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Friday, November 25, 2016

Lists! 'Tis the Season

Best Books of 2016 lists

It may not be December yet but the Best books of the Year lists are starting to show up. I shall attempt to keep a list for you here of as many as I find them. As per usual, my focus shall be on Young Adults but many of these lists are attached to best adult list. All you need to do is trail back on the lists I link.

1. Publisher's Weekly- Best Children's and Young Adult books.
     The list is divided into Picture Books, Middle Grades, and Young Adults. There are 15 YA books identified, only one is nonfiction.

2. School Library Journal. Best Books of 2016.
     66 books are listed, they are divided among five categories: Picture books; Chapter books; Middle Grade books; Young Adult books; Nonfiction books. I watched the one hour into to the list on Kid Lit TV and got all excited about many titles. Fifteen YA titles were listed.

3. National Book Award.
     Young People's Literature division winner: March, Book Three by John Lewis.

4. Kirkus Prize.
     One winner, and five finalists were listed in the Young Readers category, the two YA titles on the list Burn Baby Burn and The Reader.

5. Audible (Audiobooks). Best YA audiobooks of the year.
The Sun is Also a Star is the winner. Honors go to: Anna and Swallow Man; Exit, Pursued by a Bear; Gemina; and The Forgetting.

6. New York Times 100 Notable books of 2016. None are YA titles. Sigh.

7. The Washington Post. Best Children's and Young Adult books of the year. The only problem with this list is that there are no Young Adult titles on the list. There are several middle grade titles but nothing for teens.

8. Best of 2016 Goodreads. Three YA categories: Debut Goodreads author: Rebel of the Sands. Young Adult Fiction: Salt to the Sea. Young Adult Fantasy: Court of Mist Fury.

9. 2017 Morris Award finalists.  Girl Mans Up; Rani Patel in Full Effect; The Serpent King; The Smell of Other People's Houses; Tell Me Something Real.

10. 2017 YALSA Nonfiction finalists. 
Hillary Rodham Clinton: a Woman Living History; 
In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives; March: Book Three; 
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minimoto Yoshitsune; 
This Land is Our Land: The History of American Immigration.

11. Horn Book Fanfare. I count only 6 truly YA books (high school) on the list but my favorite is on it: The Passion of Dolssa. Whew!

12. NPR Best Books of 2016, Twelve of them are identified as YA. Though my favorite, Dolssa, is noticabley missing in contains other favorites of mine like Lucy and Linh, The Lie Tree, and Burn Baby Burn.

13. New York Times Notable Children's Books . There are six YA titles. Dolssa is here as well as others we left off our Mock Printz list.  Oh oh.

This list will be updated as more Best of lists are published.


  1. This does make me cross, because I save my books of the year list for 1 Jan and have often read one of the top ten in the last week of the year! The Guardian and New Statesman have done their thing where lots of people list their top books already!

  2. Thanks for the lists. PW had a pretty good list on the best Adult books but not enough fiction!


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