Best Books of 2014

We might not have read every book that released in 2014, but we did read a couple. Here are our picks for the best of the year.

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Revival by Stephen King

  • Once again, not his best, but still better than his earlier 2014 novel Mr. Mercedes.

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The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

  • A supremely weird novella about a boy trying to find his way out of an underground maze. Mark Murakami down for another bizarro award.

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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

  • Heartbreakingly gorgeous, this novel is about a social worker in rural Montana circa 1980. Possibly the best prose of the year.

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The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill

  • Such a wonderfully interesting and captivating story about a set of twins from Montreal. The character development is strong with this one.

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Lock In by John Scalzi

  • John Scalzi will always be full of great ideas like we find in Lock In. This is why John Scalzi is an AMAZING sci-fi writer.

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The Vacationers by Emma Straub

  • There is not a book this year that screams beach read more than The Vacationers. This isn’t a bad thing however, as the novel provides both brevity and fun.

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The Martian by Andy Weir

  • Although it’s technically a re-release from 2011, The Martian is probably the science fiction book of 2014. Rumors are the movie adaptation is being released next fall.

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Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

  • Though Murakami had two releases this year, Tsukuru was the larger of the two. A conscientious affair, Tsukuru tends to land somewhere in the okay/so so range for most of the story.

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Cutting Teeth by Julia Fierro

  • Julia Fierro’s debut novel is one of pure genius. The story of a group of friends and their kids heading off to a weekend retreat on Long Island is one that absolutely should not be missed by anyone this year.

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Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke

  • Mr. Burke has done it again. At his old age, one might think he could begin to lose it. Does he? Of course not. Instead he sits down to tell us a fantastic story about WWII, love and the beginning of the oil business in Texas.

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To Rise Again At A Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris

  • Ferris’ third novel is a bit of a weird one. A dentist who avoids all things online and social media, is quickly becoming impersonated on that very platform. Reluctantly he gives in to find out the perpatrator, but is pulled into answering some larger questions about love, the meaning of life and his own existence.

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The Painter by Peter Heller

  • Heller’s first go at the West. A contemporary Western, The Painter tells the story of Jim Stegner, a middle aged painter who manages grief through painting, violence and fly fishing. After losing his only daughter and two divorces, Jim struggles to figure out how to live life after tragedy.

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World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

  • Winters wrapped up his Last Policeman trilogy this year. Hank Palace is on a journey to find his sister before an asteroid destroys Earth. If you liked The Last Policeman and Countdown City, you’ll love World of Trouble. Winters continues to impress with wit and well thought out plotline.

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Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch

  • This was the most twisted book I read all year, and I loved it. Summer House with Swimming Pool tells the story of Dr. Marc Schlosser, a doctor for the stars, who takes revenge on a client. You might think twice about visiting the doctors office after Mr. Koch is done with you.

You can find out more about the gentlemen who made this list by following them on Twitter: @ericksonnat, @toejben and of course on our Twitter @astheplotthins

 

 

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