For the third year, I have been compiling the results of all of the major “best books of the year” lists into an Excel spreadsheet. So far, for 2010, I’ve compiled about 50 of the most prominent lists and book awards, with at least that many more still to come. Check back here at Blogging for a Good Book, and also on the Book Group Buzz blog at Booklist for regular updates until the compilation is finished.
The megalist can be found here. It is divided into the categories “General Fiction,” “Mysteries and Thrillers,” “Speculative Fiction,” “Historical Fiction,” “Young Adult Fiction,” “Poetry,” “Graphic Novels,” “Narrative Nonfiction,” “Biographies & Memoirs,” and “How-To, Art, Cooking, Home and Garden, and other Instructional Nonfiction.” My definition of these categories tends to be broad, so if you don’t find a title in one spot, try another category. My apologies to romance fans, but I dropped that category this year, not because I have anything against romance, but because I’ve found it difficult to find enough lists that include romance to make compiling votes relevant. Most of the major romance awards are issued too late in the following year for inclusion.
For each book that has been mentioned, I’ve counted up the votes. To be eligible, a book must have first been published in the United States during 2010. That’s the only restriction. I also compile lists generated in other countries, but leave titles out of the compilation that were only published in those countries during 2010 (when I can confirm this, that is).
This year for the first time, I’ve also made a notation so that you can see which sources registered votes for each title. The final worksheet in the spreadsheet lists all of the source lists and provides a link to at least one page within that source. For those who are interested, the lists from 2008 and 2009 are also still available.
For nonfiction books, I include, when available, the Dewey call numbers used at my library, although mileage might vary at yours. Each list is sorted by number of votes, then alphabetically by title. The list is intentionally distributed in a spreadsheet so that you can sort and reformat the list as you need. Libraries and booksellers, feel free to re-use this list as you like, but please provide a link or credit line to Neil Hollands at Blogging for a Good Book at Williamsburg Regional Library.
I won’t analyze any results today, but I’ll be updating the file weekly and commenting on it at my other blogging home, Book Group Buzz. Thanks again to Largehearted Boy for making compilation easier by providing links to most of these lists on his blog.