HelloooO! Battle of the Books contenders have arrived! These are the ones. I haven’t read ANY of them. What on Earth does that say about me?
ANNA AND THE SWALLOW MAN by Gavriel Savit
FREEDOM IN CONGO SQUARE by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie
FREEDOM OVER ME by Ashley Bryan
GHOST by Jason Reynolds – want to read!
THE GIRL WHO DRANK THE MOON by Kelly Barnhill
THE LIE TREE by Frances Hardinge – have checked out ONE MILLION TIMES
MAKOONS by Louise Erdrich
MARCH BOOK THREE by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell – read book 1
THE PASSION OF DOLSSA by Julie Berry – have checked out HALF A MILLION TIMES
SAMURAI RISING by Pamela Turner and Gareth Hinds
SOME WRITER! by Melissa Sweet
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
THUNDERBOY JR. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
WHEN GREEN BECOMES TOMATOES by Julie Fogliano and Julie Morstad
WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER by Grace Lin – read book 1
WET CEMENT by Bob Raczka
For the last few years, I can’t remember how many, NPR has done this virtual concierge of their best book suggestions for the year. I like it, but I’m a list person so some part of me misses the basic list. See for yourself and you can how you feel. Please note, there are way more in this concierge thing than on a regular best of 2016 list because of the algorithm they have to choose different topics. 309 books!
I looked at them all. Because, why not? I have read, 11 of them. To completion! I have tried to read, or almost finished as I like to call it in Goodreads, 13 of them. That’s 8% – rounding up. Haha. Let’s include one more layer. There are 24 of them I have checked out and brought to my house but never opened, or only read the first few pages. That puts me up to 15% so I feel a bit better. Anything above 10% and I’m golden. Who can really compete with NPR?
Best of lists are coming out. School Library Journal has theirs up! Check it out for all your holiday shopping needs. Books they have on their list that I agree with are as follows..
Flora and the Peacocks. I love Flora & all her books.
Uncorker of Ocean Bottles by Michelle Cueves illustrated by Erin Stead which I read but didn’t review.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. I can’t say I loved this one but, here it is.
The Best Man by Richard Peck. NEED TO READ THIS! It’s on lists galore.
The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry. I checked this out awhile ago, probably 6+ months ago, when someone at my old job suggested it. It takes place in 1241. Making that time period into a “best book” takes work, so I have no doubt it is amazing.
The Lie Tree Frances Hardinge by and Scythe by Neal Shusterman are books that were also on the Publisher’s Weekly best books of 2016 list (as was The Best Man). So they must be good. I’ve checked out both. My husband started reading Scythe, and he never reads. Take that as a glowing review!
Just in time for Christmas! The New York Public Library has selected and made lists for the most remarkable books of 2016. Check them out, they’re legit.
Best books for Kids 2016
Best books for Teens 2016
I don’t get the obsession. I tried. I read all of book one and even checked out book two in preparation for my excitement. But it never came. It’s not exciting. I wanted to like it, I really did. Maybe it’s because it’s a translation? I have no idea. There was so much buzz around this author because of her presumed outing recently (she writes under a pseudonym) and I really wanted to know what all of the fuss was about. But honestly, I don’t care. And I won’t continue the series.
More buzz from just two days ago. How?
National Book Award has announced their winners. No surprise that The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead was the adult fiction winner. He had Oprah behind him after all and she’s basically God. I have Underground Railroad on my Kindle from a long time ago via Netgalley and should probably get to reading it. I also just got the first and last books in the March series so I can feed educated on that, waiting on book two. I’m not sure the other two peak my interest. But there are a few on the short / long list that did.
News of the World by Paulette Jiles was a finalist. I bought it a few weeks ago and was going to give it to my best friend for Christmas but she asked for something else instead so I guess it’s mine.
Miss Jane by Brad Watson was on the longlist. It is a book I checked out a few months ago and then didn’t open, per usual. I adore the cover. Isn’t it so beautiful? This would be a good paperback purchase.
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo was a finalist for the youth selection. I read it back in April. I didn’t love it.
The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon was a finalist as well. I believe I have it at my house right now. It’s getting lots of buzz and I even heard them talking about it on the All the Books podcast this morning.
Best book lists are here y’all. Get excited! Get those credit cards ready and start your Christmas shopping. Or self shopping..
Publishers Weekly has released their list. Here it is for Children’s / YA. Books of note in their choices that I agree with are as follows.
The Best Man by Richard Peck – it’s at my house right now. Must read immediately.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier. My review here.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman. I literally put this on my hold list 30 minutes ago. Comes out 11/22/16.
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge won the Boston Horn Book Award this year. I checked it out back in June when that happened but never opened it. Per usual. Must try again.