Possessionista Reading List: Best books of 2014


As I’ve mentioned here and here, I’m a voracious reader. Surprisingly, this doesn’t bode well for being part of a book club. For starters, I read way too fast. Sometimes I’ll get through 2 books (chapter, not picture) in a week. And secondly, I’m a terrible skimmer. I once read a book that I was convinced took place¬†on Jupiter.

Turns out, it was actually in Jupiter, PA.

Reading comprehension is a real thing, you guys.

The one good thing about my speed reading is I’m never at a loss to offer a new book recommendation. As you start the new year, I wanted to share my latest book suggestions and some of my favorites I read in 2014. (Note: My tastes run more towards the dark and twisty than the light and romantic. So if you’re a Christian Gray or Danielle Steele fan, these may be outside your usual reads.)

Got a book I should read in 2015? Let me know in the comments. Please. I need a new book.

Need more book recs? Check out my past reading lists here and here.

19 thoughts on “Possessionista Reading List: Best books of 2014

  1. tek

    I love your blog! Happy to see you are a voracious reader, too.

    I bought The Hypnotist’s Love Story a few months ago but haven’t cracked it open yet. You should definitely check out the rest of Liane Moriarty’s books (esp. The Husband’s Secret) if you haven’t read her others!

    Based off your above books, I’d recommend “The Promise of Stardust” by Priscille Sibley. It’s sort of a medical case drama about a husband and wife, who after years of unsuccessfully trying for a baby, finally have the wife become pregnant. But she’s…

    I’ll leave it there. ^-^/ Happy 2015.

    1. Dana Weiss

      Thanks TEK. I read The husband’s secret and I thought it was good but I didn’t love it. Promise of Stardust sounds like a book I’d like. I’ve read a few other weird fertility books about unsavory doctors and weird fertility treatments. Check out Breed, The Procedure and Close My Eyes. Happy New Year!

  2. Stephanie

    Hands down, my favorite book of 2014 was All the Light We Cannot See. Excited to read some of these!

    1. Dana Weiss

      I have heard a lot of good things about this book. I may try it next!

  3. Jennifer

    Hi Dana, hope you had a great New Year’s! I am a voracious reader but admittedly, I can be a bit of a book snob too, so I am always excited when I find quality reads that are also (relatively) easy reads. Just because I appreciate Dostoevesky doesn’t mean I read him for “enjoyment!” So, here’s my more recent find: _My Brilliant Friend_ by Elena Ferrante. Discovered it right before X-mas because it is actually part of a series, and the third book was on some “Best Of” lists this year (all the books have gotten great reviews). I got _My Brilliant Friend_ for X-mas, and I haven’t finished it, but I’m zipping through it so far. Very good and immensely enjoyable!

  4. Julie

    I am a voracious reader as well! Are you on Goodreads? Looking at your list I think you would love I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson.

  5. Taylor hayden

    the Paris Wife was really good! Just finished it and it takes you into 1920s Paris. It could be slow at times but the setting kept me interested. But love that you recommend the Red Tent! It was beautiful!

    1. Dana Weiss

      Is it bad if I admit that I don’t *love* period books? I prefer stories that take place in contemporary time. I thought the Red Tent was fascinating but I thought the ending was rushed. Also, Dinah’s brothers are such assholes.

  6. Jessica

    Where’d You Go Bernadette
    We Are Not Ourselves
    Dare Me by Megan Abbot
    Untamed State
    The Signature of All Things

  7. Shannon

    I am Pilgrim was my favorite book of the year. Also Big Little Lies is funny. Thanks for sharing your list!

  8. Heather Adams

    My favorite of 2014 was Euphoria by Lily King, then All the Light We Cannot See, then Life Drawing by Robin Black.

  9. Katherine

    I would highly recommend the Girl Behind the Door by John Brooks. I may be a little biased, as I’m currently involved in making it into a future film, but I think you’ll enjoy it since your tastes run towards the dark and twisty side. There hasn’t been a book quite like this written until now.
    I also think you’ll enjoy Learning to Live by Jerrica Knight-Catania. This is my high school friend and she was in NYC on 9/11, so she draws on some of her experience.

  10. Kelly

    Hi Dana,

    Two of my faves I read this year: one to make you cry and appreciate everything you have in life… A Thousand Splendid Sons by Khaled Hosseini (Author of Kite Runner) and one to make you laugh out loud…The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer. This one is short and fun and I really enjoyed it after the tear fest from the first book. Hope you give them a try!

  11. Beth

    I’m looking forward to reading your suggestions! Some of my favorites from this year were The Heiresses by Sara Shephard, and Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran.

  12. Allison

    Have you tried the Outlander series?

  13. Katherine

    Dana, if you don’t get too many responses, how about reading one that each of us has recommended? You could do a future blog post telling us what you thought of our favorites.

  14. Kelly

    Thanks for this! I just finished the Good Girl, and I’m about to pick one of your other suggestions. I’ve already read a couple of these last year, so I’ll probably start Mother, Mother next.

  15. Cathy

    Sorry to point this out, but “Recommendations” is misspelled on your links on the right side of your site. I’m not obnoxious, I swear! I love your site!

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