November 24, 2020

Amazon.com Releases “Best Books of 2014” Lists

Multiple lists were posted online by Amazon.com today.

Highlights from 2014 Lists

The annual feature includes the editors’ picks for the Top 100 Books of the Year as well as Top 20 lists in over two dozen categories, from Children’s & Teen to Cookbooks to Celebrity Picks.

Top Picks In Children’s Categories

  • The Pigeon Needs a Bath! (Picture Books)
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish (Middle Grade – ages 9-12)
  • We Were Liars (Teen and Young Adult).

Top Picks in Lifestyle Categories

  • The Slanted Door: Modern Vietnamese Food (Cookbooks)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (Home Improvement & Design)

Direct to Amazon.com Best Books of 2014 Lists

Overall Top 10 Editors’ Picks For 2014

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng: Quiet and beautiful, this novel about an unknowable teenage girl in a mixed-race family in the 1970s Midwest will make you cry.
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr: A beautiful, atmospheric story about two young people, one French, one German, growing up on the eve of World War II.
  • In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides: The ultimate adventure story, but with a touch of romance and intrigue. A historical The Perfect Storm.
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs: At once extremely personal and culturally wise, this reported memoir will change the way you think about race, class and the meaning of friendship.
  • Redeployment by Phil Klay: Strong, brilliant stories about survival of something almost as dangerous as war itself–its aftermath.
  • Revival by Stephen King: The best kind of King book: a little horror, but mostly pitch-perfect details about youth and faith and family.
  • Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller’s Tragic Quest for Primitive Art by Carl Hoffman: The Rockefeller clan might not have wanted to believe it, but author Hoffman is convincing about what led to the scion’s death. It’s not pretty…but it IS fascinating.
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez: Told in the many voices of the Latin American tenants of one apartment complex in Delaware, this novel illuminates several different kinds of immigrant experience.
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty: Moriarty dazzles with another novel about “ordinary” Australian families and the secrets they keep.
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Set in the not-so-distant future, this apocalyptic novel is surprisingly hopeful in its depiction of a culture that both mocks and mourns its disappeared past.

Fast Facts About Lists

  • Books read by the editorial team in determining the Top 10: 480
  • Pages read collectively for the Top 10: approximately 250,000
  • Debut authors in the Top 100: 17
  • Debut authors in the Top 10
  • Authors in this year’s Top 100 who have been on previous Amazon Best Books of the Year lists: 31

Direct to Amazon.com Best Books of 2014 Lists

Source: Full Text Announcement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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