Best of 2014 — Top Ten Books

While we agreed on Best First Book in a Series, Stacie and I agreed to disagree on the rules for our Top Ten Books of the year and the ability to repeat. Whatever rules we go by, this was a great year for books. We each read more than 100 and whittling the list down to the top 10 was no mean feat. One reminder, this is from what we read this year, publication year is irrelevant.

Stacie’s List:  I inserted a rule for myself – no repeats.  If it was a best series or a best author, I wasn’t going to put them on the list.  Thank goodness because I read some really amazing books this year that made it challenging to pick only ten:

10. Bad Little Falls by Paul Doiron
9. Hyperbole & a Half by Allie Brosch
8. Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
7. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
6. Personal by Lee Child
5. Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole
4. Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger
3. I’ve Got your Number by Sophie Kinsella
2. Brillance by Marcus Sakey
1. Skin Game by Jim Butcher


Bethany’s List: I said repeats were permissible. I only shuffled these around a zillion times trying to get the order right.

10. The Player, Brad Parks
9. Midwinterblood, Marcus Sedgewick
8. The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo
7. The Silkworm, Robert Galbraith
6. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
5. S., J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst
4. Gilead, Marilynne Robinson
3. The Rook, Daniel O’Malley
2. World of Trouble, Ben H. Winters
1. Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay Faye

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