As 2010 winds to a close (What? Where did the time go? Seriously!), the time has come for best of the best lists to be calculated. I have always wanted to make a best of list for the books I read each year. I have friends who creat their personal best lists with books, music and movies… but I can’t do it. I think the problem is I can’t ever give books solid ratings. Sure I try with my goodreads, but at the end of the day it’s always arbitrary and highly dependant on my current mood. I prefer to use goodreads as more of a directory of books read to help refresh my memory.
Luckily, lots of other people have this ability and create lots of great lists to check out. I like to use these lists for a few things: it’s a good way to catch any awesome books I missed this year and add them to my ever expanded to-read list. It’s also a great way to double-check my ordering at the library. I could have missed something really special and that would be a downer!
There is a list for every type of book out there. Probably the most applicable for this site are lists for picture books. A few lists that were recently made available are:
- New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2010
- Kirkus Reviews 2010 Best Books for Children and Teens
- And of course, Amazon has a list as well
If you are really into best of lists, Largely Hearted Boy is a great place to hang out. This truly a blessing, he compiles every single best list for books and music. It’s really awesome and also a fantastic way to increase your to-read list very quickly!
I discovered Largely Hearted Boy through a great Reader’s Advisory blog, RA for All. The woman who keeps this blog was my professor in library school and really an expert on Reader’s Advisory. I find a lot of what she has to say applicable to my job, even though I work with children and not adults. It’s also a great way for me to stay current with new books for adults.