The Top Ten Novels of 2014 (So Far)

As we near the halfway point of 2014, Top Ten Tuesday has asked book bloggers to share their ten favorite/best novels so far this year. Here are my favorites (listed alphabetically by author’s last name); I can’t honestly say they’re the “best” because there are so many novels I haven’t read.

(The hot links will take you to my recent reviews. I have also done interviews with Molly Antopol, Cara Hoffman, Laline Paull, and Mary Vensel White. My interview with Laura McBride is coming this week.)

The UnAmericans

The UnAmericans — Molly Antopol (Feb. 3)

Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street* — Susan Jane Gilman (June 10)

Be Safe I Love You

Be Safe I Love You — Cara Hoffman (April 1)

We Are Called to Rise

We Are Called to Rise — Laura McBride (June 3)

Everything I Never Told You

Everything I Never Told You* — Celeste Ng (June 26)

Boy, Snow, Bird

Boy, Snow, Bird — Helen Oyeyemi (March 6)

The Bees

The Bees — Laline Paull (May 7)

Home Leave

Home Leave* — Brittani Sonnenberg (June 3)

Chasing the Sun

Chasing the Sun — Natalia Sylvester (June 3)


The Qualities of Wood — Mary Vensel White (June 17)

* Discussed in my May 26 Summer Reading Preview (reviews to come).


Recent Releases on TBR List (some of which may make the revised Top Ten list on June 30 — watch for my upcoming reviews)

Ruby — Cynthia Bond

Abroad — Katie Crouch

The Chronicle of Secret Riven — Ronlyn Domingue

What is Visible — Kimberly Elkins

The Book of Unknown Americans — Cristina Henriquez

The Last Illusion — Porochista Khakpour

Euphoria — Lily King

The Frangipani Hotel — Violet Kupersmith

The Sixteenth of June — Maya Lang

The Other Language — Francesca Marciano

The Ghost of the Mary Celeste — Valerie Martin


This is also a good time to preview some of the books that will be published later this month and over the summer. I’ll be reviewing most or all of them in the next couple months.

Upcoming Releases on my TBR List (discussed in my May 26 Summer Reading Preview)

Life Drawing — Robin Black

The Sleepwalker’s Guide to Dancing — Mira Jacob

Mambo in Chinatown — Jean Kwok

Rainey Royal — Dylan Landis

The Home Place — Carrie La Seur

The Hundred-Year House — Rebecca Makkai

Land of Love and Drowning — Tiphanie Yanique



    • You won’t find any two books more different than those. But they are very satisfying reads. Oyeyemi has such a unique voice and Paull has written a smart, involving, passionate thriller. Enjoy!


  1. I haven’t posted my list yet, but I agree on the Oyeyemi. I’m going to try and get to it later today.

    I look forward to hearing what you think about the Maya Lang, Violet Kupersmith and Valerie Martin books — I think they are all wonderful and very different. Your TBR pile looks very similar to mine.


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