Good Reads best Scifi 2014

SandGood Reads Best Scifi 2014 has lots to choose from but the most popular book is The Martian!

The Martian by Weir, Andy – with 0ver 30,000 votes

So that’s the situation. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. Everyone thinks I’m dead. I’m in a Habitat designed to last 31 days. If the Oxygenator breaks down, I’ll suffocate. If the Water Reclaimer breaks down, I’ll die of thirst. If the Hab breaches, I’ll just kind of explode. If none of those things happen, I’ll eventually run out of food and starve to death. So yeah. I’m screwed

 Both with over 14,000 votes

Lock in by Scalzi, John

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. 4% suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And 1% find themselves ‘locked in’ – fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. 1% doesn’t seem like a lot. But in the US that’s 1.7 million people ‘locked in’ – including the President’s wife and daughter. Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can fully restore the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge

 Sand by Hugh Howey

The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Here in this scorched desert, four siblings find themselves scattered and lost. Deep within the sand lies the key to bringing their family together. And the secret that could tear their world apart

 

Romance is not dead – Good Reads most voted for Romance titles 2014.

 

LandlineDo you like a bit of romance in your life? If so, here’s Good Reads most voted for Romance titles 2014.

Top is Written in my own heart’s blood by Diana Gabaldon – it got over 50,000 votes! It’s rated 5* in Leeds too.

June 1778, and as the American War of Independence nears its turning point, time-travelling lovers Jamie and Claire find themselves torn apart by the warring forces. As sons fight against fathers and whole families are splintered by the conflict, even Claire’s foreknowledge of the future can only help her so much. Caught in the maelstrom of historical events, once again Jamie and Claire must battle to survive

Second is Maybe someday by Colleen Hoover with nearly 30,000 votes

Sydney has life sorted. She’s at college, she has a part-time job, a gorgeous boyfriend and a flat which she shares with her best friend – then she she finds out that Hunter has been cheating on her. As Sydney’s world crashes around her, she finds solace in the music of the guy next door, Ridge, a gorgeous guitar player who practises on his balcony every night. Sydney and Ridge are inevitably drawn to each other, and begin writing songs together -bBut life isn’t always as simple as it seems

 

 

 Or a bit more up to date, Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. She still loves her husband, Neal, and he still loves her – but that almost seems besides the point now. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells him that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her – he is always a little upset with her – but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go home without her. When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts

 

Which books do male and female readers prefer?

Hollow CityWhat do men and women want when it comes to books? Do they prefer books written by their own sex? What do they think of books written by the opposite sex?  GoodReads has surveyed 40,000 active members on their site, 20,000 men, 20,000 women, to determine what they read and what they liked.

Most popular books by a female author read by men this year, according to GoodReads, were:

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

Cress by Marissa Meyer

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

Four by Veronica Roth

 The most popular titles by male authors read by female readers were:

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Mr Mercedes – Stephen King

The Silkworm – Robert Galbraith

The collected works of A.J. FikrySome of the titles above are ‘Young Adult’ books – many are 5* rated on our catalogue.
Inspired by the #readwomen movement to investigate, GoodReads found out of the men’s 50 most-read titles this year, 90% were by male authors and the converse is also true. Out of the 50 books published in 2014 most read by women, 45 are by female authors, five by male (one was Robert Galbraith, aka JK Rowling). “Ultimately, when it comes to the most popular 2014 books on Goodreads we are still sticking to our own sex,”

The analysis also found that in the first year of publication, 80% of a female author’s audience will be women, compared to 50% of a male author’s audience. Yet while women appear more open to reading books by both male and female authors, they prefer books by women – as do men. “On average, women rated books by women 4 out of 5 and books by men 3.8 out of 5. Surprise! Men like women authors more, too – on average men rated books by women 3.9 out of 5 and books by men 3.8 out of five,” said Goodreads.

The survey showed men and women read the same number of books in 2014 taking into account books published in any year. But women read twice as many books published in 2014 than men did. .