I love “best of” lists. They’re one of the reasons that December is one of my favorite book months of the year (the other reason is that awards talk starts to ramp up, and if you aren’t already excited for the Youth Media Awards, I don’t know if we can be friends anymore).
If you haven’t already read Kelly’s breakdown of this year’s “best of” lists, go check it out. It’s a fantastic and thorough post. In order to maintain a little Hub-wide consistency, I’ve used the same 5 “best of” lists and data that Kelly did: Horn Book, School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal’s “Best Teen Books for Adults” list. I’ve read many but not all of the books on the best of lists, so I relied on Malinda Lo’s lists of LGBTQ YA published in 2012 (published on her blog) to make sure that I noted all of the LGBTQ books on the lists.