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
Stone Mattress, Margaret Atwood
The Secret Place, Tana French
Canada, Richard Ford
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Rise and Fall of Great Powers, Tom Rachman
The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagahira
Byrd, Kim Church
Big Machine, Victor LaValle
The Tie That Binds, Kent Haruf
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8 thoughts on “Favorite Books of 2014”
I’m excited! I have Stone Mattress and We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves on my stacks!
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves is in my to be read pile, so I’d better bump it up the list for 2015! Here’s a link to my TTT for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-books-i-read-in.html
Andi, they are both wonderful! You can’t go wrong either way.
Lisa, you really should! It deserves all the praise it gets.
Though I’m not sure if you’ll understand this, but when I saw “Canada” then “Ford” and imagined the relationship to the has-been Mayors of Toronto LOL. (Ahh tangents.)
It’s been quite some years since I picked up an Atwood book–this also reminds me that I haven’t finished reading her Maddaddam trilogy!
joey via. thoughts and afterthoughts
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.
I keep thinking that all of Canada is defined by what Ford Nation has done! (I mean, he was even on Jimmy Kimmel haha.)
Joey, I would prefer to think of Canada as Margaret Atwood or Alice Munro, or even Dan Aykroyd or Rush–but NOT Rob Ford!