Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To

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This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is the Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To.

One of the strange, weird and wonderful things about being a book blogger is the sudden availability of advance reader copies, which are often provided to a blogger for review prior to a book’s publication date. After nearly two years of blogging this experience is no longer the unfathomable novelty it once was, but to this day I’m no less grateful and humbled when I receive one. I’m always acutely aware of what a privilege it is to hold one in my hands and to be reminded of the time, money and effort that went into creating and distributing each one. That said, even the stories I am most excited and passionate about occasionally, unintentionally fall by the wayside. Whether it be because of a scheduling conflict, a desire to wait until a book’s hype has receded or a simple case of bad timing or a missed opportunity, these are ten 2014 advance reader copies I received for review and have yet to read.

Now, here’s where you come in! While I have every intention of reading every single one of these books, I’m at a loss as to where to begin. Which book do you think I should read first? Have you read any of these releases? Which one was your favourite? Please let me know in the comments – I would love to hear from you!

As always, these choices are listed in no particular order.

1) Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

2) Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho

3) Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

4) Anatomy Of A Misfit by Andrea Portes

5) Let’s Get Lost by Adi Alsaid

6) Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan

7) There Will Come A Time by Carrie Arcos

8) I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

9) Girl Defective by Simmone Howell

10) Blind by Rachel DeWoskin

20 Responses

    1. Irecently finished I’ll Give you the Sun. I thought it was an amazing book. . beautifully written great story line. a book to remember.

  1. I so know what you mean when you say that scheduling conflicts, missed opportunities, and bad timing/hype can mess things up! I think I received most, if not all, of these as well and can’t say I’ve read any of them yet! Amy Finnegan is a friend of mine, though, and she is so super nice… so maybe start with hers! 🙂 I hope you get to them all soon. 🙂
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  2. I’ll Give You the Sun was absolutely wonderful. I don’t know if you’ve read The Sky is Everywhere, but IGYTS has that same lyrical Jandy style that I absolutely love. The writing was beautiful and the characters – ghafkjhsdfkjs. I just wanted to wrap Noah up in a blanket and give him a hug. Seriously, this book was just so good!
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  3. I really loved I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN but not everyone did, but didn’t at all love BELZHAR but lots of other people did. I had actually forgotten Althea and Oliver, although I also got an ARC and haven’t gotten to it yet. ANd I haven’t seen it reviewed all that much, though I know a few people who really did enjoy it.

    Happy reading!
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  4. Althea and Oliver was on my Best of 2014 list, so I obviously love that one. I actually think it could be shelved in ‘adult’ fiction just as much as ‘YA’. I also loved Anatomy of a Misfit, Lies We Tell Ourselves, and I’ll Give You the Sun (though The Sky is Everywhere is still my favorite!). I tried reading Blind, but couldn’t make it more than a few pages. The MC grated on my nerves, but I’m sure she grows throughout the book, so it might be one you just have to stick with… I also started Belzhar and then got distracted by something else shinier. I’m a huuuuuge Bell Jar fan though, so I’ll likely go back for that one!
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  5. I’m laughing at the ones on your list I’ve DNFed. Based on some of the books on here though, I suspect/hope that you’ll like them more than I did. They weren’t horrible books btw, but they were not Christina books. LWTO was fabulous, as was IGYTS. I actually liked Blind, but it wasn’t what I expected at all. Very slowly-paced, but I also thought highly realistic.
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  6. Belzhar – I got it at ALAMW and never got to it, which is sad because I’ve heard such great things about it! Plus, it is different from what I usually read so I was really looking foward to it!
    Let’s Get Lost – I really liked this one!! It was written in such a unique, choppy way, but somehow managed to come together really nicely!
    I’ll Give You the Sun – Some friends of mine differ in opinions on this one! Some are disappointed, while others LOVED IT! I’m nervous!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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