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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lists! 'Tis the Season

Now that it is December  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 16 YA books identified, only two are nonfiction.

2. School Library Journal. Best Books of 2017.
     Lots of books are listed, they are divided among five categories: Picture books; Chapter books; Middle Grade books; Young Adult books; Nonfiction books.  Eighteen YA titles were listed.

3. National Book Award.
     Young People's Literature division winner: Far From the Tree by Robin Benway.

4. Kirkus Review.
    Broken Down into categories. Long.
5. Best Audiobooks of 2017. Best YA audiobooks of the year from Paste Magazine.
     Divided up by listening time. there are several YA selections on the list.

6. New York Times 100 Notable books of 2017. 
     Published Nov. 22, 2017. I don't see any YA titles on here, but I may have missed something.

7. The Washington Post.
    There are several other links to other book lists, though they have a few YA nonfiction selections, no YA fiction made even the Children's list.
8. Best of 2017 Goodreads. Voted by members. Over 3 million votes cast.

9. 2018 Morris Award finalists.
(Debut YA author) five books on this short list. Award will be selected in Feb. 2018.

10. 2018 YALSA Nonfiction finalists.
(YA nonfiction) five books on this short list. Award will be selected in Feb. 2018.

11. Horn Book Fanfare. 
     The list is a jumble of middle grade and YA titles. It also recognizes nonfiction.

12. NPR Best Books of 2017. 
     There are 20 YA titles on this list but over 300 titles mentioned in all categories.

13. New York Times Notable Children's Books
Seven YA books in addition to several children's and middle grade books.

14. Chicago Public Library---Best Books of 2017.
     Click the link to view the different categories. The teen fiction list contains all the usual suspects and a few surprises.

15. Newsday. Ten best adult books of 2017.

16. 47 Best Books of the Year, compiled by Books Are My Favourite and Best

17. Pierce County Library. (My library in here in Washington State) Twelve favorite books by category voted on by library users.

18. Booklist. Best YA and Middle Grade books of the year, both nonfiction and fiction.

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


  1. I am keeping this post open so that I can refer back to it for Christmas gifts so thank you very much!


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