Following is a list of the books I enjoyed immensely in 2014; granted, I’m just some guy, so this list makes no presumptions to be more than a list of books that some guy really, really liked, but hopefully you will find something on here that will provide you your next great read.
Worth noting: these aren’t necessarily books that came out in 2014 (often they are not), but rather books that I first read or discovered in 2014, though I knocked anything off this list I first read this year that has been around for a long time. So these are new-ish.
Enough preface! I love these books:
- You Must Remember This by Michael Bazzett (Milkweed Editions)
- The Boss by Victoria Chang (McSweeney’s)
- Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast by Hannah Gamble (Fence Books)
- Elegy Owed by Bob Hicok (Copper Canyon Press)
- Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals by Patricia Lockwood (Penguin)
- Goat in the Snow by Emily Pettit (Birds, LLC)
- Citizen by Claudia Rankine (Graywolf)
Novels, Essays, Other:
- The Self Unstable by Elisa Gabbert (Black Ocean)
- Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay (Harper Perennial)
- Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (Knopf)
- The Art of Daring by Carl Phillips (Graywolf)
- Madness, Rack, and Honey by Mary Ruefle (Wave Books)
- Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (Random House)
Additionally, I was so taken that I wrote two short reviews for both Patricia Lockwood’s book and Victoria Chang’s, which you can check out for a bit more of why I loved ’em.