Paul Sweeny once said: “You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.” Usually, when people read a good book, the first thing they do afterwards is recommend it to someone else.
Here are the books that were selected as the best books of 2014, according to an online poll by Goodreads, an online platform for readers to communicate through rating, writing reviews and participating in discussion boards.
Best Fiction Novel
“Landline” by Rainbow Rowell
The novel is about a woman named Georgie McCool, who suffers a troubled and miserable marriage. On Christmas, she decides not to go to the state in which her husband’s family lives, knowing that it would upset him. For his part, the husband takes the children, leaving her wondering if there’s any chance to redeem that marriage or if it would have been better if it had not happened in the first place. 46,154 readers voted it the best fiction novel they read in 2014.
“The Book of Life” by Deborah Harkness
Historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont travel in time from the past to the present to face their enemies and seek revenge. In the novel, which is the last part of a trilogy, Harkness combines passion, hatred, family love and magic, from past through present. More than 51,000 readers agreed that this is the best fantasy novel they read last year.
“Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” by Diana Gabaldon
In June, 1778, the British Army withdraws from Philadelphia. Jamie Fraser comes back to find his wife married to his best friend. The novel draws a historical fiction of a traditional family’s life that’s filled with love and broken hearts with more than 50,000 readers agreeing with that.
Prince Lestat by Anne Rice
The novel features vampires’ lives nowadays, as a life that got out of control due to all the technology that helps them easily communicate. Elder vampires command that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris, causing huge massacres. Only one vampire would be willing to stand against the decision and call for the young vampires to unite against the massacre.