“Bests” Mania

It’s always painful to realize that you’ve been wasting your time. I just discovered that someone else has been compiling the various Best Books lists and he’s identified MANY more than I have in his “2008 Year-End Online Book Lists“.  He’s also been compiling the 2008 Year-End Online Music Lists. Only a crazy person would tackle both.

He includes some specialty book lists you won’t find elsewhere, like the list of favorite book covers. I have to say, I don’t agree with this particular pick:

and am disappointed that one of my favorites is not included:

but here’s a brilliant one I’d completely missed:

You might think that the 10 best National Security Books, chosen by Family Security Matters, would be filled with titles you’ve never heard of, but not so. Now that national security is such a hot topic, several of the selected titles are owned widely in libraries.

On the other hand, the titles that made the National Outdoor Book Awards (selected by Idaho State University) are not so well-known or widely owned, even though the chairman of the awards states, “the writing in the outdoor field has always been good, but it just keeps getting better — and this year it was outstanding.” Included in the list of 15 titles are:

Winner in Natural History Literature

American Chestnut: the Life, Death, and Rebirth of a Perfect Tree

Susan Freinkel, University of California Press

  • Hardcover: $27.50; 294 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (November 19, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0520247302
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520247307
Winner, Design and Artistic Merit

Surfboards

Guy Motil

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot / Falcon (December 1, 2007)
  • ISBN-10: 0762746211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762746217
Winner, Instructional Category

Road Bike Maintenance

Guy Andrews

  • Paperback: $19.95; 208 pages
  • Publisher: Falcon; (May 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0762747463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762747467

These other specialty lists that may also be of interest to libraries:

New West (best books set in the West)

New York Daily News (authors’ picks for best Latino books)

News Blaze (best black non-fiction books)

Planetizen (best planning books)

Seattle Mystery Bookshop (best paperbacks)

Three Percent (best translated books)

One Response to ““Bests” Mania”

  1. Keddy Outlaw Says:

    I don’t believe it! Largehearted Boy even found my blog post of best books and links to it! Thanks for pointing him out. He sure has an intersting collection of booklists.