Friday, January 23, 2015

Top 14 Books Of 2014

Sorry, the photo is dark at the top.  I tried re-taking it many times.

1. The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty
Image is from LibriVox where we listened to this book as part of our Homeschool.

This book is about Ancient Egypt.  I had to read this book for school, but I liked reading this book for school.  I haven't done a book review for this book, but I want to.  I highly recommend The Cat of Bubastes!

2.  Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones
(also, all the books I read by Jenny B. Jones in 2014)

Okay, so have you seen the movie "My Fake Fiance," with Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence?  I have.  I watched it right before I read this book.  I really like the movie, I also really like the book.  They kind of have the same premise, which gives you a good idea of what this book is about.  I really like that in the book, the main girl character, Lucy, is much less selfish than the main girl character in the movie.  One difference is that Lucy is a Christian.  Also, Lucy is a Super Cool Book Nerd (S.C.B.N.), and she likes STAR WARS!!!!  It's like we're almost twins.  Another thing I like about this book is that the author tells the story from the guy main character, too.  I pretty much always prefer dual point of view.  That is why I wanted my Super Power to be mind reading abilities.  Then I changed my mind, because mind reading abilities might be really annoying.

3.  The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

(*also, all the books I read by Melanie Dickerson)
There is too much to tell about this book, you can check out my REVIEW.

4.  Starring Me by Krista McGee

Aw, I love this book!  This is the second book in a companion series.  The first book is called First Date. These are all Modern Day Biblical Allegories.  Starring Me is based on Issac and Rebekah in Genesis 24.  It's about this girl, and this boy, and it sounds really cliche, but it's not. This book is also told from both the girl and guy's point of view. The guy's name is Chad, and he's homeschooled, and he's an actor, and a singer, and he's a Christian.  So, he's pretty much the perfect guy.

5.  Interrupted by Rachel Coker

Here's the link to my Book Review.  I really like this book.  It's set in the '40's, in America, World War II time.

6.  Spark by Evan Angler

This is the fourth book of the Swipe series.  I LOVE this series.  This series is the reason why my name is Marklessgirl.  I actually started this book in 2013.  But then, I was a kind person and waited for my mother and brother to read this with.  They were waiting to read the fourth book, too.

7.  Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

Here's my Book vs. Movie Review.  This is a Cinderella retelling that is very different.

8.  Like Moonlight at Low Tide by Nicole Quigley

This is a sad book.  If you need a good cry, this is the book to read.  Lots of tears were shed by myself, even when things were not so sad.  This is set in modern times, in Florida.  This is not a book for young readers.  I would not share this with someone unless they were age 14, or maybe older, depending on the person.  If you read the synopsis, that will tell you partially why I would not share the book with a young reader.  It kind of reminds me of The Outsiders, but Christian and with no gangs.  There is a great story of redemption, and love, and finding yourself, and your relationship with God.

9.  Captives by Jill Williamson

(*Actually, the whole trilogy, Captives just happens to be the first one.)
This is a Dystopian book set far enough in the future that I would be an old person, or maybe dead.  (Laughing Hysterically... Why? I do not know... Why, am I not the Mad Hatter? Oh, because I dislike strongly Alice in Wonderland.)  So, we've got two, well, we've got three, but we're only going to tell you about two right now.  There's two places that you live.  One place is called the Safe Lands, but they're not so safe.  And the place that is outdoorsy called Glenrock.  Some evil people from the Safe Lands go and steal lots of people from Glenrock.  Oops, I just remembered, there are four places that you can live, but we're still only going to tell you about two right now.  Anyways, the reason that they stole these people is that there's this disease.  The people in the Safe Lands all have this disease.  They need healthy people to have children so that they can continue having a population in the Safe Lands.  Somewhere I read that they did not think anything like this would ever happen, or has ever happened, but I disagree, strongly!  Because this actually has happened before.  Tribes used to go and conquer another tribe, kill the men, and take the women and children as their own.  This is a very interesting series.  I highly recommend it, but you should be older to read these books, because the Safe Lands is pretty much Sodom and Gomorrah, maybe worse, because I don't think they were forcing women to be surrogate mothers in Sodom and Gomorrah.

10.  Beverly Gray's Surprise by Clair Blank

This is the last book in the Beverly Gray series. This is the only one I have read.  The series is out of print, but worth looking for.  This is a mystery book, and this was the most shocking mystery that I read last year.  That says a lot since I have read a lot of mysteries in my entire life, so I am very good at guessing the answer to the mystery.

11.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

I have tried reading this like fifty times, okay, maybe not fifty, but a lot.  To read this, you really need to get past Chapter 19, because after that, the book gets really, really interesting.  I read the book in like two days when I finally got past Chapter 19.  It took me a week to get through Chapter 18.  I had made it there all the times I'd tried reading the book before.  When I went to re-read, I started at the beginning again.  Sigh.  Anyways, I found an audio book version, and listened to Chapter 11, 18, and 19... and some others previous to Chapter 19 that were tedious to get through.  Once I made it past Chapter 19, I went back to my physical book, and had no trouble finishing the rest.  The first chapters might be interesting to other people if they had not watched all the Pride and Prejudice adaptions available to them before owning the actual book.

12.  The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen

I would describe this book as "Footloose" in the Regency Time Period, but different, but also the same, but also cool.  I am planning on doing a Book vs. Movie Review on this, even though, technically, it's not an adaptation.  Alex is the Dancing Master, and he has been added to my Book Boyfriend List.  Alex is very high on the Book Boyfriend List.

13.  Paige Torn by Erynn Mangum

Paige Alder is the most looking-like-me-character I have ever read about in my entire life! Yes, she's a bit taller than me, but I can relate because I was always taller than others as a child.  I should probably tell what this book is about.  This is the first book in a trilogy.  I have now read all the books, although I only read the first two in 2014.  This girl, Paige, I'm assuming you've met her, she's extremely busy.  And that's a bad thing, because she has no time for God, or herself, or food shopping, or even eating.  I have been there.  It's not fun, no.  No sirree, Bob.  This story is highly marketed, from what I can tell, as a romance novel.  I do not agree.  Yes, there is romance, not that much at all.  The book is mainly about prioritizing your life, but it's less boring than just prioritizing your life.  It's all about Paige's crazy life.

14.  Live Original by Sadie Robertson

This is a combination Autobiography, Do Hard Things for Girls Only, and Bible Study.  I wanted to speed through this book, but forced myself to slow down, and then I sped through it anyway.  This is a book I will probably read again.  Sadie ends each Chapter with a challenge, and I could not slow myself down enough to write down my answers and really do the challenge.  There is some very interesting history about the Robertson family, and Sadie's Mom's family.  She has quite a Christian legacy behind her.

*My rule was that I could only pick one book by each author, so here are my Honorable Mentions by some of the same authors as above.

Honorable Mention:

1.  Anomaly by Krista McGee (the whole trilogy)

I read all this trilogy, it was great, la, la, la.  Here is a link to my Anomaly Review and my Luminary Review.

2.  Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker

I cannot pick which one I like better of her two books, I go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth!  FOREVER!  Here is my link to my Review.  This book is set in the 1960's.

3.  The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

Mystery. Intrigue.  New House.  New Suitor?  Another Regency novel from one of my new favorite authors, Julie Klassen.  I stayed up so late reading this book, and not just the last night I was reading it, every single day I was reading this book.

Thanks for reading this list.  I would enjoy hearing what your Top 14 Books were in 2014 in the comments below!

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