I always seek out “best of” lists. A particularly good one, at least to librarians, is Booklist’s “Top of the List.” Booklist is a journal of book reviews published by the American Library Association; their best of 2008 list includes books in various categories, video and audio.
Their top adult fiction recommendation is Richard Price’s Lush Life. I’ve not read it yet, but have added it to my list of books-to-read sometime.
Youth nonfiction top choice is Kadir Nelson’s We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Kadir visited KPL in November for several public programs and our children’s literature seminar, so we feel as if one of our friends won this honor!
List of award winners is a small portion of the Booklist website. There are recommendations, reviews, links to book blogs.
Browse this website, make your list, then come visit and check out some good books for summer reading.
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball