If you’re like us, you like to give books for the holidays, especially ones for those nieces and nephews who love to read. But which ones? I confess I love love love the “best books of the year” lists that I find all over the internet.

In case you enjoy them too, here is a collection for your perusal. P.S. Unlike the other titles we talk about here, these books aren’t necessarily in the library’s catalog.

But wait a minute. Where is the library’s own Southwest Books of the Year list? Not to worry, it will be out around December 10th. I will add the link here when it is posted online.


All Ages
PCPL’s Southwest Books of the Year (coming soon)
Goodreads Choice Awards 2013
National Book Awards (and finalists)
The 13 Best Biographies, Memoirs, and History Books of 2013 (Brain Pickings)

100 Notable Books of 2013 (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) New York Times

The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide 2013: Books ‘N Stuff (The Mary Sue)
2013’s best books to get you thinking about food (AP)
The 10 Best Books of 2013 (Oprah)
Best Books 2013: Top Picks (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best Fiction of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best Mysteries/Thrillers of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best SciFi/Fantasy/Horror of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Holiday Gift Books for Lovers of Science and Science Fiction (i09)
Make someone’s holiday happier with our ultimate comic gift guide (i09)
Best Comics of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best Nonfiction of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best Religion Books of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best Lifestyle Books of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly) 
Best Books 2013: Top Ten (Library Journal)
Best Books 2013: Romance (Library Journal)
2013 Best Books of the Year: Celebrity Picks (Amazon’s Omnivoracious blog)

From The Dark, by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

Children and Teens
Best Illustrated Books (New York Times)
Best Children’s Books of 2013 (Kirkus)
SLJ Best Books 2013: Picture Books (School Library Journal)
SLJ Best Books 2013: Fiction (School Library Journal)
SLJ Best Books 2013: Nonfiction (School Library Journal)
2013 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature (Boston Globe)Best Children’s Picture Books of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best Children’s Fiction of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)
Best Children’s Nonfiction of 2013 (Publisher’s Weekly)  
Best Audiobooks: 20 Must-Have Titles for Tweens and Teens (School Library Journal)
Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2013 (School Library Journal)

–Lisa, your Facebook Librarian

via Pima County Public Library Ravenous Readers http://pcplreaders.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-2013-list-of-best-books-lists.html