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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