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In Case You Missed it… (Because I did too)

Every year I fall further and further behind on the newly released books I want to read. I figure that if I write this list and share it with you, I will, at the very least, remember which ones I want to read. Maybe a little peer pressure will help…

For what everyone else missed too, check out The Broke and The Bookish.

2014 Books Covers

10. The Bees // Laline Paull 
09. Prisoner 489 // Joe R. Lansdale*
08. Bird Box // Josh Malerman*
07. Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky // David Connerly Nahm
06. Station Eleven // Emily St. John Mandel
05. The Wives of Los Alamos // TaraShea Nesbit
04. The Martian // Andy Weir
03Through the Woods // Emily Carroll
02. Redeployment // Phil Kay
01. An Untamed State // Roxanne Gay

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It’s quite the list. So… Where should I start?



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  • Laura Frey

    I really want to read The Bees. The trailer is pretty cool!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I haven’t seen it. Now I’ll have to check it out. Because I am curious as to how to make a trailer about bees….

  • Kate

    I should have added The Bees – heard great things. Also Wives of Los Almos looks good – not sure it’s made it to Australia yet…

    • Rory O’Connor

      So have I!

      I’ve heard mixed things about Wives of Los Alamos, but I’m willing to give it a try.

  • Heather

    I really, really enjoyed The Bees. I’m reading The Martian right now, and it’s actually quite funny.

    • Rory O’Connor

      It’s my April book club pick at the library I work at, so I definitely will be reading it. Hopefully it lends itself to discussions well.

  • molly wetta

    Through the Woods was amazing. I had actually forgotten that The Martian and Station Eleven were still on my to-read list. There is never enough time for books!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Through the Woods looks amazing, I’m glad to hear it lives up. Plus the cover is gorgeous!

  • Naomi

    Station Eleven is good! The Bees sounds so interesting, and I also want to read Untamed State and The Wives of Los Alamos.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I think An Untamed State is going to be my first goal, but Station Eleven is a close second.

      The Bees is my book club’s April pick, so I will definitely get that one done at some point in the near future.

  • Charleen Lynette

    The only one I’ve read is The Martian, and I thought it was great.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Plus it is going to be a movie this year, so I definitely want to make sure I get to it.

  • Helen @ My Novel Opinion

    I haven’t read any of those either, but I do want to read Station Eleven, The Wives of Los Alamos, Redeployment and An Untamed State…maybe I will get to them this year.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I figure eventually there has to be time, right? (Don’t tell me otherwise)

  • mariahelena

    I haven’t read any of these (and I was also terrible at reading new releases last year).

    • Rory O’Connor

      2014=not a fabulous reading year for me (productivity wise – still lots of good books though).

  • Andi

    I liked The Martian, and I just finished An Untamed State (amazing). I also have Redeployment on my list, and I want to read Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky. Great list, Rory!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I think, based on unanimous rave reviews everywhere, that I am going with An Untamed State first.

  • Jennine G.

    I’m definitely reading Station Eleven cause the reviews have been great. The Martian has sounded good too, but it’s also a movie come November 2015. So I’m going to read it closer to that date.

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’ve seen nothing but glowing reviews for it. I can’t wait!

      I didn’t know it was going to be a movie, I’ll probably try to do the same thing.

  • Shannon @ River City Reading

    I loved many of these, but I’m still hoping to get to Redeployment…someone is holding it up at the library and I’m getting ready to go snatch it from them!

    • Rory O’Connor

      I actually got that one as an (unsolicited) review copy and haven’t had the chance to read it yet. It’s high on my priority list right now.

  • kerri

    I have The Martian on my list also. There are too many good books out there.

    • Rory O’Connor

      There really are. I could quit my day job and do nothing but read and still never catch up.

  • Marisa @The Daily Dosage

    I would say An Untamed State or Station Eleven because I really enjoyed those. Bird Box is one I missed that is out of my comfort zone but I’m intrigued! It keeps calling to me from the shelves.

    • Rory O’Connor

      That must mean you are meant to read it! I remember your review of An Untamed State, I think that was the one that pushed me into the “need to read this” camp.

  • The Book Wheel

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who hasn’t read Station Eleven yet.

    • Rory O’Connor

      Me too! I feel like EVERYONE has.

  • Bloggin’ ’bout Books

    I’ve read two of these, BIRD BOX and STATION ELEVEN. Both are unique takes on the usual dystopian genre. BIRD BOX is super tense and suspenseful, while STATION ELEVEN is quieter. Still eerie, though. I haven’t read the others, but THE BEES sounds really intriguing to me.


    • Rory O’Connor

      I just picked up Bird Box from the library and I’m hoping to start it soon!

  • Words for Worms

    I’ve been meaning to tackle The Martian and An Untamed State for a while now. Why is it still impossible to get all the books into my head?

    • Rory O’Connor

      If you figure it out, a) you’ll be rich and b) you’ll share that method with me, right?

  • Monika @ Lovely Bookshelf

    THE BEES!!! I totally forgot about this one, and I soooo wanted to read it. Glad to have this reminder.

    • Rory O’Connor

      You’re welcome. 🙂

  • ebookclassics

    I missed quite a few of these too, but hopefully will get them to you soon. Which one will your read first?

    • Rory O’Connor

      I’m thinking An Untamed State (or really, whatever comes in first from the library).

  • Bonnie

    Bird Box was fantastic, I can’t wait to see what you think of it. I also loved The Martian and Through the Woods had some of the most marvelous artwork. Station Eleven and An Untamed State are still on my TBR too!

    • Rory O’Connor

      Stephen King loved Bird Box too, so between the two of you, I’m pretty sure it is going to be fantastic horror.

      Through the Woods looks gorgeous.

  • Malcolm Avenue Review

    Bird Box was fantastic, but The Martian is the book from last year I recommended to anyone and everyone (even if they didn’t ask, and regardless of what they liked to read in general) and no one was disappointed.

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