Monthly Archives: February 2020

December 2019 Starred Reviews

Not a ton of movement with the December reviews, but I went ahead and kept the 2019 titles because there were a few additions to the three starred reviews.

December 2019 stars tally:

  • 1072 books published in 2019 have been awarded 1759 starred reviews as of the end of December.
  • 2019: 5 books have 6 starred reviews, 17 books have 5 starred reviews, 57 books have 4 starred reviews, 101 books have 3 starred reviews, 221 books have 2 starred reviews, 671 books have 1 starred review.
  • 162 books published in 2020 have been awarded 227 starred reviews as of the end of December.
  • 2020: No books with 6 starred reviews; no books with 5 starred reviews; 4 books with 4 starred reviews; 8 books with 3 starred reviews; 37 books with 2 starred reviews; 113 books with 1 starred review.

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November 2019 Starred Reviews

Obviously I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately, but it was for a fun reason. This year, for the first time, I served on the reader panel for Illinois’ Lincoln Award – the reader’s choice award for grades 9-12. It was a fascinating process – the best part was hearing the teen reading panel voice their opinions on the titles up for consideration. The final list for 2021 should be released in late February or early March. Now that I’ve been through the process once, I’m super excited for next year. I already have plans on how to improve managing my reading and note taking while still keeping this blog going.

While I was gone, the ALA Awards were announced. Check out the complete list of winners here. Unfortunately, since I’m so far behind, I’m going to be focusing on catch up rather than analyzing the winners and how they compare with starred reviews and best book lists. Luckily Anne over at My Head is Full of Books has you covered on the starred reviews for the young adult titles at least!

I’m still including 2019 titles on this November post because there were several new additions. The December reviews post might switch over to just 2020 titles – we’ll see how much movement we get in 2019 titles once I’ve entered the December information.

November 2019 stars tally:

  • 1061 books published in 2019 have been awarded 1741 starred reviews as of the end of November.
  • 2019: 5 books have 6 starred reviews, 17 books have 5 starred reviews, 56 books have 4 starred reviews, 99 books have 3 starred reviews, 221 books have 2 starred reviews, 663 books have 1 starred review.
  • 108 books published in 2020 have been awarded 123 starred reviews as of the end of November.
  • 2020: No books with 6 starred reviews; no books with 5 starred reviews; 1 book with 4 starred reviews; 6 books with 3 starred reviews.

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