People.com Celebrity The 10 Books You Should've Read in 2014 The year in literature brought great historical fiction – and smart women speaking their minds By People Staff Published on December 12, 2014 03:00 PM Share Tweet Pin Email 01 of 10 THE UNSPEAKABLE By Meghan DaumThe unifying theme of these laser-sharp essays: how "experiences too often come with preassigned emotional responses." Things like having kids (Daum doesn't want them) or college (not always the best time in your life). Contrarians, rejoice. 02 of 10 NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL By Lena DunhamThe Girls star opens up about everything from her childhood OCD to losing her virginity in this bold, entertaining memoir. 03 of 10 REDEPLOYMENT By Phil Klay"We shot dogs. Not by accident," begins Klay's National Book Award-winning story collection. Drawn from the time he spent as a Marine in Iraq, it will open your eyes. 04 of 10 LOVE, NINA By Nina StibbeHilarious letters the author sent her sister while working as a nanny in 1980s London make for the year's most charming book. 05 of 10 THE PAYING GUESTS By Sarah Waters 1920s England comes alive in Waters's thrilling tale of murder and forbidden love. 06 of 10 ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE By Anthony DoerrA gorgeously written novel about struggle and survival in WWII France. 07 of 10 WHAT IF? By Randall MunroeA scientist's answers to questions like "How dangerous is a pool in a thunderstorm?" (Hint: Your mom was right.) 08 of 10 NORA WEBSTER By Colm TéibénTéibén's lovely, atmospheric eighth novel centers on a widow in rural Ireland. 09 of 10 BIG LITTLE LIES By Liane MoriartyA school fundraiser turns deadly in Moriarty's darkly funny murder mystery. 10 of 10 CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? By Roz ChastA graphic memoir about losing your parents? Leave it to Chast to pull it off. Moving, absurdly funny and brilliantly accented with snapshots (her mom's drawer full of random jar lids!), it's the death-and-dying book we didn't know we needed.