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Go Book Yourself: Dan’s Top 5 Books Of 2014

Editor Daniel Dalton’s favourite reads of the year…

Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill for a witty, wise and heartbreaking book filled with profound and insightful writing.

Frances and Bernard by Carlene Bauer for an utterly gorgeous love affair written entirely in letters (released 2013, read this year).

Ablutions by Patrick DeWitt for a dark, drunken, downward spiral in a Los Angeles dive bar (released 2009, read this year).

Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle for a beautiful, haunting ballad of a novel, an ode to solitude and secret lives.

My Salinger Year Joanna Rakoff for a young woman traversing New York, publishing, her twenties, and the most famous author in the world.

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Go Book Yourself: Top 5 Young Adult Books 2014

Our favourite YA of the year…

We Were Liars by E Lockhart for an exquisitely written tearjerker.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick for a novel in four quarters that will really make you think.

Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill for a haunting feminist dystopia.

A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond for a lyrical, literary retelling of the myth of Orpheus.

Trouble by Non Pratt for a funny, charming Brit novel full of heart.

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Go Book Yourself: Anna’s Top 5 Books of 2014

Our Recommendations Editor Anna James gives her top picks of the year…

How to be Both by Ali Smith for a nimble, playful and deeply affecting novel in two halves.

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison for a book of narrative essays that will get under your skin.

The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt for an intricate, intelligent and profoundly moving literary novel.

In the Country of Ice Cream Star by Sandra Newman for a jaw-droppingly creative epic that revels in linguistic playfulness.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel for a genre-defying, unputdownable love letter to humanity.

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Go Book Yourself: Top 5 Non-Fiction Books 2014 

Our favourite true tales of the year…

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald for incredibly poetic, rich and beautiful writing in the story of a grieving woman raising a bird of prey.

Blue 52 by Leslie Jamison for the story of the world’s loneliest whale, 52, and the humans who found in him a kindred spirit.

Murder In Mississippi by John Safran for a thrilling and witty true crime journey through the deep south (God’ll Cut You Down in the US).

Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham for an at times controversial, yet insightful book of essays.

The Trials Of White Boy Rick by Evan Hughes for the incredible true story of a 17-year old Detroit drug kingpin.

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In The Woods by Tana French

For more psychological thrills that’ll leave you wondering about the reliability of your own memory, try these:

Visitation Street by Ivy Pochoda for a ghost story about teenage girls, grief, and forgetting.

Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes for a scary-as-hell tale about how the internet never forgets.

Blue Monday by Nicci French for a psychologist navigating the no-man’s-land between dreams, memory,and reality.

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes for a Booker Prize-winning take on how we narrate our own history, truthfully or otherwise.

This post was guest edited by Emily Hughes, founder of proofreadingbooks, a blog of book and booze pairings. You can find her on Twitter.

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