Q: DO BOOKS PAY TO BE FEATURED ON YOUR LIST?
A: Absolutely not! While I often accept review copies of books or early galley editions for review, there is no outside way an author or publisher can influence which books are selected for this list. In addition, every year about 70% of the books on this list are books purchased and not free review copies.
Q: WHY DO YOU DO THIS LIST?
A: There is no vested financial stake in any of these books for myself and I don’t make money on this list unless there are affiliate links on a blog post clearly indicated. The simple reason I put together this list each year is because I love books and I believe in their power to change the way we think. The problem is, there are way too many of them every year for anyone to keep up with. This list is my chance to spotlight those that I suggest are most worth your time to read.
Q: I’M AN AUTHOR. HOW DO I GET CONSIDERED FOR THIS LIST?
A: We do accept submissions for this list – if you’d like to make one, email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I’M ANGRY THAT YOU MISSED [insert book title here]. WHERE DO I DIRECT MY OUTRAGE?
A: You can use the same email address above – and I know that with a list limited to 15 titles, many amazing books won’t make the cut. Feel free to suggest one, though, and I will certainly add it to my reading list – even if I can’t feature it this year!
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