The Best of 2014

Here’s my idiosyncratic list of what I liked in 2015.

Hands Down Best Fiction: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

Best Non-Fiction: Savage Harvest by Carl Hoffman.

Best Book That I Wish I Had Written: Euphoria by Lily King.

Best Book I Should Have Read Sooner: A Visit From The Good Squad by Jennifer Egan.

Best Laugh Out Loud Funny Book: Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher.

Best New To Me Author: Christos Tsiolkas. I read Barracuda and am desperate to read more by him.

Best Allegedly Science Fiction: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell.

Best Title: The Mother Who Loved All Her Children, Until They Moved Back In by Ludmilla Petrushevshaya.




  1. We’re in heated agreement on the Doerr – I just loved it (but still can’t get the words around why… It was just perfect in so many ways).
    I’m a huge fan of Tsiolkas – he makes for gritty, uncomfortable reading. If you haven’t read The Slap, put it on the list.
    I still haven’t read Goon Squad – it’s a serious gap in my reading as so many trusted reading friends rate it very highly.
    And agree, Dear Committee Members was great fun.
    Enjoy your 2015 reading year!

  2. Oh, I love your list. Once I read “All the Light….” I knew that nothing could compare for me this year. It was also my number one pick. Euphoria was the best, seemingly under read book of the year. And, like you, I’ve had the Goon Squad on my “to read” list for ages and haven’t gotten there. Now I will. Thanks for your beautiful blog.

  3. I’ve never heard of The Mother Who Loved All Her Children, Until They Moved Back – but it sounds like a really fun year! What a great 2014 reading year for you, here’s to many more books in 2015!

  4. Pingback: Euphoria by Lily King | 52 books or bust

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