Tuesday, November 4, 2014

... and so they begin - the "best of" book lists of 2014 -- Part One: Hudson Booksellers

Amazing how these "best of"  lists start in November, you know, right in time to buy that someone special something on the list before the holidays.  What -- no books are being released in November?? 
In my morning-coffee internet session today, Shelf Awareness supplied me with Hudson Booksellers' best of 2014 list, "selected through a nominated shortlist and voting process by a panel of Hudson's booksellers across the country. Books were selected for "achievements ranging from literary style and innovation, entertainment value and readability, to timeliness and treatment of subjects and themes." 
I'm sure there will be plenty more, but let's just call this part one of an ongoing exploration into what various  people think were the best books of 2014. In this case (Hudson),  I'm not including a couple of categories, Best Young Readers and Best Business Interests.

Hudson's best book of the year? All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Here's the list, direct from today's edition of Shelf Awareness Pro.  

Best Fiction:
Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle
Bird Box by Josh Malerman
The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Martian by Andy Weir

Best Nonfiction:
The Human Age by Diane Ackerman
New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell
Empires Crossroads by Carrie Gibson
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs
Internal Medicine by Terrence Holt
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund
Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Little Failure by Gary Shteyngart
Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar

Hmmm. All I will say here is this: Amy Poehler? Seriously? 

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