Premature Congratulations: What's With All The "Best Of" Lists?

on Monday, November 25, 2013
Knock knock...


Anyone in book world listening?

Here we are at the tail end of November and there's a sudden influx of Best Of 2013 lists. The Guardian just did their annual survey of authors. Goodreads has its poll running. Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon have already started flogging their picks in anticipation of the Christmas shopping rush. Even semi-respectable rags like Huffington Post and Publishers Weekly have blown their literary loads (and seriously, PW, Mohsin Hamid??? Did you even read that thing?).


There are still five weeks left. That's five weeks of reading all those books released this year that you have not yet had the chance to read. Best Of lists are for December. The last week of December, to be precise. Nobody wants to see your Best Of lists before that.

Grumble grumble.


Josh Caporale said...

My top list for books doesn't come out until one of the last few days of the year. Usually, it's the very last post I write and one of my favorites to write.

The Bookworm said...

Yes, that seems to be the most sensible approach. I just want to cram in as many books as I can before making such a big call!

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