Peter's Top Ten of 2014

I don't often read books, but when I do I put them in a Top Ten list.

Stay literate, my friends.

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Station Eleven: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385353304
Availability: Backordered
Published: Knopf - September 9th, 2014

When I read an early copy of Station Eleven, back in May, I was immediately blown away. Here, the incredible promise Emily St. John Mandel had shown with The Singer's Gun and The Lola Quartet, had been fulfilled.
I was enchanted that wondered whether, as a long time fan of Emily's, I was perhaps biased. Was I seeing excellence where I wanted it to be. This book was good, but could it really be that good?
So I asked the rest of the staff to read it. They universally concurred with my judgement. We all love this book.
Station Eleven is a book that often demands an instant re-read to maintain the immersion in the hope filled world Emily creates. This is both a love song to the world we inhabit now and a testament to the enduring promise of humanity.

Ice Caves of Leelanau: A Visual Exploration by Ken Scott Cover Image
By Ken Scott (Illustrator), Jerry Dennis (Introduction By)
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ISBN: 9780974206851
Published: Leelanau Press - May 24th, 2014

Because it contains incredible photographs that only the abundantly talented Ken Scott could produce.

And because we have never sold so many copies of any one title, and we did it in record time.

And because Ken Scott is an absolute star and signs our books for us.

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316199988
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 8th, 2014

Beekle is just wonderful.

I'm sure this is a serious work of philosophical thought masquerading as a child's book.

It also has an awesome book trailer.


Gone Girl: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307588371
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - April 22nd, 2014

Colleen enjoyed this and suggested I read it before the movie.

I'm glad she did.

The book tells you more than the movie.




The Book with No Pictures Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803741713
Availability: Ships Today - Not Currently In-Store
Published: Rocky Pond Books - September 30th, 2014

Yes, another kids book.

But this is quite Brilliant.

Try to find footage of adults reading this. And the kid's reactions.


While a Top Ten list insist on one bok per spot, I am declaring all the Dunes Reviews as being in the top ten for 2014.

The excellent Michigan Writers have been holding their launch readings at Brilliant Books for years, and the depth of talent on display from our own, often otherwise totally unsung, poets, is astonishing.
I have come to have a deeper, better appreciation of poetry from Dunes.