Archive for the ‘Best Books 2017’ Category

Lisa Von Drasek Picks Best Kids Books 2017

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

Self-confessed childrens books “big mouth,” Lisa Von Drasek, Curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections.at the U. of Minn., and former EW Kids Correspondent, appeared recently on Minnesota Public Radio to discuss the best kids books of 2017. She is joined by St. Paul indie bookseller, Holly Weinkauf from the Red Balloon Bookshop. It’s worth a listen just for the infectious joy in their voices, not to mention the books they’ll make you want to pick up immediately. Lisa notes that they “discussed fifty-five books in less than an hour and didn’t even get to every one that we brought with us.” For the complete list go to No Kidding: The Best Kids’ Books to Give This Holiday Season.

They highlight cookbooks, giving special praise to Pizza, from Phaidon’s Cook in Book series, interactive titles that allow kids to virtually create recipes from scratch.

Lisa is blogging at the Blue Ox Review, the site she recently founded to “review books, give a heads up on upcoming titles that I am excited about, link to interesting news and events, and show off cool stuff from my collection. Of course, there will be an occasional rant.”

On the site, she is doing her annual “Books to give kids you don’t know very well,” (archive here) to help booksellers and librarians navigate the “maddening game” of recommending the exactly perfect gift for kids customers may see only once a year:

Best Books 2017: Read Alouds

Lets Get Started- For twos, threes, and fours

 

#libfaves17 Is a Wrap!

Friday, December 15th, 2017

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.

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.

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

2 — Little Fires Everywhere, Ng, Celeste, (PRH/ Penguin Press) —  28 votes — also the  #1 LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

3 — Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Honeyman, Gail, (PRH/ Pamela Dorman Books) —  26 votes — also a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

The other titles in the top ten are:

   

   

  

4 — The Dry, Harper, Jane (Macmillan/Flatiron) — 21 — also a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

5 — Magpie Murders , Horowitz, Anthony, (HarperCollins/Harper)  — 19 — also a LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites

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:

Libfaves Returns!

Friday, December 1st, 2017

Dozens of best books lists have appeared (see our links at right), including LibraryReads Favorites of Favorites, just released today.

But you can still get your own favorites recognized, via #libfaves17. The rules are simple — tweet your ten favorite titles of the year, one per day, beginning on Monday. We’ll round up all the titles after tweeting wraps on Dec. 14.

Best Books 2017 (So Far)

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Of making best book lists there is no end. June marks the half-way point of the year, so lists of the best books to date are following the many lists of best summer titles. Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post, and more already have already released their picks. Expect additional lists in the next couple of weeks.

  

Entertainment Weekly’s “The 10 Best Books of the Year so Far” leads with Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West (PRH/Riverhead; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample). At #2 is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann (PRH/Doubleday; RH Large Print; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample).

  

The Washington Post‘s Book World’s lists “37 Books We’ve Love So Far in 2017.” Topping their list in fiction is American War by Omar El Akkad (PRH/Knopf; RH Large Type; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample). In nonfiction it is An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business and How You Can Take It Back, by Elisabeth Rosenthal (PRH/Penguin Press; RH Large Print; Penguin Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample).

 

Many of the picks received media attention when they hit shelves and in the months following. A number became bestsellers and some, such as Elizabeth Strout’s Anything Is Possible (PRH/RH; RH Audio/BOT; OverDrive Sample) and the YA debut novel, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HC/Balzer + Bray; HarperAudio; OverDrive Sample), are still on the charts. The latter, which examines police violence, has become a cultural phenomenon and just won the Boston GlobeHorn Book Award for Fiction/Poetry.

These half-year checkups are not simply useful to track what hit big or impressed reviewers, they also highlight overlooked gems that could use a circulation boost. For readers’ advisory librarians they provide a starting list of sure bet titles from 2017 and introduce, or cement the reputation of, key authors to know.

Esquire, Paste, Refinery 29, and Time (fiction and nonfiction) each have produced midyear lists as well.