THE Best Book of the Year


With the wide range of books, as well as readers tastes out there, it’s a challenge to pick the top 10 or even the top 100 books of the year. An intrepid few have dared to name ONE book as the best of the year.

The book lovers’ social network site, Good Reads, polled their users for the Goodreads Choice Awards. The YA dystopian novel, Divergent by Veronica Roth, (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan; Dreamscape audio), is the Favorite Book of 2011, with over 10,000 votes. That must be good news to Summit, the studio currently developing it for the big screen (a rundown of the many dystopian books to movies in the works is available at A sequel, Insurgent, is coming in May.

Esquire Magazine singles out The Submission, by Amy Waldman, (FSG; Audio, AudioGo; Large Type, Thorndike) as the Best Book of the Year  from their list of ten. It appears on the NYTs Top 100, but didn’t make the cut to their Top Ten.

We’ve set up links to the major best book lists on the right of the site. For and exhaustive (not to mention exhausting) list of links to hundreds of others, including British lists, check the Largehearted Boy.

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