The Year in Books

It’s the end of the year.

The absolute perfect time to look back on 2014 and reflect on all that happened, the new relationships, the amazing trips, the perfect moments and yes – the very best books.


While 2014 was a busy year, I somehow found the time to devour some really great books. Whether it was on a plane, by the beach, in the sun on my day bed, or in a bubble bath – I became a part of some incredible stories and fell madly in love with some new fictional characters. Book hangovers, were of course, abound in 2014.

Following in last year’s footsteps, I wanted to say goodbye to 2014 by sharing some of my favorite books from the past year. If you’re looking for a recommendation or two, I highly recommend checking one, two, three, or all of these out!

So without further blah blah blah (it’s NYE – I have champagne to acquire!) and in no particular order, here are my favorite books from 2014!

1. Beautiful Player


Spoiler Alert: This won’t be the only novel from Christina Lauren on this year’s Best of 2014 post. I mean, I read six of their books this year. SIX. It also helps that they are super speedy at putting out more novels for me to read.

I’ve raved about my love for Beautiful Player on this blog many times. It’s the book that got me running. It’s the book that made me fall madly in love with Will Sumner. I loved this book so much, I read it three times in 2014. Three times!!!!

If you haven’t read this book yet, let 2015 be the year you do.

Author: Christina Lauren | Genre: Adult | GoodReads | My Review

2. Overseas


This year, I read two books by author Beatriz Williams – A Hundred Summers and Overseas. I rave about A Hundred Summers here. While I absolutely loved both, I particularly enjoyed reading Overseas during my trip to Paris.

If time travel, gorgeous British billionaires, and a hot love story set with New York City and France as the backdrop is your cup of tea, you will fall in love with Overseas. And you will 100% fall in love with Kate and Julian’s unique story.

Author: Beatriz Williams | Genre: Adult | GoodReads

3. The Paris Wife 


Another golden Paris read, this book came highly recommended from one of my best girls for my Paris trip. A fan of Hemingway, this book which captures the story of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley’s marriage was both magical and heartbreaking.

This book is a delightful read with an interesting look at some of history’s most famous authors in the roaring 20’s, including appearances by Gertrude Stein and the Fitzgeralds. Oh and let’s not forget – Paris as the backdrop.

Author: Paula McLain | Genre: Adult | GoodReads

4. Sweet Filthy Boy 


Surprise! Another Christina Lauren book! There’s a reason these ladies are on here twice you guys. And again, I loved this book so much, I read it twice in 2014, including once on the plane ride to Paris with a bottle of champagne because that’s the most appropriate place in the world to read it, right?

Yes, Paris really was a reoccurring theme in 2014.

Much like my testiment to the power of Beautiful Player, I really don’t need to tell you again to read Sweet Filthy Boy. Because I rave about it here and a little bit here.

Just trust me on this one.

Author: Christina Lauren | Genre: Adult | GoodReads | My Review

5. Ignite Me 

tumblr_nff79uqnW61qek8rzo1_500While I’ve been known to read a lot of young adult novels (honestly, they’re magical) I realized when writing this post that I didn’t read as many as usual in 2014. But! I did finish Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me Trilogy and had a serious book hangover for weeks.

Disclaimer: People either love or hate the ending of this series based on whether you’re Team Aaron or Team Warner. You’ve been warned. And don’t hate me if we’re on opposite teams you guys, the heart wants what it wants.

If dystopian young adult novels are your thing and you haven’t read the Shatter Me series – get on that. It’s a perfect cure for anyone craving a new trilogy after finishing the Hunger Games or Divergent series.

Author: Tahereh Mafi | Genre: Young Adult | GoodReads |


And what was my favorite book of 2014? If only allowed to choose one?

Beautiful Player. Because, Will Sumner.

So – what were your favorite books of 2014? I’d love to hear in the comments below or tweet me @crystalcrichard!

Lastly, whatever your plans may be tonight, wishing you a magical, safe, and very happy New Years Eve!

See you in 2015!


4 thoughts on “The Year in Books

  1. Dirty Rowdy Thing tops the list for me. Finn and Harlow own me! Also, I haven’t read it yet but people are raving & recommending The Pact by Karina Halle so i thought I’d let you know maybe you can add to your 2015 reading list.

    1. Dirty Rowdy Thing was probably third in line and then I was like – oh my god, this whole list can’t be Christina Lauren. I’m such a fangirl.

      Can’t wait till YOUR books are on my list next year!

      ps: adding that to my list!

  2. Thanks so much for your recs! And as someone who is Going to Paris next year (btw i’m gonna need you to post some tips lol) i’ll love to read the París wife and overseas :) Sweet filthy boy Was one of my favorites but i think mine Was “Just one day” i read it again this year and fell in love with it all over again <333

    1. I would LOVE to give you some Paris tips!

      Stay tuned. On the blog calendar in 2015 is a series of Paris posts. Better late than never ;)

      I will definitely add Just One Day to my reading list for 2015! Happy New Year! xo

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