It’s the last day of 2014 and time to share my favorite books of the year. Earlier this month I counted down my choices on Twitter for the #libfaves14 campaign. Every year librarians choose their favorite books using this hashtag and they are then compiled into a big, glorious list with the top choices highlighted. If you’re interested, here’s an article about the list with a link to all of the picks. My tweets are captured below with a little blurb about each book. These were my best of the best with one missing: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I read it after the choices were due, but it is near the top of my favorites this year. I really loved each of these titles and hope that I find more wonderful books like them in 2015.

Were any of these your favorites too?


  1. I am reading Station Eleven right now, and I am really enjoying it! I wasn’t sure if I would, but it has sucked me in!

    I am on the waiting list at the library for Us, hopefully it comes in soon. It’s so hard to wait! 🙁 Lol.

    • I’m glad you’re liking Station Eleven – I thought it was such a unique take on the post-apocalyptic novel. Us is very different, but also really thought provoking. Happy New Year!

  2. Sadly I haven’t read any of these books but I am pleased to see you have been enjoying your reading. I wish you more happy reading in 2015 🙂

  3. I just got Station Eleven and All the Light We Cannot See from the library… hope I can read the both before they’re due! Happy New Year!

  4. What a wonderful list, full of some of my favourite books! I’ve read most of these and would definitely put the von Arnim, the Gardam, and Panter-Downes on a “Best of” list. I have A Tale for the Time Being sitting next to me now, waiting to be read, and I can’t wait to start. I hope your 2015 reading year is full of just as many exciting and engaging books!

  5. Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    I reread Old Filth this year — so good! Thanks for sharing all your favorites. I definitely want to check out All the Light We Cannot See.

  6. I enjoyed The Fortune Hunter too and nearly included it on my own list. I really want to read more Elizabeth von Arnim next year. I’ve only read The Enchanted April so far, but I loved it. Happy New Year!

  7. What a lovely, diverse list of books. I have plans to re-read Elizabeth Von Arnim and to read Jane Gardam (for the first time) in 2015. I hope it will be a great year for you, filled with lovely books.

  8. I’ve not read any of these 🙁
    I loved David Nicholl’s Starter for Ten though, so I’m sure I would enjoy his book, and I’m keen to try Elizabeth Von Arnim too. Happy reading in 2015!

    • Us was the first David Nicholls that I read and I loved the humor and great characters. I’d like to read more of him. Elizabeth Von Arnim is just fantastic – I hope you do give her a try. Happy reading to you!

  9. I saw your tweeets, but I hadn’t understood about the campaign – what a neat idea. I am looking forward to meeting Jane Gardam’s books this year! A very happy New Year! I know yours is starting with a long weekend & lots of reading.

    • Sadly, I haven’t done much reading yet! I think I need new glasses and my eyes are bothering me so I haven’t felt like reading very much. 🙁 Happy New Year!

  10. I’ve only read the von Arnim and the Panter-Downes, but I have had Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont on my wishlist for ages, so I have added it to my MUST READS of 2015. Happy New Year, Anbolyn – may it bring you many delights.

  11. Oh, Station Eleven was one of my favorites of the year too. Such an excellent book. And ditto to A Tale for the Time Being — I read it last year, and it was one of my favorites of 2013.

    • Station Eleven seems to be quite the dark horse – not very hyped yet loved by so many. I hope you find more wonderful books in 2015!

  12. Oh, both Mrs Palfrey and Mrs Craven…such good books! I enjoyed so many books this past year but The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters stood out for being the book that made me rush through my day so I could spend time with it.
    Happy New Year!

  13. I bought a copy of The Paying Guests in England intending to read it on the flight home, but it didn’t happen. I hope to make it one of my first books in 2015. Happy New Year!

  14. Happy New Year. Mrs Palfrey is a wonderful book isn’t it. I hope to read more Taylor this year. Daisy Goodwin has been on my radar thanks to blogging but I have yet to read one of her books.

    • I hope to read more Elizabeth Taylor this year also. I now own all of her novels and just need to decide which one to read next. Daisy Goodwin is a wonderful creator of historical, aristocratic worlds. I love her luxurious romanticism.

  15. Elizabeth von Arnim has became one of my favorite author after reading Elizabeth and her German Garden and The Pastor’s Wife. Have you tried any of her other books? I’m determined to read anything she ever wrote! “Good Evening, Mrs. Craven” is patiently waiting in the TBR, this this will be its year because I’ll be dedicating some time to short-stories.

    • Isn’t von Arnim fabulous? I’m also determined to read her entire works! I’m currently reading The Benefactress and it is hilarious.
      I hope you do get to Mrs.Craven this year. Her stories were fantastic enough to distract me from my 13 hour plane ride home from London!

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