Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My "Top Books of 2014" List

As I mentioned last year, I started compiling an annual "Best of" list a few years ago for my now-defunct Meridian column.  Whittling down to a manageable size the list of books that had a profound influence on me over the course of a year is difficult to say the least, but here I am, yet again, giving it a shot.

And again, a reminder that unlike other "Top of 2014" lists, the only limit on mine is that I read the books during 2014. Most of them were not published this year. I refuse to limit myself to 10 or 12 or any other random number. And I can't possibly rank them.

These books stuck with me long after I read the last page.  Many of them changed the way I view the world or challenged my preconceptions or shook me up a bit.  Some allowed me to relive happy memories, or find like-minded individuals and feel a little less alone.  And that's why I love them.

Best General Non-fiction
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
As You Wish by Cary Elwes

Best LDS Non-fiction
Women of Faith in the Latter Days, Volume 3, edited by Richard Turley and Brittany A. Chapman
The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl & Fiona Givens
Women at Church by Neylan McBaine

Best Spiritual/Religious (not LDS)
Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey
Evolving in Monkey Town by Rachel Held Evans

Best Fiction
Purple Hibiscus and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Best Historical Fiction
Esther the Queen by Heather B. Moore
The Samurai's Garden by Gail Tsukiyama
The Care & Management of Lies by Jacqueline Winspear

Best Children's
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Girls Who Choose God by McArthur Krishna & Bethany Spalding

Best YA
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
John Cleaver series by Dan Wells

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