5 Things :: fave books in 2014

Thanks to the wonderful Selah @ A Bibliophile’s Style, my blogging world has expanded.

It really was only a matter of time, of course. I am, first and foremost, an English major and inveterate bookworm. I may flirt with fashion, and clothing and style may be the flavor of the year, but I cannot deny my roots.

I read. I write. I should write about reading.

But, as is the case of the gardener who spends his entire day on other people’s lawns so he comes home and is too tired/disinterested/fed up to manage his own, I’d been loathe to address books and writing on this blog since I’m immured with them during the work week; I needed a break.

It seems that now, however, the situations have reversed and I feel I’ve spent to much time focusing on fashion that I need a hiatus from it.

Enter Book Badger and her fabulous memes. She is a gal after my own heart because she has a plan. And her plan includes lists. And we all know how the OCD in me adores lists.

I am going to try my hand at participating in several of her memes whenever the occasion coincides with my own – I am still a style blog and would hate to do a 180 on my loyal readers – but I would like to become a regular on her Five Friday Favorites because quite frankly, I’m running out of 5 Things topics and they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I’d been meaning to search out a linkup for Sundays anyhow, so what the hey?

Today, then, I give you Book Badger and the Favourite Books in 2014 I’ve Read So Far:

1. the Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – So it was initially going to be this series and only this series that I featured today. Why? Because Ms. Carriger conveniently broke up her mind-blowing, game-changing story into 5 cliff-hanger-y parts. But then I thought that most of you want variety in your lives. And also, most of you may not be as enraptured by steampunk and alternative Victorian England as I. So I’ll just make it my #1 choice of fave book of 2014 and leave you to decide whether you want to pursue it or not. A final word: why “game-changer”? Because this, my friends, is how to do vampires and werewolves right, no sparkles and unnatural births in sight.

2. the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer – It’s Star Wars (the first trilogy, you heathens!) meets the Brothers Grimm. Cinderella is Luke Skywalker is an android. There’s a snarky spaceship that could double for an articulate R2-D2, a devil-may-care captain who’s a dead ringer for Han Solo. I haven’t sussed out Obi Wan or Leia yet, but I know the connections are there. It’s not complete yet – 4th book comes out next year – but I blasted through the first three in and they’re a fun ride.

3. Also Known As by Robin Benway – I already spoke about this series, so you know my thoughts on it. Waiting on tenterhooks for the third one since #2 left me sort of hanging. Argh.

4. the Lumatere Chronicles by Melina Marchetta – A trilogy of epic proportions. And I don’t use that word lightly or in the current nerd/gamer slangspeak way. These three books (Finnikin of the Rock, Froi of the Exiles, Quintana of Charyn) rocked my world with their intense, well-realized realms and fascinatingly ambivalent characters. The plot got really confusing at parts because of the multiple P.O.V. shifts, but the layers are well-worth your time. These are not for the faint of heart – you’ve got to allow the story to unfurl leisurely and the cast is legion. But you will be rewarded by your patience – I swear! – and Ms. Marchetta concludes everything in the most satisfactory and complete manner. Perfection.

5. You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle – Because I need to deviate from the norm and give you a non-series read in case you don’t have the time to invest in a world. This one’s a good bit of fluff with enough character development to give it proper gravitas. Think of it as a Snickers bar versus cotton candy.


Week in review – I knew there was a reason Geometry was the only Math I liked in high school.

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9 thoughts on “5 Things :: fave books in 2014

  1. […] The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger – because yes […]

  2. Thank you hun for taking part! It’s amazing to see my meme is breaking into the fashion blog sphere too, that’s fantastic. I’ve read Gail Carriger’s Etiquette and Espionage and enjoyed that, so I’ll have to look at more work by her, and I’m getting on that Lunar Chronicles bandwagon ASAP. Once again, thank you! 😀

    • mtsedwards says:

      I actually discovered Gail Carriger from her Etiquette and Espionage series and, needing a Carriger fix after the second one, I sampled Parasol and was instantaneously hooked. And yes, you should definitely get on that Lunar Chronicles bandwagon – it’s a terrific ride!

  3. dapperdolly says:

    Looks like I’m just in time – just nominated you for a Readership blog award which you can participate in if you want to 🙂

    More info here: http://fashionthatpays.wordpress.com/2014/04/06/wonderful-team-member-readership-award/

  4. Val S says:

    I suppose I should at least try reading some YA novels or vampire series before I roll my eyes. ; ) The Parasol Protectorate sounds promising.

    I’m going to do a new link-up at the end of the month – it’s a photography scavenger hunt. It’s fun to integrate new things into the mix!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Ooooh! I may not be the most advanced photographer – I still use my iPhone for blog pics, fer cryin’ out loud! – but I do so love scavenger hunt! Count me in!

      And yes, I do the eye roll too – Twilight has done in reverse to YA what Harry Potter had accomplished – but I swear the Parasol Protectorate is great fun. And exceedingly well-written.

  5. Ah, thanks for these, Maricel. Vampires intrigue me. See you later at Vis Monday! xo

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