More Year-End Book Lists for 2014


We’re getting dangerously close to the end of the year [how is that even possible??] so you know what that means – more “Best Books of the Year” lists! While many of the books are the same on various lists, it’s always interesting reading through these to find out what made them so enjoyable for different people. Here are a few of the lists I’ve found so far:

Book Riot: Book Riot asked each of their contributors to choose and write about their single favorite book from 2014, resulting in this list of 44 (by my count) eclectic picks!

NPR: I mentioned this in an earlier post but NPR’s Book Concierge serves up a list of their top 250 books of the year. You can sort by genre, book length or other options and combine filters to your heart’s content. You can also view books from previous years going back to 2008!

Slate: The editors of Slate Book Review share their top 10 books from 2014. How you could get that list down to just 10 books is somewhat of a marvel to me!

New York Times: The NYT is also of the “less is more” mindset for their list, showcasing only 10 picks split evenly between fiction and nonfiction. They also included small illustrations of each book’s cover created by illustrators Nicholas Blechman and Christoph Niemann – adorable! 

Amazon: The editors at Amazon picked their top 100 print and Kindle books for the year. They also allow you to sort by category, view the winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards (voted on by Goodreads users), and get celebrity book recommendations (if you care)

Along a similar vein, some websites have released holiday gift guides for the avid reader in your life (or yourself!).

Powell’s Books: If I ever find myself in Oregon this will be one of the first places I visit! Powell’s serves up a list of 14 fiction, 20 nonfiction, and 21 kids books (plus a word game and a Portland events calendar).

Skylight Books: Los Angeles indie bookstore Skylight Books – which I am desperate to visit – has a catalog of holiday book recommendations, approximately four from each staffer.

The LA Times: The list from The LA Times is divided into six categories – Fiction and Poetry, Nonfiction, Coffee Table, Children and Y.A., Graphic Novels, and Audio Books.

There are plenty of other lists out there, and there will probably be more released as the year winds down. Do you have any favorite “best of” lists for 2014 or do you have any favorite books from these lists?

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