So far I have three novels that I have read on my "at this point I think this is Hugo-worthy" list: 1. The Girl with all the Gifts by M.R. Carey (I just finished this, which is what prompted the list making; 'reasonably science-based zombie apocalypse fiction, with great characters and some amazing twists on tropes, sort of "Never Let Me Go" meets "The Passage," but better than either of them, a majority female cast including an awesome woman of color, if any of this appeals to you go read);
2. The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman -- or possibly the whole trilogy if it's eligible for nomination in that form;
3. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley. I've also got a to-read list of stuff that will probably get lots of nominating votes, including Jeff Vandermeer's Southern Reach trilogy, Katherine Addison's The Goblin Emperor, E. Bear's Steles of the Sky and Robert Bennett's City of Stairs Scalzi's Lock In and of course Ancillary Sword (I'm saving this to reread back to back with Ancillary Justice WHEN I HAVE TIME, lolol). So that's a decent reading list (and includes some books I already bought when I was feeling optimistic...) but of course I'm leaving off stuff that I haven't heard about. Also, note, that's a bunch of white people (they might not all be, but as far as I know...)
Basically -- rec me stuff that was published in 2014, particularly novels and novellas, with a strong preference for work by writers of color/ queer writers/ marginalized or otherwise under-the-radar stuff that you think deserves more attention than it got. Tell me why you like the stuff, too, of course, and why I might like it because that should help it get to the top of the pile. This is for Sci-Fi Fantasy, of course, but the Hugos seem to have a fairly generous definition of those categories. Also, I think YA and middle grade eligible/ in the same category as everything else (didn't Harry Potter win at least once?), though nothing that I've listed here is considered YA as far as I know. But I'm open to that too!
ETA: Re: wanting more writers of color, I'm going to do my own homework too, I swear, I just noticed the list I had accumulated through whatever usual means was very white and I am trying to consciously counter that.