Best Books Recognizes YA and Graphic Novels

The fault in our stars Building Storirs Playground

The young adult category, which has been attracting adult readers for some time, makes another leap this year in Best Books picks. YA author John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, (Penguin/Dutton) is Time magazine’s pick as the #1 of 10 best books of the year. It’s also in Entertainment Weekly‘s top ten, and that magazine’s readership picked Green as the top entertainer in books, with 40% of the votes, ahead of J.K. Rowling (27%), E.L.James (11%) and Gillian Flynn (10%).

Also notable is the fact that a graphic novel, Building Stories by Chris Ware (RH/Pantheon) is on many lists. Publishers Weekly made it their #1 titleThe New York Times put it in their top ten, and so did Time magazine. It is also listed in Kirkus‘s top 100, even though, as a book with multiple parts, it’s problematic for library collections.

Despite the amount of talk about ebook originals, only one appeared on any of the lists; the Kindle single, The Playground, was picked by the Washington Post as one of the 50 best nonfiction titles (the Amazon editors published their own picks of the Best kindle Singles; it did not include The Playground).

We hope you find our compiled lists (see the links under Best Books at the right for the latest) useful for end-of-the-year buying as well as book displays, whether actual or virtual (such as the Augusta County Library’s Pinterest Board).

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