Another year is quickly drawing to a close. It is that time of the year during which all those “Best of” lists begin popping up. From books to music to movies and even moments, everyone has an opinion on what were the best of 2009. We at iBraryGuy are no different. However, with so many available “best of” lists out there, we decided to decline the chance to reinvent the wheel and publish our own lists on specific topics. Instead, we thought we would help our readers find some of the best of the “best ofs”. Between now and the end of the year, we will be sharing them with you.
- Publishers’ Weekly: The venerable Publisher’s Weekly usually chooses 100 books for its “best of” list each year. This year, they have upped the ante and chosen 10 as being the very best. It is an excellent list (all-male controversy aside – we are not even going there) and a really boon for those who like to give books as holiday gifts. Check it out here.
- The New York Times: Equally respected, the New York Times also publishes an excellent best books list that is designed to serve as a gift guide. They had a much different list than PW’s above. The NYT list also provides links to other top 10 lists by critics and writers. No reader should end the year without giving the list a gander here.
- NPR: NPR’s almost overwhelming Best Books of 2009 list is also excellent. Theirs is divided up among and organized by critic. One of the contributors is none other than librarian extraordinaire, Nancy Pearl! You can access NPR’s list here.
- Library Journal: Finally, Library Journal wraps up our Best of Best of Books Lists for 2009. By their own admission, LJ was striving for a “little edginess, a little risk”. Did they succeed? Find out here.