Last year on The Hub, I broke down the “best of” lists by a number of different factors. I’m doing it again this year, and I’ve again included a graphs for your viewing pleasure.
I documented the titles appearing on Horn Book, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Publishers Weekly‘s “best of” lists. Last year, I did not include information from Library Journal, but I have decided to include it this year (though note that Library Journal’s “best of” list for YA titles is called Best Young Adult Literature for Adults).
There are a number of important comments to make before showing off the data. First, I limited myself to fiction titles. They’re easier to track information about. I did not include graphic novels nor short story collections — this disqualified only 5 titles from my list. Likewise, I ensured all titles were marketed for young adults, age 12 and older. I verified all information through Edelweiss, and in the small number of titles unavailable to find on Edelweiss, I relied on Amazon or trade journal reviews. All genre categorizations are based on my own knowledge/reading of a title, or they’re based upon the most common terms in Edelweiss. I collapsed many genres together for simplicity. This is the most subjective portion of the breakdown, and it is further explained beneath that data set.
There are a total of 89 titles and 90 authors being considered in the data. Like last year, these stats aren’t meant to prove anything; rather, they give a different way to think about the year in YA fiction. I’m a data nerd, so I love looking at the numbers and seeing patterns among them.