Best Books of 2014 (So Far) According to You!

I love to talk about my favourite books, which is why I am so happy to have a job that allows me to do exactly that every day. However, because of this,  you probably know which books I would include on my own Best Books of 2014 list (and that The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and The Queen of the Tearling would be at the very top). My reading habits—though I try to be as diverse as possible—do not do justice the variety of amazing and thought-provoking books that have been published this year; it’s hard to believe we’re only halfway through! So get your 50 Book Pledge To Be Read shelves ready, because below you’ll find what publishing professionals, book bloggers and  Savvy Readers consider the best book they’ve read so far this year.

(But, yes, okay, I did include a new addition to my list of favourites at the bottom… I couldn’t help myself!)

Natchez BurningNatchez Burning is an intense thriller with all the requisite twists and turns, but, more importantly, it is a story about a father and a son and that son’s slow realization that his father isn’t perfect. Greg Iles stands alongside great contemporary writers including Dennis Lehane and John Grisham. —Cory, HarperCollinsCanada (@corybeatty)

The Boundless: I haven’t loved an adventure story like The Boundless since I first read Silverwing quite a few years ago (and that is saying a lot!) So although I probably sound biased, Kenneth Oppel is a story telling magician and The Boundless—packed with adventure, suspense, and tons of action—will be the most fun you have reading a book this year. —Kate, HarperClassroom (@HarperClassroom)

The Enchanted: The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is beautiful debut novel that immerses you in a thought provoking story and makes you question if there can be redemption for men on death row. —Robyn, Blogspotting (@AyznGurl)

AnnihilationAnnihilation by Jeff VanderMeer is the story of an expedition into the ominously fecund “Area X”. The story is intense and uncanny… The plot is so marvelously taut that I read the book in a single sitting. The prose is tightly controlled. It’s the first book of a trilogy. Natalie, The Wandering Bibliophile (@bookishwanderer)

Bird Box: I devoured Bird Box by Josh Malerman. I couldn’t stop reading it in the bookstore, so on my third time back, I bought it. 🙂 -Steph, Bella’s Bookshelves (@BellasBookshelf)

Dorothy Must DieDorothy Must Die is great read from start to finish. If you loved Wizard of Oz, Danielle Paige does a fantastic job in recreating the land of Oz into a dark place filled with monsters rather than the fun loving characters we grew up with. —Amanda Farrell, via Facebook! 

Fly A Little Higher: In Fly A Little Higher, Laura Sobiech shares the inspiring story of how her son Zach faced cancer head on and as a result, changed the lives of millions around world. —Laura, HarperCollins Canada (@HCCFaithBooks)

The Girl Who Was Saturday Night: I read this book months ago and still can’t stop thinking about Heather O’Neill’s Montreal… the wild teenage twins at the heart of the story, the sense of longing and restlessness, the stray cats that climb across every page… But the part that really struck me is the way Heather describes first love, and all the possibility that comes with those first moments. I want to read this book over and over again. —Shannon, HarperCollinsCanada (@shanparsons)

 The School for Good & Evil Book 2: A World Without Princes: Soman Chainani has done it again! If you loved Harry Potter I urge you to pick up this delightfully funny, clever, and entertaining story about a school for fairy tale characters. Book 1 shows you this amazing, complex world and Book 2 breaks everything wide open. I can’t wait to see what Chainani does next. —Shannon, HarperCollinsCanada (@shanparsons)

The Queen of the Tearling: There are many reasons to love this novel, but its protagonist, Kelsea, definitely tops the list. She’s smart, fierce, and complex. You both understand and care about her and her decisions, and as you reach closer to the end of the novel, you just want things to work out for her. I was am completely obsessed with this book after reading it and harassed many of my coworkers until they picked it up. It’s worth the hype.  —Suman, HarperCollins Canada (@suman_says)

 The Pearl That Broke Its ShellThe Pearl that Broke Its Shell is the most rewarding book that I have read not just in 2014, but possibly of all time.  I’m choosing this as one of my favourites of the year so far because it was so beautifully written, captivating and incredibly moving. —Kate, HarperCollins Canada (@kate_earnshaw)

Bad Feminist: Here’s one more to add to my personal favourites! Bad Feminist is a collection of essays on feminism, race, culture and art by the author, professor and all-around-badass Roxanne Gay. It is sharply written, and covers a wide cariety of topics from Fifty Shades of Grey and Sweet Valley High to Wendy Davis’ filibuster and the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Oscar Grant.

Want more recommendations? Here are some from your fellow Savvy Readers on Twitter and HarperCollins Canada Facebook fans:

What is the best book you’ve read so far this year? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy Reading!

Kaiti

Follow me on twitter @SavvyReader & @ktvncnt
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10 thoughts on “Best Books of 2014 (So Far) According to You!

  1. Best book I’ve read so far this year is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. From your list, I’m looking forward to reading The Bird Box and The Enchanted the most!

  2. Yay! You put up my comment! I was serious about Bird Box. It was so easy to visualize I keep thinking I can’t wait to see the movie. What a powerful portrayal of fear and dread and hope, and, admittedly a big surprise for me. Much better than I’d expected.

    I’d love to read The Girl Who Was Saturday Night!

  3. LOVED Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. And I’d definitely want to read Bird Box – it sounds creepy and awesome!

  4. I’ve always found Diana Gabaldon wildly overrated, but Rainbow Rowell is fantastic, Lauren Oliver is good, and Kiera Cass – well, I reviewed The Elite recently and said that reading KC is like watching Pretty Little Liars – you don’t quite know why you’re doing it, but you can’t seem to stop.

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