Amazon has a page of all of their Editors' Picks broken up by genre. Click here and then use the left side bar to find a list for many genres. For example, here is the list for SF and Fantasy.
I am still waiting for a Horror best list from Amazon, but I am not going to hold my breath. Good thing I made my own list. Also, here is the list of the books that won the Stoker Award in 2009 (but it was for books published in 2008). My list is for 2009 books.
If nonfiction is more your (our your patrons') cup of tea, the Economist also published their annual list of the best business related books. In a year where banks closures and the economy were a daily topic of everyone's conversation, this list has more appeal now than ever before.
Besides pointing out more best lists, the point of this post is to remind you that the "best" books are not only the most "literary."
There is a book for every reader, and it is our job as RAs to match each reader with the book that is "best" for him or her. So look beyond the literary best lists for suggestions for you and your patrons. And remember the "best" tag is only 1 person's opinion. When we read for pleasure, our own opinion of the book is the only opinion that truly matters.
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