Flavorwire Staffers’ Favorite Books of 2014

We’ve already published our official lists of the best novels, poetry books, and nonfiction books of 2014. Not everything that stuck with Flavorwire’s writers made it onto those lists, though — which is why we’ve collected our personal favorite reads of the year for your perusal. From Hollywood histories to graphic memoirs, here’s what the Flavorwire staff couldn’t put down in the last 12 months.

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Adam, by Ariel Schrag

I don’t have a favorite book of 2014. I read so many different kinds of stories this year, and no clear frontrunner emerged. Hey, it happens. So I’ll go with the one that surprised me the most — not because, as a reader of the comics she wrote in high school, I doubted Schrag’s talent, but because post-binary sexual orientations and gender identities are such ambitious issues to tackle in a book meant to be accessible to teenagers. Adam doesn’t just pull it off; it makes the whole mess funny, without sacrificing any of the complexity. — Judy Berman, Editor-in-Chief