The Best Books of 2014: The Halfway Point

Apparently we are halfway through the year already, as we’re practically through June – how did that happen? Anyway, this means it’s officially far enough into the year to start taking a guess at what will be my favorite reads of the year (as hosted by The Broke and The Bookish).  Of course, this list is subject to change come December, because I still have six glorious reading months to go.

Best Books 2014 Halfway

But so far, here is what I’ve liked*:

10. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
09. Ruby by Cynthia Bond
08. The Dylanologists by David Kinney
07. Young God by Katherine Faw Morris
06. Shotgun Lovesongs by Nikolas Butler
05. Road to Reckoning by Robert Lautner
04. Steal the North by Heather Brittain Bergstrom
03. A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain by Adrienne Harun
02. Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson
01. Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia

*For some reason, this year hasn’t been a great reading year for me, I’m still trying to find that book. The one that is unequivocally a must read, five star book. I’ve got six months left to find it.

What’s your favorite book of the year? Has 2014 lived up to your reading expectations?

(And I’m happy to point out, for the first time in my life, there are far more female authors on my list than male authors.)

23 thoughts on “The Best Books of 2014: The Halfway Point

  1. I’ve read plenty of decent even good books this year, but apart from 2-3 books, nothing has blown my mind.

    I haven’t read any of the books you have listed here, so some great recommendations there for me, thanks 🙂


  2. I keep seeing The Bellweather Rhapsody around, and I just got it from the library, so maybe it will get bumped up. As for books I loved this year….hmmm…It has actually been a really slow year for me too, but I loved The People in the Trees and couldn’t put down The Martian.


  3. Thanks Rory for including STEAL THE NORTH on your Best Books of 2014 list!! What an honor. I thanked you and Leah from The Pretty Good Gatsby (who also included me on her best of the year list) on my Facebook page. Much appreciation! Keep reading and I hope you find your magic book of the year soon!! 🙂


  4. I snicker when I read your comments about male authors. I have to watch myself also….when people ask me who my favorite writers are, I quickly answer, “Henry James, Leo Tolstoy, Thomas Hardy.” And then I think to myself , oh shit, and add “the Bronte sisters and Emily Dickinson.” And I do love them just a much. But I love to read about women through male writers. I mean James’ representation of Isabel is astounding and I ache for Hardy’s Tess. And I love to write about women in the voice of male characters. As far as contemporary writing, however, I do find myself reading far more female authors lately than males (at least with fiction).


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