The Best of the ‘Best Of’ Lists (2014 Edition)

December is in full swing, and this means that the New Year is fast approaching. Naturally, people are reminiscing on the past year and as Savvy Readers, this means reflecting on all of the 12-250+ books that we’ve read. And if the abundance of ‘Best Of’ lists that are being published, posted, tweeted and talked about are any indication, other readers are reflecting, too. Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best of the ‘Best Of’ lists so far.


Canadian publishing magazine Quill and Quire named The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill and The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel as two of their Books of the Year.

The New York Times‘ 10 Best Books of 2014 List (here) includes Euphoria by Lily King. Honourable mentions from NYT also go to American Innovations, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, The Book of Strange New Things, Fourth of July Creek, The Laughing Monsters, Let Me Be Frank With You, Lila, Lovers at the Chameleon Club and many, many more. See their full list of 100 Notable Books of 2014 here.

Euphoria was also featured on Time‘s Top 10 Fiction Books List, along side two of our favourite novels: The Laughing Monsters by Dennis Johnson and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel! See their lists, including non-fiction and teen books, here.

NPR‘s extensive Guide to the Best Books of 2014 includes How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran, Lila by Marilynne Robinson and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. See their interactive guide here.


Canadian lists were equally as extensive. The Globe and Mail shared their Globe 100, where Books editors and reviewers name their favourite reads of the year. Highlights include Jeff VanderMeer‘s The Southern Reach trilogy, which Arts editor Jared Bland says are “almost impossible to describe, but worth your time: they’re haunting, discomfiting and endlessly readable.” Other mentions include After I’m Gone by Laura Lippman, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, The Betrayers by David Bezmozgis, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night by Heather O’Neill, Lila by Marilynne Robinson and Yes Please by Amy Poehler. See all 100 books mentioned here.

CBC Books shared their picks for the best of Canadian fiction, and included Emma Donoghue‘s historical fiction novel Frog Music, Governor General’s winner The Back of the Turtle and the Giller nominated novel (and one of my personal favourites) The Girl Who Was Saturday Night. CanLit lovers, you can find their full list here.


Of course, we’re missing several lists, including those from retailers (if you want to see even more ‘Best of’, visit Indigo and Amazon). And a key take away? If you haven’t read Lila, Euphoria or Station Eleven yet, add them to your 50 Book Pledge To Read shelf STAT. These three novels have been mentioned on almost all of the lists we’ve seen so far.

Lastly, stay tuned! The very BEST of the ‘Best Of’ lists is coming to you soon… ours! We’re compiling our Top 10 Books of 2014 right now and want to include suggestions from Savvy Readers and 50 Book Pledgers. Tell us which book(s) you consider your Best of 2014 in the comments below or on Twitter @SavvyReader.

Happy reading!


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2 thoughts on “The Best of the ‘Best Of’ Lists (2014 Edition)

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir. Exciting, funny, you learn a bit of science but not too much for someone as unintelligent as me and the best thing is Mark Watney (Main character). If you don’t fall in love with him and cheer him on there is something seriously wrong with you

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