December 15th, 2017 By: Nora Rawlinson
Librarians have been celebrating the end of a remarkable publishing year with their own year-end roundup of favorites, tweeting a title a day using the hashtag #libfaves17.
It’s a wrap for #libfaves17! Top Ten announced soon, with link to list of the best TBR pile of 2017. Thanks to all who made it happen – monitors, @earlyword & readers in libraries everywhere — you rock! Afterparty at #libfaves17HM. What were your honorable mentions? pic.twitter.com/KDO7Am6n0U
— Janet Lockhart (@HartGami) December 14, 2017
An astounding 750 titles were tweeted, with a total vote count of 1,625, 14.1% higher than #libfaves16. Link the full list here.
Thanks to GalleyChatters Robin Beerbower, Stephanie Chase and Linda Johns who began this project six years ago.
Thanks also to the those who helped with the vote counting,
P.J. Gardiner, Marlise Schiltz, Jane Jorgenson, Joe Jones. Vicki Nesting, Lucy Lockley, Jenna Friebel, Gregg Winsor, Susan Balla and Andrienne Cruz.
And thanks to all the librarians who joined in.
Special thanks to Janet Lockhart for her late night work in compiling the final list. We can now announce the top ten vote-getters, but before we do, we’d like to encourage you to take a look at the Storify transcripts of each day’s tweets. As many have attested over the years, the true fun of libfaves is the sheer range of titles and reading how librarians write about them.
You are sure to discover titles you may have missed. Even Robin Beerbower, who seems to have read everything, discovered one of her favorites through the process:
Read my 2nd choice as everyone kept raving, ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS JUST FINE by Gail Honeyman. Terrific character who comes across as annoying but lovable by end. Sequel, pleeease?? #libfaves17
— Robin B (@robinsbooks) December 12, 2017
One of the joys of the list is that it is not limited by age designation or format, so it offers opportunities to discover picture books, graphic novels, and YA titles. In fact, the number one title is the National Book Award longlist title for Young People Literature, The Hate U Give, which received nearly twice as many votes as the number two title, Celeste Ng’s novel for adults, Little Fires Everywhere. Close behind at #3 is Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.
1 — The Hate U Give, Thomas, Angie, (HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray) — 49 votes
The other titles in the top ten are:
6 — Sing, Unburied, Sing, Ward, Jesmyn (S&S/Scribner) — 18
7, 8 & 9 (tied) —
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, Alexie, Sherman, (Hachette/Little, Brown) — 16
American War, El Akkad, Omar, (PRH/Knopf) — 16
Hunger: A Memoir Of (My) Body, Gay, Roxane, (HarperCollins/Harper) — 16
10 — (tie)
City Of Brass, Chakraborty, S.A., (HarperCollins/Harper Voyager) — 14
Turtles All The Way Down, Green, John (Penguin Young Readers/Dutton) — 14
This year, for the first time, the fun continues:
We know it was torture for many to limit #libfaves17 picks to 10. Join us tomorrow to call out honorable mentions at #libfaves17HM. Please wait until tomorrow to do so. 2017 was a great year for books! Of course, I say that every year. Because it’s true. :-) pic.twitter.com/W7T4hnQfYS
— Janet Lockhart (@HartGami) December 13, 2017