Favorite Books of 2014

There are so many books from 2014 I haven’t yet read, like A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James, The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters, and All the Light We Can Not See by Anthony Doerr.  I look forward to reading those soon – they look amazing. But these are my ten best for 2014:

1. Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

2. The Southern Reach Trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance) – Jeff VanderMeer.

3. All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood – Jennifer Senior

4. Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay

5. Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson

6. Yes Please – Amy Poehler

7. Stone Mattress – Margaret Atwood

8. The Vacationers – Emma Straub

9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry – Gabrielle Zevin

10. Little Failure – Gary Shteyngart

The first two on the list are some of my very favorite reading experiences ever. Station Eleven is just luminous – gorgeous writing and a compelling story.  It deserves all the hype and praise it’s received.  And then some.  It will be a book I re-read in the years to come. The Southern Reach Trilogy is just… awesome.  Imagine X-Files meets LOST.  Mind-bending, thought-provoking, page-turning.  It totally opened up a new world of sci-fi-ish reading for me.

Anybody else have some favorites from 2014?


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