Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2014


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 theme each week. This week’s topic is a Top Ten Freebie — we choose whatever topic we want to write about. Since I’ll be traveling for the next couple of weeks and will miss out on a few TTTs, I figured the simplest approach for my “freebie” topic is to do one of the June topics a bit early! So here goes… my favorite books so far in 2014:

(Note: Click on the links to read my reviews if you want to know more!)

 1) I Shall Be Near To You by Erin Lindsay McCabe


2) The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin


3) Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick


4) Archetype by M. D. Waters


5) Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Grasshopper Jungle

6) Harrowgate by Kate Maruyama


7) The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

8) The Shambling Guide to New York City by Mur Lafferty

The Shambling Guide to New York City

9) The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore


10) Re-reads of A Breath of Snow and Ashes, An Echo in the Bone, and the novella The Space Between by Diana Gabaldon… in preparation for the release of Written In My Own Heart’s Blood on June 10th! (You didn’t actually expect me to write a top 10 list without an Outlander reference, did you?)

DG collage

Can’t wait to check out everyone else’s freebie lists!

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39 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far in 2014

    • Well, I wasn’t feeling terribly creative about topics this week… and since I’ll be away… I look forward to seeing your “best of 2014” list in a couple of weeks!

    • Archetype was great… and the good thing is that the sequel is due out in July, I think, so no endless waiting for the story to wrap up!

  1. Any list with the Outlander books is a list I can agree with 😉

    I’ve also been wanting to read I Shall Be Near To You – I’ve heard fantastic things about it, so you’ve convinced me to request it from the library!

    Jac @ Two Moms Reading

    • Hey, I believe Outlander belongs on ALL the lists! 🙂 I hope you get your hands on I Shall Be Near To You! It’s really brilliant, and so moving. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Mindwinterblood was one of those books that I picked up and then had floating around my house for months before I finally read it… and then couldn’t believe I’d let myself wait so long. I thought it was just so beautifully written. I hope you read I Shall Be Near to You! Wonderful book. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. AJ Fikry!! I work in a bookstore, and all the booksellers are in love with this book. Mostly because it’s filled with bookseller/publisher/sales rep jargon, and we wonder if readers will fully understand the struggle…haha.

    My TTT

    • You work in a bookstore??? I wish, I wish, I wish! I loved the bookstore setting, and how people’s lives could revolve around books, and … well, just everything about it!

  3. My husband is a huge Christopher Moore fan, but he couldn’t get through Serpent of Venice. He said it was too different from the last and he ended up giving up on it. I hate when books disappoint him. Did you like it from the beginning, or did it get better? I’ve never read any so I’m not sure what it was that he didn’t like.

    • Well, I liked it all, but I also enjoyed Fool — but this one and Fool are pretty different in tone than his other books, so I can see how someone might love the rest and not be into these. I’m a big Christopher Moore fan, but definitely love some of his books more than others. (My husband loved Lamb, and couldn’t get past the first chapter of Fool. It helps to love Shakespeare, which my husband does not…)

    • Ugh, the curse of the ever-growing TBR pile! I swear I’m not buying a lot of books, but every time I turn around, there are more and more of them lurking in the corners of my house. 🙂

    • Oo, sorry to hear that 2014 hasn’t had too many hits for you! I hate when I get into a rut of only so-so books, one after another. If you get a chance to read Archetype, I’d really recommend it… plus the sequel is coming out this summer!

  4. Haha, so no top 10 list is complete without something Outlanderish, huh? I haven’t read any of the other books on your list, some sound quite interesting though.

    • Weeeeellll, you might say I’m obsessing just a bit (ha, a bit?) over everything Outlander at the moment. (Hyperventilating, counting the days, re-reading all the previous books…)

  5. Hi Lisa,
    I loves The Husbands Secret. I couldn’t believe how much of a whirlwind that was. I just discovered Outlander this year. I am almost finished with book 6. Wow, I am going to meet DG in San Francisco on June 12th. So excited. I am def. going to look at some of these other books you like. Thanks for the list.

    • I am SO jealous that you’ll be at the SF event for Diana Gabaldon!! I live in SF, but will be away that week — so I’m desperately working on plans to catch her somewhere else on the book tour. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Husband’s Secret too! My husband is just finishing it, and he can’t stop talking about it!

  6. So many of these are on my TBR but I haven’t read a single one! Well, except Outlander of course. 😀

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