Every year we have a staff vote on our favourite books, and every year we complain about the abysmal categorisation available, which makes us pick only ONE Adult Book, ONE Children’s Book and ONE Illustrated Book. Tough, huh?
So we grumble away, but everyone votes, and the votes are counted, and the winners are announced with much fanfare at our staff meeting. And this year, they are…
Adult: We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler
A huge staff favourite from the start of the year, we were behind We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves way before the Booker long and short-listing, and it seems many Australian authors are also huge fans going by their best books of 2014 picks:
Karen Joy Fowler’s We are all Completely Beside Ourselves was my book of the year. Funny, moving, original, intelligent.
Graeme Simsion (author of the Rosie Project & Rosie Effect)
I simply loved every heartbreaking, wry, whip smart word of Karen Joy Fowler’s We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
Clare Wright (author of The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka)
You can win WAACBO (as it’s affectionately known, see Sophie’s rant on long book titles) in our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways prizewinner pack. The runners up in our staff vote were three big books from recent months, all of which you can WIN in our final giveaway of our 12 Days of Christmas Giveaways – Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas (last year’s staff pick with Barracuda), The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber and The Never, um, Ever, Ending Story by Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum.
Children: We Were Liars by E Lockhart
Another one that had staff and readers raving about it, long before we managed to get the book in the country – We Were Liars is a superbly twisted YA novel, which left us all a little bit like…
If you’ve not read it yet, it’s a perfect holiday read – if only because you’ll want to finish it in one sitting! It was also voted the Goodreads Choice best YA Fiction of 2014 (by a staggering amount), and onto the iBooks Best of 2014 selection.
Our first runner up was one of our very own, Kylie Westaway & Tom Jellett’s marvelous Whale in the Bath – read Kylie’s tips for getting published here, while the stunning One Minute’s Silence is also very worthy of a mention given its beautiful take of a tough subject.
Sometimes keeping things simple is what you want in a cookbook, and this is one of understated beauty, with both the simplicity of design and recipes within making My Petite Kitchen a huge hit both with staff and readers alike.
There were so many great books in this category, it was always going to be quite a close affair, but the joy of Happy just pipped some of our other illustrated delights from this year such as the stunning Organum and Anzac Treasures.
And finally, here’s our lovely NZ team showing off their love for My Petite Kitchen and various other books they voted for:
Would any of these have made your favourites list for 2014?