Librarian Favorites, 2012

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Librarians have spoken, picking their favorite books of the year (#libfavs2012). Hundreds of librarians from across the country tweeted nearly 700 votes for over 400 titles during the twelve days of the challenge.

While the top two titles (Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars) have appeared on many other Best Books lists, title number 3 was picked by just one of the other sources we’ve been tracking:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan, Macmillan/FSG  — “a great book for bibliophiles and technology lovers,” attests LibraryScoots (and, how about that glow-in-the-dark cover?)

Tied at #4 with Karen Thomas Walker’s The Age of Miracles is a title that hasn’t appeared on the other lists so far:

The Rook, Daniel O’Malley, Hachette/Little, Brown — a darkly humorous thriller about a paranormal version of Britain’s MI5; “think X-Men meets Jane Bond” says librarian and PrincessOfTheWorld from Mission, KS.

Tied at #5 is:

A Land More Kind Than Home, Wiley Cash, HarperCollins/Morrow — one of our favorite debuts of the year (see the summary of our TwitterChat with the author). Linda Johns of Seattle PL (LJBookie), one of the organizers of #libfavs2012, says she loves to tell readers about this debut.

There’s plenty more titles to discover on the full list and the list of top titles, with links to descriptions.

Thanks, again, to GalleyChat regulars Robin Beerbower, Salem [OR] Library, Stephanie Chase and Linda Johns, both of Seattle Public, for starting and shepherding this project. Thanks to Janet Lockhart, from Wake County P.L. (NC), for tabulating votes into the wee hours.

One Response to “Librarian Favorites, 2012”

  1. Susan Hayes Says:

    I’d like to add my thanks. It was fun to participate and I’m sure kept them busy trying to sort things out.