Tis the season for ‘best of’ lists, and whether you get your tips from the New York Times, Goodreads or local booksellers/tastemakers such as Jon Page and David Gaunt, this year there are plenty to choose from.
From the local booksellers:
The good folk at Readings have devised multiple ‘best of’ lists, including the intriguingly titled ‘best overlooked books of 2011’, as well as the ‘bestselling ebooks of 2011‘; Pages & Pages’ has compiled its best books of 2011 (owner Jon Page has also nominated his top five reads for 2011 — if you follow him on Twitter these should be self-evident); Gleebooks’ David Gaunt has shared his favourite titles of the past year; Oscar & Friends has announced its staff picks for 2011; several Shearer’s booksellers have blogged about their top picks; and The Women’s Bookshop in New Zealand has compiled its favourite titles for 2011.
From the overseas booksellers:
Barnes and Noble has named its best books for 2011, including a category for ‘quirky, beautiful, different’ titles.
From the media:
The New York Times has released its annual ‘100 notable books’ and ‘10 best books’ lists; Flavourwire has compiled a list of ‘the most criminally overlooked books of 2011′; and there are more ‘best of’ lists from the Guardian, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Salon, NPR and Kirkus Reviews. In local media, the SMH/Age has asked a selection of writers to name their favourite reads of the past year; as has the New Zealand Listener. The Australian has released its Books of the Year over five pages starting here (paywall). The Huffington Post compiled a list of the best food books of 2011 as did the blog Brain Pickings.
From social media:
The winners of the 2011 Goodreads Choice Awards have also been announced, with over 600,000 votes cast.