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    The Best Books Of 2014, According To Goodreads Users

    The Goodreads Choice Awards are the only major book awards chosen by readers. And the readers have spoken!

    FICTION: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

    St. Martin's Press
    Augusten Burroughs

    Rowell took winner and runner up positions in YA Fiction last year, but this year it's her story of a troubled marriage (with an element of magic) that has everyone talking.

    MYSTERY & THRILLER: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

    Scribner
    AFP / Getty Images

    The master of fear and suspense delivers again with this story of a crazed killer and the cop in his pursuit, but the book only very narrowly beat out The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith, aka J.K. Rowling.

    HISTORICAL FICTION: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

    Scribner
    Anthony Doerr / anthonydoerr.com

    National Book Award nominee Anthony Doerr weaves together two stories, of two children engulfed in World War II: the young daughter of a locksmith who has to flee her home in Paris, and the German orphan whose mastery of mechanics gets him a spot at a Nazi military academy. The novel has found quite an audience, and President Obama himself just picked it up.

    FANTASY: The Book of Life (All Souls trilogy) by Deborah Harkness

    Viking Adult
    Photo by © Scarlett Freund with all uses of the image

    Deborah Harkness finishes the story of her historian witch and vampire scientist power couple in the last book of the All Souls trilogy, which sees them returning from adventures in time travel to face new enemies and uncover old secrets.

    ROMANCE: Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Outlander series) by Diana Gabaldon

    Delacorte Press
    © Nancy Castaldo

    It's June of 1778, and Claire Fraser's story continues in the eighth installment of Diana Gabaldon's wildly popular series — which has only grown in readership thanks to Starz's Outlander series.

    SCIENCE FICTION: The Martian by Andy Weir

    Crown
    Andy Weir / Facebook: Andy-Weir

    Andy Weir's space-age thriller — a tale of survival set on the surface of Mars — was originally self-published in 2012, but after Crown bought the rights and republished, it debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list.

    HORROR: Prince Lestat by Anne Rice

    Knopf
    Amanda Edwards / Getty Images

    Anne Rice brings back her iconic vampire antihero and introduces new supernatural creatures in this expansive novel about a vampire world in crisis.

    HUMOR: Yes Please by Amy Poehler

    It Books
    AFP / Getty Images

    The beloved comedian, actress, and writer talks about work, family, friendship, and at least one encounter with George Clooney.

    NONFICTION: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

    Scribner
    McKay Neild

    Marina Keegan died in a car crash just five days after her graduation from Yale, but her essay "The Opposite of Loneliness" had already struck a chord and would go on to reach 1.4 million people. This collection includes her other essays and stories, which evoke the senses of hope and uncertainty that her original essay encapsulated.

    MEMOIR & AUTOBIOGRAPHY: This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl

    Dutton Juvenile

    Esther Earl, who died from cancer at 16 years old, was the inspiration for John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, and specifically, the character of Hazel Grace Lancaster. This is her posthumous collection of journals, stories, letters, and sketches, co-written by her parents.

    HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY: The Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport

    St. Martin's Press

    In The Romanov Sisters, writer and historian Helen Rappaport chronicles the lives of the four Russian Grand Duchesses who met tragic and early deaths, pulling from previously unseen letters, diaries, and images from private collections.

    BUSINESS: #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

    Portfolio Hardcover
    Autumn de Wilde

    Sophia Amoruso tells the story of how she went from college dropout to founder and CEO of women's online retailer Nasty Gal.

    FOOD & COOKBOOKS: Make It Ahead by Ina Garten

    Clarkson Potter
    Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

    In her latest cookbook, the Barefoot Contessa turns her attention to the dishes you can prep, assemble, and cook ahead of time.

    GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS: Serenity: Leaves on the Wind by Zack Whedon

    Dark Horse Books
    Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images

    Zack Whedon (yes, Joss's brother) picks up the Firefly story where the film Serenity left off.

    POETRY: Lullabies by Lang Leav

    Andrews McMeel Publishing

    Lang Leav — who can count Khloe Kardashian among her cult following — explores love and loss in her second collection of evocative, musical poetry.

    DEBUT GOODREADS AUTHOR: Red Rising by Pierce Brown

    Del Rey
    Jessica Chou / buzzfeed.com

    Pierce Brown has been the subject of some buzz for the debut novel in his dystopian YA series, about a dying earth, a move to Mars, and a working-class revolution. He's already sold the screenplay!

    YA FICTION: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    Delacorte Press

    National Book Award finalist E. Lockhart's thrilling and suspenseful novel was also Goodreads' most-searched for book of the year.

    YA FANTASY & SCI-FI: City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments series) by Cassandra Clare

    Margaret K. McElderry

    Cassandra Clare concludes her popular series with sacrifice, betrayal, and a thrilling, ultimate fight against evil.

    MIDDLE GRADE & CHILDREN'S: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

    Disney - Hyperion
    Janette Pellegrini / Getty Images

    Kids go crazy for the latest in Riordan's The Heroes of Olympus series, which follows the epic quests of Greek and Roman demigods.

    PICTURE BOOKS: The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems

    Disney - Hyperion
    Marty Umans

    Willems is a family favorite, and his books about The Pigeon are known to make kids and parents laugh out loud.

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