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All-the-Best-Books Compilation for 2012

I’ve released the first edition of my All-the-Best-Books Compilation (ABBC) for 2012. It compiles mentions of books in best-of-the-year lists and awards from 66 different sources into one spreadsheet with 12 different fiction and nonfiction categories, showing how many times each book was mentioned and which sources mentioned each. You can learn more about the methodology for the ABBC and download the spreadsheet for your own use at my other blogging home, Williamsburg Regional Library’s Blogging for a Good Book.

Please share this link with others in the book world! As far as I’m aware, while other sites may link to more book lists (Largehearted Boy has the most extensive list I know), this is the largest compilation of results into a usable table.

Further editions of the ABBC will follow as I compile about 60 more sources into the results, although enough are in place to give the general idea for the pecking order for 2012. The compilation is usually finalized in late March. I’ll write more about results in each category on both blogs over coming weeks, on this blog evaluating the top titles for their likely utility as book group selections.Behind the Beautiful Forevers

For today, here are the most frequently mentioned titles from all 66 compiled sources in all categories to date, those with 15 or more mentions to date:

35 mentions

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, by Katherine Boo

34 mentions

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

31 mentions

Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel

This Is How You Lose Her, by Junot Diaz

28 mentions

Wild: from Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed

27 mentions

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain

24 mentions

Building Stories, by Chris Ware

22 mentions

The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green

21 mentions

Canada, by Richard Ford

19 mentions

Beautiful Ruins, by Jess Walter

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich

18 mentions

The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson

Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, by Robert A. Caro

17 mentions

Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple

The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Young

16 mentions

The Age of Miracles, by Karen Thompson Walker

Telegraph Avenue, by Michael Chabon

15 mentions

Code Name Verity, by Elizabeth Wein

Dear Life: Stories, by Alice Munro

I’ll delve deeper into the lists in particular categories in future posts.




About the Author:

Neil Hollands is an Adult Services Librarian at Williamsburg Regional Library in Virginia, where he specializes in readers’ advisory and collection development. He is the author of Read On . . . Fantasy Fiction (2007) and Fellowship in a Ring: a Guide for Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Groups (2009).

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