Best Books 2014

The best books lists are starting to appear. I will note a few that feature debuts.

The Huffington Post calls attention to Celeste Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, which I wrote about last week.They also feature two other debuts:

  • Nobody is Ever Missing, by Catherine Lacey. This book tells the story of a woman who flees Manhattan for New Zeland. It is described as a beautifully written book of a lost woman trying to find herself.
  • The Story of Land and Sea, by Katy Simpson Smith. A historical novel set in North Carolina during the American Revolution, which tells the multi-generational story of a family.

NPR packaged their top book picks into a “book concierge” site. It’s a fun site to explore with plenty of titles to discover. You can sort titles by witty book categories like, “rather long” or “funny stuff,” to find books that might appeal. Under “realistic fiction,” I found Ng’s book, along with 2 a.m. at the Cat’s Pajamas, by Marie-Helen Bertino, which I reviewed earlier this year. They also featured Smith Henderson’s Fourth of July Creek, which explores the relationship between and boy and a social worker in Montana. It has been described as a moving and powerful read and has been shortlisted for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize.

And over at Goodreads, their community singled out three debuts in the fiction category, all which I’ve mentioned at some time this year:

I hope these lists inspire you to pick up a new book for yourself or something to gift to someone else. The book I review next, which I did not see on any of these lists, was one of my favorite debuts of the year, Island of a Thousand Mirrors, by Nayomi Munaweera.


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7 responses to “Best Books 2014

  1. Dock Oscar

    A good list. I have to say that The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing, is a great title. Funny how a great title will grab you and garner your interest.

  2. Kate,

    ‘Everything I Never Told You’…one of my favorites of this year’s reading.
    Thanks so much!

  3. @Janis So glad you liked it! It is getting a lot of end of the year attention.

  4. louise crawford

    this will give ma a good start on what books to buy next. Thanks for posting.

  5. Marilyn Stein Underhill

    Love your site, Kate, and try to read the books you list. Keep up the good work. I know your mother from PPunxsy:)
    Blessings, Marilyn Stein Underhill

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