Best Books of the Year: My personal Top 20

stefan mesch best books 2014

(After a popular list last year [Link] and earlier in 2012 [Link] and 2011 [Link]…)

…here are the 20 very best books I’ve read in 2014:


20: HEIDE KOEHNE, “Der Buchladen”, German novel, 2011.
Der Buchladen

19: BRIAN WOOD, “The Massive”, Books 1 to 5, Graphic Novels, 2013 and 2014.
The Massive, Vol. 1: Black Pacific The Massive, Vol. 2: Subcontinental The Massive, Vol. 3: Longship The Massive, Vol. 4: Sahara The Massive, Vol 5: Ragnarok (The Massive #25-30)

18: TIM WISE, “White like me. Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son”, Nonfiction / Memoir, 2004.
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

17: HARUKI MURAKAMI, “Von Männern, die keine Frauen haben”, Japanese Short Stories, 2014. (I liked his most recent novel, too.)
Von Männern, die keine Frauen haben

16: STEWART O’NAN, “Der Zirkusbrand”, Nonfiction, 2000.
Der Zirkusbrand

15: CHRISTIANE FROHMANN, “Tausend Tode Schreiben”, German anthology, 2014: 135+ personal texts about dying and loss […more here].
Tausend Tode schreiben

14: GREG RUCKA, “Lazarus”, Books 1 and 2. Graphic Novels, 2014.
Lazarus, Vol. 1: Family Lazarus, Vol. 2: Lift

13: ED BRUBAKER, “Velvet”, Book 1. Graphic Novel, 2014.
Velvet, Vol. 1: Before the Living End

12: MARTIN HATZIUS, “Alles fragen, nichts fürchten”, book-length interview with my favorite German living writer, Dietmar Dath, 2011.
Dietmar Dath: Alles fragen, nichts fürchten

11: SIGRID NUNEZ, “A Feather on the Breath of God”, Memoir, 1995.
A Feather on the Breath of God: A Novel

10: ARTHUR MILLER, “Focus”, Novel, 1945.

09: MEIKE WINNEMUTH, “Das große Los”, German Travelogue, 2012.
Das große Los

08: JAN BAUER, “Der salzige Fluss”. German Graphic Novel Travelogue, 2014.
Der salzige Fluss

07: NORA WICKE, “Vierstromland”, German novel, 2014.

06: G. WILLOW WILSON, “Ms. Marvel”, Book 1. Graphic Novel, 2014.
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal

05: TSUGUMI OHBA, “Bakuman”, Books 2 to 20. Manga series, 2009 to 2012.
Bakuman, Volume 2: Chocolate and Akamaru (Bakuman, #2) Bakuman, Volume 3: Debüt und Ungeduld Bakuman, Volume 4: Phone Call and the Night Before (Bakuman, #4) Bakuman, Volume 5: Yearbook and Photobook Bakuman, Volume 6: Recklessness and Guts

04: ROBERTO AGUIRRE-SACASA, “Afterlife with Archie”, Book 1. Graphic Novel, 2014.
Afterlife with Archie Book 1: Escape from Riverdale

03: VALERIAN TORNIUS, “Zwischen Hell und Dunkel”, German novel, 1932.
Zwischen Hell und Dunkel. Ein Rembrandt-Roman

02: LIANE DIRKS, “Vier Arten meinen Vater zu beerdingen”, German novel, 2002.
Vier Arten meinen Vater zu beerdigen

01: ÁGOTA KRISTÓF, “The Notebook”, “The Proof”, “The Third Lie”, Hungarian Trilogy, 1986 to 1991.
The Notebook, The Proof, The Third Lie: Three Novels


For a complete list of books I’ve read in 2014, please go here [Link].


In comics, I’ve also enjoyed book 3 and 4 of Brian K. Vaughan’s “Saga” space opera [Link], Year 1 and (to a lesser degree) Year 2 of Tim Taylor’s “Injustice: Gods among us” [Link], Bryan Q. Miller’s still solid “Smallville” [Link], the Marvel books “She-Hulk” [Charles Soule, Link] and “Hawkeye” [Matt Fraction, Link].

I enjoyed the first six “New 52” DC comic books featuring Wonder Woman [Link] and started reading lesser-known series like “Promethea” [Link], “Nailbiter” [Link], “Rat Queens” [Link], “Mind MGMT” [Link] and “The Private Eye” [Link]. I’ve also enjoyed Daniel Clowes’ “David Boring” [Link].

Mark Millar’s “Jupiter’s Legacy” had a great start – but I will have to wait until 2015. [Link]

Here’s a big collage of the graphic novels I’ve discovered in 2014:

graphic novels stefan mesch 2015
Have a great 2015! More to come!


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