(Thanks to WORD bookstore for this wonderful photo–and support all year.)
It’s been a ridiculously amazing year for the Southern Reach Trilogy, which included making the New York Times bestseller list and nonstop touring. Now, at year’s end, the trilogy has made over 35 year’s best lists. In addition, Annihilation is a nominee for the Folio Prize, was a finalist for the Goodreads Choice Awards, and is on the long list for the Morning News’ tournament of books. I also made Waterstones Booksellers’ list of the authors of the year and the cover of the Area X omnibus from FSG was selected by the New York Times as one of the best book covers of 2014.
Perhaps the most exciting best-of list to make was Entertainment Weekly’s Top 10, along with Esquire’s holiday gift guide, Amazon’s top 100, Buzzfeed’s Top 24, NPR.org’s favorites, Gawker’s best reads, HuffPo’s best, Globe & Mail, and the Los Angeles Times’ 2014 recommended reading. But you’ll find a selection of those year’s best lists below—in case you’re looking to spend some post-holidays gift-card money on books. You’ll find some great stuff on these lists. (Perhaps the most perplexing to me: making Slate’s list of the most overlooked books. I’m grateful, but it seemed to me you could hardly walk a block through the book culture this year without tripping over the Southern Reach.)
My own year’s best lists can be found over at Electric Literature—fiction and nonfiction. I also contributed to Globe & Mail’s list and to FSG’s survey about unusual or daring books. In addition, I wrote about My Life in Indie Bookstores this year. (You can find the rest of my nonfiction for the year, give or take a couple, at this link and this Area X omnibus link. Also check out this flipbook of links and images and my essay on Weird fiction at the Atlantic and my opinion piece on lighthouses in the NYT.)