Sunday, December 28, 2014

Favorite Books of 2014

2014 Book Winners  (Annette’s Reading List)

Below are the books I have read in 2014. You can read reviews on almost all of them. I’ve noted the ones that stood out as my favorites.  Favorites is a hard game to play, and I wanted to mark so many more that stood out, but in the end I bit the bullet and only chose the top two or three in a category.  As a side note, just because I didn’t write a review on the book, doesn’t mean I didn’t like it.

Click on the titles to read the reviews.


Babayaga by Toby Barlow 

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

The Chili Queen by Sandra Dallas

Dog On It by Spencer Quinn

Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok 

This charming book rocketed up to win my “favorite book of the year award.” 

Heartburn by Nora Ephron (No review)

The Hundred-FootJourney by Richard C. Morais

The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society by Barbara Zitwer (No review)

Lady at the O.K.Corral by Ann Kirschner

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

A Long Way Down Nick Hornby

The Painted Girls Cathy Marie Buchanan

Serendipity by Louise Shaffer (No review)

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

This book rises to sit among the favorites. 

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

by Maria Semple
Another star of 2014.


This category is a win/win situation.  Both books were great and I can’t decide if one was better than the other.

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge


Falling Leaves by Adeline Yen Mah
Great book.  If you enjoyed The Glass Castle, there’s a good chance you’ll like this book.

I Guess I Missed the Boat by Barry Finlay

Two Wheels North by Evelyn McDaniel Gibb (No review)


The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson  (Short story)

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (Short story)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (Play)

by Washington Irving  (Short story)

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Short story)
Short and unusual, this book was a like discovering an odd treasure.  I liked the originality of it.

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw  (Play)

Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier
No surprise here, I’ve read and reviewed this book twice.  It’s one of my favorites of all time, so naturally it lands as number one on my classics list of 2014.

Happy Reading,


What’s your favorite book that you read in 2014? Post a comment or email:


  1. Kafka is odd. (But I like odd.) I am reading Metamorphosis this coming year, so it is encouraging to see that you gave it special recognition. Have you read The Trial?

    1. Hi Ruth. I have not read The Trial yet. It's on my long list, though. I'd be curious to know how you liked it if you read it before I do.
      Happy New Year! Happy Reading! Annette