Amazon’s best books of 2014 list is out. It’s a refreshing mix of high literature, non-fiction, essays, sci-fi, and other genre books. The book of the year is sold out on Amazon at this exact second. (Maybe try your local bookstore?) It’s a debut novel by Celeste Ng called “Everything I Never Told You.”

See all 100 books here.


Here are links to Daily Circuit interviews with some of the others on the list:

A Deadly Wandering” by Matt Richtel

Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay

A Brief History of Seven Killings: A Novel” by Marlon James

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy” by Karen Abbott

The Oldest Living Things in the World” by Rachel Sussman

For me it was a coloring book with pictures of the Roman gods and goddesses that I picked up at my local grocery store. I fell in love with their exotic names and the beautiful faces. Once I finished coloring every picture, my grandmother said, “You know, you can read books about all those characters.” That was it. I went to the library and within a year I had read every myth at the Arden Hills branch of the Ramsey County Library.

Kerri Miller asked the same question on Twitter. Here’s what she heard.

I’m in a Roaming and Reading mood– maybe it’s because I don’t have a travel adventure planned until December. Until then, I’m going to let some wonderful novels take me far afield.

I’ve been reading “The Undertow” by Jo Baker. And “Portrait in Sepia” by Isabelle Allende, one of my all-time favorite writers.

What are you reading? And has it been influenced by a place you’ve been or are going?