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Vote for your favorite book of 2014

There were a lot of great releases this year, some of which appeared in our own list of favorites, but now we would like to know what was YOUR favorite book this year. You can either vote in our poll below, or write in your own choice in the comment section!

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Our ten favorite books of 2014

As the end of the year approaches, all you can see in the bookshops are the shiny stickers indicating who won what and what you must add to your reading list: we are no National Book Award Foundation, but we heartily recommend these ten titles, as well as the interviews we published alongside!

XIAOLU GUO, I Am China
NPR: “The reader can’t help but be sucked into the lives of Jian and Mu.”
Read our interview of Xiaolu Guo

Xiaolu Guo, photo by Stephen BarkerI am China

CELESTE NG, Everything I Never Told You
Kirkus Reviews: “Ng’s emotionally complex debut novel sucks you in like a strong current and holds you fast until its final secrets surface.”
Read our interview of Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng, photo by Kevin DayEverything I Never Told You

CATHERINE LACEY, Nobody Is Ever Missing
The New York Times: “It’s an aching portrait of a young woman doing the hard thing, “trying to think clearly about mixed feelings.””

Catherine Lacey, photo by Lauren VoloNobody Is Ever Missing

JENNY OFFILL, Dept. Of Speculation
Slightly Bookist: “Dept of Speculation is a wonderful novel about getting older and losing that brief and mostly illusory freedom that children believe all adults enjoy.”

Jenny OffillDept. of Speculation

NICKOLAS BUTLER, Shotgun Lovesongs
The New York Times: “Butler has written an unmistakably American novel — and a good one.”
Read our interview of Nickolas Butler

Nickolas Butler, photo courtesy of St. Martin's Press

JENNIFER CLEMENT, Prayers For The Stolen
The Guardian: “The writing is electrifying not only because of its subject matter – anyone could report the facts – or because Clement is so strong on the insider viewpoint that gives new journalism its kick, but because she is a consummate stylist who makes sure nothing is wasted.”
Read our interview of Jennifer Clement

Prayers for The Stolen

ROXANE GAY, Bad Feminist
SF Gate: “Gay writes with authority, conviction and a spirit of rising up against stereotypes and labels.”
Read our interview of Roxane Gay

Roxane GayBad Feminist

KERRY HUDSON, Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma
The Guardian: “Janie’s irrepressible, childish glee and the sly humour into which it evolves give the novel a wry self-awareness that is both refreshing and endearing.”
Read our interview of Kerry Hudson

Kerry Hudson, photo by Nick TuckerTony Hogan Bought Me an Ice-cream Float Before He Stole My Ma

SAMANTHA ELLIS, How To Be a Heroine
The Guardian: “A fantastically inspirational memoir that makes you want to reread far too many books.”
Read our interview of Samantha Ellis

Samantha Ellis, photo by Nick TuckerHow to be a heroine

BORIS FISHMAN, A Replacement Life
The New York Times: “A Replacement Life is bold, ambitious and wickedly smart.”
Read our interview of Boris Fishman

Boris Fishman, photo by Rob Liguori

Our selection of ebook releases (07/11/2014)

What happened this week on Feedbooks? A lot of great new releases (like, a lot of them), an interview with Lindsay Hunter for the release of her gritty debut novel Ugly Girls, and a timeline about Berlin in fiction for the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Is your next read in this post? Probably!

Lindsay HunterUgly Girls by Lindsay Hunter

“Everything I write is about loneliness. But who can heal or solve (salve) loneliness? No one. So I write on.”

Read our interview of Lindsay Hunter about Ugly Girls

Texts from Jane Eyre

Ever wondered how Jane Eyre would reply to Mr. Rochester’s all-caps text? Or what Hermione would text to Ron? Then Mallory Ortberg’s collection of text conversations between literary characters if for you. And if you don’t really remember the origin of those conversations, you can download for free most of these texts in our public domain section.

The SportswriterIndependence DayThe Lay of the LandLet Me Be Frank With You

Richard Ford may well be one of the greatest American writers alive. Although most of the literary world didn’t see it coming, his character Frank Bascombe is back in a fourth novel “Let Me Be Frank With You”, which NPR deemed “by turns, smart, annoying, funny, obnoxious and honest. In other words, it’s a Richard Ford book.” And in other words, you should read it.

H is for Hawk

This week, Helen MacDonald won the greatly coveted Samuel Johnson Prize for Nonfiction with H is a for Hawk, the story of her relation with a goshawk she acquired after her father died, that the Financial Times praised for being “A deeply human work shot through, like cloth of gold, with intelligence and compassion – an exemplar of the mysterious alchemy by which suffering can be transmuted into beauty.”

Timeline of Berlin in fiction

For the commemoration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we gathered a list of novels set in Berlin. From the rise of the Nazi regime to post-Wall Berlin, navigate in time with Kastner, Fallada, Isherwood or Ian McEwan.

Funny Girl

Yes, it’s been five years since the release of Nick Hornby’s latest novel Juliet, Naked! In Funny Girl, be ready to dive in the world of the swinging 60s. And if you haven’t quite caught up with his latest releases, you can find all of his works on our catalog.

Discover our timeline of Berlin in fiction

For the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9, we offer you this timeline of Berlin in fiction, from the 1930s to the 21th century.

Discover our map of scary places in fiction

If we think about it, what’s scary about the woods? Or about an inhabited mansion where the wooden floor is unusually creaking? Nothing. And yet… The spirit of a place is one of the most used devices in horror or supernatural fiction. From Sleepy Hollow to Rosemary’s Baby, discover our map of 16 titles in which the place and, most of all, the atmosphere of the place, feature prominently.