Library Journal Announces Its Best Books of 2014

What better place to look for recommendations on books to read than your local librarian, library-journaleh?  So when the Library Journal publishes their list of “Best Books of 2014”, it’s pretty much guaranteed that their top picks will be gosh darned entertaining reads.

The Library Journal is a publication that was established in 1876 by Melvil Dewey – yes, that Melvil Dewey, the one who came up with the Dewey Decimal System (kids, ask your parents).  While it’s a trade publication for librarians (with an emphasis on public libraries), it does review several hundred popular and academic books every month.

Even more reason to sit up and take notice when they come up with a “Top Ten” list – which they just announced on October 22, 2014.  The top ten reads were chosen by the Library Journal’s review editors, but they also announced several “best reads” broken down in genre categories; those lists were compiled based on feedback from reviewers and columnists, as well as the review editors.  It’s a virtual cornucopia of wonderful suggestions for entertaining reading!

But for those of you looking for a quick fix, here’s the list of the Library Journal’s Top Ten “Best Books of 2014”!  Don’t blame us if you find yourself tucked in a comfy chair, lost in a book, for copious amounts of time in the near future!

  • Gay, Roxane – An Untamed State (Fiction; Grove Publishers, 368p, ISBN 9780802122513)
  • Greenwald, Glenn – No Place To Hide (Political Science; Metropolitan: Holt publishers, 272p, ISBN 9781627790734)
  • Harris, Mark – Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (Film Studies; Penguin, 528p, ISBN 9781594204302)
  • James, Marlon – A Brief History of Seven Killings (Fiction; Penguin. 704p, ISBN 9781594486005
  • Kolbert, Elizabeth – The Sixth Extinction (Natural History; Holt, 336p, ISBN 9780805092998)
  • Krist, Gary – Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans (History; Crown Publishers, 432p, ISBN 9780770437060)
  • Mitchell, David – The Bone Clocks (Fiction; Random House, 640p, ISBN 9781400065677)
  • Nicholls, David – Us (Fiction; Harper, 416p, ISBN 9780062365583)
  • Smiley, Jane – Some Luck (Fiction; Alfred A. Knopf, 416p, ISBN 9780307700315)
  • Zevin, Gabrielle – The Storied Life of AJ Fikry (Fiction; Algonquin Press, 272p, ISBN 9781616203214)

Be sure to check out all the recommended “best books” by the Library Journal, and make sure you give your local librarian a happy nod and a thumb’s up the next time you see them.

Happy reading!

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