Wednesday, November 30, 2011
It's the holiday season and that means (drumroll) time for best of the year book lists! You've probably heard about Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones (the 2011 National Book Award winner) and Julian Barnes's The Sense of an Ending (the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2011), so let me point you in the direction of some lesser known awards and best-of-the-year book lists.
Have you heard of Kirkus Reviews? The self-appointed "World's Toughest Book Critics" select the best Fiction, Nonfiction, Children's Literature, Teen Fiction, Indie Publications, and even Book Apps from the previous year. Kirkus's website is a treasure trove of exceptionally well-written book reviews and book lists.
Publishers Weekly offers outstanding best-of lists for genre lovers: top ten picks for romance, horror, mysteries, comics, and many more.
Love audiobooks? Audible.com releases a yearly list of their editors' favorite audiobooks. Also, the Audio Publishers Association sponsors The Audies, a yearly award given to audiobooks in various categories like "Solo Narration," "Audio Drama," and "Humor."
Have a best of the year list to suggest? Share it in the comments section! Happy reading all the way into 2012.