Friday, 4 April 2014

Five Friday Favourites: Favourite Books of 2014 So Far


Five Friday Favourites is a weekly event hosted by Book Badger, where once a week, a five favourites subject is posted and everyone is welcome to join in. You can find out more about Five Friday Favourites and the future subjects here.



This is a nice easy topic this week! Pick your five favourite books that you have read so far this year. I've read 31 books so far this year so I had a lot to choose from. But I haven't had too many five star reads this year, so that made it a lot easier to pick.




Okay, yes, I'm cheating! This is technically three books and 1 novella, but as it is a series it seems perfectly acceptable to use them as only one of my favourites. This series completely blew me away, I wish I hadn't waited so long to read it. Aria and Perry were such brilliant characters and I loved their romance. The world building is this series is exceptional as well. If you haven't read it then you really need to go do that... NOW! 
You can read my review of Under the Never Sky here

A book that comes with it's own soundtrack, how can you not love it. Being able to listen to the songs as the characters wrote them was a lot of fun. I fell in love with music and can't stop listening to it even now. But listening to the music makes me think of the book and then I just want to go read the book all over again. Colleen Hoover is a tricksy ninja, she makes me love her New Adult books. That's no easy task as I have hated most NA that I have read. Brilliant concept to have a soundtrack written especially for the book. Loved it.
You can read my review of Maybe Someday here.



I actually had quite low expectations for the Uninvited, I'm not quite sure why. I just thought it was going to be an okay read but like a lot of books I've read before. So I was really pleasantly surprised when I ended up absolutely loving this one. I am itching to get my hands on the sequel already and am not too pleased about the long wait. I thought this one felt realistic to how the world would react if we were told by the government that they could use our DNA to figure out which people were capable of murder. A really interesting concept and great start to a new series.
You can read by review of Uninvited here

I finished this very recently and am still trying to write my review for it. This is one of those stories that will stay with you for a very long time. I had assumed this was going to be just another young adult thriller, but it wasn't at all. The hunt for the killer was such a minor part of the book that I rarely thought about it that much. This was more a story about love, friendship and finding out who you are as a person and being able to accept that about yourself. It was a really beautiful book and that makes it so much harder to review. 



The Program was a book that I kept seeing a lot when I first started blogging. I finally caved and got it for myself late last year and I am so happy I did. It was a brilliant start to a two part series, but I have to admit the end book was really disappointing for me. In this book, suicide is seen as an epidemic and as more and more teenagers begin killing themselves the government comes up with a solution. The solution is The Program, which helps to wipe their memories of any incidents in their life that could make them sad or willing to end their own life. It was a brilliant book and I'm just sad the last book was so disappointing.  
You can read my review of The Program here.



My Weekly Book Haul
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick: 3/5 Review
Some Changes & A Giveaway
Top Ten Tuesday: Gateway Books
Films for Thoughts on Thursday - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
After the End by Amy Plum: 3/5 Review



14 comments:

  1. This week was a nice easy week wasn't it? These are some good books listed, I'm seriously considering Under the Never Sky now and it's thanks to your reviews, damn, I really want to try them, and I've seen your review for The Program and it sounds pretty good, as well Maybe Someday, but I'm still not sure on that one.. Far From You is like, bang on my list, I've heard such great things, so glad you enjoyed! You've been making more design pieces too, they look fantastic hun, well done! Told you you were fab :D

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    1. It was nice to not have to go through my whole Goodreads shelf in order to find books for once lol! I definitely recommend the Under the Never Sky series, it's soooooooo good! Far From You was incredible, that book really surprised me and I absolutely loved it. Thank you, I've been trying to make them as I go along :)

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  2. These look really good. All added to my TBR list. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks, hope you get to some of them soon :)

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  3. I am DYING to read THE PROGRAM, but the library is being sooooo sloooow. I may just buy it. ;)

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    1. It was a really great book, terrific start to the series. :)

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  4. I love the Under the Never Sky trilogy! I've read Slammed by Colleen Hoover, and loved it, so I must give Maybe Someday a chance, great list!

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    1. Such a great series, one of my favourites. I loved Slammed and Maybe Someday was so good, hope you get to read it soon :)

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  5. I loved Under the Never Sky, such a great trilogy! I enjoyed Maybe Someday too, it definitely had all the feels! And Uninvited, I agree, such an interesting concept. I'm disappointed to hear the second book after The Program wasn't that good. Oh well! Great list! ~Pam

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    1. Under the Never Sky became an instant favourite of mine as soon as I read it, truly incredible series. The Treatment was just a big let down for me, it didn't answer all the questions and had a really abrupt end.

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  6. I haven't read like ANY of these...phewf. What have I been doing?! x) I would really like to read Uninvited and The Program. I think The Program is one of the last more "famous" dystopians I haven't read yet. Need to get onto that!!

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    1. It's definitely worth a read, a very good start to an series. It's just a shame that I hated the sequel so much, it ends really abruptly and doesn't really answer all the questions.

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  7. Ahhhh. I need to read all of these books! I am hoping to begin Under the Never Sky, Uninvited and The Program in the near future. Fantastic list! :)

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  8. great picks. Loved The Program and The Uninvited.

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