Lauren’s Top Ten for 2014

Here’s my top ten of 2014! I was surprised to find that most of them actually were published this year—this makes me feel unbelievably hip and with it, which is a strange and new sensation for me.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
Detective Cormoran Strike is back in the second installment in this series. I love the main characters of Strike and Robin and am excited that seven books have been planned. I always like to imagine who would play the characters if a book became a movie. Strike is tough because I have such a clear picture in my head and it’s hard to find a match, but I think Robbie Coltrane comes closest. For Robin, I pick Felicity Jones.

The Secret Place by Tana French
Tana French is hands-down on of my favorite authors. I probably recommend her to friends more than any other author. Her latest doesn’t disappoint in the least.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler
I was so excited for Amy Poehler’s first book to come out in November. I think she’s absolutely hilarious and also appreciate her as a voice for women. Amy and Tina Fey will be hosting the Golden Globes together again this year and I. can’t. wait!

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
I am big fan of HBO’s Girls and love Lena Dunham. Her writing is raw, honest, and funny—I was glued to the page.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
In high school Tsukuru is one of a group of five very close friends. One day, suddenly and without explanation, he is informed that they can no longer speak to him. Years go by until he is encouraged to revisit his past, track down his former friends, and find answers.

The Martian by Andy Weir
This isn’t the type of book I would naturally gravitate towards and I was so pleasantly surprised! The main character, Mark Watney, is an astronaut stranded alone on Mars. He’s incredibly intelligent and amazingly has a sense of humor that prevails as he fights to survive. I don’t have to wonder who’d play Mark in a movie, as it has already been announced that Ridley Scott will direct the film version in 2015 starring Matt Damon.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Spanning roughly a decade from the mid-1990s to the early 2000s, this book follows a small group of individuals struggling during the hardships and turmoil of the Chechen Wars. There were single sentences that took my breath away, and the last 100 pages or so make for really incredible reading. One of the best books I’ve read in a while.

Miracles Now: 108 Life-Changing Tools for Less Stress, More Flow, and Finding Your True Purpose by Gabrielle Bernstein
I enjoy Gabby Bernstein’s books and I think her latest is one of her best yet. I read this book straight through, but you could also flip to any page and read a single entry to take with you as you go about your day. We all need to find our inner hippie every once in a while.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
Mystery in the form of creepy family secrets! Margaret is a young woman who spends her time working in her father’s antiquarian bookshop. One day she is contacted by a famous author she’s never met who wishes to finally tell her own story before she dies—and she wants Margaret to be her biographer.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
I somehow missed out on reading this classic until now. My only regret is that twelve-year-old-me didn’t have her chance. What a wonderful story! This is sure to be a book I go back to and read again.


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