It's that time of year! Between December and January is the magical season of look-backs and lookaheads--list season!
That means we all get inundated with a bazillion lists on what the best books were, and what the best books to come are, and what everyone else is sure to be talking about in a few months.
All of which leaves me hyperventilating as I try to catch up on all the cool things I missed last year, while simultaneously trying to keep up with this year.
It's a bit overwhelming, and there is no way to win. Though really, with so many amazing books to pick from, no way to lose, either. Just choose a title and get started.
It starts with knowing which lists are worth your time in the first place. Here are my faves.
I will never stop loving young adult novels, so don't even try to start a conversation about "age-appropriate." We could all stand to remember what it feels like to become disillusioned with the world around us on occasion, and that righteous teen angst fueled by that sense of what things should be. The author of this article is a young adult literary agent and author, so this is his scene. Trust him.
A carefully curated list of books ranging from the deeply literary to the high-concept speculative, this list has something for everyone. What do these widely varied titles have in common? They're all smart, highly anticipated novels from a diverse representation of women. Yes, yes, yes.
If you really want the mother lode of all the books, start here. Book Riot stands strong by its values of inclusivity and diversity, which means you can trust any list they publish to be well rounded, thoughtful and smart. Even better, the list is ordered by release month, making it easy to keep track of the latest release to download all year long.
Another very nice and comprehensive list, this time focused exclusively on comics. If you don't want to miss any new releases, this calendars of upcoming #1s, listed by month and publisher, will keep you straight.