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A Compilation of the Best Books of 2014

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The holidays are stressful but buying books as gifts is not. If you’re looking to put some literary cheer in the hands of your friends and family (something I highly recommend, even and especially for reluctant readers), then you’ve come to the right place. To celebrate the recently announced winners of the Goodreads Choice Awards and the soon to be announced winners of The *Book Shimmy* Awards, I’ve compiled a bunch of “Best Books of 2014” lists (but not all, because that’s a lot) for your convenience.

When you buy books I’d highly recommend buying them through your local independent bookstores first, then direct through the publishers, and finally at Barnes & Noble. All of these places really need your business this holiday season.

Find a local independent bookstore here: IndieBound

Find a local Barnes & Noble here: Barnes & Noble

Buying your books through Amazon is a good option too, but make sure you support some literary organizations when you do so. Purchasing through Amazon Smile is one of the ways to do this.

BEST BOOKS OF 2014 FROM CRITICS:

The New York Times

Slate

Publisher’s Weekly

Huffington Post

Amazon

American Library Association

BEST BOOKS OF 2014 FROM VOTERS:

Goodreads Choice Awards

The *Book Shimmy* Awards

Book Riot

The Children’s Choice Book Awards

OTHER BEST BOOKS LISTS:

The Guardian

Indie Next List

National Book Awards

Oprah’s Book Club

The Man Book Prize

Indies Choice Book Awards / E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards

Electric Literature

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