Dueling Top Tens

Amazon has just announced the final ten in their Top 100 Editors Picks countdown, close on the heels of PW‘s Top Ten released last week.

How do the two Top Ten lists compare? Unlike PW, Amazon manages to include books by women in their top ten. At #3 is this year’s Booker winner, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

At #5 is the forthcoming YA novel, Beautiful Creatures, which raises the count, since it is actually by two women, Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (on Amazon, you can find a video of the authors discussing their writing process).

Beautiful Creatures
Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – (2009-12-01)

Hachette Audio: MP3 CD; 12/1; 9781600248467; $29.98

Several libraries have not yet ordered Beautiful Creatures. Lisa Von Drasek, EarlyWord Kids, says, “it’s one of the best of the crowded field of supernatural romance out this year.” It also received a strong review in Booklist.

You can read an excerpt here.

Publishers Weekly‘s Best Children’s Books list is also in the current issue. Beautiful Creatures is not on that list, although another paranormal romance, Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater, made the cut.

The only title that appears on both Top Ten lists is the graphic format Stitches by David Small. It is also a National Book Award finalist, making it the only one to appear on all three lists. Only two other NBA titles appear on either of the lists; Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann is on Amazon’s Top Ten and In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin is on the PW Top Ten.

It looks like it’s that time is unpon us — we’ve set up a new Best Books ’09 links section, to the right, and will be adding to it as new lists appear.

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