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Nearly Final: Doerr Still Leads Among the Best of the Best Books of 2014

We'll be back one more time in early 2015 once all of the final "best books of the year" lists are published (the latest is James Wood's favorites), but as we near the end, our aggregated ranking of the best of all the "best books of 2014" has -- as…

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More Year-End Items

The Guardian has their annual feature in which they survey top UK editors, asking about their "books that deserved to do better" and the books they wish they had published. Or rather, they survey 11 men and 2 women -- so Virago associate publisher Ursula Doyle has mobilized a broader…

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Best of 2014 From NYT Critics Kakutani, Maslin, Garner

The New York Times' daily critics Michiko Kakutani, Janet Maslin, and Dwight Garner each chose their 10 favorite books of 2014. As usual, there is little intersection between these 30 titles and the NYT Book Review's official "10 Best" list. Also as is often the case, Kakutani picks are the…

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A Well-Read Editor's Favorite Books of 2014

As we're well on our way to anointing the "Best of the Best Books of 2014" (Anthony Doerr and Emily St. John Mandel continue to pull away from the crowd), here is Publishers Lunch news editor Sarah Weinman's addition to the seasonal recommendations. In her case, these ten favorite fiction and nonfiction…

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Google's Top Book Searches for 2014

Google released their "trend" charts exploring the year in searches, across multiple categories. They do not seem to have tracked author searches this year, but they did list the top 10 "trending" book searches in the US: 1. Boy, Snow, Bird, Helen Oyeyemi 2. Blood Will Out, Walter Kirn 3.…

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Doerr and Mandel Vie for Top Title In Our Updated Best of the Best Books of 2014 So Far

We've counted 15 more "votes" since our last tabulation of consensus "best books of the year" -- including, most recently, lists from Kobo, the WSJ, the Seattle Times, the Daily Beast and People magazine. But the top of the chart remains essentially the same, with titles by Anthony Doerr and Emily St. John…

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2014 Bestseller Lists From Amazon, Indie Booksellers

Amazon announced its Bestselling Books of 2014 package -- including an overall top 20, combining print and kindle sales, along with separate top 100 lists for print books and ebooks. Remember, however, that these promoted lists are for new releases in 2014 only. To find the true "bestselling books of the year," regardless of…

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Bradley Tops January Library Reads List, and More 2014 Best Ofs

Alan Bradley's AS CHIMNEY SWEEPERS COME TO DUST, the latest in his Flavia de Luce mystery series, is the No. 1 pick for the January Library Reads list. The rest of the list recommends: The Rosie Effect, by Graeme Simsion The Magician's Lie, by Greer Macallister The Girl on the…

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Doerr and Hobbs Top iBooks Lists

There was another wave of "best books of the year" lists over the weekend -- from Entertainment Weekly, the Boston Globe, Newsday, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Guardian and others, with Apple's iBooks Store posting their lists as well. Apple picked top 10s in ten categories, with Anthony Doerr's…

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Notably, The Best of The Best Books of 2014, to Start

With a number of "best books of the year" lists landing this week, we are ready to begin our own tabulation of the consensus very best books of the year. As in the past, we aggregate a wealth of selective lists from a broad selection of sources to produce what…

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