Usually Notes in the Margin overflows with stories during December that deal with everything book-related. But we were traveling from mid-September to mid-December.
In an effort to catch up with everything I missed during that time, here’s a compendium of literary topics.
“Reading All the Lists So You Don’t Have To Since 2017”
Emily Temple did all this work so you don’t have to: “This year, I sorted through 62 lists from 48 publications, which yielded a total of 1,132 books. (I can only say: yikes.) 94 of those books made it onto 5 or more lists, and I have collated these for you here, in descending order of frequency.”
At the end of the article is a list—with links!—of all the best books of the year articles she waded through.
From the New York Times.
“The influential user review site has suffered a year of controversies, from cancelled book deals to review-bombing, and exposed a dark side to the industry”
“Some worthy Australian books published this year that may have escaped your attention.”
I get so wrapped up in “best books of the year” lists that it’s refreshing to see a list like this that focuses on “some less well-known titles that deserve recognition.”
From the staff of the Washington Post. The focus is on “reading experiences” rather than books published in 2023.
From the Washington Post.
“Meddling senior citizens, unsolvable puzzles, and amateur sleuths”
From Crime Reads.
“Alternate histories, scifi thrillers, and magical murder mysteries”
Also from Crime Reads.
“These novels explore the innermost workings of the human mind while demonstrating the power of the genre to consistently surprise.”
Yes, another list from Crime Reads, because that’s what I read.
From the folks at Liberary Hub.
© 2023 by Mary Daniels Brown