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November 28, 2018

NPR: Best Books of 2018

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What?  This is not just another book list.

During the fall of each year, NPR Books staff asks for suggestions from staff members as well as book critics.  “Send us your favorite books of they year.”  The responses come in and are reviewed by NPR Books as they take care to eliminate duplicates and work for a good mix and balance.  Not sure what they mean by mix and balance.  Click through to Best Books of 2018 and you will quickly see what I mean.

The list is 319 titles long and fully searchable.  You can even select multiple filters but beware. This isn’t an either/or option.  If you select “Comics and Graphic Novels” and “Young Adult,” you get the two young adult graphic novels.

Select Young Adult and you get 22 items.  Mouse over a book cover and you get a brief description. Click on it and you are taken to a longer description.  This is going to take me a while to check out everything I find intriguing.

Oh, something else to keep in mind.  Pull up the full list, then go to Young Adult, and come back to the full list and the books will be in a different order.  That’s a bit of a problem because I want to find out about the one with the red truck on the cover.  It is no longer at the top of the page.

I heard about this list from my friend Traci Sorrell.  Her book We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga is on the list. As much as I try to stay up on new books, I’ve only read a few of these and I’ve spotted several that are new to me that I find intriguing. There’s the graphic novel Photographic by Isabel Quintero about photographer Graciela Iturbide. The truck book is Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, a postapocalyptic novel set among the Dine.  I’m also eager to read Dreamers, a picture book by Yuyi Morales about a family coming to a new country.

If you’ll excuse me, I need to pop over to my library’s catalog and start requesting books.


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