ICPL Staff Top Picks for 2014: Fiction

by on December 25th, 2014

The Iowa City Public Library is pleased to present our favorite reads of 2014.

Employees were asked to submit the titles they read and loved this year with all nominations divided into seven categories: fiction, kids, young adult, mystery/science fiction, memoir, biography, and non-fiction. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2014. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2014 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our Best of the Best list on the last day of 2014. Until then, here are the Library’s top fiction books for 2014. Keep checking back to see what made the cut in our other categories.


  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
  • And the Dark, Sacred Night by Julia Glass
  • China Dolls by Lisa See
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
  • Lila by Marilynne Robinson
  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
  • The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof
  • Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
  • The Free by Willy Vlautin
  • Bark by Lorrie Moore
  • Perfidia by James Ellroy
  • Paper Lantern by Stuart Dybek
  • When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds
  • The Burning Room by Michael Connelly
  • The Poor Boy’s Game by Dennis Tafoya
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  • Some Luck by Jane Smiley
  • Thunderstruck & Other Stories by Elizabeth McCracken

What was your favorite fiction read of 2014?

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