The Best of the Year

The Year in Reading: The Top Books of 2014 (Part 1)

I have read 454 books at this point in time and from those 454 these are the books that I most liked.

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For the first time ever, I got to see someone who bore some resemblance to me and my culture in popular media. Plus, Kamala is plain funneh. I enjoyed this one immensely.

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Fukumenkei Noise by Ryoko Fukuyama

Okay, so this one hasn’t been translated into English yet but I hold out hope that it will be licensed by a publisher that will have it translated. I read Fukuyama’s Charming Junkie and absolutely loved it. This one (I have been reading scanlations) is just as amazing. Three volumes so far and ongoing..

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This strange and introspective graphic novel is not your usual fare but it has a profundity to it that transcends mediums and genres. The art is beautiful and the story has a slow burn that culminates most satisfyingly.

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The premise of this one is fantastic. A precocious motherless nine year old, a father too sunk in grief, a teacher, her unspoken desires for an ex-boyfriend, a jazz club and opportunity. The events of this book take place in one day but the writing is so amazing, the pacing so perfect that it all comes together with a bang at the end.

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Howl’s Moving Castle was amazing and I enjoyed the second one in the trilogy (companion novels really) so I had been meaning to read this one for ages. I’m glad I finally did so because it was amazing.

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The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy

This high fantasy trilogy was amazing. I have spoken at length about its amazingness somewhere else.

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I don’t know why I didn’t review this but let me just say that this one was amazing. I loved it.

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I like all of Ogawa’s works but this one is a masterpiece. All the stories are linked together so skillfully and the ending reveals all the intricacies in a way that is both shocking and profound.

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This was perfection. Enough said.

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This little picturebook gave me all the feels. It’s just so beautifully imagined and realized.

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