I'm sure like us, you've been seeing USA Today's Top 100 Books of the Decade or New York Times Top Books of 2009. We can't help but wonder, with the millions of books printed each year, a small village would have difficulty reading enough of them to pronounce any of them the best of the year or decade; forget a single person trying to do so.
We ran through the above publications' lists, their brethren and peers and we even perused Stephen King's pronouncements just to be sure. Despite the fact that rarely was a book duplicated on a list (rarely, not never), it was clear that we hadn't reviewed even one title noted on any list. Just this morning we checked The Daily Beast Best "Overlooked" Books to see if perhaps we managed to hit on one of those--and sure enough, no.
So, I am happy to say we are doing our job and highlighting books that the machine is overlooking. Although we here at BookFetish are making some changes in the new year, we still plan to avoid the mainstream slush as often as possible; the last thing anybody needs is the five- millionth review on The Farmer's Daughter. Instead, we prefer to highlight newer authors and books that might otherwise get lost in the deluge. While still hanging onto our roots of paranormal, sci-fi and horror, we're going to mix it up a bit with higher level of fiction, more YA and interesting non-fiction that catches our eye. Of course we still plan to write commentary and vent our frustrations.
As always, we appreciate your comments and suggestions and if you find a book off the beaten path that you think we should check out, please don't hesitate to drop us a note. We look forward to seeing you in the New Year.