“The Very Best!” Book Awards

The Very Best! Book Awards are awarded to books I have read and reviewed within the preceding year and are announced in late September/early October (my reading ‘season’ goes from September 1st to the end of the following August). These are books that I consider exceptional in some way; books that I enjoyed reading so much that I didn’t want them to end. Or, if it was a non-fiction title, one that is well researched and the author has made it interesting to read, not just pages of facts. Those are just some of the qualities that make a book ‘special’ and worthy of being considered for the award. The longlisted books must be written by and/or published by a Canadian (self-published) or a Canadian publishing house. “First Book” means that the author has never had any of their previous works (poetry, short stories) published in a book form.

 

2019 Longlist

Fiction

Best First Book, Fiction or Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

2018 Longlist

Here are the 2018 winners:

Fiction

Short Fiction

Historical Fiction

Non-Fiction

2017 Longlist

These books are the ones I have read that deserve consideration of a “Very Best!” Book Award for 2016/17. There are 10 in the Fiction category and 6 in the Non-fiction category. (They are in no particular order.)

Fiction

Non-Fiction

2017 Winners

Here are the six standout books from 2017. You can read more about each book in this post here.

2016 Winners

Here are the seven books that I considered “The Very Best” reads of 2015/16. You can read more about them in this post.

2016 Long List

This year’s list is composed of 18 outstanding titles (11 fiction, 7 non-fiction), each one unique in its own way.

Past Winners

2015: