At this time every year, media outlets put forth their lists of the best books published from January on. Love 'em or hate 'em, these lists spur gift ideas and spark debate. Check out the year's best books according to Publisher's Weekly, which compiled a list of 100, including a top 10. Louisa Ermelino explains, "We ignored gender and genre and who had the buzz. We gave fair chance to the 'big' books of the year, but made them stand on their own two feet." Then, of the top 10 list in particular, she confesses: "It disturbed us when we were done that our list was all male." The lack of female representation bothered others, too; for a look at the controversy and some insight into putting together a best-of list, read Laura Miller's article for Salon.
The New York Times posted its top book picks for '09, and six (!) books from women writers made its list of the 10 best books. (How do you like them apples, PW?)
Amazon.com weighed in with an editors' list and its customers' favorites, both found on its best of 2009 page. You're also encouraged to judge a book by its cover for Amazon's best book cover contest. Log in and vote by Dec. 7 to help narrow down the nominations to 10 finalists. You'll get a chance to vote for the winner, too, after the first round of voting is complete.
And, finally, NPR asked independent booksellers to name their favorite books of the year.
Which books would make your list?
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