Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop ~ Enter to Win One of My Favorite Books of 2014


Welcome to the Best of 2014 Giveaway Hop!

I'm so excited to be a part of this hop because if you follow me on Instagram you know that I love to read!  Starting now thru December, each of the participating bloggers listed below is hosting a great giveaway featuring their favorite book or books that were published in 2014 or that they read in 2014. You can hop through the list and enter every one of them!  

I will confess that I haven't always been a reader so some my "best of 2014" list are older.  The book that reignited my love for the book was Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl.  I'm an avid reader of Entertainment Weekly and they hyped it up so much that I got it especially for our cruise vacation in 2013.  I read quite a bit after that, but then when I became pregnant with my son my leisure time became sleep time and I stopped.  I had my son in March of this year and once the family was adjusted I discovered that I had lots of quality reading time while he was nursing.  I decided to get right back with another Gillian Flynn novel Dark Places.

I really didn't think I would enjoy this books as much as I did.  It is my second favorite of her books.  During this time period I also read If I Stay because I was hearing about the movie coming out.  I read The Silent Wife because of comparisons to Gone Girl, but honestly didn't really feel like it did compare. I also started reading The 39 Clues series with my son during Summer break.  I really wish he wanted to continue reading them because I was hooked!



I know that I'm late in the game on this one, but this was the year I discovered Liane Moriarty.  I really wanted to read Big Little Lies, but I've been doing my best to be frugal and borrow from the library so that meant I had to wait.  In the mean time I started with The Husband's Secret.  I LOVED it and followed it up with The Hypnotist's Love Story.


  

My favorite book of hers though came next with What Alice Forgot.  I think something about having been married for about the same amount of time and having three kids I could really relate to the book in a lot of ways.  I seriously wanted the book to last forever.


Next came two very different books Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects and Where'd You Go Bernadette

 

I read The Woman Upstairs after this but it was kind of a struggle getting through it for me.  It felt overly descriptive in parts and had characters I didn't care about.  I was happy to follow it up with Visitation Street that had characters I was actually interested in reading about.  



Next up was We Were Liars and I'll just say that I was not at all prepared for that one.  There were some tears.

After Visiting Friends was a nice change of pace for me.  I really enjoyed reading about the author's journey to learn more about his father.  And being from the Midwest I felt like I had sense of places he wrote about whether it was Iowa, Nebraska or Chicago.

After a long wait came Big Little Lies and yes, the wait was worth it.  I was interested to read that it is in talks to be made into a TV miniseries. That could be interesting and I'd want to watch.



The last two books I read this year are Before We Met and Bellweather Rhapsody.  I really liked them both.  I enjoyed Bellweather Rhapsody because I was involved in music in high school at the same time this book was set in and how can I not love a book that mentions a Weezer album??

  

Okay I think that about sums up the list.  I probably forgot one or two, but these are the ones that stand out  Oh, and I'm currently reading Everything I Never Told You.  Although I'm not done I can still recommend it.


The Giveaway:  One person will win one of the books featured above that I read in 2014.  It will be the winner's choice!  Enter via the rafflecopter form below.  Giveaway ends December 18th.

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After you enter my giveaway be sure to head over and enter the other blog giveaways!  Have fun and good luck!

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Disclosure:  Affiliate links are included in this post.  This giveaway is sponsored solely by Confessions of a Frugal Mind.

58 comments:

  1. I think based on what you said it would be Dark Places.

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  2. I'd like to win we were liars and I'd like to recommend you to read any of Neil Gaiman's works you can never go wrong with that guy XD

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  3. I would choose either Big Little Lies or Everything I Never Told You....they are both on my want to read list. :) Thanks for the chance to an be of them. Happy holidays.

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  4. I think I would like to read Where'd You Go, Bernadette. I thoroughly recommend The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern - amazing book!!

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  5. I think I'd like What Alice Forgot. You should read Sharp Objects.

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  6. I think I would choose one of Gillian Flynn's novels- I just finished Gone Girl and I'm kind of obsessed now! I'm going to recommend a book that I actually haven't read yet, because it hasn't been released: Kristin Hannah's 'The Nightingale'. She is one of my favorite writers, and this book is her first foray into historical fiction. I have a really, really good feeling about this one!

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  7. I would like to read Before We Met.... that sounds like it would be good. If you haven't read The Deepest Secret by Carla Buckley yet, I think you would really like it

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  8. I would like to win Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, and I would recommend that you read The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  9. I just read Gone Girl and really enjoyed it so I would pick Dark Places. She is a new author for me. I would recommend Shatter me by tahereh mafi, that was really good.

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  10. I would pick What Alice Forgot. My aunt recommended it to me and it sounds good! I would recommend to you Still Alice by Lisa Genova. If you haven't read it yet -- my goodness it's amazing. I read it in one sitting. It's been developed into a movie that comes out pretty soon...I can't wait to see it!

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  11. We read the 39 Clues series with our son. Really enjoyed them. We recently(ish) finished the Blood of Olympus. Perhaps Percy Jackson would be a good series to read with your son. We've also really enjoyed The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, although I think the final book was a bit weaker than the previous 2.

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  12. Gillian Flynn's Dark Places has been on my TBR list for a while. I'd recommend the last book I read, Neil Gaiman's Ocean at the end of the lane

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  13. I'm dying to read We Were Liars. My recommendation is The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender. I'm in love with this book!

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  14. I'm dying to read Sharp Objects. It's the only book I haven't read by her.

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  15. I'd love to win Big Little Lies. It's on my want to read list!

    I recommend a few amazing books - I read the newest Post Secret book recently and it's kind of amazing and powerful. And a simple "read". I highly recommend it!

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  16. I'd love to read Dark Places. I highly recommend reading Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys or any of Dorothy Allison's books.

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  17. I'd like to read Dark Places. I would recommend Labor Day by Joyce Maynard

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  18. I'd like Wher'ed you go Bernadette and I would say that you should read Eleanor and Park next.

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  19. I want to read The Husband's Secret. I think you should read Accident's of Marriage. I really enjoyed all the perspectives in the book.

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  20. I really want to read We Were Liars. And a book that I think you read next is A Dark Inheritance by Chris D'lacey. It's very Rick Riordan-esque.

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  21. I would love to win We Were Liars by E. Lockhart! and I would recommend The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson if you haven't read this book yet. I'm not sure if this book is right up your alley, but check out the synopsis! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

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  22. i would like to win Gillian Flynn's Sharp Objects i would recommend Chelsea Cain Heartsick

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  23. I'd like to win Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and I'd recommend you read A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout.

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  24. Win the 39 clues. Recommend Dark Places.

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  25. Before We Met sounds amazing!

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  26. Aqdas Ahmed krazy_butafly2@msn.comDecember 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I'd like to win Sharp Objects

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  27. I'd pick BELLWEATHER RHAPSODY, and would recommend Rodes Fishburne's GOING TO SEE THE ELEPHANT.

    eai(at)stanfordalumni(dot)org

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  28. I'd pick What Alice Forgot. I can't really recommend one to you because I'm just getting back into reading after a hiatus of three years of taking care of others.

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  29. I'm a fan of Gillian Flynn and also read Sharp Objects which I loved. I'd choose the Dark Places book by her. I'm not sure which book to recommend to you, I tend to like ones that most people don't lol :)

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  30. I would love to read Everything I Never Told You or Big Little Lies. One of my favorites was T
    he Girl Who Came Back. If you like historical fiction you should try that.

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  31. I think I'd love to win We Were Liars and I think you should read the Bronze Horseman trilogy or Outlander series! Reading now and both amazing!

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  32. We were liars sounds good and I honestly have no idea what you should read next but I am sure you will make a most excellent choice

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  33. Based on your list above I would either choose Sharp Objects or Dark Places, I read Gone Girl and liked the author's work.

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  34. I would love to win Everything I Never told you and I think you would like Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan.

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  35. I would love to win a copy of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. My recommendation is the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  36. Probably Bellweather Rhapsody. Perhaps your son would enjoy the Riordan Percy Jackson series or the Egyptian series, I thought both of those were fun!

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  37. I would like to read Dark Places or The Husband's Secret. I would recommend Missing You by Harlan Coben. He's one of my favorite authors b/c of his unpredictable plots, character development, dialogue, and sense of humor.

    Thanks :)

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  38. I'd like to win Dark Places by Gillian Flynn. As far as what you should read next, I'd recommend The Secret Place by Tana French.

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  39. I would pick We were Liars.. never read it but very much want to.
    Hmm.. I'd recommend Memoirs of A Geisha

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  40. It's so difficult to choose, but I would love to read The Husband's Secret or We Were Liars. Book I'd recommend: Chanel Bonfire by Wendy Lawless.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  41. I read Gone Girl on my recent cruise, so I wouldn't mind reading another one of her books. That or We Were Liars. As for a recommendation, if you are enjoying Everything I Never Told You, I would recommend anything by Anchee Minn or Ruth Ozeki. Not a bad book by either of them.

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  42. I want to read The Husband's Secret. I think you should read Accident's of Marriage

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  43. Big Little Lies or any of Liane's books for me. I'm not good at recommending books.

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  44. I would love to read Big Little Liars, and one I think you would like is Flawless by Jan Moran.

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  45. would maybe choose Visitation Street; recommend Dan Brown

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  46. From your list of favorites, I would love to win "Where'd You Go, Bernadette?" by Maria Semple. And based on your list, I would recommend that you read "The Art Forger" by B.A. Shapiro.

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  47. I would choose *We Were Liars*. You should continue the *39 Clues* series, since you said you are hooked.

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  48. I would choose Belleweather Rhapsody. I think you should read the Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

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  49. I think I would like to read The Husband's Secret. It looks interesting. I don't read too much myself so I can't really suggest anything. Unless you're interested in Stephen King because he's mostly what I read

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  50. I think the 39 clues sounds good and my kids might even like it too.

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  51. I'd like to win we were liars.
    erma2167@att.net

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  52. I'd would love Before We Met
    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

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  53. I want to start reading Liane Moriarty's books, so Big Little Lies. I recommend One Plus One by Jojo Moyes.

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  54. I'd like to read Before We Met. I think you should read more books in the 39 Clues series.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  55. I would like to read Sharp Objects. I would recommend Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan! I loved it.

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  56. I would like to read The Husband's Secret. And I liked Through Infinity by Libby Austin as a light read.

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