What makes a book an Ultimate Supreme Cupcake?
These are books that are cream of the crop! They stand out from all the rest and are books that I simply couldn’t put down, remembered long after the last page was read, and are books that I could re-read. These books have me research more about a person, (if it’s based on some historical fact), a place, and even has me explore more books in that particular genre.
I read a little over 70 books this past year, surpassing last year’s book total. I am quite happy with that, considering some of the personal issues I had to deal with regarding my health, which put me a little behind on my reading schedules.
Throughout the year, I post books with a cupcake rating. It’s a creative approach to the traditional 1-5 star rating. However, I also give ratings to books that are not only a 5 star rating, but an all time favorite read of mine. So, from that list, I chose the books. This makes it harder for me because I have more books with the Ultimate Supreme Cupcake Rating for 2014, but chose the ones that even stood further above the pack. This is why it has been so hard to choose! How do you choose??? It’s like Sophie’s Choice! Okay, maybe not that drastic, but if you are bibliophile like me, then you understand! It’s not easy. So, without further delay, below is the list of books I chose to be the Best Books of 2014.
I fell in love with this book. I had no idea how much this book would touch me, but it did. I love John Searles’ style of writing. It is simple, yet deals with complex issues that many of Christian faith will relate with. Click here for my review.
One word: Creepy! This book had me on the edge of my seat! This is one of those books where I couldn’t read fast enough to keep up! I found myself holding my breath, as I tried figuring out what was going on! Click here for my review.
The title of this book is a mouthful. However, don’t let that fool you. Inside this clever little book is a story that will keep you reading, wanting more, and shedding a few tears along the way! Click here for my review.
I love anything Jane Austen, especially books about her life! The title alone grabbed my interest and when I read it, I was absolutely intrigued and couldn’t put this book down! Click here for my review.
I realize everyone is raving about Randy Susan Meyers’ latest book, Accidents of Marriage, but it would be remiss not to include this fantastic book! It has a storyline that is emotionally charged, will definitely challenge your own belief system about infidelity, and is a book that never fully leaves your mind. Click here for my review.
This is the second book that has completely given me a different and better appreciation for a character/storyline I wasn’t much interested in before. The first was Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, now this one. I loved this story so much that I took my daughter to her first ballet to see The Sleeping Beauty. Yeah, it’s safe to say, I just love this book! Also, it is very different from the movie that came out this summer: Maleficient. Click here for my review.
Julie Klassen’s writing is very similar to that of Jane Austen. I absolutely loved this book and the murder mystery storyline. I was sad to finish the book because I just loved reading about Abigail and the secrets she uncovers. This is by far one of the best books Julie has written! Click here for my review.
This was a huge surprise for me! I have read about Pablo Picasso and his many conquests, aside from his art, but haven’t read much about Eva Gouel. Anne Girard is a beautiful storyteller, as she writes this fantastic novel with very little information about Eva. However, she captures a beautiful relationship between Pablo and Eva, shares the vulnerable side to Picasso and the love that transcends his work. Click here for my review.
So, this is a book that I read for review in 2013, but re-read it this year, for personal use. This is why I posted it as a top pick because I found the book to be so valuable and loved the information about the Amish culture, along with daily prayer and inspiration. It’s an easy read that make it a nice way to connect with God and have prayer life. Click here for review.
In the early part of 2014, I purchased this book online. I had it on my reader and decided to read it, during some downtime I had between book tours. Wow. I was so blown away by this book that I ended up buying other Zelda books, such as the fantastic book, Z is for Zelda, and other books that were about her life and her own book, too. Click here for review.
Have you ever read a book that reminded you of your teen years and first crushes? This book took me back to my youth and while I didn’t have the same life as Eleanor or Park, Rainbow Rowell beautifully paints this storyline to resonate with a reader of any age. It is so raw, has so many layers that teens and young adults will identify with, older people (like me) will reflect on, and will have you rooting for them along the way. I cried, I laughed, and it gave me an absolute love for YA books, again. I don’t read too many YA books, so when I read one that is magical, it’s a book that everyone needs to read! I didn’t write a review on this one, because of time, but I will post a review on Goodreads. In the meantime, check out this book, because you will love it!
I don’t review too many children’s books, but the ones I do, I have been so happy with. This is one of the books I wanted to include in my list because it is so important to share books with other moms and dads, aunts/uncles, and friends, who are looking for a book that isn’t blasted all over the internet or bookstore. It’s a special book amongst many great books, and one that really deserves recognition. I love that the reading is simple, the meaning is huge, and the pictures are fun to look at. While the illustrations are simple, it still gives little one opportunities to talk and explore what they think is happening on each page. Click here for my review.
More Than 1 Book From The Same Author:
It was hard to choose between books, so I had to simply just include the names of these authors.
Megan Shepherd and Sarah Addison Allen. I read Megan’s Madman’s Daughter Trilogy and Sarah’s books: Lost Lake and First Frost. I love them all. I think anyone that likes a Sci-fi/YA book with a female heroine will love Megan Shepherd’s books. I read Megan’s first book in 2013, and the last 2 books in 2014. If you read one, you will need to read all 3. The first book can be a standalone, however the other 2 are definitely books that need to be read in order and back to back.
If you want a little magic in Women’s fiction, then pick up an Allen book. You’ll love her style! These are easy reads, but deal with issues that aren’t so light. However, in Sarah’s fun style, she knows when to include humor, splashes of hope and whimsy, and always ends books with you feeling good. I love her writing!
I hope you have already some of these books and if you haven’t, that you will consider reading them! I am looking forward to some great 2015 books, a couple that I read in 2014, but won’t write much about until they are published. Two of them that I loved are: Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gortner and A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor.
So, which books did you love in 2014? Any on this list? I’d love to hear your thoughts!