Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t

January 13, 2015 Top Ten Tuesday 32

toptentuesday2Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get To

I have a feeling I’ve missed a few big ones on this list, but these are the ones that jumped out at me when I thought about what I’d missed and looked at my TBR list. I hope to get to most of these in 2015.

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  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things (Patrick Rothfuss)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Neil Gaiman)
  • Dreamer’s Pool (Juliet Marillier)
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry (Gabrielle Zevin)
  • The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent (Susan Elia MacNeal
  • The Night Garden (Lisa Van Allen)
  • Alias Hook (Lisa Jensen)
  • The Immortal Crown (Richelle Mead)
  • The Art Whisperer (Charlotte & Aaaron Elkins)
  • Child of a Hidden Sea (A. M. Dellamonica)

Which books did you mean to read in 2014, but never got around to? Do you plan to read them in 2015?

32 Responses to “Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t”

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      My daughter loved it, though she’s not quite sure I will. She says there is at least one thing in it that will creep me out. But it’s Gaiman, so I kind of expect that…

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I didn’t love The Night Garden though I really really wanted to. I just couldn’t connect with the main character. The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent looks so great and I’m wanting to try Rothfuss this year. Read A.J. Fikry. It’s a really quick read. I keep thinking that at some point I’ll get my TBR read down to a manageable size. That’ll happen right? Enjoy your reading!
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I actually started The Night Garden and put it down for a while. I’m hoping I just need more time to get into it, but if I don’t connect with the MC soon, I may give up. I loved her first book, though, and that one took a little while to get into, so [fingers crossed]. I’ve put A. J. Fikry on hold at the library, but it there are a bunch of people ahead of me so it will be a little while. But the Rothfuss book is on my shelf and tempting me so much! As soon as I get through some of my ARCs, I’m diving in.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Everyone seems to love The Ocean at the End of the Lane, which is very encouraging! I loved Stardust but haven’t ventured any further into Gaiman’s work yet (except Coraline; I did read that one, or most of it, before my daughter had to return it.)

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I had the same reaction – my list could easily have been 20 or 30 or even 40 books long. Love your list – Jackaby should have been on mine, and I didn’t even know about Moriarty! I still need to read House of Silk first, though. Good luck with your list as well!

  2. Literary Feline

    Even though none of your books made my list, I found myself nodding along with almost off of the titles, saying: “I want to read that too!” Especially The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and Patrick Rothfuss’s book (although I still need to read the first couple of his books!), and The Prime Minister’s Secret Agent. Somehow it slipped by me there was another book in that series already.

    I did read and really enjoy Gaiman’s book this past year. I hope you enjoy it too!

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      I had the same experience on a lot of people’s TTT posts. It almost made me wish we could put 2015 on “pause” so we could all catch up!

  3. Jan

    Oh, you have some great books on here. I read Dreamer’s Pool and loved it, but most of the others on your list are ones I’d like to read either that book or another by the author.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Child of the Hidden Sea sounds terrific. It’s an ARC that I didn’t get to in time. [hangs head in embarrassment] I definitely need to make time to read it this year.

  4. Lindsay

    You MUST read “A.J. Fikry”! I think you’ll like it. The only other book from your list I’ve read is “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” which I thought was decent but not blow-me-away amazing. I’ve never heard of “Alias Hook” but the cover totally caught my eye and I’m about to go look it up! πŸ™‚
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  5. kimbacaffeinate

    I too still need to Rothfuss. I listened to the audio of Alias Hook and enjoyed it. I think my review actually posts this month. I have been shuffling it back for months now trying to make room for books I added. I am struggling with reading more than I have room for on my calendar.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      They both intrigue me, albeit in different ways. Child of a Hidden Sea starts out with the classic “falling into a different world” scenario – in this case literally. I started it and need to finish it.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The Slow Regard of Silent Things is definitely not for people who haven’t read the first two Kingkiller Chronicles books. It’s about one of the secondary characters, and it’s more of a “several days in the life of the character” than a story per se – but so far I’ve really liked it. I’m a little hesitant about The Ocean at the End of the Lane, but I think I’m more likely to enjoy it than some of Gaiman’s darker stuff.

    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      The first one was… it took me a while to get into it, but after I finished it, it really stuck with me. I need to find out what happens next.

  6. Liza Barrett

    Aw man, I forgot about The Ocean at the End of the Lane! I didn’t get to that one either, even though it’s been sitting on my shelf since its publication date >.<

    I strongly recommend The Immortal Crown. It was GOOD.
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      That’s good to know. I had a hard time connecting with the first book in the Game of X series until almost 2/3 of the way through, but it really stuck with me, and I need to know what’s going to happen next!

      • Liza Barrett

        I was kind of the same way at the beginning of the first one. It was one of those where I felt like it was going to have some meat on its bones, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I think it jumped around too much. The second one didn’t really have any of that since we already knew the characters and the world we were in. Much better πŸ™‚
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  7. Lianne @ eclectictales.com

    Great list! Hope you enjoy The Ocean at the End of the Lane and The Storied life of A.J. Fikry πŸ™‚

    Btw, I don’t think you popped by my blog recently but I changed urls some time ago from caffeinatedlife.net to eclectictales.com πŸ™‚
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    • Lark_Bookwyrm

      Thanks for the heads-up – I’ll need to change the blog I follow on Bloglovin! I haven’t popped by very many blogs in the last month or so; I was pretty busy with family. But I hope to do better now that we’re back.