- Long Live the Queen by Kate Locke
- Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling
- The Apprentice Witch by James Nicol
- Invasion by Luke Rhinehart
- The Darkest Road by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Canoes in Winter: Beneath the Surface by Bob Guelker
- The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
- Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson
- The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
- Goodbye, Mr. Chips by James Hilton
- Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson
- The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck
- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
- Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cottrell Boyce
- Bad Unicorn by Platte F. Clark
- Fluff Dragon by Platte F. Clark
- Good Ogre by Platte F. Clark
- The Countdown Conspiracy by Katie Slivensky
- Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley
- The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
- Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
- The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
- The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
- Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Smoke by Dan Vyleta
- The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
- The Gravedigger's Cottage by Chris Lynch
- Stronger by Jeff Bauman with Bret Witter
- Unsub by Meg Gardiner
- The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud
- The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier
- The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
- Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
- The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
- Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus
- Time to Laugh: Funny Tales from Here and There ed. by Phyllis Fenner
- Scowler by Daniel Kraus
- The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud
- Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones by Brandon Sanderson
- Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
- Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia by Brandon Sanderson
- Do the Movies Have a Future? by David Denby
- Alcatraz Versus the Shattered Lens by Brandon Sanderson
- Westmark by Lloyd Alexander
- The Kestrel by Lloyd Alexander
- Aliens in Disguise by Clete Barrett Smith
- All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
- Magic Delivery by Clete Barrett Smith
- Cold Blooded by Lisa Jackson
- Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
- Crime Scene by Jonathan Kellerman and Jesse Kellerman
- Temptation Bangs Forever: The Worst Church Signs You've Ever Seen by Robert Kroese and Joel Bezaire
- The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette
- Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore
- Deep Freeze by John Sandford
- Legion by Brandon Sanderson
- The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham
- The King's Blood by Daniel Abraham
- The Power of Un by Nancy Etchemendy
- The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag
- It Takes One by Kate Kessler
- Two Can Play by Kate Kessler
- Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
- Smek for President! by Adam Rex
- The Cabinet of Earths by Anne Nesbet
I'm a critic, kind of. In my critical opinion, the best book on the above list, in terms of overall literary merit, is The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck.
I'm a person, too. My favorite book on the above list, for pure fun and popular appeal, is Changing Planes by Ursula K. Le Guin.
I'm a child inside. Of the books above aimed at younger readers, my favorite is Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus by Dusti Bowling. Honorable mentions: Bad Unicorn, The Power of Un, Rain Reign and Magic Delivery.
Of the golden oldies I discovered this year, I consider the goldenest (apart from The Moon Is Down) to be Westmark by Lloyd Alexander.
I didn't do any pre-publication reviews this year, but of the relatively recent publications I read this year, my favorite is The Spaceship Next Door by Gene Doucette.
I think the best nonfiction book I read this year is Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson. Honorable mention: Killers of the Flower Moon.
Of the books I read with my ears this year, my favorite is Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay, read by Kate Reading. Honorable mention: The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham, read by Pete Bradbury.
Best Foreign Adaptation
Strictly speaking, I didn't read anything translated from a foreign language. However, at least one book that I read seems to be a repackaging, probably with revisions to make it more digestible to an American audience, of multiple shorter books originally published in the U.K. So, I'll give this award to All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.
Best Short Subject
I could give this, by default, to Temptation Bangs Forever, though I'm almost ashamed even to include it on this list. I could also give it to a book made up of short stories, but it doesn't quite feel right to slice it that way. So, alas, no award.
In a new category recognizing illustration, graphic novel art and beautiful book covers, I'd like to recognize Smek for President! by Adam Rex for its intermittent but entertaining use of comic book-style panels within a novel that otherwise leaves the imagery up to the reader.
Best Adapted Material
Here's another new category, though I'm going to start by stretching the point a bit and award it to a book that was adapted into another medium rather than the other way around. The winner: Trollhunters by Guillermo del Toro & Daniel Kraus. I especially like the fact that although the original book and the subsequent TV series are so very different, neither suffers in the comparison; they are both, in my opinion, winners.