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SLJ’s Best Books 2017
It’s nearing the end of the year, and all the year’s best lists are going to drop…soon! In fact, this year is so far along that the NBA will be announcing winners this evening (can you belieeeeeeve it?). It’s fun to take notes and make sure our reading lists are as complete as possible as we head to ALA countdown time. We’ve seen what PW had to say; now it’s the Mother Ship’s turn. SLJ released their year-end list earlier this morning, with 71 titles for kids and teens included. Click for more thoughts!
So I think there are no major MAJOR surprises on the SLJ list, right? We have some that we’re super excited to get to (the Green and the Pullman; You Bring the Distant Near; Long Way Down to name only a few of the non-surprises). And we have some that we mentioned in our original-but-incomplete list that have already been reviewed (The Hate U Give; Allegedly; When Dimple Met Rishi; American Street and Piecing Me Together…you can always jump in the conversations in the comments; we’d love to talk more about them) — none of those are big surprises either, right? We pretty much expected to see those, yeah? And of course, we have some that you’ve lobbied for strongly in the comments, which will be written up according to our highly detailed and always-accurate schedule (I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, The 57 Bus). (Do I really have to confess that our schedule is not always accurate and seems to always be in flux? Shhh.)
And as always, there are a few that we can add to our list (always! So many books! ALWAYS!). This year, that means two: The Marrow Thieves, which sounds creepy, great, amazing, horrifying; A Skinful of Shadows, which I’m sure Karyn has on her bedside table, if not in the “already read but I haven’t brought it up because you didn’t ask me but not technically listed on the magical spreadsheet” pile (yeah, OK, that might not be what she CALLS it…but she definitely has that pile). Have you any of you read these two titles? Want to tell us all about them? Shall we add them to the magical spreadsheet? (Too late, I definitely already added The Marrow Thieves.)
And we have a couple that have moved around, at least in my own TBR pile — Eyes on the World and Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World. Have you all read them? Should I move them up?
So! That’s what we’ve got! Any thoughts? Reactions? Surprises?
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