Best Books I’ve Read in 2014

// January 1st, 2015 // Blogging

    Happy New Year’s! And a new year means its time for the list of the best books of 2014! Woo hoo! Let’s start it off, starting with number 10!

 

    10. Arcade Catastrophe: Candy Shop War #2 by Brandon Mull

    This book is amazing and fun, and about magic candy! But, added with the candy, there are now magic stamps, which can allow you to fly, have super speed, have super strength, or even have the ability to breathe underwater! This is a fun (and sweet) and magical story! This book made my list because it’s magic, which is something I love, and candy, which is something I love as well.

 

    9. A Crack in the Sky by Mark Peter Hughes

    This dystopian story is mysterious, futuristic, and truly gripping. In this dystopia, global warming has occurred, and on drastic levels. The people are basically controlled by technology and the company Infinicorp, and live in shielded domes, oblivious to the dangers outside. But one child, Eli, meets a group of terrorists who live outside of the domes, to learn some answers. Except Infinicorp doesn’t want Eli learning the truth. Can Eli evade the clutches of Infinicorp, and his cruel cousin, Spider? This book was chosen for its message about how to treat the Earth, but it was also really cool, in a future setting.

 

    8. No Place by Todd Strasser

    This is the story of a popular teenager, who suddenly becomes homeless. On this adventure, he realizes what true friendship is. But somebody is trying to get rid of the town’s Tent City. And he will murder to get what he wants. Will Dan be able to stop this murderer from kicking the people out of the town? This book is great because it gives the perspective of someone who had everything, but soon, has nothing. For more information, check out my book review:

http://www.harrisonschwartz.com/book-reviews/no-place/

 

    7. The Screaming Staircase: Lockwood & Co. #1 by Jonathan Stroud

    Have you ever heard of a ghost story? Well, this book is a ghost story. It’s the story of a girl who became a ghost hunter, in a corporation called Lockwood & Co.. She, along with Anthony Lockwood, have to stop ghosts from harming or scaring civilians. Their entire business is riding on this one job though, so will they be able to keep their company alive? This book is awesome!

 

    6. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

    The Outsiders is a brilliant story of how there are problems in society and against the Socs (the rich kids) for the greasers (the poor kids). Ponyboy goes on an adventure with two of his friends, Dally and Johnny, where he discovers friendship is golden. Murder, smoking, and drinking are some negative messages in the story, but the other positive messages compensate for that. The positive messages is one of the reasons I chose this to be on my list. For more information, visit my book review: http://www.harrisonschwartz.com/book-reviews/the-outsiders-2/

    5. The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Jonas lives in a world where jobs are chosen for them, everyone has a part in the community, and everything is perfect. Or so he thinks. When he is employed to work for the Giver, he discovers things aren’t really like what he thought they were. How could Jonas handle the truth? This book was chosen mainly for being so unique. It is unique in ways I had never seen, and is really interesting. I can’t really say anything else, or it would ruin the entire book!

    4. The Maze Runner by James Dashner

    The Maze Runner is a thrilling adventure with a mystery entwined into it. Thomas finds himself in isolation, with other boys, and not being able to remember anything of his past except for his name. But weird things are happening. A girl shows up, and the boys are shocked, because a girl never came before. They must escape the endless maze, or most likely be killed. Will Thomas, Teresa, and the members of the Glade be able to escape?

    3. Fallout by Todd Strasser

    What would have happened if in the Cuban Missile Crisis, missiles were actually fired? This alternate reality story explains that. A family and a few friends must survive in a bunker, because outside, nuclear radiation is everywhere. But they are running out of supplies. Will they survive long enough to get out of the bunker? This is a great book. It explains what happened before the missiles hit, and in the bunker.

    2. The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The amazing author Rick Riordan strikes again in this finale to the outstanding series, The Heroes of Olympus. Based off Greek mythology, this book is funny, cool, and flat out awesome at the same time. A great ending to the series. Its depth in Greek mythology and its humor automatically earns this story a good place on my list. If you would like to see my review for the previous book in the series, click here: http://www.harrisonschwartz.com/book-reviews/the-house-of-hades/

And it’s time. Time for number one. And that book is…

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief is amazing. It really is. It tells the story of a girl living during WWII, and all of her hardships. It is narrated by Death himself, so it is really sad, but also interesting. Death talks about the colors that he sees, mainly when a person dies. The outstanding story can put people to tears, but it is definitely a great read. It truly is marvelous. It’s amazing portrayal of a girl living during the holocaust is great. For more information, check out my book review: http://www.harrisonschwartz.com/book-reviews/the-book-thief/

And that wraps it up! Happy New Year! And a happy new year of reading!

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