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The Not Even Slightly Comprehensive List of Books We’re Looking at This Year

Ok, here it is — the longlist for Someday My Printz Will Come, which is actually the shortlist, or at least a shorter list. For context: currently, our reading list and calendar have us covering more than 90 books between now and late January. We’ll likely revise some books off the list and add some on as we go, but at least 80 titles will get reviewed in some form — that’s the true long list.

This is not that list. We shared the long longlist the first few years of Someday, but then as we read through the books we hadn’t gotten to when the list posted, we found duds and felt like we’d obligated ourselves to read them by putting them on the list and inviting you all to read them too, in order to have a better discussion. And it seems that some of you trust us enough that you were using our list for various reasons, which was CRAZY, because that long longlist is a lot like the kitchen sink of the year’s YA, and it always had some gems (like, you know, the books that eventually went on to win, because usually we’re pretty good about correctly identifying the eventual winners as, you know, books) but also some actually not good at all books. Starting last year, we decided to share a more trimmed down list, and be a little more transparent about the fact that some of it is really just shots in the dark.

The below list comprises books we’ve read already and stand behind pretty strongly as a contender, books we’ve already read and strongly want to discuss, and books we haven’t read yet but for reasons — of author or buzz or gut instinct — we think will be worth a conversation. Since we’re already a few weeks in, I’ve gone ahead and hyperlinked books we’ve already reviewed, and I’ll try to remember to pop back in and add links as we go so that this post can also serve as a partial table of contents.

So, with no further explanation, in rough alphabetical order by author: The not even slightly comprehensive list of books we’re looking at this year —

Saints and Misfits, S.K. Ali
Midnight at the Electric, Jodi Lynn Anderson
Landscape with Invisible Hand, M.T. Anderson
Far From the Tree, Robin Benway
Jane, Unlimited, Kristin Cashore
Bull, David Elliott
Neighborhood Girls, Jessie Ann Foley
Spellbook of the Lost and Found, Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
A Face Like Glass, Frances Hardinge
The Careful Undressing of Love, Corey Ann Haydu
Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson
We Are Okay, Nina LaCour
Genuine Fraud, E. Lockhart
The Art of Starving, Sam Miller
Ramona Blue, Julie Murphy
Release, Patrick Ness
You Bring the Distant Near, Mitali Perkins
Queer, There, and Everywhere, Sarah Preger
Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds
Beck, Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff
Saint Death, Marcus Sedgwick
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas
Thick as Thieves, Megan Whalen Turner
Maresi, Maria Turtschaninoff
Fire Color One, Jenny Valentine
Piecing Me Together, Renée Watson
The Pearl Thief, Elizabeth Wein
Gem & Dixie, Sara Zarr
American Street, Ibi Zoboi
Eliza and her Monsters, Francesca Zappia

So let us have it: what’s missing, and what would you skip?

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About Karyn Silverman

Karyn Silverman is the High School Librarian and Educational Technology Department Chair at LREI, Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School (say that ten times fast!). Karyn has served on YALSA’s Quick Picks and Best Books committees and was a member of the 2009 Printz committee. She has reviewed for Kirkus and School Library Journal. She has a lot of opinions about almost everything, as long as all the things are books. Said opinions do not reflect the attitudes or opinions of SLJ, LREI, YALSA or any other institutions with which she is affiliated. Find her on Twitter @InfoWitch or e-mail her at karynsilverman at gmail dot com.

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  1. STRANGE THE DREAMER, STRANGE THE DREAMER, STRANGE THE DREAMER!!!!

  2. Eric Carpenter says:

    What about Dashka Slater’s THE 57 BUS?

  3. Barbara Moon says:

    A few that I have read & would love to see discussed

    Nonfiction: Vincent and Theo

    …and these standouts from Texas (yes, my bias is showing here)
    The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
    All the Wind in the World

    • Not (currently) in Texas, but would strongly second a discussion of The Inexplicable Logic of My Life.

      Another one that’s stuck on my bones is Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us.

      From the list, I’d say that Eliza and Her Monsters and Queer, There, & Everywhere are skippable, but lord knows I’m not always right about what the committee will find distinguished. I also bounced really hard off of Genuine Fraud, but I’m interested in the discussion we’ll have about it.

      • I’ll chime in with another vote for Inexplicable Logic!

      • Karyn Silverman says:

        I am much with you on Genuine Fraud, but I still want to talk about it.

        Speaking of bouncing hard, Inexplicable Logic was probably my least favorite book this year. It was roundly panned by our whole book club (which is librarians and award-spec focused) — so this love for it mystifies me. We may need one of you to volunteer to do a guest post to launch the conversation.

        • Barbara Moon says:

          That response is precisely why I look forward to this annual discussion. I love looking at books through other eyes/perspectives. Thanks for hosting this each year & keeping the discussion going.

        • I’m happy to assemble my thoughts (which are mixed, but many) about Inexplicable Logic for a post if necessary. I don’t know that I think it’s a likely gold medalist, but I’m interested to hear why your entire book club panned it! Without writing a whole post here, I think it highlights both some things Sáenz consistently does really well in his YA fiction and some issues (cough pacing) that are showing up frequently in books lately.

          • I had mixed thoughts about Inexplicable Logic, too! And I thought Genuine Fraud was enjoyable but I don’t see it as a Printz contender.

  4. Really, Maresi? I’d add When I Am Through With You and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

  5. The Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Crowder
    The Gentleman’s Guide to Virtue and Vice by Lee
    Vincent and Theo by Heiligman

  6. Dawn Abron says:

    All the Crooked Saints by Stiefvater

  7. Elisa Gall says:

    Don’t forget Tillie Walden’s SPINNING!

  8. Wild Beauty by Anne Marie McleMore
    They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
    I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sanchez

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      All on the longer list, which means we currently plan to write about them, but none of us has read any of these three yet.

  9. Hmmm, I’ve read 6 of the 31 (so far).

    I’d second the nomination of Strange the Dreamer. I’ve been having a fairly blah last six months or so for reading; I think that’s more where my brain’s at (and what life is throwing at me) than the books I’ve been trying, but it makes it hard to think of other things I’d throw out there.

    (I HATE reading slumps, they are the WORST! And there is no cure other than finding an absolutely perfect heart-book to jumpstart one again, and we all know how hard finding absolutely perfect heart-books can be.)

    • I love STRANGE THE DREAMER, but the ending is so-o-o cliff-hangerish. Does that disqualify from it from consideration?

      • Why should it? It felt like a book with a cliffhanger ending rather than half-a-book-that-just-cut-off; as long as the book works as a cohesive object, an effective cliffhanger could be excellence in style, story, and theme.

  10. Yay for Maresi, even though I don’t think anyone has read it. I am reading the sequel/prequel now and I think it’s even better.

  11. I’d add Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister. I don’t see it going all the way, but it’s an overlooked story worthy of an Honor.

  12. No love for GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE by Mackenzi Lee? I’ve been convinced it’s not the perfect of perfect-est books, but I think it would be a good Printz contender.

  13. Laura Simeon says:

    Great list! I’d highly recommend the following for consideration as well:
    IT’S NOT LIKE IT’S A SECRET by Misa Sugiura
    LITTLE & LION by Brandy Colbert

  14. Words in Deep Blue and Vincent & Theo were definitely my favorites this year!

  15. Will be starting it today (so excited:) so can’t say for sure, but based on reviews I’d suggest Philip Pullman’s Le Belle Sauvage as a contender.

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      Of course! I think we are all so scared it won’t be brilliant that we’ve been pretending it’s not there. It’s like when you sidle up to something sideways. But yes. I think all of us plan to read this ASAP.

  16. I recently finished In Other Lands by Brennan, and can’t stop thinking about it. It seems like reviews are good, though I don’t know if it’s something to be considered for the Pyrite or Real committee. Is it on any of your all’s lists?

    • Karyn Silverman says:

      It wasn’t, but it looks intriguing. Is this is the same Borderlands as the shared universe Borderlands from the Holly Black collection?

  17. This is a great list and includes a lot of my own strongest contenders. I’d also add Vincent & Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers (if I had to pick one to pull for, this might be it), All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry, Who Killed Christopher Goodman by Allan Wolf.

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