Category Archives: Starred Reviews

September 2018 Starred Reviews

Sorry for the hiatus – I had a big project at work leading the team coordinating my library’s first STEAM Fair which led right into a vacation! I’m back though with the report of September starred reviews. Hopefully October won’t be too far behind.

September 2018 stars tally:

  • 1069 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1691 starred reviews as of the end of September.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 19 books have 5 starred reviews, 38 books have 4 starred reviews, 105 books have 3 starred reviews, 212 books have 2 starred reviews, 693 books have 1 starred review.
  • 4 books moved up to the 5 stars list from the 3 and 4 star lists; 6 books have been added with 4 stars with 9 moving up from 3 stars; and 19 books have been added with 3 stars

If, unlike me, you’re super caught up or ahead on your reading, you may be interested to see our first starred reviews for a 2019 title. 2 stars (from Kirkus and SLJ) for Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee. If you’re still looking at 2018 titles, check out the lists of three starred reviews or more after the jump! Continue reading September 2018 Starred Reviews

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August 2018 Starred Reviews

As noted in my last post, the National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature has been announced! A few of them haven’t even been released yet, but all except for A Very Large Expanse of Sea (due out October 16) can be found on the list below. I suspect once reviews start coming in for A Very Large Expanse of Sea, that will also show up on the spreadsheet and probably the three stars or more list. For now I’ve made a note next to each longlist title; I’ll remove that note when I update for September.  Next step will be the shortlist announcement on October 10, but first will come the Kirkus Prize Finalists announcement on Tuesday, September 25.

August 2018 stars tally:

  • 987 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1521 starred reviews as of the end of July.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 25 books have 4 starred reviews, 97 books have 3 starred reviews, 195 books have 2 starred reviews, 653 books have 1 starred review.
  • 2 books have been added with 4 stars and 17 books have been added with 3 stars

As I was looking at these numbers, I started wondering how it compared to other years. Since I now have monthly data for three years, I made a chart:Chart showing August tally of starred reviews over three yearsMostly the numbers are holding steady this year, except for 4 starred reviews where this year is a little low (25 compared to 44 and 40 in previous years) and 1 starred reviews which have seen a significant increase (653 compared to 548 and 513). Hopefully once the 2018 titles are mostly recorded, I’ll be able to take a look and see how the yearly numbers compare!

For now, let’s move on to the lists of titles with three starred reviews or more! Continue reading August 2018 Starred Reviews

July 2018 Starred Reviews

Some month I’m going to be able to say that I’m completely caught up. This is not that month. I finally have July stars entered, but still have work to do since it’s already almost mid-September. I need to get the August stars sorted out before I do updated Newbery and Printz posts. But in better news, Heavy Medal is back and starting off their season! If you’re into the Newbery Medal and mock discussions, check out their opening list of titles to watch.

Award season is going to get started pretty soon as well! The first date I have on my calendar is this Wednesday, September 12 when the National Book Longlist for Young People’s Literature will be announced followed by September 25 when the Kirkus Prize Finalists will be announced.

As far as starred reviews go, I can tell the Fall publishing season is being reflected here because books with 3 starred reviews jumped from 66 to 82 titles which is huge compared to what was added in June.

July 2018 stars tally:

  • 858 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1322 starred reviews as of the end of July.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 15 books have 5 starred reviews, 21 books have 4 starred reviews, 82 books have 3 starred reviews, 167 books have 2 starred reviews, 571 books have 1 starred review.
  •  A Big Mooncake for Little Star jumps on to the list all the way up at 5 stars, 1 book has been added with 4 stars, and 18 (!) books have been added with 3 stars

6 starred reviews:  2 books

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June 2018 Starred Reviews

June 2018 stars tally:

  • 726 books published in 2018 have been awarded 1114 starred reviews as of the end of June.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 13 books have 5 starred reviews, 19 books have 4 starred reviews, 66 books have 3 starred reviews, 137 books have 2 starred reviews, 489 books have 1 starred review.
  •  Drawn Together jumps on to the list all the way up at 5 stars, 1 book has been added with 4 stars and 6 books have been added with 3 stars

Since I’m once again running behind, I’m going to move right on to entering July information. Once I have the July reviews done, I’ll update the Newbery and Printz contender lists for both months combined.

6 starred reviews:  2 books

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May 2018 Starred Reviews

Books with 6 starred reviews; books with 6 starred reviews! We have our first two! Here’s the list of starred reviews up through May.

May 2018 stars tally:

  • 630 books published in 2018 have been awarded 982 starred reviews as of the end of May.  2 books have 6 starred reviews; 11 books have 5 starred reviews, 18 books have 4 starred reviews, 61 books have 3 starred reviews, 122 books have 2 starred reviews, 416 books have 1 starred review.
  •  1 book has been added with 4 stars and 11 new books have been added with 3 stars

Drum roll, please!

6 starred reviews:  2 books – Baby Monkey, Private Eye moves up from 5 stars and Dread Nation moves up from 4 stars

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April 2018 Starred Reviews

Here’s the list of starred reviews up through April.

April 2018 stars tally:

  • 532 books published in 2018 have been awarded 836 starred reviews as of the end of April.  10 books have 5 starred reviews, 14 books have 4 starred reviews, 56 books have 3 starred reviews, 110 books have 2 starred reviews, 342 books have 1 starred review.
  •  19 new books have been added for April all with 3 stars and several others that had been previously listed jumped up to 4 or 5 stars

5 starred reviews:  10 books – Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam and Hello, Lighthouse move up from 4 stars; Picture Us in the Light moves up from 3 stars

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March 2018 Starred Reviews

Here’s the list of starred reviews but only up through March. Next up I’ll work on adding April starred reviews to the spreadsheet and posting an updated list once that’s done. Since I’m so far behind, I’m going to wait to update my Newbery and Printz posts until I get that April data all accounted for.

March 2018 stars tally:

  • 447 books published in 2018 have been awarded 680 starred reviews as of the end of March.  7 books have 5 starred reviews, 13 books have 4 starred reviews, 41 books have 3 starred reviews, 84 books have 2 starred reviews, 302 books have 1 starred review.
  • 17 new books have been added for February – 3 with four stars and 14 with three stars

5 starred reviews: 7 books – Baby Monkey, Private Eye; Brazen; The Journey of Little Charlie and Martin Rising move up from 4 stars

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February 2018 Starred Reviews

February 2018 stars tally:

  • 343 books published in 2018 have been awarded 509 starred reviews as of the end of February.  3 books have 5 starred reviews, 11 books have 4 starred reviews, 30 books have 3 starred reviews, 61 books have 2 starred reviews, 238 books have 1 starred review.
  • 18 new books have been added for February – 6 with four stars and 12 with three stars

5 starred reviews: 3 books – Thunderhead moves up from 4 stars

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January 2018 Starred Reviews

TW: miscarriage

2018 has been quite the year so far. Both of my in-laws have had some health issues (mother-in-law battling multiple myeloma, currently quite successfully; father-in-law with a broken leg from a slip while shoveling snow), but are recovering. My husband started a new job for the first time in over 10 years in mid-January. I was scheduled to have minor knee surgery in early January when I learned I was pregnant and had to delay the surgery. Two weeks later at eight weeks along, I miscarried.  I’m sad, but physically fine. People don’t talk about miscarriages a lot and they are unbelievably common so if this is something you have struggled with, know that you are not alone. I had my knee surgery this past Tuesday and am recovering well. All these things have taken time from what would be my normal blogging routine, but I’m back working on it during my recovery!

So enough about me, let’s talk about some books! Some 2017 titles have gained a few more stars that are noted in the spreadsheet. Keep in mind I don’t have the February information in yet, so this is still behind.

January 2018 stars tally:

  • 249 books published in 2018 have been awarded 357 starred reviews as of the end of January.  2 books have 5 starred reviews, 6 books have 4 starred reviews, 18 books have 3 starred reviews, 46 books have 2 starred reviews, 177 books have 1 starred review.

5 starred reviews: 2 books – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies and The Hazel Wood both move up from 4 stars

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December 2017 Starred Reviews of 2018 Titles

2017 titles are pretty much wrapped up at this point. Starred reviews will continue to trickle in for 2017 books over the next few months and I will add them to the starred reviews spreadsheet as they do, but I’m ready to move on to 2018 books!

December 2017 stars tally for 2018 titles:

  • 159 books published in 2018 have been awarded 224 starred reviews as of the end of December.  2 books have 4 starred reviews, 13 books have 3 starred reviews, 33 books have 2 starred reviews, 111 books have 1 starred review.

4 starred reviews: 2 books – The Girl Who Drew Butterflies moves up from 3 stars

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