I’ve had a delightful year of reading, but even though I’ve read some of the best 2014 has to offer, there are still some sitting on bookstore shelves that I think would look great on mine: a few books I couldn’t finish before they had to be returned to the library, a few that just came out, and a few that were published years ago that I just learned about and am coveting.
Now, this is only a wish list in the loosest sense; it’s clear that I have more than enough books to last a lifetime, and truth be told, I haven’t finished reading last year’s Christmas books yet. Still, I fearlessly present the following list, in no particular order.
David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks (time travel!)
Michel Faber, The Book of Strange New Things (literary sci-fi, yes please)
Miriam Toews, All My Puny Sorrows (recommended by Naomi)
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (there’s Shakespeare involved, so I’m there)
Sarah Waters, The Paying Guests (Sarah Waters! Post-World War I!)
Christopher Moore, The Serpent of Venice (because Christopher Moore is a reliable laugh)
Lorrie Moore, Bark (I’ve heard great things)
Paul Yoon, Once the Shore (because I loved Snow Hunters so much)
Eula Biss, On Immunity (because seriously, people: immunize your kids)
Pamela Paul, ed. By the Book (I really, really want this collection)
Danielle Allen, Our Declaration (Gordon S. Wood’s review in the NYRB convinced me that this is a must-read)
Claudia Rankine, Citizen (timely and excellent, from everything I’ve heard)
Eryn Green, Eruv (because I trust Carl Phillips’s judgment)
Ciarán Carson, For All We Know (because “The Fetch,” which I wrote about earlier this week, was amazing)