Tammy’s Top Ten Releases of 2014 I Meant to Read, But…

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I’ve been furiously participating in Top Ten Tuesday for the past couple of months, nearly every week, because there have been so many great topics. This will be my last one for a while, it’s time for a break! I hate making this list, because I sincerely wanted to read each of these books. But too many review commitments and life getting in the way made it impossible. I’m going to make an effort to play catch-up, however, and try to get to as many of these as possible in 2015, especially since I already have copies of each one:-) Instead of the usual “ten,” I’m bringing you my Top Fourteen Releases of 2014 that I Meant to Read:

The Horror Books:

Motherless Child by Glen Hirshberg. Tor sent me a finished copy of this book, so technically I should consider this a review book. Nonetheless, it’s one of five horror novels that I’m determined to read.

Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I’ve heard great things about this psychological horror story, and I have a copy ready and waiting.

The Three by Sarah Lotz. This book has all sorts of rave reviews, and the sequel, Day Four, comes out this year, so I definitely want to catch up soon.

The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman. A vampire tale set in 1970s New York, this book is very high on the list to read soon.

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest. I snagged an ARC of this book at Comic Con, but just didn’t have time to squeeze it in. I’ve read some mixed reviews, but I’m still determined to read it this year.

The Review Books:

The Wilds by Julia Elliott. Confession: I am a book review blogger but sometimes I miss review books. I’ve heard excellent things about this short story collection, so I’m making it a point to catch up.

The Barrow by Mark Smylie. A very kind publicist sent me a copy, yes, after it had been released, but I still feel bad that I wasn’t able to fit it into the schedule. I’ll be taking care of that soon, especially since the sequel comes out this year.

The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. This was one of those NetGalley titles that wasn’t available on Kindle, and I messed up and forgot to download it to my Nook before it was archived. BUT I turned around and purchased a copy, so I have it ready to read and review!

Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Thomas Sweterlitsch. Here’s a review book from Edelweiss that just got pushed under the rug for some reason (certainly not on purpose!). And it received some awesome reviews, so I want to read it even if the review is late.

Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne. I read and loved the prequel to this book, Poison Dance, but I was in a time crunch when the release month came around. I’d love to catch up before Daughter of Dusk (book two) comes out this summer.

The Quick by Lauren Owen. This was a Library Thing win, and I’m kicking myself for not getting to it. It is pretty long, and maybe that’s why I pushed it off.

The Recommended Books:

Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier. Multiple bloggers have recommended this book, and I rushed out and bought my own copy because of that. Now I just need to find the time to read it!

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. This book got lots of good reviews, and I bought a copy when it came out. And it’s another book with a sequel coming out this year.

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner. I loved the first book in this series, and the lovely Tabitha sent me an ARC of This Shattered World. I had hoped to get to it last month, but didn’t.

So, which one should I read first? I need help deciding!

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Posted January 13, 2015 by Tammy in Top Ten Tuesday / 27 Comments

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27 responses to “Tammy’s Top Ten Releases of 2014 I Meant to Read, But…

    • Tammy

      I haven’t really read any positive reviews of Maplecroft from bloggers, for some reason, but all the trade reviews seem to love it. So weird.

    • Tammy

      “Incredibly dark and sexual” are all words that I can get behind. OK The Barrow is next!

  1. The Bird Box is so good! I read an ARC of it around this time last year, and it’s still haunting me. The Quick is fun, too, but quite long and capricious. Set aside a dark night for that one – preferably with a fireplace and plenty of tea.

    I’ll be interested to read your eventual review of The Wilds. If the verdict is a good one, I’ll probably end up buying it. (Half because I just want that cover on my shelf! So stunning.)
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    • Tammy

      I will definitely get to The Wilds, mostly because of the buzz I’ve heard about it. And yes, I love the cover too!

  2. I’ve heard good things about the Barrow and the Cure for Dreaming and Midnight Thief almost made my list. I think everyone loved Dreamer’s Pool. I debated and decided against Dorothy Must Die. I completely forgot about This Shattered World, I own a copy so I should really read that.

    I can’t decide for myself, how could I pick someone else’s book? Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Good luck choosing!
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  3. Dreamer’s Pool caught my eye- I’ve heard great things about that author. The Three is another one that had a lot of buzz. Bird Box sounds really cool too. Sometimes it’s nice to wait for the dust to settle on all the hype before you read new releases. Hope these are all worth the wait, Tammy!
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  4. I’ve been meaning to read Maplecroft as well – I actually bought a copy but for some reason I just never got around to it. You’re right, there have definitely been mixed reviews but I want to make up my mind for myself since sometimes I really like books that others didn’t enjoy. This will be the year that I read it!
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  5. Bird Box and The Tree were both a couple of my favorites. Maplecroft was one I was super excited about but was a little disappointed in the less than positive ratings I’ve seen so far. I can’t believe I didn’t get around to The Cure for Dreaming yet either. Soon!
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