Cindy and Lynn: It’s that time again! We have to join the fray and list our favorite books of 2014. Some of these are surely award contenders, others are just personal favorites that we think are worthy of highlighting at year’s end. Some we blogged and some we didn’t but at least want to include here. This year Cindy is serving on a nonfiction award committee so she is avoiding listing any nonfiction.
Reading James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time (1962) has been revelatory. Baldwin never minced words and his appraisal of the racism of his time is directly linked to ours and the protests in Ferguson. It’s a short book that I highly recommend.
Today’s BTT promises a mash-up: “A Clockwork Orange meets A Tale of Two Cities meets Harry Potter in this clever, caring, and spellbinding tale, which promises more to come,” wrote Donna Seaman in her starred review of Samantha Shannon’s The Mime Order (Bloomsbury), the high-demand follow-up to her 2013 debut, The Bone Season.
I’ve been tossing this particular webcomic around the old brain box whenever a fortnightly Wednesday rolls around because I’ve been a fan of Beaton and Hark! A Vagrant since long before I had even heard the word Booklist, but I’ve been worried that all I’ll be able to muster up about it is embarrassing, blithering fanaticism.
The 2015 Sydney Taylor Book Awards were announced yesterday. The award “honors new books for children and teens that exemplify the highest literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.” Sydney Taylor, whom the award memorializes, was the author of the classic All-of-a-Kind Family series. The winning titles, linked to Booklist reviews when available, are below.