My reading buddy Simba and I are here to show you our Top 14 of 2014 (+ 2). I tried to put them into some kind of order, which was hard…

Honorable Mentions:

I’m usually not a big fan of e-book „quickies“/shorts or whatever you want to call them, but the following two really blew me away this year:

„Just One Night“ by Gayle Forman (just One Day #2.5)
"Just One Night" by Gayle Forman

„Why this person? All the things she has told herself, or other people have told her – infatuation or Paris or good acting or lust – no longer hold water, because she remembers so viscerally and feels it anew. It’s not any of that. It’s not even him. Or all him. It’s her. The way she can be with him.“

„The Boy in the Smoke“ by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #0.5)
"The Boy in the Smoke" by Maureen Johnson

“Things change. Never act is if situations won’t change”

#14 „Dangerous Girls“ by Abigail Haas
"Dangerous Girls" by Abigail Haas

“Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.”

#13 „Billy and Me“ by Giovanna Fletcher
"Billy and Me" by Giovanna Fletcher

“I hope you’re enjoying it, though, duck, and not wasting all your time and energy in a thankless job. You’ve got to make the most of life and not let these little opportunities pass you by. Before you know it you’ll be old and wrinkly like me and wishing you’d done more. Just make sure you’re happy.”

#12 „Landline“ by Rainbow Rowell
Landline by Rainbow Rowell

“You don’t know when you’re twenty-three. You don’t know what it really means to crawl into someone else’s life and stay there. You can’t see all the ways you’re going to get tangled, how you’re going to bond skin to skin. How the idea of separating will feel in five years, in ten – in fifteen. When Georgie thought about divorce now, she imagined lying side by side with Neal on two operating tables while a team of doctors tried to unthread their vascular systems. She didn’t know at twenty-three.”

#11 „Room“ by Emma Donoghue
"Room" by Emma Donoghue

„In the world I notice persons are nearly always stressed and have no time. Even Grandma often says that, but she and Steppa don’t have jobs, so I don’t know how persons with jobs do the jobs and all the living as well. In Room me and Ma had time for everything. I guess the time gets spread very thin like butter over all the world, the roads and houses and playgrounds and stores, so there’s only a little smear of time on each place, then everyone has to hurry on to the next bit.“

#10 „One plus One“ by Jojo Moyes
"One plus One" by Jojo Moyes

“The law of probability combined with the law of large numbers states that to beat the odds, sometimes you have to repeat an event an increasing number of times in order to get you to the outcome you desire. The more you do, the closer you get. Or… basically, sometimes you just have to keep going.”

#09 „The Coldest Girl in Coldtown“ by Holly Black
"The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" by Holly Black

“I love you, you see…and I fear I have no way to say or show it that isn’t terrible, except coming here. I would kill everyone in the world for you, if you wanted…….Or not obviously”

#08 „Ed Sheeran –  A Visual Journey“
Ed Sheeran - A Visual Journey

Ed Sheeran – A Visual Journey

#07 „Clockwork Prince“ by Cassandra Clare
"Clockwork Prince" by Cassandra Clare

“We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt–I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted–and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.“

#06 „The 5th Wave“ by Rick Yancey
"The 5th Wave" by Rick Yancey

“But if I’m it, the last of my kind, the last page of human history, like hell I’m going to let the story end this way. I may be the last one, but I am the one still standing. I am the one turning to face the faceless hunter in the woods on an abandoned highway. I am the one not running but facing. Because if I am the last one, then I am humanity. And if this is humanity’s last war, then I am the battlefield.”

#05 „We were Liars“ by e. lockhart
"We were Liars" by e. lockhart

“She confused being spartan with being charitable, and gave away her possessions without truly doing good with them. She confused being sick with being brave, and suffered agonies while imagining she merited praise for it. She confused wit with intelligence, and made people laugh rather than lightening their hearts or making them think.”

#04 „The Martian“ by Andy Weir
"The Martian" by Andy Weir

“He’s stuck out there. He thinks he’s totally alone and that we all gave up on him. What kind of effect does that have on a man’s psychology?” He turned back to Venkat. “I wonder what he’s thinking right now.” LOG ENTRY: SOL 61 How come Aquaman can control whales? They’re mammals! Makes no sense.”

#03 „The Name Of The Star“ by Maureen Johnson
"The Name Of The Star" by Maureen Johnson

“One question,“ I said. „Did you tell me all that because you think I’m going to die?“ „No,“ he said. „It’s because you’re doing something brave, and I felt I should too.“ „I’ll take that as a yes,“ I said.”

#02 „The Madness Underneath“ by Maureen Johnson
"The Madness Underneath" by Maureen Johnson

“There is no normal. I’ve never met a normal person. The concept is flawed. It implies that there is only one way people are supposed to be, and that can’t possible be true. Human experience is far too varied.”

#01 „The Silence of Six“ by E. C. Myers
"The Silence of Six" by E. C. Myers

“What is the silence of six and what are you going to do about?”

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