Who doesn’t love a list? And when those lists talk of books, we go aww. But with so many of the Year-end book lists around, how to make sense of them?
With winter making its feathery presence felt, ’tis truly the season of year-end book lists.
Pretty soon, we would be inundated with book lists of all kinds. Every platform, publisher, anyone with a little interest in books deems himself a book expert who has to put out a book list.
10 best books of 2019, 5 worst books, 7 books with the quirkiest covers, Top 5 reads for. teenagers and so on. Just get a catchy title and add the year at the end. To add to the confusion, there are The Editor’s choices, The Critics Awards, The Notable 100. It would seem December is the time to honour most of the books that have been published in the year.
Listopia on Goodreads allows people to create book lists on whatever criteria they choose and invite others to vote and contribute on them. This is in addition to the Goodreads Choice Awards at the end of the year where you, the reader can vote for the best reads of the year about to end.
Digg even does the List of lists. Last year, they ‘claimed to round up all the Top 10 lists they could find, smashed ’em together in a big spreadsheet, and spit out overall Top 10 lists for the year’s best albums, songs, books and movies.’ Waaait, isn’t that interesting?
Here are my pet peeves –
1000 Non- Fiction books to Read Before You Die – Dude, you sure think the only think I am gonna do all my life is to read. And not even stories!
The Best Books of 2019 (So far) – Apparently, this is a mid year list, which means they are impatient as hell.
100 Best Books for Children – If we are somehow able to get our kids to sit still and read, they would grow into adolescence by the time they get to the lower bottom of the list, by which time we will give them the 100 best books for Young Adults.
List Archives on Large-hearted Boy – Here is the List of all the online book lists they could find. They are the coolest list lovers.
Ultimate Best Books of the Year – As if Best was not enough to drive home the superiority and must-read factor of the list.
The Best Books to read at every age, from 1-100 – This one is the Ultimate book list, imo.
The Best Celebrity Book Picks of the Year (Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon) – Oh yeah, beautiful people are actually nerds at heart.
The Best of Best of Lists – Riding on the ‘Best’ wave and another Year-end List of the Year-end list!
Aaargh, all this list hopping is making me itch to write one of my own. Its going to be titled ‘The Ultimate Best List of All the Books I have left Unread this year.’
Do you love year-end book lists as much as I do? Which book list are you putting up on your blog?