With the end of the year fast approaching comes one of my favorite "events" of the year...2012 Best of Books Lists. I have provided links for those lists reported just this past week. Most of these lists have a YA focus but may possibly include both Children's and Adult books.
1. School Library Journal Best Books of 2012
Categories include: Picture Books, Fiction (School Age, Grades 1-12); Nonfiction
2. Horn Book Fanfare for 2012
Same categories as above but the list is much shorter.
3. Goodreads Choice Awards 2012
20 categories of awards given to books based on voting by Goodreads members. There are four categories for children: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, Middle Grade and Children's, Picture Books.
4. Top Ten books of 2012, New York Times
None of the books on this list are YA or children's books. The two categories are fiction and nonfiction.
5. National Book Award
Not just a list, these are the actual winners for the National Book Award given at the ceremony in November. Categories are: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Young People's Literature.
6. Publisher's Weekly Best of 2012
13 categories include Top Ten, Adult fiction, Nonfiction, Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Poetry, Comics, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Religion, Lifestyle, Children's Picture Books, Children's Fiction, Children's Nonfiction. Young Adult titles are listed in the children's books.
7. NPR Best of Books 2012
Lots of different categories for mainly adult readers. A very eclectic list that I won't attempt to summarize.
8. Time Magazine Top Ten Fiction Books of 2012.
I've already blogged about this list because The Fault in Our Stars is #1 on this list!
9. Kirkus Reviews, Best Teen Books of 2012
This is a really lengthy list. Perhaps every YA book they gave a starred review to made this list. They have lots of other categories of lists, too.
This is what I have found so far. If you know of others, please post a link in the comments section and I will add to this post as a clearinghouse for Favorites of 2012!