Reading Mutiny Challenge: Our Favorite Books of 2014!

It's been a few months since we had a Reading Mutiny challenge, so to ease you back in, we've combined it with another tradition: listing our favorite books of the past year! Each member of our crew has shared one of the best books she read in 2014, and it's truly a phenomenal list. Whichever book(s) you pick for the challenge, you're in for a treat. 

So without further ado: 

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!" 

Dread Pirate B, aka Brigid Gallagher: "In part because I just read it—but also because it is a new favorite—I pick THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black. This is such a fun read. It plays off Anne Rice–ish vampires, but includes really fun tweaks and improvements, including a kick-butt female protagonist (I'm a sucker for those!), a dystopian-esque future, and a cast of unique and interesting characters. Holly Black's world building is spot on. I loved the details she used to create such a vivid world, and she is such a fantastic storyteller." 

Bonny Kitty Cutlass, aka Kathryn Holmes: "One of my favorite reads of 2014 was Jandy Nelson's I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN. Not only did I love the story and the characters, I fell head over heels for the language. Nelson's writing is explosive and exuberant. This book broke my heart and put it back together again, over and over. I can't wait to read it again!" 

Curly McGee, aka G. Myrthil: "I also *loved* I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN and WE WERE LIARS, and I'll add OPEN ROAD SUMMER by Emery Lord. I knew I'd love the book from the moment I saw Emery's adorable trailer (HERE), and the story was just as sweet as I expected!" 

Lady Byrd Bonebreaker, aka Sara Biren: "My favorite read of 2014 was LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid. Based on its description, I knew I'd love this book, but I was unprepared for just how much I loved it. LET'S GET LOST is the story of one girl's journey, the impact she has on the people she meets along the way, and finally, the effect of this journey on Leila herself. It's filled with beautiful prose, heartbreak and hope, and characters that will stay with me for a very long time. 'Weeks, he thought to himself. I'll be thinking about that face for weeks.' 

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Guppy Guts Skullcracker, aka Heidi Sinnett: "Oh, how do I pick? Because I'm a HUGE Wizard of Oz fan, I'm going with DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige. It was so much fun reading about the reimagined world of Oz. Can't wait for more!" 

Jas Ketch, Siren of the Seychelles, aka Kris F. Oliver: "I'll pick BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater. I have been loving the whole RAVEN BOYS series. There are very few books that I buy on Amazon even before they've been released, but BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE was in my shopping cart from Day 1. I love the interaction between the characters. Their relationships are complex. The characters are flawed and perfect at the same time. They feel so very real. These are the kinds of books that remind me why I want to write." 

Back from the Dead Red, aka Ellen Goodlett: "I've got to pick LIES WE TELL OURSELVES by Robin Talley. It's definitely a tough read (due to heartbreaking subject material), but I loved both POV characters—their unique voices, and how realistic they seemed, which can be hard in historical fiction. They both had their flaws (well, okay, one more so), but that made them relatable overall. Plus I think it's an important read in general." 

Shiver Me Timbers, aka Caroline Tung Richmond: "I actually *just* finished my favorite book of 2014: BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson. I usually struggle with verse novels, but I simply flew through this book. The writing is so lovingly and perfectly crafted, and once I started I just couldn't stop. You will not be disappointed if you pick up this amazing book!" 

Brunhilde the Blackhearted, aka Rachel Searles: "I think my favorite YA this year was BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY by Ruta Sepetys. It was so tragic and opened my eyes to a part of history I knew nothing about." 

Neptune, aka Kelly Loy Gilbert: "I'm going to go with CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly (releases February 3, 2015). I loved the realistic, wrenching bonds between sisters and mothers, and I was utterly captivated, horrified, and transported by the world. The story was always surprising and I lost myself in it completely." 

Several of the YA Buccaneers will also be doing individual 2014 Top 10 lists on our own blogs, so you can keep an eye out for more book recommendations from our crew before December's through.

In the meantime, choose one (or more!) of the books listed above to join the Mutiny! You really can't go wrong—they're all so good. What will you be entering to win by participating? We have two awesome prizes up for grabs: an ARC of Jandy Nelson's I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, and a copy of our own Caroline Tung Richmond's THE ONLY THING TO FEAR. You know you want to read these amazing books, so get to work! 

READING MUTINY RULES:

  1. Choose one or more of the selected books for the month and read!
  2. Once you're finished reading, create a blog post of YOUR book review on your own personal blog or share it on Goodreads, then report back here! 
  3. Leave a comment attached to this post with a link to where your review is posted.
  4. For every book you read and review during the Mutiny Challenge you'll gain one entry into our monthly drawing to pick a prize of your choice from our Treasure Chest! Don't forget to enter via the applicable Rafflecopter widget to be eligible for the giveaway!
  5. Additional ways to accrue giveaway points will also be available, so make sure to check out the Rafflecopter widget for all details! 

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Happy reading—and Happy Holidays, too!