LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Library Journal’s Best Books of 2014

Below are the best books of the year, as chosen by LJ‘s review editors, in the case of the top ten and the best of the rest, and by our reviewers and columnists, in the case of genre fiction and nonfiction. A fully annotated version of these lists will appear in upcoming LJ Reviews enewsletters and in the December issue of LJ.

An untamed stateTop Ten

Gay, Roxane. An Untamed State. Grove. 368p. ISBN 9780802122513. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780802192677. F

Greenwald, Glenn. No Place To Hide. Metropolitan: Holt. 272p. ISBN 9781627790734; pap. ISBN 9781250062581. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781627790741. POL SCI

Harris, Mark. Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War. Penguin. 528p. ISBN 9781594204302. $29.95; pap. ISBN 9780143126836. $18; ebk. ISBN 9780698151574. FILM

James, Marlon. A Brief History of Seven Killings. Penguin. 704p. ISBN 9781594486005. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698170506. F

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction. Holt. 336p. ISBN 9780805092998. $28; pap. ISBN 9781250062185. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780805099799. NAT HIST

Krist, Gary. Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans. Crown. 432p. ISBN 9780770437060. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780770437077. HIST

Mitchell, David. The Bone Clocks. Random. 640p. ISBN 9781400065677. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780812994735. F

Nicholls, David. Us. Harper. 416p. ISBN 9780062365583. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062365606. F

Smiley, Jane. Some Luck. Knopf. 416p. ISBN 9780307700315. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385350396. F

Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. Algonquin. 272p. ISBN 9781616203214. $24.95; pap. ISBN 9781616204518. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616203948. F


so we read onMore of the Best

Abbott, Karen. Liar Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. Harper. 528p. ISBN 9780062092892. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062092915. HIST

Bostridge, Ian. Schubert’s Winter Journey. Knopf. 528p. ISBN 9780307961631. $29; ebk. ISBN 9780307961648. MUSIC

Corrigan, Maureen. So We Read On: How The Great Gatsby Came To Be and Why It Endures. Little, Brown. 352p. ISBN 9780316230070. $26; pap. ISBN 9780316230063. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780316230087. LIT

Feiffer, Jules (text & illus.). Kill My Mother. Liveright: Norton. 160p. ISBN 9780871403148. $27.95. F

Gates, Robert M. Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War. Knopf. 640p. ISBN 9780307959478. $35; pap. ISBN 9780307949639. $18; ebk. ISBN 9780307959485. POL SCI

Mead, Rebecca. My Life in Middlemarch. Crown. 304p. ISBN 9780307984760. $25; pap. ISBN 9780307984777. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780307984784. LIT

McBride, Eimear. A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing. Coffee House. 227p. ISBN 9781566893688. $24; ebk. ISBN 9781566893787. F

Paull, Laline. The Bees. Ecco: HarperCollins. 352p. ISBN 9780062331151. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062331175. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062331168. F

Pitre, Michael. Fives and Twenty-Fives. Bloomsbury USA. 400p. ISBN 9781620407547. $27; pap. ISBN 9781620407554. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781620407561. F

Racculia, Kate. Bellweather Rhapsody. Houghton Harcourt. 352p. ISBN 9780544129917. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780544133471. F

Ryan, Donal. The Spinning Heart. Steerforth. 160p. ISBN 9781586422240. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781586422257. F

Sharma, Akhil. Family Life. Norton. 224p. ISBN 9780393060058. $23.95; pap. ISBN 9780393350609. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393242317. F

Sides, Hampton. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette. Doubleday. 480p. ISBN 9780385535373. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385535380. HIST

genre fiction


Balogh Only enchantingPrint Romance

Austin, Lori. The Lone Warrior. Signet Eclipse: Penguin. 336p. ISBN 9780451242327. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101635797. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Balogh, Mary. Only Enchanting. Signet: NAL. 400p. ISBN 9780451469663. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780698156081. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Bourne, Joanna. Rogue Spy. Berkley Sensation: Penguin. 336p. ISBN 9780425260821. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101625606. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Burrowes, Grace. What a Lady Needs for Christmas. Sourcebooks. 416p. ISBN 9781402278815. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781402278822. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Chase, Loretta. Vixen in Velvet. Avon. 384p. ISBN 9780062100320. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062098269. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Dreyer, Eileen. Twice Tempted. Forever: Grand Central. 124p. ISBN 9781926483047. pap. $5.99; ebk. ISBN 2940045270267. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

MacLean, Sarah. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover: The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels. Avon. 384p. ISBN 9780062068514. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062065414. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth. Heroes Are My Weakness. Morrow. 384p. ISBN 9780062106070. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9780062106193. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062106117. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Putney, Mary Jo. Not Quite a Wife. Zebra: Kensington. 368p. ISBN 9781617733093. $27.95; pap. ISBN 9781420127164. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781420127195. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Thomas, Sherry. My Beautiful Enemy. Berkley Sensation: Penguin. 304p. ISBN 9780425268896. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781101631126. HISTORICAL ROMANCE


Third daughterE-original Romance

Clark, Sonya. Witchlight. Carina Pr. 213p. ISBN 9781426898594. SF ROMANCE

Dane, Lauren. Blade to the Keep. Carina Pr. 330p. ISBN 9781426897634. SF ROMANCE

Dev, Sonali. A Bollywood Affair. Kensington. 304p. ISBN 9781617730146. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Hackett, Anna. At Star’s End. Carina Pr. 137p. ISBN 9781426898105. SF ROMANCE

Kindred, Jane. Master of the Game/King of Thieves/Prince of Tricks. Samhain. 1139p. ISBN 9781619220973; ISBN 9781619220911; ISBN 9781619220898. SF ROMANCE

Knox, Ruthie. Truly. Loveswept. 464p. ISBN 9780804180351. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Pengelley, Nick. Ryder. Alibi. 280p. 9780553393835. ROMANTIC SUSPENSE

Quinn, Susan Kaye. Third Daughter. Create Space. 328p. ISBN 9781493774777. HISTORICAL ROMANCE

Scott, Jessica. It’s Always Been You/All For You/Back to You. Forever. 1024p. ISBN 9781455553808; ISBN 9781455553778; ISBN 9781455553747. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

York, Robin. Deeper/Harder. Bantam. 752p. ISBN 9780804177016; ISBN 9780804177030. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE


African American Fiction

Benson, Angela. Delilah’s Daughters. Harper.  368p. ISBN 9780062002716. pap. $13.99; ebk. blacklotusISBN 9780062101396. CF

Goss, Shelia M. The Joneses. Strebor: Atria. (Zane Presents). 336p.  ISBN 9781593095222. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781476744513. F

K’wan. Black Lotus. Infamous: Akashic. 128p. ISBN 9781617752650. $19.95; pap. ISBN 9781617752667. $11.99; ebk. ISBN 9781617752865. F

Mink, Meesha. Kiss the Ring: An Urban Tale. Touchstone.  272p. ISBN9781476755304. pap. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781476755342. F

Williams, Wendy. Hold Me in Contempt. Morrow.  324p. ISBN 9780062268419. pap. $14; ebk. ISBN 9780062268433. F


Goblin emperorSF/Fantasy

Addison, Katherine. The Goblin Emperor. Tor. 448p. ISBN 9780765326997. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780765365682. $8.99; ebk. ISBN 9781429946407. FANTASY

Bennett, Robert Jackson. City of Stairs. Crown. 464p. ISBN 9780804137171. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780804137188. FANTASY

Gibson, William. The Peripheral. Putnam. 496p. ISBN 9780399158445. $28.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698170704. SF

Leckie, Ann. Ancillary Sword. Orbit. 400p. ISBN 9780316246651. pap. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780316246644. SF

VanderMeer, Jeff. Area X (Annihilation, Authority Acceptance). Farrar. 608p. ISBN 9780374261177. $35. SF


Jack HarbinMystery

Bilal, Parker. The Ghost Runner: A Makana Mystery. Bloomsbury USA. 432p. ISBN 9781620403402. $27; ebk. ISBN 9781620403419. M

Brody, Frances. Murder in the Afternoon: A Kate Shackleton Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. 400p. ISBN 9781250037022. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9781250063328. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250037039. M

Lin, Ed. Ghost Month. Soho Crime. 336p. ISBN 9781616953263. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616953270. M

May, Peter. The Lewis Man. Quercus. 368p. ISBN 9781623658199. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781623654481. $14.99; ebk. ISBN 9781623658205. M

Shames, Terry. The Last Death of Jack Harbin: A Samuel Craddock Mystery. Seventh St: Prometheus. 250p. ISBN 9781616148713. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781616148720. M


Bitter greensHistorical Fiction

Doerr, Anthony. All the Light We Cannot See. Scribner. 544p. ISBN 9781476746586. $27; pap. ISBN 9781594138157. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781476746609. F

Kidd, Sue Monk. The Invention of Wings. Viking. 384p. ISBN 9780670024780. $27.95; pap. ISBN 9780143121701. $17; ebk. ISBN 9780698175242. F

Forsyth, Kate. Bitter Greens. Thomas Dunne: St. Martin’s. 496p. ISBN 9781250047533. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9781250070845. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466847835. F

Liss, David. The Day of Atonement. Random. 384p. ISBN 9781400068975. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781588369635. F

Hunt, Laird. Neverhome. Little, Brown. 256p. ISBN 9780316370134. $26; pap. ISBN 9780316370165. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780316370127. F



Burcell, Robin. The Kill Order. Harper. 416p. ISBN 9780062273710. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062273727. F

Coulter, Catherine & J.T. Ellison. The Lost Key. Putnam. 464p. ISBN 9780399164767. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101618752. F

Dugoni, Robert. My Sister’s Grave. Thomas & Mercer. 416p. ISBN 9781477825570. pap. $15.95. F

Ryan, Hank Phillippi. Truth Be Told. Forge. 400p. ISBN 9780765374936. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9780765374974. F

Weir, Andy. The Martian. Crown. 384p. ISBN 9780804139021. $24; pap. ISBN 9780553418026. $15; ebk. ISBN 9780804139038. F


LandlineWomen’s Fiction

Macomber, Debbie. Love Letters. Ballantine. 320p. ISBN 9780553391138. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780553391145. F

Moriarty, Liana. Big Little Lies. Amy Einhorn: Putnam. 480p. ISBN 9780399167065. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698138636. F

Moyes, Jojo. One Plus One. Pamela Dorman: Viking. 384p. ISBN 9780525426585. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9780143127505. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780698152007. F

Rowell, Rainbow. Landline. St. Martin’s. 320p. ISBN 9781250049377. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466850378. F

Walsh, Therese. The Moon Sisters. Crown. 336p. ISBN 9780307461605. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780307461629. F


nonfiction and graphic novels


Bittman, Mark. The VB6 Cookbook. Clarkson Potter. 272p. ISBN 9780385344821. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385344838. COOKING

Ghayour, Sabrina. Persiana: Recipes from the Middle East and Beyond. Interlink. 240p. ISBN 9781566569958. $35. COOKING

Henry, Diana. A Change of Appetite. Mitchell Beazley. 336p. ISBN 9781845338923. $34.99; ebk. ISBN 9781845338749. COOKING

Ottolenghi, Yotam. Plenty More: Vibrant Vegetable Cooking from London’s Ottolenghi. Ten Speed: Crown. 352p. ISBN 9781607746218. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781607746225. COOKING

Pelaez, Ana Sofia. The Cuban Table: A Celebration of Food, Flavors, and History. St. Martin’s. 336p. ISBN 9781250036087. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781466857537. COOKING


Flash boysBusiness

Catmull, Ed. Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration. Random. 368p. ISBN 9780812993011. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780679644507. BUS

Lewis, Michael. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Norton. 288p. ISBN 9780393244663. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393244670. BUS

Piketty, Thomas. Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Belknap: Harvard Univ. 696p. ISBN 9780674430006. $39.95; ebk. ISBN 9780674369559. BUS

Sutton, Robert I. & Huggy Rao. Scaling Up Excellence: Getting To More Without Settling for Less. Crown. 368p. IBSN 9780385347020. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780385347037. BUS

Sinek, Simon. Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. Portfolio. 240p. ISBN 9781591845324. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101623039. BUS


Eating dangerouslyConsumer Health

Booth, Michael & Jennifer Brown. Eating Dangerously: Why the Government Can’t Keep Your Food Safe…and How You Can. Rowman & Littlefield. 200p. ISBN 9781442222663. $23.99; ebk. ISBN 9781442222670. HEALTH

McBride, Gregg. Weightless: My Life as a Fat Man and How I Escaped. Central Recovery. 280p. ISBN 9781937612696. pap. $17.95; ebk. ISBN 9781937612702. HEALTH

Minson, Matthew. Prepare To Defend Yourself: How To Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life. Texas A&M Univ. 232p. ISBN 9781623491154. pap. $23; ebk. ISBN 9781623491628. HEALTH

Teichoz, Nina. The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet. S. & S. 496p. ISBN 9781451624427. $27.99; pap. ISBN 9781451624434. $17; ebk. ISBN 9781451624441. HEALTH

van der Volk, Bessel. The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma. Viking. 464p. ISBN 9780670785933. $27.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101608302. HEALTH


BibliocraftCrafts & DIY

Art Instruction
Krysa, Danielle. Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists. Chronicle. 288p. ISBN 9781452118888. pap. $29.95; ebk. ISBN 9781452130026. ART INSTRUCTION

Pigza, Jessica. Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources To Jumpstart Creative Projects. Abrams. 208p. ISBN 9781617690969. $27.50; ebk. ISBN 9781613127254. CRAFTS

Pourny, Christophe & Jen Renzi. The Furniture Bible: Everything You Need to Know To Identify, Restore & Care for Furniture. Artisan. 304p. ISBN 9781579655358. $35; ebk. ISBN 9781579656454. DIY

Fiber Crafts
May, Rachel. Quilting with a Modern Slant. Storey. 224p. ISBN 9781612120638. pap. $19.95; ebk. ISBN 9781603428941. FIBER CRAFTS

Interior Design
Galaxy, Jackson & Kate Benjamin. Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat (and You!). Tarcher. 304p. ISBN 9780399166013. pap. $21.95; ebk. ISBN 9781101632314. INTERIOR DESIGN


this bluepoetry

Brown, Jericho. The New Testament. Copper Canyon. 110p. ISBN 9781556594571. pap. $17.

McLane, Maureen N. This Blue: Poems. Farrar. 128p. ISBN 978-0374275938. ISBN 9780374535193. pap. $24.

Perez, Craig Santos. from unincorporated territory [guma’]. Omnidawn. 96p. ISBN 9781890650919. pap. $17.95.

Rankine, Claudia. Citizen: An American Lyric. Graywolf. 160p. ISBN 9781555976903. pap. $20.

Shaw, Anne. Dido in Winter: Poems. Persea. 80p. ISBN 978-0892554294. pap. $15.95.

Wright, Charles. Caribou: Poems. Farrar. 96p. ISBN 9780374119027. $23. ISBN 9780374535155. pap.


Armstrong Fields of bloodReligion and Spirituality

Armstrong, Karen. Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence. Knopf. 528p. ISBN 9780307957047. $30; ebk. ISBN 9780385353106. REL

Boyle, Christina. An American Cardinal: The Biography of Cardinal Timothy Dolan. St. Martin’s. 304p. ISBN 9781250032874. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250032881. REL

Ehrenreich, Barbara. Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything. Grand Central. 256p. ISBN 9781455501762. $26; pap. ISBN 9781455501748. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781455501755. REL

Lamott, Anne. Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace. Riverhead. 304p. ISBN 9781594486296. $22.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698189744. REL

Tutu, Desmond. The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World. HarperOne. 240p. ISBN 9780062203564. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9780062203571. $15.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062203588. REL


ChastGraphic Novels

Brooks, Max (text) & Caanan White (illus.). The Harlem Hellfighters. Broadway. 272p. ISBN 9780307464972. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780804140331. HIST

Chast, Roz (text & illus.). Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir. Bloomsbury USA. 240p. ISBN 9781608198061. $28; ebk. ISBN 9781620406380. MEMOIR

Feiffer, Jules (text & illus.). Kill My Mother. Liveright: Norton. 160p. ISBN 9780871403148. $27.95. F

Kleist, Reinhard (text & illus.). The Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft. SelfMadeHero. 200p. ISBN 9781906838775. pap. $22.95. HIST

Lanzac, Abel (text) & Christophe Blain (illus.). Weapons of Mass Diplomacy. SelfMadeHero. 200p. ISBN 9781906838782. $24.95. F



Carpenter, Novella. Gone Feral: Tracking My Dad Through the Wild. Penguin Pr. 240p. ISBN 9781594204432. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698163782. MEMOIR

Chin, Ava. Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal. S. & S. 256p. ISBN 9781451656190. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781451656213. MEMOIR

Crais, Clifton. History Lessons: A Memoir of Madness, Memory, and the Brain. Overlook. 272p. ISBN 9781468303681. $26.95; pap. ISBN 9781468310177. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781468309805. MEMOIR

Doughty, Caitlin. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory. Norton. 272p. ISBN 9780393240238. $24.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393245950. MEMOIR

Dow, David R. Things I’ve Learned from Dying: A Book About Life. Twelve: Hachette. 288p. ISBN 9781455575244. $25; ebk. ISBN 9781455575237. MEMOIR

Dunham, Lena. Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned.” Random. 288p. ISBN 9780812994995. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812995008. MEMOIR

Gore, Ariel. The End of Eve. Hawthorn. 234p. ISBN 9780986000799. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9780989360418. MEMOIR

Hocking, Justin. The Great Floodgates of the Wonderworld. Graywolf. 256p. ISBN 9781555976699. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781555970871. MEMOIR

Johnson, Lacy. The Other Side. Tin House. 232p. ISBN 9781935639831. pap. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9781935639848. MEMOIR

Venegas, Maria. Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter. Farrar. 320p. ISBN 9780374117313. $26; pap. ISBN 9780374535285. pap. $15; ebk. ISBN 9781429944168. MEMOIR


Sixth extinctionScience

Alexander, Amir. Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World. Scientific American: Farrar. 368p. ISBN 9780374176815. $27; pap. ISBN 9780374534998. $16; ebk. ISBN 9781429953924. MATH

Aptowicz, Cristin O’Keefe. Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine. Gotham. 384p. ISBN 9781592408702. $27.50; ebk. ISBN 9780698162105. SCI

de Queiroz, Alan. The Monkey’s Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life. Basic: Perseus. 368p. ISBN 9780465020515. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780465069767. NAT HIST

Kaku, Michio. The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind. Doubleday. 400p. ISBN 9780385530828. $28.95; pap. ISBN 9780307473349. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780385530835. SCI

Kolbert, Elizabeth. The Sixth Extinction. Holt. 336p. ISBN 9780805092998. $28; pap. ISBN 9781250062185. $16; ebk. ISBN 9780805099799. NAT HIST




  1. Out of curiosity: why isn’t there a horror category?

    • Wilda Williams says:

      Rebecca, we usually review horror in the science fiction/fantasy column. But you raise an interesting questions. Perhaps we should have a separate category for horror. Last year we did pick Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 as one of the top ten books of 2013.

  2. Troy Johnson says:

    Congratulations to author extraordinaire K’wan! You may learn more about this terrific writer here: http://aalbc.it/kwaninfo

  3. Heather Fennell says:

    Why is “women’s fiction” a category? Is there a men’s fiction category?

    • Elissa says:

      I so agree. It’s sexist and minimizes the work of the writers when we put them in this ridiculous “chic lit” category. I just found this site and love it, but shame on this choice for a category!

    • Monie Marie says:

      Oh, baloney. It’s called women’s fiction or chic lit because that is who it is written for and who it appeals to and who reads it. – a librarian

    • Monie Marie says:

      OK, I am sorry about the “oh, baloney” — but really, women pretty much own these books and read them too. Please sign me “- a grumpy librarian.”

  4. stan ulrich says:

    Yikes! Where did the year go?? Here I thought it was just late October, and now I find out that 2014 must be over already!

  5. Sarah says:

    Soooo . . . . memoirs are a “genre”, but there are no separate lists for either biography or history?

  6. Frank Hill says:

    Great list. I found some excellent reads from this. Thanks so much. In the fantasy genre I would highly recommend Circle of Reign by Jacob Cooper http://www.circleofreign.com/.
    You will become totally immersed in the world and never want it to end. Thankfully it’s the first in a series so more to come hopefully soon. I’ve read through it twice now. I might even read it again.

  7. grace says:

    Why is there no young adult section? and since when is womens fiction a thing?

  8. Cynthia Jean says:

    “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr is a page turner. Beautifully written and probably the best historical novel I’ve read. Set in Brittany, France during World War II with wonderfully believable characters.

  9. hipmomx2 says:

    Why isn’t there a True Crime list? Huge genre