The end of the year is a time for reflection and nobody is reflecting more this time of year than the journalists, content creators, thought leaders, taste-makers, retailers, and titans (do we still have titans) of industry (and their assistants) sending out their summative assesments of the year’s books.
For those that love reading books or reading about books it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Below is a (building) list of links to the various Best Book lists of 2021.
Many of these titles are available in SFL so swing by and peruse our display (coming soon) and/or let us know if you see something you like. Alternately, if you see something you think we should consider adding to the collection drop us a line or fill out a library material request form.
Pull up a chair and happy reading.
Book Riot is a great source for all things related to reading and #readinglife. Their end of year list frequently features deep cuts and unexpected titles. Book Riot also puts out a mid-year best of list with even more titles to explore.
Never underestimate Teen Vogue.
Trade Journal Roundup: Kirkus lists 2021’s Best YA Fiction and the year’s 100 Best Young Adult Books and Publisher’s Weekly is always reliable source for good book recs. Don’t forget to browse a bunch of subject/genre specific lists at Library Journal.
Remember brick and mortar stores? Sure you do. Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 and genre lists are gathered here and be sure to visit your favorite local book outlets this holiday season: bbgb, Book People, Chop Suey, Fountain Bookstore
Speaking of Amazon companies…take a look at the Washington Post’s Top 10 then peruse their lists of 2021’s notable fiction and nonfiction titles. Goodreads (also a subsidiary of Amazon) let’s readers choose the best titles of the year and you can browse winners and nominees for each category here.
National Public Radio’s (NPR) gorgeous graphic interface highlights the best books of the year while also emphasizing the incredible work of book cover and graphic design artists.
The UK-based Five Books asks experts to recommend the (five) best books in their field and explain their choices in an engaging interview. Their end of year lists combine expert recommendations with award list info to create book lists that are extensive and fun to browse. Click the links to explore Best Books for Teens, Best Fiction, and Best Nonfiction lists for 2021.