Kindle Books: 10 Best Selling Kindle eBooks of 2014

Kindle Books: 10 Best Selling Kindle eBooks of 2014

2014 was a great year of literature, with some big name releases and great movie adaptations. These are the best selling Kindle books of 2014, from Amazon.com. As a fan of books, you’ll recognize many of the names on this list

Kindle Books: 10 Best Selling Kindle eBooks of 2014

1. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

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(As featured in 10 Most Heartbreaking Must Read Books Ever Written)

The Fault in Our Stars is the story of two 16-year-olds who meet at a cancer support group. Hazel Lancaster, the narrator, is afflicted with terminal thyroid cancer which has ravaged her lungs enough to necessitate the use of an oxygen tank wherever she goes. It is during a support meeting that she meets Augustus Waters, whose leg was claimed by a bone tumor and who soon becomes the object of her affection.

2. Gone Girl: A Novel – Gillian Flynn

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(As featured in 7 Books With The Best Plot Twists And Surprise Endings Ever Written)

Amy and Nick are married for five years, but there is not much harmony left. All of a sudden, Amy is missing. And from there, a more and more surprising and devious plot develops, cleverly and elegantly put together by a very talented writer.

3. Divergent – Veronica Roth

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In Divergent we are introduced to Beatrice Prior, who lives in a future dystopian Chicago. Their society is divided up into a series of five different factions that nurture a particular virtue in its members. There are the Candor (the honest), the Abnegation (the selfless), the Amity (the peaceful), the Dauntless (the brave), and the Erudite (the intelligent). At sixteen years old, on a chosen day, all citizens must choose which faction that they will devote the rest of their lives to.

4. The Goldfinch: A Novel – Donna Tartt

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(As featured in 5 of the Most Popular Pulitzer Prize Winning Books of All Time)

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

5. The Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty

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“For my wife, Cecilia Fitzpatrick
To be opened only in the event of my death”

She found the envelope amongst a stack of old tax records and imagined it contained a sentimental message, given it was dated just a few days after the birth of their first child, fifteen years ago. Cecilia has no idea that the letter will blow her world apart.

6. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand

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(As featured in 8 Non-Fiction Books That Will Blow Your Mind)

The story is that of Louie Zamperini – a track and field star of the 1930’s, who participated in the Berlin Olympics, was part of the US air force in WWII, was shot down over the ocean, was adrift in the Pacific for over a month, was held as a POW by the Japanese forces and finally made it back to his life and has had the courage to live it to its fullest.

7. If I Stay – Gayle Forman

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If I Stay is a bittersweet memory of a family and their loved ones. It’s told through the eyes of Mia, who watches herself being treated in the hospital as her loved ones surround her. And she has to make the toughest choice of all..

8. Orphan Train: A Novel – Christina Baker Klin

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On the coast of Maine lives a wealthy ninety-one year old woman named Vivian Daly. In her attic are trunks that reveal the secrets of her turbulent past.

It is the year 2011, and nearby in the same town of Spruce Harbor, lives a seventeen-year-old girl named Molly Ayer who has bounced from foster home to foster home, and is now in a situation involving petty theft that will require some kind of community service. When these two meet, there could surely be no similarities between them.

9. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

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Big Little Lies focuses on the conflicts, secrets, and betrayals that poison relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and friends and neighbors. The novel is set in Australia and centers around a tragedy that occurred during a trivia night in the local elementary school.

10. All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel – Anthony Doerr

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Set in World War II France and Germany, All the Light We Cannot See is a long and rich book. It’s largely populated by a range of imperfect characters, some who try to transcend that imperfection, others who cannot see it.

8 Laugh Out Loud Funniest Books Ever Written

8 Laugh Out Loud Funniest Books Ever Written

Because these books are so funny, we recommend that you don’t read them in public, and if you do, we’re not responsible for the consequences. Here is a collection of incredibly funny books, which we think are the funniest books ever written.

8 Laugh Out Loud Funniest Books Ever Written

1. A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy Toole

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A Confederacy of Dunces… Winner of the Pulitzer Prize… John Kennedy Toole’s work is a masterwork nothing less than a grand comic fugue.

2. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

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Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.

3. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller

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CATCH-22 is masterful in so many ways. It begins as comic farce, proceeds to the increasingly surreal, and then transforms into a nightmarish tragedy before ending triumphantly.

4. Three Men in a Boat – Jerome K. Jerome

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Three Men in a Boat, first published in 1889, tells the story of George, Harris, and J., who, accompanied by Montmorency (a misbehaving dog), take a boating trip up the Thames. Narrated in the first person by J., the novel is hilarious, touching, and occasionally profound. The humor ranges from dry wit to slapstick as J. recounts the trio’s hapless efforts to row their way up the river.

5. Good Omens – Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman

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The Antichrist is coming. The world’s about to end. The only problem is the “rank and file” angels and demons (who’ve begun to enjoy each other’s company and understand each other over the eons) aren’t so sure they want Armageddon to come.

6. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal Christopher Moore

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Alternative version of Christ’s life. Alternative version of Christ’s life. Laugh out loud funny. Laugh out loud funny.

7. Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris

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A great book for someone entering college or starting study abroad. Very funny life stories told by an imaginative author.

8. The Importance of Being Earnest – Oscar Wilde

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This sparkles with wit that belongs only to Oscar Wilde. The sarcasm is delicious and the twists very intriguing.

So there you are.  If your funny bone needs a rest after these, try some other emotional books here.

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

5 Non-Fiction Pulitzer Prize Winning Must Read Books

Pulitzer Prize Winners

The Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction is one of the seven Pulitzer Prizes that are annually awarded. They have been awarding the prize since 1917, and below we have compiled the best of the non-fiction winners that we believe are a must read for anyone who is interested in politcal science and the current affairs of the world.

These books are about our history, both as humans and as civilizations, as well as charting some of the most serious issues that we have had to deal with as a global society in the previous 50 years.

5 Pulitzer Prize Winning Books To Read Before You Die

1. 1998 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond

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Jared Diamonds book on the history of the worlds civilizations is not an easy read, but for such a vast subject matter, it takes time and a lot of detail to show how the world became the way it is now, and how certain civilizations thrived while others were destroyed by either guns, germs or steel.

2. 1992 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Prize: The Epic Quest For Oil, Money & Power – Daniel Yergin

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Deemed “the best history of oil ever written” by Business Week, Daniel Yergin’s Pulitzer Prize–winning account of the global pursuit of oil, money, and power has been extensively updated to address the current energy crisis.

3. 1978 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence – Carl Sagan

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Carl Sagan really does a great job of going step by step, through the brain, explaining the processes, and giving a clear understanding to the reader of how we can see the evolution of our brains from those of lowly worms, to fish, reptiles, mammals, and eventually us.

4. 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer – Siddhartha Mukherjee

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This is a very interesting study of the history of cancer treatment and research.

5. 2007 Pulitzer Prize Winner:

The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11 – Lawrence Wright

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A gripping narrative that spans five decades, The Looming Tower explains in unprecedented detail the growth of Islamic fundamentalism, the rise of al-Qaeda, and the intelligence failures that culminated in the attacks on the World Trade Center.