The best book I read and the best book that was published in 2014, for me, are one in the same thing. The Rise and Fall of Great Powers by Tom Rachman captured perfectly what I look for in a novel. A character struggling with their past, present and even future. It is beautifully written though it didn’t feel as powerful as his first novel, The Imperfectionists.
My second most loved novel of this year was Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. This is the most perfect heartwarming heartbreaking tale you may ever read.
My third favorite book of the year was, again, something not published in 2014. It was a collection of short stories written by Nathan Englander titled What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. The titular story is worth picking up this collection for alone.
Another honorable mention, not published this year, goes to A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers.
Published this year, Murakami’s latest novel, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage was a great read but didn’t strike a note of deep resonance. I always love reading his characters. They are so empowered and it feels lively reading them.