Mara Dyer and didn't get very far - it didn't immediately draw me in. But I know it's one that is worth persevering with! Looking forward to hearing what you think!

  4. OMG The Night Circus is my most favorite book, EVER!!! I love it so much. I read it when it first came out, and I've re-read it two other times, listening to the audiobook, done by the great Jim Dale. I hope you get it finished up and you love it. I adore that book, SO much!! Thanks for sharing! Here's my Best Books of 2014.

  5. You have some on your list that I definitely enjoyed - Night Circus, Beautiful Ruins, and The Book Thief. Like you, I always seem to have a list of books that I'm sure I'll get to, but just don't for some reason. For me this year, the books were Goldfinch and The Invention of Wings!


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