#LibFaves14 — The Votes are In!

For the past ten days librarians have been doing their own year-end roundup of the best books by tweeting their favorites. The votes have now been tallied and EarlyWord can exclusively announce the results (eat your heart out, Entertainment Weekly!).

There were over 1,000 total votes for over 600 titles, just another indicator of how widely librarians read. As opposed to other best books lists, the titles on this list reflect librarians’ appreciation for the genres, particularly science fiction, and Young Adult titles.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry  9780804139021_6602f

With the number of titles, there was little overlap, but the number one title, also the number one LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites, is Gabrielle Zevin’s The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, (Workman/Algonquin Books; Highbridge Audio, OverDrive Sample) a book librarians embraced early on. Close behind it is a book that began as a self-published science fiction title and has since made its way to on multiple best books lists,  The Martian, Andy Weir, (RH/Crown) OverDrive Sample.

But the real fun of exploring this list is the amazing range of titles (how many have you even heard of, yet alone read?).

Thanks to the librarians who started this project three years ago, Stephanie Chase, Robin Beerbower and Linda Johns, it has now grown by leaps and bounds. And thanks to the people who helped with the vote counting, Janet Lockhart, Vicki Nesting, Melissa Samora and Gregg Winsor.

We urge you to take a look at  the full list to make your own discoveries (please let us know about them in the comments section); #LibFaves14 — Full List

To see the actual tweets, with some great 140 character recommendations, e.g., “WOMEN IN CLOTHES. I want 2 roll around in the book like it was money & I was Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal,”, check our Storify transcripts:

Days 1 through 7

Day 8 

Day 9

Day 10

2 Responses to “#LibFaves14 — The Votes are In!”

  1. Monica McAbee Says:

    Of the first 10 on the list, I’ve read the first 5, plus The Bees. I’ve been meaning to try The Goldfinch, and maybe I’ll pick up The Goblin King as well, just because it’s supposed to be so well done. I’ll have to save this list to remind me that my to-read list includes Ancillary Justice (Leckie), Jeff Vandermeer’s trilogy, Lev Grossman’s trilogy, Half a King (Abercrombie), and maybe The Bone Clocks (Mitchell). Can I take a sabbatical from work to read stuff?

  2. Maureen Says:

    Tis the Movie Season – Really looking forward to Still Alice. Reviews have been exceptionally good.