Thursday, July 3, 2014

Bestest Books So Far, 2014

We're midway through 2014 already. I'm looking back on the books that I've read in the past six months. Shelfari tells me I've read 137 books so far. Here are two dozen of the best, with Canadian publication dates and links to my reviews. Asterisks mark those with queer content.
My friend Randall Edwards spotted me reading.

Overall Best Adult Fiction (a Three-way tie):

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (2014)
Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi (2014)*
Prairie Ostrich by Tamai Kobayashi (2014)*

Best Adult Fiction Told with Multiple Viewpoints:

The Spinning Heart by Donal Ryan (2014)

Best Historical Romp (Alternating POV Is a Bonus):

She Rises by Kate Worsley (2013)*

Best Novel-In-Stories, also Best Forthcoming:

The Scatter Here Is Too Great by Bilal Tanweer (August 2014)

Best Science Fiction:
My garden is my favourite outdoor reading spot.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (2013)*

Best Children's Book:

The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi (2014)

Best Memoir:

Living with a Wild God by Barbara Ehrenreich (2014)

Best Nature Book for Children, also Best Nonfiction Picture Book:

Parrots over Puerto Rico by Susan Roth and Cindy Trumbore (2013)

Best Picture Book:

Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown (2013)

Best Realistic Fiction Graphic Novel (tie):

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim (2011)
This One Summer by Marika Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (2014)

Best Inter-dimensional Travel in a Graphic Novel:

RASL by Jeff Smith (2013)

Best Graphic Novel in Translation:

On Loving Women by Diane Obomsawin (2014)*

Best Graphic Novel for All Ages in Translation:

Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt (2013)

Best Novel about a Translator:

An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alemeddine (2013)

Best Conclusion to a Beloved Series:

The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin (2014)*

Best Historical Fiction Audiobook (tie):

An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris, read by David Rintoul (2013)
The Son by Philipp Meyer, read by Will Patton, Scott Shepherd, Kate Mulgrew & Clifton Collins Jr. (2013)

Best Science Fiction Audiobook:

Embassytown by China Mieville, read by Susan Duerden (2011)

Best Poetry:

What the Heart Knows: Chants, Charms and Blessings by Joyce Sidman (2013)

Best YA (tie):

Dr. Bird's Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos (2013)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2014)

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