15 December 2014

Best in Fiction: 2014

best fiction 2014 from Beth Fish ReadsI know there are still two weeks left in December and I'm not done reading for the year, but I want to get my best-of lists up before everyone scatters for the holidays.

This year I have only two lists: fiction and nonfiction. I'm not making a separate audiobook list or food writing list.

Here are my top ten in fiction, in alphabetical order. Links lead to my reviews or blurbs. If there isn't a link, it's because I haven't yet reviewed the book. (Note: books read in 2014, not necessarily published in 2014.)

Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon, Descent by Tim Johnston, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

1. Nell Leyshon, The Colour of Milk (Ecco paperback, 2014): "beautifully written, almost lyrical in its pacing."
2. Tim Johnston, Descent (Algonquin, 2015): The tension is so exquisite it's almost unbearable.
3. Rene Denfeld, The Enchanted (HarperTorch, 2014): "A haunting novel that makes you think about what happens to children who have no protectors."

High Divide by Lin Enger, Home Place by Carrie La Seur, Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

4. Lin Enger, The High Divide (Algonquin, 2014): "balances the wonder and dangers of the wilderness with a deeply emotional and complex psychological landscape."
5. Carrie La Seur, The Home Place (William Morrow, 2014): "about the complex ways home and place intertwine to make us who we truly are."
6. Colm Toibin, Nora Webster (Scribner, 2014): "[This] beautifully crafted novel is a testament to the importance of being true to oneself, even (or especially) during times of great change."

The Painter, Poisoned Apples, Remedy for Love, Thunderstruck

7. Peter Heller, The Painter (Knopf, 2014): "The stark prose and sharp descriptions [balance] us on the knife edge between beautiful and ugly, good and evil."
8. Christine Heppermann, Poisoned Apples (Greenwillow, 2014): "stark, beautiful, haunting, disturbing, and oh so very honest."
9. Bill Roorbach, The Remedy for Love (Algonquin 2014): "about what happens when two people who would have never normally met are thrown together under dire circumstances."
10. Elizabeth McCracken, Thunderstruck (The Dial Press, 2014): "a powerful, emotional collection that should be read slowly and savored."


JoAnn 12/15/14, 8:11 AM  

I haven't read ANY of these books... but Nora Webster is near the top of my wish list!

bermudaonion 12/15/14, 9:15 AM  

Like JoAnn, I have read a single one of those books. I have a feeling my wish list is going to explode these next few weeks.

Unknown 12/15/14, 11:28 AM  

These all look and sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing your list.

Beth Hoffman 12/15/14, 11:43 AM  

Terrific list! I've read THUNDERSTRUCK, HOME PLACE, and THE REMEDY FOR LOVE. And I just recently put THE COLOUR OF MILK on my list.

Leah @ Books Speak Volumes 12/15/14, 11:43 AM  

Great list! I really liked The Painter as well.

Belle Wong 12/15/14, 1:07 PM  

I'm going to have to check these titles out. The only one that's been on my radar is Poisoned Apples.

Daryl 12/15/14, 2:10 PM  

these sound terrific .. thanks

rhapsodyinbooks 12/15/14, 8:29 PM  

I would put 3 on my list also: The Colour of Milk, The Painter, and the Roorbach book. I started Nora Webster but then set it aside; it seemed too bleak!

Nise' 12/15/14, 9:59 PM  

I have only read one title! The Remedy For Love. Poisoned Apples is on my TBR list.

celticjulia 12/15/14, 10:15 PM  

I loved Nora Webster! It's one of the best books I've ever read. I will always remember Nora. Such a great book.

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz 12/16/14, 6:37 AM  

Thank you for these favorites.


(Diane) bookchickdi 12/16/14, 7:39 AM  

Nora Webster was so beautifully written, and there a few books here I must add to my TBR list.

Harvee 12/17/14, 7:09 AM  

Oh, dear! I haven't read ANY of these!

Booksnyc 12/20/14, 10:11 PM  

I am reading Nora Webster now - glad to see it made your list!

Leslie @ This is the Refrain 1/4/15, 11:31 AM  

I read The High Divide and Descent when I was working at Workman and I loved them. I never got around to reading The Remedy for Love, but it sounds like I should!! The book I loved most this year from my former employer though was The Transcriptionist. I just thought it was so wonderful. It was on the Spring list - if you haven't read it, I really recommend it!

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