January 24, 2005

Readersread.com Announces Lists of Best Books of 2004

Readersread.com, a leading website for book lovers, announced today its second annual lists of the Best Books of 2004 in the following genres: Children's and Young Adult, Fantasy/SF/Horror, General Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Nonfiction and Romance novels. Chosen by Readersread.com's book staff, the lists feature the outstanding books published in the U.S. in 2004.

The Best Books of 2004 are:

Best Children's and Young Adult Books of 2004

  • Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker (Joanna Cotler Books)
  • Beyond the Deepwoods (The Edge Chronicles, Book 1) by Paul Stewart, Illustrated by Chris Riddell (David Fickling Books)
  • The Blue Girl by Charles de Lint (Viking)
  • Clovermead: In the Shadow of the Bear by David Randall (Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke (Chicken House)
  • Fish by L.S. Matthews (Delacorte)
  • The Grim Grotto: A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 11 by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins)
  • A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett (HarperCollins)
  • It's Hard to be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel by Jamie Lee Curtis, Illustrated by Laura Cornell (Joanna Cotler Books)
  • Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle (Philomel)
  • Pendragon: Black Water by D.J. MacHale (Aladdin Books)
  • The Secret of Castle Cant by K.P. Bath (Little, Brown)
  • Sign of the Qin by L.G. Bass (Hyperion)
  • The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable (Arthur A. Levine)
  • Snow-Walker by Catherine Walker (Eos)

    Best Fantasy/SF/Horror Books of 2004

  • Ancestors of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley and Diana L. Paxon (Viking)
  • The Burning Land by Victoria Strauss (Eos)
  • Counterfeit Kings by Adam Connell (Phobos Books)
  • The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7) by Stephen King, Illustrated by Michael Whelan (Donald M. Grant)
  • Dime Store Magic by Kelley Armstrong (Bantam Spectra)
  • Horizon Storms: Saga of the Seven Suns, Book 3 by Kevin J. Anderson (Warner)
  • The Last Light of the Sun by Guy Gavriel Kay (Roc)
  • Marvel 1602, Volume 1 (Marvel Heroes) by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove (Illustrator)
  • Resurrection by Steve Alten (Forge)
  • The Scrolls of the Ancients: Volume III of the Chronicles of Blood and Stone by Robert Newcomb (Del Rey)
  • Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K. Hamilton (Ballantine)
  • Singularity by Bill DeSmedt (Per Aspera)
  • Sliding Scales by Alan Dean Foster (Del Rey)
  • Something Rotten by Jasper Fforde (Viking)
  • The System of the World (The Baroque Cycle, Book 3) by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)
  • Veiled Alliances by Kevin J. Anderson, Illustrations by Robert Teranishi (DC Comics)

    Best General Fiction Novels of 2004

  • Beautiful Ghosts by Elliot Pattison (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • The Falls by Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Hadrian's Wall by William Dietrich (HarperCollins)
  • I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (Marian Wood)
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier (Dutton)
  • The Master by Colm Tóibín (Scribner)
  • My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult (Atria)
  • The Plot Against America by Philip Roth (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Runaway by Alice Munro (Knopf)
  • Snow by Orhan Pamuk (Knopf)
  • The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson (Little, Brown)
  • War Trash by Ha Jin (Pantheon)

    Best Mystery/Thrillers of 2004

  • Absolute Friends by John Le Carre (Back Bay Books)
  • Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (Warner Books)
  • The Burglar on the Prowl by Lawrence Block (William Morrow)
  • California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker (William Morrow)
  • The Coil by Gayle Lynds (St. Martin's Press)
  • A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva (Putnam)
  • The Enemy by Lee Child (Delacorte)
  • The Feng Shui Detective by Nury Vittachi (Thomas Dunne)
  • Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos (Little, Brown)
  • Little Scarlet by Walter Mosley (Little, Brown)
  • The Perfumed Sleeve by Laura Joh Rowland (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Dial Press)
  • Sandstorm by James Rollins (HarperCollins)
  • Singularity by Bill DeSmedt (Per Aspera Press)
  • Wolves Eat Dogs by Martin Cruz Smith (Simon and Schuster)

    Best Nonfiction Books of 2004

  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow (Penguin Press)
  • Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror by Richard Clarke (Free Press)
  • America (The Book): A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction by Jon Stewart, with the writers of the Daily Show (Warner Books)
  • Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib by Seymour M. Hersh (HarperCollins)
  • Cover Up: What the Government is Still Hiding on the War on Terror by Peter Lance (ReganBooks)
  • Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss (Gotham)
  • The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague In History by John M. Barry (Viking Books)
  • Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror by Anonymous (Brassey's)
  • Nemesis by Peter Evans (ReganBooks)
  • Plan of Attack by Bob Woodward (Simon and Schuster)
  • The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill by Ron Suskind (Simon & Schuster)
  • Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival by Dean King (Little, Brown)
  • The Terror Timeline: Year by Year, Day by Day, Minute by Minute: A Comprehensive Chronicle of the Road to 9/11--and America's Response by Paul Thompson (ReganBooks)
  • Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency by Patrick J. Buchanan (Thomas Dunne Books)
  • Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt (Norton)

    The Best Romance Novels of 2004

  • The Barbarian by Judith E. French (Leisure)
  • Beauty Queen by Julia London (Berkley Sensation)
  • Code Name: Princess by Christina Skye (Dell)
  • The Color of Death by Elizabeth Lowell (William Morrow)
  • Dark Destiny by Christine Feehan (Leisure Books)
  • Dead Even by Mariah Stewart (Ballantine)
  • Hot Target by Suzanne Brockmann (Ballantine)
  • The Ideal Bride by Stephanie Laurens (William Morrow)
  • The Immortal Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (Delacorte)
  • Kiss of Fate by Mary Jo Putney (Ballantine)
  • Northern Lights by Nora Roberts (Putnam)
  • The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick (Putnam)
  • The Power of Two by Patti O'Shea (Love Spell)
  • Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas (Avon)
  • A Visit From Sir Nicholas by Victoria Alexander (Avon)

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