2014 Rewind: Top Reads - Top Tunes

It's time for my annual look back - and I gotta say, 2014 has been quite a year. Writerly highlights include signing with my agent, Steven Chudney, and going out on submission; planning a week-long writing retreat on the North Shore of Lake Superior in October; and knocking out two-point-five major revisions on three manuscripts (one of which is slated to be completed at the end of this month). I was lucky enough to continue working with the YA Buccaneers, I got to meet and work with some amazing writers from around the world, and my freelance editing business picked up when I began to work with business clients and two small presses.

And I read. A lot. My current goodreads count is 84 on a goal of 75, thanks in part to the YA Buccaneers Summer Reading Challenge and a resurgence of a thyroid problem late in the year, which caused extended periods of great fatigue, perfect for lounging around and reading.

It was tough to pick my Top 10 this year for sure. But without further ado:

10. THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
9. THE GEOGRAPHY OF YOU AND ME by Jennifer E. Smith
7. THE PROMISE OF AMAZING by Robin Constantine
6. WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart
5. WHY WE BROKE UP by Daniel Handler
3. SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY by Julie Murphy
2. GOODBYE, REBEL BLUE by Shelley Coriell
1. LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid

Sara's top-10-2014 book montage

These Broken Stars
The Promise of Amazing
The Distance Between Us
The Geography of You and Me
We Were Liars
Goodbye, Rebel Blue
Isla and the Happily Ever After
Why We Broke Up
Let's Get Lost
Side Effects May Vary


You know me, I like a book that breaks my heart and then patches it back up again. Many of these did. All of these books left a little something behind when I got to the last page.

Here's what I wrote on the YA Buccaneers' Favorite Reads of 2014 post about LET'S GET LOST by Adi Alsaid:

Based on its description, I knew I'd love this book, but I was unprepared for just how much I loved it. LET'S GET LOST is the story of one girl's journey, the impact she has on the people she meets along the way, and finally, the effect of this journey on Leila herself. It's filled with beautiful prose, heartbreak and hope, and characters that will stay with me for a very long time. 'Weeks, he thought to himself. I'll be thinking about that face for weeks.' 

Weeks, I thought to myself. I'll be thinking about that book for weeks.

I still am.

To go along with my top reads of the year, here's my 2014 Rewind Playlist:

2014 Rewind by Sara Biren on Grooveshark

I am not an Ed Sheeran fan, but WHOA, do I love that song "Thinking Out Loud." Easily my favorite song of 2014.

Stay tuned for another Favorite Reads post with a giveaway - later this week!

What is your favorite read of 2014? Favorite song?


  1. Some of these I've read but some of these I've not heard of. Thanks for refreshing my reading list!

  2. Is it totally bad if I say I think I had a radio like that??? I love any post that shares good music. Thank you! Great list.

  3. Oh, LET'S GET LOST is totally on my 2014 favorites list too! Loved that book so much! I've got a copy of SIDE EFFECTS MAY VERY... Must get to reading it soon. Thanks for the recs, Sara!

  4. I just finished Isla and the Happily Ever After today! Loved it. So did my daughter (age 15).


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