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10 Best New Books of 2014


Collegiettes, RUN don’t walk to your nearest library (wait, do people still go to those?!) and check out these new books that’ll keep you reading all spring long. 

1. Blood Will Out: The True Story of a Murder, a Mystery, and a Masquerade by Walter Kirn

When I was younger, my mom always used to joke that she was actually a Rockefeller and was switched at birth. She was just kidding, but some people take lies to a completely horrifying level. Author Walter Kirn tells the true story of his long time friendship with a man who claimed to be a member of the fabulously wealthy family, while in reality, he was a psychopathic con man and murderer.  How did Kirn fall for this guy’s schtick for so long? You’ll have to read to find out!

2. Uganda Be Kidding Me by Chelsea Handler


Chelsea Handler is a certified hot mess. But isn’t that why we all like her? Her latest book is absurd. Tales of her recent travels to exotic locales like Africa and the Swiss Alps will have you wincing, if you could get yourself to stop laughing first. Losing her dog in Telluride and defiling a kayak in the Bahamas is just the tip of the iceberg in this uproarious collection of global misadventures. If you like her previous books, you’ll love this one too!

3. ​The Good Luck of Right Now by Mathew Quick

Raise your hand if you were obsessed with Silver Linings Playbook last year. That should be all of you. The man who wrote the book behind the movie has put out his latest this year.  The Good Luck of Right Now tells the story of eternal Mama’s boy Bartholomew Neil. Our protagonist is more than lost after the death of his mother. Most people would turn to a friend in that kind of situation. Since Bartholomew is lacking in that department, he turns to his mother’s favorite actor… Richard Gere. Super quirky and definitely weird, this novel shows us there is a place in the world for everyone.

4. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

This sequel to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children follows the format of its predecessor: meshing an exciting fantasy world with never-before-published vintage photography.

5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Everyone and their mother is getting on the Oz game (Once Upon A Time, Oz the Great and Powerful), but this new YA title tells the story of another young girl from Kansas whose mission is to kill our beloved Dorothy!  Wizard of Oz  + Kill Bill = must read!

6. Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

I am a total sucker for historical fiction. Throw in the infamous Romanov family of Russia and you’ve caught my attention. Mystery, adventure,  a little bit of romance AND some action? Sounds like a can’t miss.

7. Yours for Eternity by Damien Echols and Lorri Davis

Do not write this one off as just another love story… it’s anything but. Damien Echols is infamous for being one of the “West Memphis Three,” a group of men wrongly convicted of murder who were forced to spend 18 years on death row. Luckily for Damien, he found love in a hopeless place. In this June release, Damien and his wife Lorri tell all about their relationship from meeting to marriage, all while he was stuck in the slammer.

8. One More Thing by BJ Novak

You may know him as the ceaselessly irritating temp Ryan on NBC’s The Office, but what you may not know about BJ Novak is that he is a jack of all trades: actor, stand up comedian, screenwriter, director and now a published author of a collection of short stories. These stories will appeal to everyone who can’t relate to feeling anxious about love, fear, family and ambition.  Spill your guts BJ, we’re here for the journey along with you.

9. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

I think we could all stand to learn how to love our bodies a little bit more. Cameron breaks it all down like the big sister you never had. Health, aging, love, beauty trends, you name it, Cameron probably talks about it here. I know I’m all ears.

10. The Silkworm by Robert Gailbraith

This June we’ll get the latest work from J.K. Rowling under her not-so-secret pseudonym. The Silkworm picks up once again with private detective Cormoran Strike as he pursues a missing famous novelist named Owen Quine. There’s more to the disappearance than meets the eye when a series of manuscripts featuring malicious profiles of almost everyone the author knows turns up. Who might want Quine dead? *Gulp* We’ll have to wait until June to find out!

Brianna is a proud Long Islander finishing her graduate journalism degree here at Hofstra. The East Meadow native wears many hats on campus, including Assistant News Director at WRHU, Grad Assistant at the Center for Civic Engagement and of course Treasurer here at Her Campus Hofstra! Brianna is currently interning at Fox News. But until she can go set the journalism world on fire, she’ll just have to settle for planning adventures abroad, binge watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix and commiserating about her beloved New York Jets. Follow her on Twitter at @BriannaBorresen!
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