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An Intersection of Bests: Three Lists, Four Books

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, various media outlets, bloggers, library associations, and book lovers make their lists of the year’s best books. I love these lists because they’re a great way to find new books to read, but also because they are like a scorecard for checking how well I did in reading the titles that are deemed the year’s best.

Two Best Books of 2011 lists came out this past week, Amazon.com’s Young Adult List and Publisher’s Weekly’s Children’s Fiction (including Young Adult) and Full Lists. Both of these are positively brimming with intriguing titles and a wide range of categories beyond our beloved YA.

I was immediately struck by those titles that appeared on both lists, and decided to compare these with the current list of nominees for YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults. Four titles appeared on all three lists. I give you, so far, the intersection of bests:

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