I love book lists. In my lifelong search to find terrific books, lists provide a quick and easy map to the next discovery. For me, it’s the combination of short descriptions with quantity. There are times for an extensive book review, and many books deserve that attention, but a few sentences that pique my interest about a dozen different books is tantalizing to me.
Needless to say, for a book list addict, this is the most wonderful time of the year. Every day someone is publishing a new one, or five. Here are some of my favorites:
- I most anticipate the New York Time’s 10 Best Books and the 100 Notable Books - I’m a sucker for a book that is included on either list
- If you aren’t following A Year in Reading on The Millions blog, go over right now, then come back and thank me. Several authors talk about the book (or books for those who couldn’t restrain themselves) that they read in 2010 and highly recommend. No publication date limitations, so books from The Mill and the Floss to Freedom are listed. If there wasn’t any other reason to find joy in the season, A Year in Reading would do it for me.
- For the international set, Salonica posted a list of books from around the world with suggestions from numerous genres. I’ll be referring to this list long beyond the holidays.
- NPR’s Best Books of 2010 are another go-to list, I found the YA selections particularly helpful in deciding which books to give Kelsey for Christmas.
- The Atlantic chimes in with both the Best Book I Read This Year and the Best Books of the Year
- I’m always on the look out for great art history books, the only recent list I could find was in the Telegraph. Rest assured, all three of these books are on my Christmas list. I think our own list from two years ago is the best I’ve ever seen, if you know of any other art history book lists, please pass on the link to me.
Looking for a particular type of list? Largehearted Boy has you covered, it is a book list addict’s crack house.
Peruse the lists, make your own, one for the books you want to receive and another for the books you’ll give others. Because, as I’ve said before, the best gift is a book.