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Top 10 YA Fiction of 2014

If there’s one thing you should know about us at Readers Lane, it’s that we’re unapologetic fans of YA fiction. And why not? Top-shelf YA fiction is full of realistically flawed characters, challenging situations, magical adventure, and emotional truths — just like “adult” fiction. Here are some of our favorite picks from 2014. Add them to your wishlist, suggest them to your book club, and read them right away! And don't forget to check out our top 2014 fiction and nonfiction lists, too. The Glass Sentence (The Mapmakers Trilogy) Author: S. E. Grove The first of a forthcoming trilogy, The [...]

December 24th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Best Food Writing of 2014

A Literary Buffet Editor: Holly Hughes You’re probably familiar with the Best American annual anthologies, which compile the year’s best writing in topics ranging from science to sports to comics and mystery stories (these have saved my holiday-giving bacon year after year with difficult-to-shop-for relatives). There’s even one for infographics, which I’m not sure counts as “writing.” But one category the Best American series doesn’t include is food writing. Fortunately, the Best Food Writing series picks up the slack, and the 2014 edition features 400-plus pages of tasty bite-size treats. Dozens of food writers, chefs, authors, and bloggers contributed to [...]

November 24th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

2014’s Top Apocalypse Fiction

2014 has been a banner year for fictional apocalypses. Before you dismiss it as a herd of dystopian YA romances, take note: this year’s offerings include literary fiction, time-traveling fantasy, and blood-soaked horror. These authors use apocalyptic disasters as metaphors for everything from class war to what it means (biologically and spiritually) to be human. If you love a good end-of-the-world adventure, take a look at the biggest apocalypse titles of 2014. California You’ve probably heard of California because of the now-famous “Stephen Colbert bump.” Author Sherman Alexie named Edan Lepucki as an example of a writer who was being [...]

October 23rd, 2014|Tags: , , |