AS WE CLOSE 2014, we’re looking back at where we’ve been. Earlier this week, we posted CBR’s Best Books of 2014, a round-up of our favorite fiction and nonfiction titles reviewed during the past twelve months. Today we’re looking at the Top 10 Posts of 2014, a mix of reviews and features highlighting authors and publishers from Chicago, from Illinois, and from the Midwest. Chicago Book Review reviews Chicago’s books, and we love that we’re able to stick to that mission thanks to the fact that authors and publishers in Chicago and the region are publishing so many fabulous books. We’ve reviewed dozens of books this year—and we hope to review even more next year and in the years after that.
Chicago Book Review continues to build a community of loyal readers. We attracted readers from nearly a hundred countries this year, mostly people from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, but also readers from far-away places like Australia, Brazil, Germany, and India, and even Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Finland.
We’ve reviewed books from dozens of publishers, some local houses such as Agate Publishing, Curbside Splendor, Fifth Star Press, and Lake Claremont Press; some regional university presses such as Switchgrass Books/NIU Press, SIU Press, University of Chicago Press, University of Illinois Press, and Terrace Books, an imprint of University of Wisconsin Press; some national and international powerhouses like Atheneum/Simon & Shuster, Berkley Books, Bloomsbury, St. Martin’s, and Viking; and some smaller indies like American Roots Press, MG Press (an imprint of Midwest Gothic), and TitleTown Publishing.
Whether fiction or nonfiction, CBR’s reviewers have been reading myriad titles from a variety of subjects and genres. We chatted with some interesting authors for Local Author Spotlights, and we’ve examined some growing segments of the publishing industry. In fact, one of the all-time most popular posts is one that focuses on children’s publishing in Chicagoland.
So take a look at these Top 10 Posts of 2014. Then poke around the site a little bit, browsing the fiction reviews, nonfiction reviews, and features we’ve posted during the year. Check out our Events page, too, which lists author readings, live lit events, and book signings at bookstores, libraries, community centers, and other great places in and around Chicago.
We want to thank all the authors and publishers who share their books with us so that we can help readers discover new titles, often titles that don’t necessarily garner reviews in other publications. We hope that readers will continue to turn to Chicago Book Review to find out about new books so they can #ReadLocal (and that they buy those books from local bookstores so that they can #ShopLocal, too). We also want to issue a big shout-out to all the reviewers who work with us, volunteering their time, energy, and insight in order to write thoughtful reviews. Chicago Book Review is truly a community of readers, writers, and publishers, all of us working together to make something magical.
So thanks to one and all for a great 2014, and all good wishes for good books and good reading during 2015.
CBR’s TOP 10 POSTS OF 2014
2. Chicago Book Review’s Fall 2014 Preview
5. A Melodious Memoir of Grit and Healing
7. Chicago Publishers = Book Love
8. CBR’s 2014 Holiday Reading Guide
10. A Novel Approach to Illinois Politics
Happy New Year!