Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Best of 2014: Contemporary Classics and Historical Highlights

It's the last of my Best of 2014 round ups! We're closing it out with my fave real world books of 2014, aka historicals and contemporaries, aka "things that could have happened but sadly did not but LET'S PRETEND OTHERWISE"!

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Gillian's pitch: A German teenager in 1931 and member of the Nazi party comes to realize that everything she's ever known about her "Uncle Dolf" and her past is actually a lie. (A REALLY, REALLY BIG LIE.) Bonus hot Jewish reporter.
Guys, this book. I felt this book in the bottom of my stomach. You HAVE to read it.

Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry
Gillian's pitch: Madcap middle grade! Victorian farce! Murder and mayhem and hijinks galore!

Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen
Gillian's pitch: ROBLET. Robin Hood. Kick ass, knife-wielding, Scarlet. A feminist twist on a classic tale. Sexual tension like WHOA. Emotional torment like hot damn.

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
Gillian's pitch: Sister suffragette/artist/London upper class girl dares to follow her dreams and burst free of the shackles of Edwardian society. Bonus sexy police constable.
THE SWOONS. THE FEMINISM. THE COVER. This book is happymaking.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson
Gillian's pitch: Snarky, savvy Hayley deals with a new school, a cute boy, and her veteran dad's crippling PTSD. Heavy and funny and heartbreaking and healing. Gahhh, this book

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Gillian's pitch: CUTEST CUTE TO EVER CUTE. Lara Jean + Peter K 5eva

Every Breath by Ellie Marney
Gillian's pitch: Modern day Sherlock and Watson, aka Mycroft and Watts, aka Captain and Dr. UST, solve crimes and try not to snog each other at all hours of the day (don't know why the bother).
*dissolves into giggle puddle of goo*

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour
Gillian's pitch: Modern day fairy tale set in dreamy Los Angeles (my home town woooo) with a super cute romance. This book made me HAPPY.

Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Gillian's pitch: A girl named Heart flips a coin to decide between two prom date options. So begins a hilarious Sliding Doors/Pivot Point-esque split story featuring the repercussions of both choices. Bonus ADORABLE SHIP OF DREAMS.
Ship. Ship. SHIPPPPPPPPPPPPP. *whispers* Ship.

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
Gillian's pitch: SQUEEEEEE. Loveably shallow Lainey fake-dates tattooed baking bad boy Micah to win back her ex. Reader's heart is turned to melted cheese and rainbows and glittery joy.
Baking. Bad boy. Micah. Baking. Fake dating. Baking.

Magnolia by Kristi Cook
Gillian's pitch: Two teens, lifelong family friends and arch enemies, are trapped in the same house during a hurricane. Lots of fighting and sexual tension ensues. Should be retitled Shipnolia.

What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Gillian's pitch: I'm going to quote myself here because I've forgotten how to word about this book. "This boooooooooooook. I closed this book with a happy sigh and an aching tightness in my chest, equal parts enchanted and sad...What I Thought Was True made me happy and heartbroken and hopeful (and alliterative, apparently)."

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Gillian's pitch: Quoting myself again here: " ASDHFJSDFKAJSD SQUEEEE *flips table* *runs in circles* *collapses*"


  1. Just added A Mad, Wicked Folly after seeing you flail about it SO much over the last few months :P OH, and I bought Magnolia because of you - OMG THE SHIPS. I was DYING.

  2. Wow! So many great books! 2014 was a great year!

  3. Ah, there are quite a few books in your post that I still need to read! I'm eyeing A Mad Wicked Folly and Magnolia in particular, since I happen to own both.


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