Choosing 10 all-time favourites from the past three years (2012-2014) wasn’t as hard as I thought. The more books I read, the more choosy I become. I’m not as easily impressed as I once was which is indicated by the dwindling number of 5-star books. However, a novel doesn’t neccessarily have to be a 5-star read to become a favourite …
In alphabetic order:
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver [read in 2012]
This is an unusual choice since I’m not into contemporary. Granted, the underlying plot is quite fantastical, but I would never ever consider it fantasy since the story is clearly focusing on real life. I loved the writing style and how the story turned out. Heartbreaking.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys [read in 2014]
Speaking of hearbreaking, this one made me cry so hard. I don’t read many historical novels but the ones I choose tend to blow me away. This one was so devastating but beautiful, I just couldn’t put it down and I will surely reread it a couple of times in the future.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein [read in 2013]
Code Name Bloody Verity! Blew! My! Mind! It was one of my top 2 books of 2013 and I love it like crazy which you can also read in my gushing review.
The High Lord by Trudi Canavan [read (in German) in 2014]
I will NEVER EVER recover from that heartbreak. I always weep easily but there aren’t that many books that make me feel so much heartache. This is one of them and I can’t even think about it without tearing up. This is why – as contradictory as it may sound – it is one of my all-time favourites.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta [read in 2013]
This is the other novel in the top 2 of 2013. It’s epic: a great puzzle with amazing characters and an intriguing plot and even I couldn’t figure everything out, which means that for once I was kept on my toes throughout the novel. Love, love, LOVE!
The Lunar Chronicles Book 1-3: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress by Marissa Meyer [read in 2012, 2013, 2014]
I know I’m cheating here in counting them as one. If I had to choose, I’d go for Cress because each new book is even better than its predecessor. This is also currently my favourite unfinished series and I cannot wait for Winter. I love the characters so much and the books are highly entertaining. This series will always be in my heart – which is why I decided to swap my paperback editions for hardcovers so that I will be able to reread them a gazillion times without the books falling apart all too quickly.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern [read in 2012]
Another unusual choice since I only gave it 4 stars and name it here although I had enough 5-star books to choose from. However, The Night Circus has enchanted me like no other book I’ve ever read. The atmosphere and concept of this novel is mesmerising, although the narrative structure is quite confusing, which cost it the fifth star. Still, just thinking about it makes me feel … weird – all thrilled and filled with anticipation.
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett [read in 2012]
This novel was recommended to me over and over again but I didn’t pick it up for a long time because it’s so ginormeous and a historical novel at that. By chance I stumbled over Jack & Aliena videos on Youtube which was all it took to convince me to give it a try. Although it took my a year to finish, I loved it. The characters, the plot – just my kind of story.
A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin [read in 2012]
Speaking about taking ages – I also spent almost a year reading it on and off. Although I’d probably still choose A Game of Thrones over A Storm of Swords, although Swords is the most thrilling, most nerve-wrecking, most hearbreaking instalment in the series, of the ASoIaF books I read in the past 3 years, this one is most certainly the best.
Watership Down by Richard Adams [read in 2013]
If it hadn’t been for my fantasy seminar at uni, I would never have picked it up. A book about rabbits – yeah, that sounds super weird. What I got was a wonderful, heartwarming tale I will forever cherish.