Booklist Editors’ Choice 2017

Booklist Online published their year-end list last month and in the pre-holiday rush, we missed it! There weren’t a ton of surprises–frontrunner faves The Hate U Give and American Street are both there, as well as Turtles All the Way Down which seems to be gaining momentum and buzz. Personally, I’m pleased that M.T. Anderson’s Landscape with Invisible Hand made […]

Booklist Online published their year-end list last month and in the pre-holiday rush, we missed it! There weren’t a ton of surprises–frontrunner faves The Hate U Give and American Street are both there, as well as Turtles All the Way Down which seems to be gaining momentum and buzz. Personally, I’m pleased that M.T. Anderson’s Landscape with Invisible Hand made the list as it’s been flying under the radar despite its five stars and that’s just weird and wrong. Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage also appears and you’ll hear more about that one from Karyn and Sarah soon.

On the nonfiction side, Vincent and Theo continues to rack up the honors as does Eyes of the World; however Nonfiction Award finalist, The 57 Bus, which we’ll be covering next week, didn’t make Booklist’s cut. It only has three stars so it’s not like a six star juggernaut was overlooked but the subject is so timely and so readable I’m surprised it doesn’t have more buzz. Then again, I haven’t read a few of the other nonfiction books that are Booklist’s editors’ choice, such as A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human or Faith and Fury: The Temple Mount and the Noble Sanctuary: The Story of Jerusalem’s Most Sacred Space (the former has three stars; the latter has none) so I can’t definitely say which is more deserving over others.

Like I always say though, spreading the love is always welcome. The more books that get mentioned and listed and honored mean more book titles that find their way to readers and that’s always a good thing. Be sure to check out the full list at Booklist and let us know what you think! The ALA YMAs are getting closer and closer so let’s ramp up our wild speculation!

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