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

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“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?


  • This is such an eclectic list – some really popular ones and some less well known ones! We’re going to overlap on a few picks I think – I’m posting my list on Tuesday. I also think Dept of Speculation looks good – I like that quote and am adding it to my TBR list. I also loved how you shared a favorite quote from each of them – and some (Untamed State, Station Eleven, Florence, and Everything I Never Told You) were ones I highlighted as well.

    • I read Dept. of Speculation in January and haven’t been able to stop thinking of it since…it’s really unique, but so wonderful.

  • I am happy to say that I read 6 of these books! Two others are on my to-read list, so I only have to add two more. I love that quote from Florence Gordon!

  • Yesss!! 6 of these are on my favorites list as well and I’m impressed that you got yours down to 10. I’m hovering at about 25! Loved that you used quotes, too. Great list, Shannon!

    • Oh, I’m totally a cheater – I made the Best Books You Might Have Missed list and will have a nonfiction list next week ;) I have no self control.

  • What a cool twist on a typical favorites list – love the quotes! It kind of stresses me out ;) that I’ve only read one of these books, because you have impeccable taste and I’m sure I’d love all the others.

  • Great list! I’ve read five of them, and I think four will make my top-ten list. Although I think I’m going to cave and make it my top 15 so I can include fiction AND non-fiction :P

  • Hells yeah. So many damn books I’m going to be buying.

  • Lindsey Stefan

    I love how you give us just a taste of each one with a quote!

    I am writing my Stone Mattress review tonight so I am reliving all of the greatness. :)

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  • Susan W

    Just a wanted to congratulate you on making it on Book Riots ‘The List’ for your best books for 2014! So exciting! Of course, your list is great, I’ve read five and added five to my to be read list. Thanks for all your effort and work in providing all these great posts.

    • Thank you! It was a nice little treat to wake up to this morning :) Hope one of the books you haven’t read ends up being a new favorite.

  • Jennine G.

    There’s a couple here I want to read next year! Station a Eleven and Everything I Never Told You. I don’t know what my best book of the year is yet. Among them would have to be Juliet’s Nurse.

  • You’ve made me want to read so many of these! You’ve achieved your goal. :)

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  • I like the List. I’d like to get to all of them. I thought Peter Heller’s novel The Painter was a decent read this year. But I’m still looking for one that soars even more for me. Cheers.

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