Best Books of The Year Lists. All of them.
November 24, 2017 5:34 PM   Subscribe

MY WALLET: “Fuck.”
posted by Fizz at 6:34 PM on November 24 [8 favorites]

I was in a bookstore today, a Barnes and Noble, which I normally shun, but I needed that revived print edition OMNI magazine (I gotta have one more hit of that late 70's futuro-optimism), and I also had to make a saving throw against buying all kinds of wonderful looking titles.
posted by thelonius at 6:45 PM on November 24 [3 favorites]

... It's not even December yet.
posted by kyrademon at 7:58 PM on November 24 [2 favorites]

Oh damn. I mean, thanks!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 8:23 PM on November 24 [1 favorite]

Must. Not. Click. Link. MUST! NOT! CLICK! LINK!
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 9:15 PM on November 24 [1 favorite]

Well, that didn't take long.
Time from link click to first purchase: 4 minutes.
posted by BigHeartedGuy at 9:20 PM on November 24 [4 favorites]

Quite useful for the many What book should I give/ read? AskMes. Thanks for posting; I love book lists.
posted by theora55 at 5:21 AM on November 25

Pro tip: go back and look at the 2016 list, and then go to the library and check out the books that you'd have had to buy a year ago. (Note: I am not really a pro.)
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 5:56 AM on November 25 [9 favorites]

Seconding support your local library. Also -- book donations to your library or public school.
posted by TrishaU at 6:04 AM on November 25 [2 favorites]

Also, I am a professional librarian.<
posted by TrishaU at 6:07 AM on November 25

I was about to rage on that “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” wasn’t on any of these lists but then realized it only won awards this year. It was published last year.

Still, meh on some of the kids’ fiction choices. A pox on your discount section, says a dad campaigning for a better evening storytime.
posted by middleclasstool at 6:20 AM on November 25


It is November. There is a whole month of 2017 left and you can do a lot of reading in twelve months, you never know what gem you might stumble over. Best of belong to January
posted by Fence at 7:14 AM on November 25 [1 favorite]

Wonderful, but overwhelming.
posted by JanetLand at 1:39 PM on November 25

Awesome. I'm a bit behind on my budget in some of these areas, these lists will be time-consuming but helpful!

Thirding the recommendation to visit your local library. Maybe also send them the url in case they are having budget surplus issues too!
posted by Athanassiel at 1:58 PM on November 25

Thanks for linking to my annual labor of love!
posted by kickerofelves at 7:27 PM on November 25 [5 favorites]

Apologies I didn't know you were a mefite! I've been reading your list for years,it's fantastic.
posted by smoke at 7:39 PM on November 25 [1 favorite]

OK, these lists are nice, but which of this year's books do people here recommend? Or is that a different post?
posted by pracowity at 9:08 AM on November 27

This is awesome—and super helpful for a thing I do, so thank you to smoke and kickerofeleves.

pracowity, the thing I do is collaborate to assemble a list of interesting nonfiction books to read (all ages so it’s a long list!). It’s a pretty eclectic collection of titles, but I can personally recommend all the adult ones. I believe this year’s list comes out on Friday, so I’ll link to it if so.
posted by librarylis at 8:25 PM on November 28 [1 favorite]

OK, these lists are nice, but which of this year's books do people here recommend? Or is that a different post?

I will reiterate that it was not technically published this year, but “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” is nigh on perfect and won the Newberry this year, so I will call it close enough.

I finished reading it to my family last night and basically had to hang on tight to keep from ugly-crying through the last four or five chapters.

I am also reading “Reincarnation Blues”, and I’m only about 175 pages in and adore it.
posted by middleclasstool at 8:52 PM on November 28 [1 favorite]

Any recommendations for feel-good online bookseller? (not Amazon?)
posted by anthill at 1:57 PM on November 30

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