The New Year is almost here now, so it is the perfect time to see what books impressed people the most in 2014. Goodreads.com collected the best 20 books in different genres based on the readers’ choice. So, here are the top books in every category.
Fiction: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Georgie and Neal have been married for a long time. They still have feelings for each other; however, their marriage is slowly falling apart. And the work emergency that Georgie has right before Christmas doesn’t help at all. While Neal is gone to visit his parents with kids, Georgie discovers a wonderful ability to communicate with her husband in the past. Would she take the opportunity to help her marriage or would it be better if this marriage never happened at all?
Mystery and thriller: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Thousands of unemployed people gather at a job fair in a small town. Suddenly, a stolen Mercedes runs into the crowd, kills eight people, hurts fifteen and drives away… Several months later a retired policeman Bill Hodges decides to investigate this case after he receives a letter from someone who calls himself Mr. Mercedes and threatens to commit even more murderous crimes…
Historical Fiction: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
A captivating story about a blind French girl and an orphaned German boy takes place in France during the World War II. They both have to sacrifice a lot and go through numerous struggles and devastating events that the war brings. This book is about humanity, love and struggle that won’t leave you indifferent.
Fantasy: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
This is the final book in the Deborah Harkness’s enchanting trilogy. This time, the main characters, the historian and witch Diana with her vampire scientist husband Matthew, come back to the present time to encounter new troubles and to fight old enemies. As the previous two books, The Book of Life is grounded on the true love of two creatures whose feelings are not accepted by the cruel and prejudiced world.
Romance: Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon
This is the eighth book in Diana Gabaldon’s famous series Outlander. The book continues telling the love story of Claire and Jamie as well as many small stories of characters from the previous book. The new book gathers different literary genres including romance, adventure, historical fiction and fantasy.
Science Fiction: The Martian by Andy Weir
The Martian is a science fiction novel about an astronaut who is left alone on the Mars after a spaceship wreck. Being in a desperate position, he has to find the ways to survive on a strange and unadapted for living planet and to get back home with no help around…
Horror: Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
Ann Rice once created a dark world filled with vampires in the bestselling books Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned. This year the new book appeared telling a story about Prince Lestat. This eleventh book of the series was a surprise for the fans, as Anne Rice hadn’t planned to write more books for these series at the first place. This book is a sequel of Queen of the Damned and will continue the story of a mysterious and enchanting vampire Lestat.
Humor: Yes Please by Amy Poehler
This is a first book of a talented actress, producer and comedian Amy Poehler. She describes her life and different events in a funny and witty language. The book is full of different tips, lists, photographs and even poems. It is a smart, honest and personal book, which will be a real treat for everyone who loves Amy Poehler.
Nonfiction: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of short stories and essays written in different times by Marina Keegan, a Yale graduate, who died in a car crash in 2012. She created an essay for the Yale Daily News that become viral and made Marina well known in and out the country. Though she was very young, she left a lot of clever and inspiring prose that was collected in The Opposite of the Loneliness.
Memoir and Autobiography: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl, Wayne Earl and Lori Earl
This book is a biography of Esther Grace Earl, an American author and vlogger, who died after a long struggle in 2010 of cancer. The book consists of the Esther’s journals, drawings and letters as well as the stories written by her family. The introduction was written by a famous writer John Green. This well-known author also dedicated his bestselling book The Fault in Our Stars to Esther’s struggles and joys.
History and Biography: The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra by Helen Rappaport
The Romanov sisters were iconic figures at their time. Everyone talked about them, every girl tried to look like them and every man wanted to marry one of them. There have been many books written about this family and that period of time. Hellen Rappaport gives this story a fresh look revealing information from the unknown before diaries, letters and private collections.
Business books: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
#GIRLBOSS is a book written by Sophia Amoruso who went a long road from being a hitchhiker and being broke to owning $100 million online fashion retailer. The book gives you tips on how to become a success yet not to turn into something you’re not. Her tips are wise yet unconventional and the whole book is inspiring for those who are looking for their place in life.
Food and Cookbooks: Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten
Ina Garten is well known for her cooking talents, likable personality and, of course, helpful books. Her new book, Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook is dedicated to dishes that you can make in advance. These recipes are what many people are looking for. You can make different meals ahead and don’t get worried that your party can be ruined because of cooking emergencies. The book has recipes for different taste with great pictures and detailed instructions.
Graphic Novels and Comics: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Fábio Moon
This is a collection of miniseries that follow the events of Serenity. It consists of six miniseries written by Zack Wheldon. The illustrations were created by Georges Jeanty who also created illustrations for Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics.
Poetry: Lullabies by Lang Leav
Lullabies is a sequel to Love & Misadventure, which has had a huge success all over the world and gained Lang Leav a big army of fans. The book continues to describe the pleasures of love and difficulties of loss. Leav’s poetry is very emotional and touching, especially for those who are on this journey at the moment.
Debut Goodreads Author: Red Rising by Pierce Brown
The planet Earth is dying. Darrow is of the Reds – people, who work hard in the interior of Mars to make it possible for people to live on this planet one day. Suddenly, Darrow finds out that he has been lied to for a long time and that some people have been living on Mars for many years. These people, the Golds, just use people like Darrow as free work force. Then Darrow decides to end this by pretending to be a Gold and to ruin this community from the inside. But he is not the only one with the big plans here…
Young Adult Fiction: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Young Adult Fantasy: City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
This is the last book of the best-selling Mortal Instrument series. In this book, Claire and her loyal team has to face her evil brother. The readers can witness the final epic battle of the series and enjoy the last piece of beloved fantasy.
Middle Grade and Children’s: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riorda
The Blood of Olympus is the fifth and the last book of the Heroes of Olympus series. The young brave demigods will fight against the army of giants not to let Gaea wake by drinking the blood of Olympus.
Picture Books: The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
Mo Willems’ new Pigeon book The Pigeon Needs a Bath is a great continuation to the fun series. This time the pigeon doesn’t want to take a bath no matter how dirty he looks and how many flies fly around. The book is fun and colorful and will be a true delight for both children and parents.
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