Gems of 2014

It’s time for an end-of-year roundup! With this post, I’m introducing the Emerald City Book Review Gem, to be awarded to my favorite books of the year in various genres and categories. (Note that books were read and reviewed, but not necessarily published in 2014.) Click on each title to be taken to my original review, or click here for a page that lists all of them. Visit Top Ten Tuesday for many, many more best-of-2014 lists.

2014 Releases: Fiction: Hild   Nonfiction: In the Kingdom of Ice

Rereads: Witch Week

Fiction: My Brother Michael

Classic Fiction: Barchester Towers and The Brandons

Historical Fiction: The White Witch

Fantasy: The Islands of Chaldea

Children’s: All-of-a-Kind Family

YA: A Solitary Blue

Memoir/Biography: Strings Attached and My Life in Middlemarch

Nonfiction: The Age of Wonder

Do you have a Best of 2014 list? Please share it in the comments!

22 thoughts on “Gems of 2014

  1. Wonderful list, Lory! Several of these are books I want to read (Hild, the 2 DWJ books, and All of a Kind Family, which I'm embarrassed to say I've never read.) And of course I love Mary Stewart's books! I will have to check out a few of the others.


  2. I like your categories idea – I may have to steal that for another time. I do want to branch out of contemporary fiction – the Advance Review Copies completely took over this year. Still, I think we've both struck very lucky with our reading this year 🙂


  3. I've been wanting to read Hild but was on the fence–you may have just pushed me over to the "must-read-this" side. You know, just as soon as I find more hours in a day. Great list!


    1. It took me a long time because it required a certain degree of attention that I don't always have available. Hope you can find the time though — it's worth it.


    1. I found so many books and authors through other blogs, including Mary Stewart and Angela Thirkell. I'm looking forward to Margery Sharp Day in 2015.


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