Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Year in Reviews--1600 Words Books in the Semi-Finals for Goodreads' Best Books of the Year

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Snobby Winged Oinker My goodness! Turkey Day is almost here and the time of reckoning is upon us. (Of course, by that I mean everyone feels compelled to make declarations about which books are the "Best" of the year.) As someone who spends a lot of time advising international students and students going into competitive fields like healthcare, I've become averse to the word "best" most of the time. What is best for you might not be best for me. For example, many women swear Diflucan is the best treatment for an uncomfortable feminine problem. However, when I took it, I went from having an uncomfortable itch in one place to itching all over. Any guys reading this blog, just don't click on the link. What you don't know can't hurt you.

All that said, people who take the trouble to write good books deserve kudos a few times a year. They work their butts off for little to no money (especially debut authors), and they entertain us. They create characters we love. They help us learn more about important issues that affect our daily lives. What's even better: several books on big lists like Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2011, Kirkus Reviews, and Goodreads were reviewed on this blog!

  1. Bossypants by Tina Fey
  2. Tomatoland by Barry Estebrook
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern
  4. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
  5. Eat, Slay, Love by Jesse Peterson
Congratulations to everyone who has a book shortlisted, or listed in any other way (positive, of course.) Thank you for your contributions, and we look forward to seeing even more from you next year----no pressure!

For more on this year's creme de la creme, check these out:
Publishers Weekly Best Books 2011
Kirkus Reviews
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