Archive for the ‘Best Books 2017’ Category

#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, 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:



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:

#libfaves17 Entering the Finish Line

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Today, Wed. Dec. 13, is the final day to tweet your top favorites books of 2017. Rules are simple, one tweet per title, each title in CAPS, using hashtag #libfaves17.

The tweets are a great discovery tool, not only for books, but for finding like-minded readers:

We’ve been wrapping up each day’s tweets on Storify. Day Nine is below.

#Libfaves17, Day Two

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Yesterday was the first day of #libfaves17 and it was a hit:

Tweet your favorites today, using hashtag #libfaves17. Please type titles in all caps, to make them stand out. If you didn’t join in yesterday, no worries, you can play catch up by tweeting two titles today.

Below is a roundup of yesterday’s tweets. If it doesn’t load, or if you prefer reading it in story form, link here.

#LibFaves17, Day One

Monday, December 4th, 2017

It’s a big week for tweeting favorite books. The #libfaves countdown of librarians’ favorite books of the year begins today and runs through Dec. 14. The rules are simple, tweet one favorite a day, using all caps for TITLES and hashtag #libfaves17 (or, use the button below).

Tomorrow, librarians discuss their favorites upcoming books during GalleyChat, 4 to 5 pm, #ewgc.

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.