Lariat Reading List


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2014 Lariat Reading List

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Welcome to the Lariat Reading List! At last, the grown ups have their day! TLA has rightfully earned a stellar reputation for its many outstanding youth reading lists. The annual list of Lariat award winners calls attention to outstanding fiction published during the year that merit special attention from adult readers. The main criteria for selecting books for the Lariat List is that they are “a pleasure to read.”

The 2014 Lariat Reading List
The Best in Adult Fiction (2012 & 2013 publication dates)

  1. Alex—Pierre Lemaitre, Quercus.
  2. And The Mountains Echoed—Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead Books.
  3. Blood Song—Anthony Ryan, Ace.
  4. Burial Rites—Hannah Kent, Little, Brown and Company.
  5. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena—Anthony Marra, Hogarth.
  6. The Cuckoo’s Calling—Robert Galbraith, Mulholland Books.
  7. The Death of Bees—Lisa O’Donnell, HarperCollins.
  8. Fangirl—Rainbow Rowell, St. Martin’s Griffin.
  9. The Fever Tree—Jennifer McVeigh, Amy Einhorn Books.
  10. Golden Boy—Abigail Tarttelin, Atria Books.
  11. The Golem and the Jinni—Helene Wecker, HarperCollins.
  12. The House Girl—Tara Conklin, William Morrow.
  13. Lexicon—Max Barry, Penguin.
  14. Longbourn—Jo Baker, Knopf.
  15. Me Before You—Jojo Moyes, Penguin.
  16. Murder as a Fine Art—David Morrell, Mulholland Books.
  17. The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Neil Gaiman, William Morrow.
  18. The Other Typist—Suzanne Rindell, Amy Einhorn Books.
  19. Rage Against The Dying—Becky Masterman, Minotaur Books.
  20. The Rosie Project—Graeme Simsion, Simon & Schuster.
  21. The Son—Philipp Meyer, HarperCollins.
  22. Taken—Michael J. Totten, Belmont Estate Books.
  23. The Translator—Nina Schuyler, Pegasus Books.
  24. Where’d You Go, Bernadette—Maria Semple, Little, Brown and Company.
  25. Z—Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin’s Press.

2013-2014 Lariat List Task Force:

  • Jessica Russell, Montgomery County Memorial Library System (Chair)
  • Kimberly Michelle Gay, Prairie View A&M University (Vice Chair)
  • Maureen Arndt, 720 Design
  • Susan Barnum, El Paso Public Library
  • Kelly Brouillard, Lewisville Public Library
  • Monica Bustillo, San Antonio Public Library
  • Beverly Golden, Retired North East ISD, San Antonio
  • Neil Krasnoff, Dallas ISD
  • Dorian Myers, Kinkaid School
  • Amber Seely, Houston Public Library
  • Donna Shirley, Smith Public Library
  • Julio Velasquez,  Dallas Public Library
Created on Apr 12, 2010 | Last updated January 05, 2015