Best Fiction of 2014 – books I want to read

A busy book club mom can’t read everything as soon as it comes out, so here’s a list of what I want to read soon. I got these titles from a bunch of “Best of the Bests” floating around the internet this time of year. One book appeared on almost every list – All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, so I may start there.


a girl is a half-formed thingan

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing – Eimear McBride

This is McBride’s debut novel about a young woman’s relationship with her brother who suffered a childhood brain tumor.


all the light we cannot see

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

A National Book Award Finalist, this is a story about a blind French girl and a German boy who meet in occupied France during World War II.


big little lies

Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

A story about the lives of three women, their marriages and all the baggage – ex-husbands, children, sadness, loss, scandals and lies.


the boston girl

The Boston Girl – Anita Diamant

A novel about a family, friendship and young Jewish woman growing up in Boston in the early twentieth century.


let me be frank with you

Let Me Be Frank With You – Richard Ford

Four linked stories about the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are narrated by Ford’s famous literary storyteller, Frank Bascombe.


lucky us

Lucky Us – Amy Bloom

Two women friends travel through America during the 1940s in search of fame and fortune.


the miniaturist

The Miniaturist – Jessie Burton

A novel about a young newlywed in seventeenth century Amsterdam, an unusual wedding gift – a miniature model of their home – and the artist she hires to furnish it.


stone mattress

Stone Mattress: Nine Tales – Margaret Atwood

Nine new stories by one of the best in short fiction.


the vacationers

The Vacationers – Emma Straub

The Post family travels on a two-week vacation to the Balearic Island of Mallorca to celebrate, but their idyllic vacation takes a turn when old resentments, sibling rivalries and secrets break the surface.


we are not ourselves

We Are Not Ourselves – Matthew Thomas

Eileen Tumulty is an Irish-American from Queens, New York, with an eye to reach for the American Dream, an ambition her husband does not share. Years of marriage make this rift nearly impossible to mend.


Thanks to the following sources:, BuzzFeed Books, The Daily Beast, Entertainment Weekly, Goodreads, Kirkus Reviews, The New York Times, The Washington Post

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8 thoughts on “Best Fiction of 2014 – books I want to read

  1. Loved, loved, loved Big Little Lies. The Miniaturist is next up for me after I finish Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. I also really enjoyed The Children Act. All the Light We Can Not See is getting all the raves lately, but I’m not ready yet. The Book Thief haunted me for days. I’ll read that one later. Great list. Merry Christmas, Barb.

  2. I definitely want to read All the Light and The Boston Girl! The Vacationers was on my radar for a while, but I never got around to tracking down a copy. Adding it back to my to-read list!

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