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Thursday, January 1, 2015

BOOKSELLER TOP TENS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (part 1)

It's time! You know the drill. These are our ten favorite books of the year. No rules other than it must have been read in 2014. Some booksellers have applied a number ranking, and others have not. Here we go!

Robert at Lake Forest Park
Robert gets top billing this year. Because his list is the most informative. Also, he's in charge, so it only seemed right.
  • Neverhome by Laird Hunt - An exquisitely spare and powerful novel with an unforgettable main character.
  • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs - My heart still aches thinking about Robert Peace. The author takes you deep into this young man’s world in a way that reminded me of the journalistic power of Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers.
  • 100 Essays I Don’t Have Time to Write by Sarah Ruhl - Here reknowned playwright dives right into the heart of the creative process. I've reread many of these short pieces a few times already.
  • All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld - This novel probably lived with me the longest after I finished it. Such a smart and masterfully executed structure. Maybe my favorite novel of the year.
  • American Innovations by Rivka Galchen - How this didn’t end up on the National Book Award Longlist for Fiction, I’ll never understand. Galchen is the American heir to Borges.
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle - I can’t think of a better recommendation for this book than Austin Grossman’s “like Darnielle set out to adapt an old Iron Maiden t-shirt as a literary novel and succeeded beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.” 
  • Tennessee Williams by John Lahr - The sections of this book that center around the creation and production of Williams’ plays are amazing. The access Lahr had to the voices of the people who were there at the time make this book a true landmark of American Theater history.
  • Marshlands by Matthew Olshan - I love when novels refuse to tell the story you think they are going to. This novel set in the Iraq marshlands does that beautifully.
  • Blood Will Out by Walter Kirn - What a ride! Besides being and incredibly gripping story about a bizarre con-man, this book is a fascinating look inside the mind of a writer. Kirn's own culpability about being duped and what that says about writers and the human psyche is the real engine that drives this book.
  • We are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas - This is an immersive very moving book about family and love that will probably make you tear up more than once. In the end, however, it is a story of hope.

Deborah at Lake Forest Park
Behold. The Queen of Mystery. What I mean is that she's the Queen of Mystery Books...not that she's necessarily mysterious. Though, come to think of it, she is.
  1.  The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  2.  The Wolf by Mo Hayder
  3.  Blackhouse by Peter May
  4.  The Purity of Vengeance by Jussi Adler-Olsen
  5.  Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith
  6.  To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
  7.  The Accident by Chris Pavone
  8.  Blue Labyrinth by Preston and Child
  9.  I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  10.  Forgotten Girls by Sara Blaedel

Mark B. at Ravenna
I love this list! Fiction! Non-fiction! Male and female authors! Plus a couple of books that I also loved this year. Mark's got good taste.

Patti J. at Lake Forest Park
Patti's list is a great list for all of you out there seeking fantastic kid's books. From itty, bitty babies to angsty teens, Patti's got you covered!

Wes at Lake Forest Park
Wes is a first timer on our Top Ten Lists. He says about making his list, "I feel like a preteen filling out a Tiger Beat questionnaire." He's not wrong.

Erin B. at Ravenna
This person obviously has the best taste. Just kidding, it's me.

Erin K. at Lake Forest Park
Another Erin with fabulous taste. Obviously it comes with the name. Love this list.

Ray at Lake Forest Park
His name isn't Erin, but it's still a pretty great collection of books. I personally can't wait to read Shirley.

Andrew at Ravenna
YAY! Andrew's back! And he's brought his fabulous reading taste with him!

Emily M. at Ravenna
It's one of our Ravenna Children's  Wizards. Emily always has the perfect recommendations for the middle reader crowd.

This is just the beginning! Stay tuned for more top ten lists!

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