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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!

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MYSTERY & THRILLER: Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

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

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

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.


SCIENCE FICTION: The Martian by 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.


NONFICTION: The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan

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

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

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.