NBCC Good Reads Winter List

by Patrick on February 5, 2008

The National Book Critics Circle has their “Good Reads” Winter List out this morning. It looks a lot like their Fall 2007 list, which I already derided last week. There was a major shakeup atop the fiction list, where Junot Diaz and Denis Johnson switched places. It’s generated some chatter from bloggers, much of it negative. Galley Cat questioned the validity of a list with no blurbs and how that list compares to the recommendation of a friend, even a digital one: “And that, in a nutshell, is the battle between the new, participatory media which provides top-to-bottom opportunities for consumer engagement, and the old school media which relies upon experts and arbiters to explain what’s what.” The Millions thinks that naming the list “Good Reads” “smacks of cluelessness.” But The Elegant Variation would rather light a candle than curse the glare, offering up detailed recommendations from specific contributors to the list. More in-depth write-ups of books that didn’t make the final list are also available at the NBCC blog as well. Now, I might be biased, but I would say if you’re really searching for something to read (and you already read a lot), head down to your local independent bookstore (or maybe its digital outpost).