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Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

I love our annual favorite book discussion. 2014 has treated me with several books that I just loved. Here they are:

Donbas: True Story of an Escape from the Soviet Union, by Jacques Sandulescu

My Mother's Secret by J.L. Witterick

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall

Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood

Plainsong by Kent Haruf

Eventide by Kent Haruf

The Tie that Binds by Kent Haruf

Where you Once Belonged by Kent Haruf

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

Summer of my German Soldier by Bette Green

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Forty Acres by Dwayne A. Smith

Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi

There are still three weeks left for many more books to add!

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

I've had a sumptuous reading year! My favorites were The Orchardist (fiction by Amanda Coplin) and Pearl Buck in China (non-fiction by Hilary Spurling).

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

Sunny, great idea! I am not nearly as organized with my books as you are. I am looking for a good read so I will come back here. I will add that I would choose REVIVAL by Stephen King to be on this list. Hope you are enjoying this book. Come back to the other thread on King or in Lainey's reading thread to tell us what you think. Thanks for starting this. LM

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches: A Flavia DeLuce Novel by Alan Bradley

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

See my post above.

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

Walk To Beautiful, Jimmy Wayne

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

My favorites so far in no particular order:

The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street - Susan Jane Gilman

Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty (nf) - Diane Keaton

The Valley of Amazement - Amy Tan

Shotgun Lovesongs - Nickolas Butler

Blue Plate Special (nf) - Kate Christensen

The Tao of Martha (nf) - Jen Lancaster

Sisterland - Curtis Sittenfeld

The Last Summer of The Camperdowns - Elizabeth Kelly

Best To Laugh - Lorna Landvik

Fairyland (nf) - Alysia Abbott

Lucky Us - Amy Bloom

The Collector - Nora Roberts

Last Night At The Blue Angel - Rebecca Rotert

The Vacationeers - Emma Straub

The Lobster Kings - Alexi Zentner

Mannequin Girl - Ellen Litman

China Dolls - Lisa See

Coming Clean (nf) - Kimberly Rae Miller

Speak Of The Devil - Allison Leotta

A Hundred Summers - Beatriz Williams

The View From Penthouse B - Elinor Lipman

The Yonahlosee Riding Camp For Girls - Anton Disclafone

Beautiful Day - Elin Hilderbrand

Sweet Salt Air - Barbara Delinsky


Some of these may have listed on last yrs list since I can't recall exactly when I read them but worth repeating in any case.

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

Thank you all for posting your favorites. I'm going to have a hard time remembering all mine and whether I read them this year or last, but the first one that comes to mind right away is The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell.

I reserve the right to add to this list as they come to me Wink

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

Bumping hoping more people post here. I love learning what everyone liked best, and I have in the past gotten great ideas from this thread.

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Re: Time for our Favorite Books of 2014

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