Best Books lists carry an air of assigned reading, but lists of favorites are about enjoyment.
USA Today‘s book critics just listed the ten books they “loved reading in 2011.” Included are titles that haven’t appeared on the Best Books lists we tracked (check our adult fiction, nonfiction and childrens Best Books Spreadsheets), like Jaycee Dugard’s memoir of being kidnapped and held captive for 18 years, A Stolen Life, which they describe as “a firsthand testament to the resilience of the human spirit” and P.D. James’ Austen-inspired Death Comes to Pemberley.
On Twitter, librarians are posting their favorite eleven titles of 2011, using the hashtag #libfavs2011. This list, too, is more fun than many Best Books list (join the conversation here. If you’re late to the party, it’s OK, jump in with multiple tweets). Just reading the tweets is a great way to add to your book knowledge. We’ll be posting the full list next week, but meantime, the top titles are:
1) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (RH/Crown)
2) Before I Go to Sleep, S. J. Watson, (Harper)
3) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, (RH/Doubleday)
4) Bossypants, Tina Fey, (Hachette/Little,Brown)
5) Beauty Queens, Libby Bray, (Scholastic)
6) Habibi by Craig Thompson, (RH/Pantheon)
7) The Family Fang, Kevin Wilson, (HarperCollins/Ecco)