Add Them Up

Who doesn’t love a list, especially an end of year best/favorite books booklist?

If your answer is “not me,” then this post is not for you.

I confess; I keep an eye on the stars (stars from review journals, that is); I appreciate those who compile those starred lists of which book got how many stars; and I print out (yes, I’m an old, I print things out) the end of year lists and use them in trying to determine my constantly rotating to-be-read pile (which, by the way, just got bigger because at the time of the Morris finalist announcement, I had read one of the five titles).

I know I’m not the only one who loves lists; over at YALSA’s The Hub, Kelly Jensen takes a look at the current “best of” ya lists in “Best of” Lists by the numbers. I love this type of thing and am so glad that I don’t have to do it now, because Kelly did! Kelly looks at the gender of the author, when the book was published, and genre, among other things. She also notes what appeared on multiple lists: “A total of four books–Chime, Anya’s Ghost, The Scorpio Races, and Blink and Caution–made all four of the “best of” lists. Three books–A Monster Calls, Between Shades of Gray, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone–made three lists. Thirteen titles made two of the lists. The majority made one list.” I haven’t read Anya’s Ghost yet, but that is going on the ever growing TBR pile. Kelly has also made the spreadsheet she used used public; the live link is her blog post at The Hub.

Meanwhile, I am rather, well, literal in my approach to my favorite books of the year. It’s still mid December! There’s still books being read! So it’s just impossible for me to post my lists until the end of the month.


6 thoughts on “Add Them Up

  1. Yeah, but ANYA’S GHOST didn’t make four list. It didn’t make Publishers Weekly either in the Comics section or in the Children’s Fiction section.


  2. You are right, and I *did* make a mistake — on my spreadsheet I did NOT mark Anya getting a PW star, but I marked it as getting 4 stars and commented on it getting 4 stars when it didn’t. So you are right, Jonathan — only three books did get all 4 stars.


  3. I’m completely with you, Liz — I canNOT bring myself to make a best-of-2011 list until 2011 is over! This has a lot to do with the size of my TBR pile and my fond but foolish hopes as to how many more I can read before the end of the year!


  4. Jonathan, thanks for the heads up!

    Kelly, thanks again for taking the time to put all this together.

    Sondy, I know, I’m still reading and actually have revised my post twice to add books.

    Michelle, hope you’re not disappointed and you like the list!


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