Best Books of 2014: Fiction

It’s that time of year again. The best of lists are coming out (or really, for the most part, have already been released) and I, of course, feel I have to get in on the action. It took me a long time to put this list together, longer than I feel like it should have! There were many things I wanted to balance; namely that I wanted to include my absolute favorites of the year but also not emphasize too heavily the books that have made every other best of list.

These are the books I honestly feel were the best that were published in 2014. There are a lot I feel like I’m leaving off this list; picking these books is never easy and I always feel like I’m being unfair to the books left off this list. They’re a pretty good mix of genres and authors. I considered writing a paragraph for each pick, but really, I feel like each of these reviews covers anything I’d want to to say.

Tomorrow, I’ll post my nonfiction list, but here are my picks for the Best Books of 2014 for fiction.

Swapna's Best of 2014 - Fiction

The Book of Strange New Things – Michel Faber

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal – G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel – Sara Farizan

The Magician’s Land – Lev Grossman

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage – Haruki Murakami

The Secret Place – Tana French

Everything I Never Told You – Celeste Ng

Be Safe I Love You – Cara Hoffman

Pioneer Girl – Bich Minh Nguyen

The Martian – Andy Weir


  1. I haven’t started to compile my list yet but have only read one book on your list. These end of year lists always make my wish list grow like crazy.

  2. Love your list and I have read a few of these this year myself, going to check a couple that didn’t make my TBR on 2014 thanks!!

  3. I’m so afraid to read the Magicians Land because I just don’t want it to be over. I need to sit and binge on all of them.

  4. I love checking out everyone’s list and yours has so many different genres to pull from. I’ve been wanting to read Pioneer Girl for some time. Better get on that!

  5. Eclectic list. Some I’m surprised to see, others not so much. Thanks

  6. I loved Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, and The Book of Strange New Things is on my shelf, but I haven’t gotten to it yet. I actually couldn’t get into The Martain; I didn’t like the voice and put it down after just a few pages.

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