‘Tis the season for best books!

I made a Wordle! You can click through to see it in glorious full size, but obviously, the oft-mentioned titles are the largest. Someone else made one, but it didn’t encompass all the various lists available now, so I made another one!

This word cloud includes “best of” lists from School Library Journal, The New York Times, Horn Book, NPR, Goodreads.com, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Kirkus Reviews, Horn Book, Book Page, Publisher’s Weekly, & Booklist. Whew! The only list I can think of that could be missing is the perfect tens list from VOYA – I’ll add it when it shows up.

I should mention that because I created this first & foremost to be displayed in my teen area, there are a few titles on the lists that are not here, & here’s why: In our library, the teen & children’s areas are quite distant from each other. Any books that we have classified as juvenile literature, I removed. I can only think of a few – The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In A Ship of Her Own Making, & Okay for Now. There was also at least one (A Monster Calls) that we have in teen that was mentioned as children’s, which I find interesting! Now, I do realize that the Goodreads list, & possibly the Amazon & Barnes & Noble lists are less, shall we say, critically reviewed, but I think seeing what the readers like is nearly as important as what those of us trained to scrutinize literature find “good.” My teens were quite excited to see some of their favorites from the past year, even if I know they didn’t garner starred reviews.

Of course, as we all know, the Printz is such a fascinating award that it could be absolutely NONE of these books! I personally cannot WAIT to see what wins.

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