Favorite Books of 2014

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, asks us to share our top ten books for 2014. Overall, I feel like this has been a pretty good year for reading, although I stalled out a bit in the fall. My list is not about new releases—it’s my favorite books, old and new, that I read for the first time and enjoyed in 2014. (My first time through with this list, I had at least 15 entries. It wasn’t easy to eliminate those last five, but maybe I’ll save them for another post. Like I said—it was a good year!)

A Simple Plan, Scott Smith

A Simple Plan Cover

Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales Cover

The Secret Place, Tana French

The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad) Cover

Canada, Richard Ford

Canada Cover

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves Cover

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Tom Rachman

The Rise and Fall of Great Powers Cover

The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagahira

The People in the Trees Cover

Byrd, Kim Church


Big Machine, Victor LaValle

Big Machine Cover

The Tie That Binds, Kent Haruf

The Tie That Binds Cover
*Book images and associated links from powells.com and dzancbooks.org; all links are unaffiliated.

8 thoughts on “Favorite Books of 2014

  1. Joey, Ha! The Rob Ford connection did not occur to me. Maybe if the book was called “Toronto.” 😉

    I’ve only read Oryx and Crake myself, so I need to get busy finishing that trilogy, too! I have a terrible habit of only reading the first book in a trilogy or series. Definitely one of my biggest reading flaws.

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