#Libfaves15 – The Votes are In!

NOTE: Five years ago, our GalleyChatter columnist, Robin Beerbower along with Stephanie Chase and Linda Johns, began the annual #LibFaves project, an opportunity for librarians to tweet their favorite titles of the year. Since then, it has grown by leaps and bounds. Below is Robin’s roundup of the year’s titles.

Thanks also to the those who helped with the vote counting, Janet Lockhart, Vicki Nesting, Melissa Samora, Gregg Winsor, Robin Nesbitt, Andrienne Cruz, and Joe Jones.

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 1,100 total votes for over 650 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 fantasy, science fiction, teen titles, and graphic novels.

Top Three Titles

between-the-world  The Girl on the Train  9780804179034_f4113

It’s probably no surprise that the National Book Award winner for nonfiction Between the World and Me: Notes on the First 150 Years in America by Ta-Nahisi Coates (Penguin Random House/Spiegel & Grau) was most loved by librarians and library staff.

Following right behind it were two books that tied for second place. Paula Hawkins’ psychological suspense novel The Girl on the Train (RH/Riverhead), a book librarians embraced early on and the number one LibraryReads Favorite of Favorites, and Naomi Novik’s adult fairy tale, Uprooted (Del Rey/RH), received the same number of votes.

The Rest of the Best

But the real fun of exploring this list is the amazing range of titles in a variety of genres (how many have you even heard of, yet alone read?). To round out the top books receiving lots of librarian love, here are the next seven on the list:

4. Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman/Penguin)

5. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Tor/Macmillan)

6. (tie) The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Grand Central/Hachette) and The Slade House by David Mitchell (RH)

8. Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson (graphic novel series) (Boom! Box/Simon & Schuster)

9. (tie) Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff (Riverhead/PRH) and Modern Romance: An Investigation by Aziz Ansari (Penguin)

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); #LibFaves15 — Full List

2 Responses to “#Libfaves15 – The Votes are In!”

  1. Jennifer W. Says:

    Thank you so much for making this a year-end tradition; it’s so great to relive the past year in books and see what I might have overlooked.

  2. Jamie F. Says:

    Many thanks to the organizers! This was my first year participating and I look forward to next year’s batch. So many to add to the never-ending to-do list!