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The Best Novels of 2017 (That Won’t Make You Think Too Hard)
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The Best Novels of 2017 (That Won’t Make You Think Too Hard)

Listen, I’m not here to participate in a turf war between literary fiction and genre fiction. Especially since, as a librarian, I am professionally hardwired to distinctly not judge a person’s literary tastes. That said, many year-end lists make me feel a little. . . left out. Not that Jesmyn Ward and Roxane Gay and […]

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Bookends Favorites 2016: Lynn’s Favorite Middle-Grade and YA

Bookends Favorites 2016: Lynn’s Favorite Middle-Grade and YA

Lynn: It’s that time again! Time for Cindy and me to announce our favorite books of the year. We are making no attempt to pick the year’s award winners—just to list the books we loved reading in alphabetical order. Because I don’t have Cindy’s discipline and always have a terrible time narrowing my choices, I […]

Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA Books of 2015

Cindy’s Favorite Children’s and YA Books of 2015

Cindy: I’ve dragged my feet about finishing this list as it changes daily. I still have too many unread 2015 books and whenever I look at another best-of-the-year list I am reminded of another book I loved and had forgotten about. One thing’s for sure, I was a slacker this year about recording what I […]

The Booklist Reader’s Top 15 Posts of 2015
By December 31, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

The Booklist Reader’s Top 15 Posts of 2015

Sure, you could look at this blog post as the laziest kind of clickbait, a craven attempt to earn attention by appealing to internet users’ seemingly insatiable demand for ranked lists. (Did they include my favorite posts? I must click and find out!) Or you could view it as the last refuge of the lazy blogger. (I know—let’s use […]

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Booklist’s Best Books of 2015
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Booklist’s Best Books of 2015

Here it is, at long last, Bookist‘s “best of” lists for 2015—Editors’ Choice and Top of the List. Every year, Booklist editors sit back, relax, and reminisce about the best things they’ve read and reviewed the past year—that’s not entirely true, there’s always another issue right around the corner, so there isn’t too much time […]

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Bookends Readers’ Choice, 2015: What Is Your Favorite Youth Book?

Bookends Readers’ Choice, 2015: What Is Your Favorite Youth Book?

Cindy and Lynn: Booklist’s 2016 Editors’ Choice lists were announced yesterday in the REaD ALERT newsletter and you can follow this link to the Editors’ Choice Books for Youth, 2015 to see their picks. Like the editors, we like to wait until the very end of the year to announce our list of personal favorites. They are coming […]

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All the Best Books Compilation: Historical Novels

All the Best Books Compilation: Historical Novels

In previous posts, I’ve introduced the All the Best Books Compilation, and highlighted the top crime and thriller novels that it identified for 2014. Let’s continue coverage by looking at which books were most often mentioned as a best book of the year in the historical fiction category. I’ll count down the top nine, those that […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part Two

All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part Two

Having previously counted down the 10th through 4th spots on the list of 2014 crime novels and thrillers most often mentioned as “best of the year,” I’ll move without further ado to the top four books from the 2014 ABBC (All the Best Books Compilation):   Download the full ABBC2014.   In fourth place with 11 best-of-the-year mentions is […]

All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part One

All the Best Books Compilation: Crime and Thrillers, Part One

In honor of Mystery Month, let’s look at the top 10 crime novels and thrillers of last year, as counted by the ABBC (All the Best Books Compilation). The ABBC looked at 172 sources—including Booklist, the RUSA Reading List Awards, and genre-specific sources such as the Edgar Awards, the Left Coast Crime Awards, and Crimespree Magazine—to see which […]

Great Picture Books for 2014—Focus Group Favorites

Great Picture Books for 2014—Focus Group Favorites

Lynn:  We are just back from ALA Midwinter and the exciting Youth Media Awards presentation. Congratulations to all the winners of these prestigious and important awards! We can’t compare to the Caldecott, but I do want to offer one more “Best” list. This one is generated by Henry, the 4-year-old member of our focus group who […]