Best Books of 2014

Best-of-2014 (1)

 

The “best of” season is in full swing and I can’t resist the opportunity to share my opinion. Last  week, I listed 2014’s Best Books You Might Have Missed and this week I’m turning to favorite fiction. Since I’ve already gushed about these novels in their respective reviews, I’m highlighting some of my favorite lines in hopes you’ll pick them up if you haven’t already.

 

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales by Margaret Atwood

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“There’s only so long you can feel sorry for a person before you come to feel that their affliction is an act of malice committed by them against you.”

 

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“It is often women who pay the price for what men want.”

 

Neverhome by Laird Hunt

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“I was strong and he was not, so it was me went to war to defend the Republic.”

 

Euphoria by Lily King

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“I was raised on Science as other people are raised on God, or gods, or the crocodile.”

 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“The revelation of privacy: she can walk down the street and absolutely no one knows who she is. It’s possible that no one who didn’t grow up in a small place can understand how beautiful this is, how the anonymity of city life feels like freedom.”

 

Florence Gordon by Brian Morton

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“You expect to love your children; it brings a different kind of joy to realize you admire them.”

 

Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky by David Connerley Nahm

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“Without the bonds of school, they pour out of doors, unable to be constrained. The classroom is a coffin and the bedroom is a coffin and even their own bodies are coffins and they must escape.”

 

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“She buried her nose in Lydia’s hair and made silent promises. Never to tell her to sit up straight, to find a husband, to keep a house. Never to suggest that there were jobs or lives or worlds not meant for her; never to let her hear doctor and think only man.”

 

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“She signed away the right to self-destruct years ago. The fine print on the birth certificate, her friends call it.”

 

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Review | Goodreads | IndieBound

“Another sheep, mangled and bled out, her innards not yet crusting and the vapours rising from her like a steamed pudding.”

 

Last year’s favorites: The Best Books (and Blogger Voices) of 2013

 

Do  we share any favorites? What was the best you read this year?