critics’ picks – best books of 2014

seven-killings-900x500The list of possible books is endless but I can never resist seeing what the recommendations are each year, anything irresistible? And for those who just can’t get enough lists I’ll refer you to the biggest list of lists I’ve found at LargeHearted Boy.

  • Panic in a Suitcase by Yelena Akhtiorskaya – FW
  • The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis – Ti
  • Lucky Us by Amy Bloom – Am
  • The Corpse Exhibition by Hassan Blasim – PW
  • Painted Horses by Malcolm Brooks – Am
  • The Unspeakable by Meghan Daum – HP
  • Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo – Ti
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – Am, NYT
  • Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante – PW, FW
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan – WP
  • The Secret Place by Tana French – Ti
  • The Painter by Peter Heller – Am
  • Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson – WP
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Christina Henriquez – Am
  • A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James – Am, Ti, PW, WP, FW, HP
  • The Laughing Monsters by Denis Johnson – Am, Ti
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd – Am
  • Euphoria by Lily King – Am, Ti, NYT
  • Redeployment by Phil Klay – Am, Ti, NYT
  • My Struggle, Book 3: Boyhood by Karl Ove Knausgaard – FW
  • Nobody is Ever Missing by Catherine Lacey – HP
  • 10:04 by Ben Lerner – FW, HP
  • Preparation for the Next Life  by Atticus Lish – FW
  • Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli – FW
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – Am, Ti, WP, HP
  • In Paradise by Peter Matthiessen – Am
  • A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride – FW
  • My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead – HP
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell – Am, Ti
  • Bark by Lorrie Moore – PW
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty – Am
  • Our Lady of the Nile by Scholastique Mukasonga – FW
  • Self-Portrait in Green by Marie Ndiaye – FW
  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – Am, HP
  • Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill – NYT, FW
  • The Dog by Joseph O’Neill – PW
  • Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult – Am
  • Fives and Twenty-Fives by Michael Pitre – Am
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson – FW, HP
  • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot  by David Shafer – Ti
  • Family Life by Akhi Sharma – NYT
  • I’ll Be Right There by Kyung-Sook Shin – FW, HP
  • The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith – HP
  • We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas – Am
  • Nora Webster by Colm Toibin – Am
  • The Southern Reach by Jeff VanderMeer – HP
  • The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – Am, WP
  • Leavetaking by Peter Weiss – FW
  • The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink – FW

AM – Amazon, FW – Flavorwire, HP – Huffington Post, NYT – New York Times, PW – Publishers Weekly, Ti – Time, WP – Washington Post

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