Some of the top best selling fiction books in 2014 in print and e-book formats, according to the New York Times, included "Sycamore Row" and "Gray Mountain" by John Grisham, "The Goldfinch" by Donna Tartt, "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr and "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn. "The Goldfinch" and "Gone Girl" spent the most weeks atop the list, each with four. Grisham was one of three writers to have two or more books top the list,
Two books that made the top of the list won fiction Pulitzer Prizes for 2014 and 2015, "The Goldfinch" and "All the Light We Cannot See," respectively. The former topped the list early in the year throughout February, and the former made it to the top of the list on the last week of the year. The Pulitzer committee cited Doerr's novel as a unique work about the horrors of World War II that explores human nature and the force of technology. It cited Tartt's novel as sophisticated character exploration that touches the heart and engages the mind.
The second writer to have two or more books that topped the list in 2014 was James Patterson. These books were "Private L.A.," "Unlucky 13," "Invisible" and "Hope to Die." Nora Roberts also authored four books that topped the list for at least one week.