Amazon editors read nearly 500 acclaimed titles and settled on Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng as the best book of the year. Ng's debut effort is about the death of a Midwestern teenage girl from a mixed race family and how the tragedy changes their lives.
None of the books in the top 10 are published by Hachette, the publisher Amazon has been feuding with since the spring. Amazon has said in the past that its editorial book picks are driven by editors and not influenced by disputes with Hachette or any other publisher. Three of the top 100 books of the year are published by Hachette.
Everything I Never Told You, from Penguin Random House, is "deeply felt and searingly emotional," Sara Nelson, editorial director of books and Kindle at Amazon, said in a release.
If "searingly emotional" isn't your thing, there are nine other books on the list that might suit you better. Click through to see which titles made the list, counting down from 10 to one. Also, don't miss next week's hottest business book release from Real Money Pro's Doug Kass, Doug Kass on the Market: A Life on TheStreet, coming out Nov.17 from Wiley.
All prices listed below are for the hardcover edition. The paperback and ebook editions are less expensive.
10. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Price: $24.95 (hardcover)
From Amazon: Set in the not-so-distant future, this apocalyptic novel is surprisingly hopeful in its depiction of a culture that both mocks and mourns its disappeared past.
9. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Price: $26.95 (hardcover)
From Amazon: Moriarty dazzles with another novel about "ordinary" Australian families and the secrets they keep.
8. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
From Amazon: Told in the many voices of the Latin American tenants of one apartment complex in Delaware, this novel illuminates several different kinds of immigrant experience.
From Amazon: The Rockefeller clan might not have wanted to believe it, but author Hoffman is convincing about what led to the scion's death. It's not pretty... but it IS fascinating.
6. Revival by Stephen King
From Amazon: The best kind of King book: a little horror, but mostly pitch perfect details about youth and faith and family.
5. Redeployment by Phil Klay
From Amazon: Strong, brilliant stories about survival of something almost as dangerous as war itself-its aftermath.
From Amazon: At once extremely personal and culturally wise, this reported memoir will change the way you think about race, class and the meaning of friendship.
3. In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides
From Amazon: The ultimate adventure story, but with a touch of romance and intrigue. A historical The Perfect Storm.
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
From Amazon: A beautiful, atmospheric story about two young people, one French, one German, growing up on the eve of World War II.
1. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
From Amazon: Quiet and beautiful, this novel about an unknowable teenage girl in a mixed-race family in the 1970s Midwest will make you cry.
See the rest of Amazon's top books for 2014, including breakdowns by genre and celebrity picks.