2014 Overlooked Books

2014’s Best Books You Might Have Missed

2014 Overlooked Books

I spend most of the year trying to delicately (sometimes not so delicately) push my favorite books into as many hands as possible, but there are times when it never feels like enough. Even though most of these books have been quite successful, I’d love to see them picked up by an endless number of readers. So, just in case I haven’t done enough shouting, here are ten of the best books you might have missed in 2014.

What Is Visible by Kimberly Elkins

God is an Astronaut by Alyson Foster

The Undertaking by Audrey Magee

All That is Solid Melts Into Air by Darragh McKeon

Wives of Los Alamos by TaraShea Nesbit

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine*

Bellweather Rhapsody Kate Racculia

No Country by Kaylan Ray

Spoiled Brats by Simon Rich

Mrs. Hemingway by Naomi Wood

*I read this last night and haven’t really had a moment to properly digest it, but I needed to share something right away.

Was there a book written in 2014 you think is deserving of more attention?


  • Semoy G

    Yup. I definitely missed some of these.

    Mayhap all of these… >.>

    I was getting caught up on 2013’s books!

  • I missed a lot of these too! I do have Bellwhether Rhapsody on my TBR list and gave Spoiled Brats a shot, but put it down. I’ll probably finish it at some point, but I wasn’t feeling it initially. Going to check out your other reviews!

  • Ok, Ok, I’ll give God is An Astronaut a try. i’m not convinced I’m going to like it, but the rest of the books on your list are solid choices. The Undertaking, in particular, is doing really well over here.

    • The structure of God is an Astronaut is just really, really unique. Even if you don’t end up liking it, it’s worth reading for that!

  • Well, I’ve missed all of these except Mrs. Hemingway. I still want to read God is an Astronaut and All That is Solid Melts Into Air!

  • I know of NONE of these. :( THANKS for sharing and making me aware of these titles.

    They all do look quite good.

    ENJOY your day.

  • As the Crowe Flies

    Totally agree about ALL THAT IS SOLID MELTS INTO AIR. Such good writing! It won’t be long until everybody who loves Anthony Marra discovers this book, I hope.

  • Simon Rich! Simon Rich!

  • Most of these are on my list (I have been paying attention!), but I haven’t read any of them yet. Three of them I did try to get at my library, but it didn’t have any of them. However I feel comforted that I have them on my list, so they will not be forgotten. Does anyone else feel a bit crazed when you’ve forgotten to write books down?

  • I’ve had my eye on The Undertaking since it was nominated for the Bailey’s Prize and not even available in the US yet — so thanks for the reminder that I can actually go pick it up now! I also have All That Is Solid Melts Into Air (don’t you just love that title?) so I should give that one a go as well :)

    • I thought that The Undertaking’s nomination might mean it would get more attention, but I think you pointed out what might have happened with it.

  • You make the best lists! These all look very stylish, whatever their contents may be.

  • You’re right I don’t know most of these. But The Wives of Los Alamos was on my radar for awhile. I was just a little worried that the You narrative would bug me but perhaps it’s not as bad as I fear? thx

    • It takes some time to get used to at first, but I think it really works for a collective experience like the one the women had at Los Alamos.

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  • The only one I know is The Wives Of Los Alamos. I read it this year and LOVED it!

  • Amy Sachs

    All That is Solid Melts Into Air is on my list, but the only one of these I’ve read so far is Mrs. Hemingway, which I really liked! I really loved Dept. of Speculation, but I don’t think it got as much attention as I would’ve though!

  • Mrs. Hemingway and The Wives of Los Alamos are both on my TBR. I’m really looking forward to them both. I’ll have to look for the others.

  • Lovely to see Mrs Hemingway on your list, loved that book.

  • I’ve missed them all!! :( Maybe I can squeeze in a few before the year is up!

  • I haven’t read any of these! I love the cover of What is Visible.

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  • Lindsey Stefan

    Shannon, you are doing very bad things to my tbr list. It’s crying, but I’m not sure if those are tears of joy or tears of pain as I add more and more titles to it! :)

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