Top Five Books of 2014

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What are your top five reads for 2014? These books DO NOT need to have been published in 2014.
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15,010 members
803 reviews
3.9
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18,280 members
1,251 reviews
½ 4.3
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45,124 members
2,128 reviews
½ 4.4
22 Members
lucybrown, spartahiker, Florinda, krazy4katz, MJC1946, Devlindusty, SherylHendrix, MeganHuntStewart, amyshaff, Trudial, cadacada, Barbsn, jan48, lyneaclark, LisaYork, painter1, kenjohnson, MichelleAbel, PaulKelleher, snyd1978, Jonas.Pieters, Tosta
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SherylHendrix: A riveting story that highlights the human emotions of individuals caught in the horrors of war.
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5,988 members
367 reviews
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21 Members
lorax, tardis, conceptDawg, Vierran, barrayaran, montano, Euryale, lkmiller, earthsinger, Vilakins, dot.zen, jamestream, Devlindusty, zjakkelien, gypsysmom, pjdscca, TempleCat, lorannen, ChristineParker, kenjohnson, SkippyRoxy
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lorannen: By far one of the most original and compelling space novels I've read in recent years.
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8,303 members
593 reviews
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19 Members
innominate, skyeval, starfishian, ymkahn, mzonderm, sipthereader, rainpebble, nancyewhite, novelcommentary, chaminah, cmtl, JSWBooks, PoetVictoria, hubblegal, kenjohnson, elca1946, canaiden, SkippyRoxy, suerv
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innominate: A novel of time and place, of death and rebirth. Of foxes and not. Historical and ahistorical. A fantastic (in both senses of the word) read.
starfishian: Absolutely brilliant. Kate Atkinson is a gifted writer.
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2,532 members
114 reviews
4.1
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6,783 members
356 reviews
½ 4.3
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5,057 members
248 reviews
3.8
11 Members
Aquila, snora, zhejw, charl08, lsh63, chgstrom, KymmAC, Picarina, peterveen, gendeg, elca1946
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Aquila: Do I need to explain my choice? Loved the set up.
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12,309 members
594 reviews
½ 4.4
11 Members
mzonderm, sipthereader, terran, MJC1946, koalakt, honkcronk, Trudial, gaylebutz, NoPlanetB, elca1946, FireflyLover
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NoPlanetB: Compelling story, brilliant writer.
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14,902 members
965 reviews
4.1
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27,060 members
1,555 reviews
4.2
10 Members
booklover3258, RuMuse, crazy4reading, Liciasings, MeganHuntStewart, snookerkitty, mdrcamp4, renbedell, snyd1978, FireflyLover
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booklover3258: Sad story of love and loss. Why wouldn't I love this book?
RuMuse: I didn't expect I'd like this book, much less love it. It's the clear voice of the protagonist, Hazel, with her insights and mordant humor, that make this a great book.
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10 Members
tardis, waitingtoderail, barrayaran, SaraHope, Jambyfool, midnightblues, CapitalHackels, amaranthe, MeganHuntStewart, dexterdame
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amaranthe: It is extremely funny, and not in a stupid way.
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7,781 members
297 reviews
4.2
10 Members
Eat_Read_Knit, novelcommentary, njinthesun, jhaggis, JSWBooks, amyshaff, peterveen, LisaYork, elca1946, canaiden
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JSWBooks: There's so much to this book. One reader quoted The Guardian's review: "There are some novels that tell a great story and others that make you change the way you look at the world. ... Adichie's Americanah is a book that manages to do both." It is about race, immigrants, relationships. Beautiful, provacative writing.
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5,008 members
290 reviews
3.8
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2,386 members
183 reviews
½ 4.3
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7,261 members
443 reviews
½ 3.7
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3,622 members
249 reviews
4.1
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1,918 members
138 reviews
3.8
8 Members
overthemoon, Bookmarque, reader517, spartahiker, pdebolt, EllsieFind, markatpie, painter1
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Bookmarque: Stories of orphans and outsiders usually follow a familiar storyline, but this novel surprised me both in characterization and in plot. Set in an unusual location and time it is an introspective and engrossing novel.
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3,633 members
273 reviews
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8 Members
innominate, KimarieBee, s2nowy, lsh63, rainpebble, Sharn, Brindle, ElizaBev
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innominate: A bare description of this novel (the tale of the last woman to be executed in Iceland) doesn't do justice to its complexity and clarity of purpose. A tale of death breathing life into a past society.
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11,809 members
783 reviews
4.1
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18,613 members
1,282 reviews
4.1
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6,977 members
346 reviews
½ 4.3
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8,343 members
724 reviews
3.8
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2,956 members
198 reviews
4.1
7 Members
susanj, tardis, mkunruh, Vierran, jsburbidge, amaranthe, pagesaplenty
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amaranthe: Maia unexpectedly becomes emperor after having lived his 18 years as an embarrassment in exile. He must learn to govern effectively without being killed, being manipulated by older members of the government, or becoming like his father. Lots of politics, intrigue, problem-solving, and heart.
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1,256 members
85 reviews
4
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1,706 members
98 reviews
4.2
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7,744 members
407 reviews
4.1
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1,494 members
111 reviews
3.8
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2,751 members
172 reviews
3.8
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9,124 members
639 reviews
4.1
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3,219 members
177 reviews
½ 4.4
6 Members
rosylibrarian, nancyewhite, Mirabelle, MeridianLRC, copperkid, NoPlanetB
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NoPlanetB: Eye-popping narrative.
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1,987 members
149 reviews
4.2
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26,575 members
629 reviews
3.9
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7,290 members
407 reviews
4
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1,930 members
84 reviews
4.2
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7,295 members
480 reviews
4.1
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3,690 members
178 reviews
½ 4.3
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4,849 members
388 reviews
½ 4.3
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3,209 members
199 reviews
½ 3.6
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9,950 members
623 reviews
3.9
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1,583 members
96 reviews
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5 Members
Aquila, susanj, byzanne, rarm, jsburbidge
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Aquila: Like Rosemary Sutcliff, but with a female protagonist - and a bisexual one at that. Fascinating, integrated, beautifully written.
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5,459 members
365 reviews
4.1
5 Members
chgstrom, Her_Royal_Orangeness, flying_monkeys, brushman, iogrey
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flying_monkeys: Uses two mythological creatures to explore what it means to be human.
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4,391 members
294 reviews
4.1
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3,283 members
257 reviews
3.8
5 Members
isis27, boo-radley, flying_monkeys, ChristineParker, ardvisoor
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flying_monkeys: What's scarier than something you can't see but know is right beside you? Eek!
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33,689 members
933 reviews
4.1
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5,039 members
147 reviews
½ 4.6
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19,815 members
340 reviews
4.1
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3,198 members
175 reviews
3.8
4 Members
booklover3258, melissarochelle, ToniTobin, pagesaplenty
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booklover3258: Funny story and loved the dysfunctional family.
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5,314 members
282 reviews
½ 4.5
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4,760 members
290 reviews
½ 4.3
4 Members
Vierran, leahbird, dexterdame, lorannen
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lorannen: Saga finally convinced me to become a regular reader of comics. It's a brilliant story, with artwork to match.
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6,079 members
373 reviews
3.9
4 Members
hailelib, isis27, BookLizard, Tanya-dogearedcopy
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Tanya-dogearedcopy: Urban Fantasy about a RC in modern-day London who discovers that he has wizarding skillz; The author was a scriptwriter for Doctor Who, and the story is very fast, funny, and quintessentially British.
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13,974 members
302 reviews
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2,764 members
110 reviews
4.1
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4,483 members
252 reviews
4.1
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6,175 members
356 reviews
3.9
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4,347 members
134 reviews
½ 4.3
4 Members
Picarina, nittnut, lottpoet, Wassilissa
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nittnut: Because it's the first book in a new to me series. It's such a pleasure to find a great new series.
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3,554 members
154 reviews
3.9
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2,455 members
133 reviews
½ 3.7
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919 members
33 reviews
½ 3.7
3 Members
Parker51, JuliaMaria, kara.shamy
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JuliaMaria: Wie Frauen in der Kunstgeschichte unsichtbar gemacht werden. Verpackt in Beschreibung eines spannenden Duells zweier Ķünstler.
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4,385 members
282 reviews
3.9
3 Members
tottman, gaylebutz, miketopper
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tottman: Listened to this book on audio and it absolutely blew me away. Absolute gut-punch. Brilliant writing.
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965 members
70 reviews
4.1
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3,864 members
118 reviews
½ 4.4
3 Members
mzonderm, ikeyjamehoward, Mecaza
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Mecaza: The BEST book I have read this year by far..
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11,672 members
274 reviews
4.2
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6,644 members
217 reviews
4.2
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3,683 members
159 reviews
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3 Members
tiffin, Peace2, SimiSue75
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tiffin: Fascinating story.
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1,234 members
36 reviews
4.2
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25,009 members
580 reviews
4.1
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5,369 members
406 reviews
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3,654 members
163 reviews
4.1
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6,234 members
393 reviews
3.9
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1,371 members
43 reviews
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3,765 members
140 reviews
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50,581 members
452 reviews
½ 4.5
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2,216 members
134 reviews
½ 3.7
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4,087 members
167 reviews
3.9
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17,697 members
271 reviews
3.9
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1,657 members
120 reviews
½ 4.3
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1,465 members
71 reviews
4
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34,263 members
438 reviews
3.8
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3,038 members
141 reviews
½ 4.3
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8,991 members
355 reviews
3.8
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2,181 members
121 reviews
½ 3.7
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5,927 members
422 reviews
½ 3.4
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5,472 members
150 reviews
½ 4.3
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13,091 members
391 reviews
4.1
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10,239 members
442 reviews
4.2
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3,820 members
150 reviews
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3,703 members
244 reviews
3.8
2 Members
Aquila, Laura1124
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Aquila: I read this without reading about it first, which was lucky, and it turned out to be a book exactly right for me.
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3,197 members
284 reviews
3.8