Best of the Year Roundup

At some point the best of the year lists came in so fast that I couldn't keep up with them anymore, but, for the list geeks like me--or late holiday shoppers--I'm going to link to as many of them here as I can. Some are straight top 10 lists, some are, in the British style, more idiosyncratic surveys of contributors' favorites from the year. As I've said, I like the sporting discipline of the top 10 list (ranked, preferably!), but after seeing so many lists pile in (with so many of the same books atop them), the weirder and more reflective surveys of individual favorites are very appealing as well. But for those who love rankings, Michael Cader of the subscription-only Publishers Lunch went to the trouble of doing something I'm glad he saved me from doing myself: adding up the favorites from nine different sources (our own top 20 included) to come up with a "list of lists." I'll begin things with that top 10, and then the list links commence:

  1. Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson
  2. The Brief Wondrous LIfe of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
  3. Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris
  4. Legacy of Ashes by Tim Weiner
  5. Brother, I'm Dying by Edwidge Danticat
  6. The Yiddish Policeman's Union by Michael Chabon
  7. Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis
  8. The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross
  9. The Savage Detectives by Roberto Bolano
  10. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

Here goes (in addition to the Time, New York Times, and National Book Critics Circle picks posted before), with a pick of interest pulled out from each one:

Oh, there's more, more, more out there, many of which you'll find in the vast year-end-list compendium at Filmoculous. --Tom

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Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands has officially been named Spinetinglers' Book of the Year on June 5th 2008. Congratulations to Author/Illustrator Wendy Willett!

Posted by: Wendy Willett | Monday June 16, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Perhaps it might be of interest to list the longlisted nominations for the Waverton Good Read Award a UK award for the best debut novel of the year. The long list was announced recently and the short lost will be revealed on April 7th. The winner will be announced in July. Details can be found on:

Posted by: John C Bird | Sunday February 10, 2008 at 4:29 AM

Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands is up for three BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS, one in particular coming up in June 2008 is The Spinetinglers Book of the Year Award. Amber Shadows and the Missing Wands has been shortlisted and has received a 5-star review from Spinetinglers uk. The second Book of the Year Award it is up for is through Foreword Magazine and the third is Writers Digest. These last two are due for awarding in the Spring of 2008.

Posted by: Wendy Willett | Monday January 7, 2008 at 11:58 AM

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