Top 10 in 2014: The Good, the Bad, the Thoughtful, and the Series

Posted January 1, 2015 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews, Challenges, Reading Books

I post guest reviews at Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!, and Stormi asked if I’d consider compiling a list of my top 10 favorite reads for 2014. Ten. Just 10. Who does she think I am, Superwoman?

She seriously thinks I’m able to cut down my faves to…10???

As I puzzled and swore, scratched my head and guzzled wine…none of which helped, I finally realized I had three lists: 10 raves, 10 urghs, the stories that most changed my thinking, and a partridge, er, I mean, a few series new to me.

My Top 10 Favorite Reads in 2014

Michelle Sagara’s
Cast in Sorrow

Nalini Singh’s
Shield of Winter

Jill Shalvis’
Lucky Harbor series

Jennifer L. Holm’s
The Fourteenth Goldfish

Jacqueline Winspear’s
The Mapping of Love and Death

John Scalzi’s

Emily Croy Barker’s
The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic

Seanan McGuire’s

T.S. Krupa’s
Safe & Sound

Ilona Andrews’
Magic Breaks

The Ten Worst Books I Read in 2014

Radhika Sanghani’s

Cordelia Frances Biddle’s
The Conjurer

Sidney Halston’s
Against the Cage

Mayra Calvani’s
The Luthier’s Apprentice

Larry Bond’s
Dangerous Ground

Anna March’s
Ménage a Tracy

Jeaniene Frost’s
The Beautiful Ashes

Catherine Winchester’s
The Reluctant Duchess

Yasmine Galenorn’s
Night’s End

Andre Norton’s
Tales From High Hallack

2014 Stories That Most Changed My Thinking

Kim Barnouin’s
Skinny Bitch Gets Hitched

Renate Stoever’s
Escape from Plauen

Neil Gaiman’s
The Graveyard Book

Frederique Molay’s
Police Homicide series

Kelley Armstrong’s

Thaddeus Russell’s
A Renegade History of the United States

Steve LeBel’s
The Universe Builders: Bernie and the Putty

Alena Graedon’s
The Word Exchange

Rainbow Rowell’s

Max Barry’s

My Top Ten New (to me) Series in 2014

John Sandford’s
Lucas Davenport

Åsa Larsson’s
Rebecka Martinsson

Robin Hobb’s
Farseer Trilogy

Louise Penny’s
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache

Connie Willis’
Oxford Time Travel

John Connolly’s
Samuel Johnson vs. the Devil

Diana Rowland’s
White Trash Zombies

Abigail Roux’s
Cut & Run

Melissa Marr’s

S.M. Stirling’s