LJ Best Books 2016

A jury of our peers discussed, debated, disagreed, and finally declared LJ’s annual Top Ten Best Books of the year, selected by our editors, as well as Top Five lists for genre fiction, nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles. VISIT THE WEBSITE

Top-Selling/Circulating Albums of 2008

According to Nielsen SoundScan’s end-of-year report, Coldplay’s Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (Capitol) is this country’s second best-selling album of 2008—after Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III—and ranks #1 globally (also of note in that report: digital tracks outsold physical media by more than two to one). Readers might recall we recently spotlighted Viva la Vida in LJ’s media section as Hennepin County Library’s top-circulating music CD at suburban libraries (“Top Circulators,” LJ 12/08); it’s also cited as Baltimore County Library’s most-borrowed music title (“Top Circulators,” LJ 2/09).

As to AC/DC’s Black Ice (Columbia), the fifth best-selling album on the Nielsen list, in case you missed LJ music columnist Matthew Moyer’s October review of that title, here’s a snippet:

“…This album is the sonic equivalent of a perpetual motion machine. One almost wonders if the Young brothers’ guitars still keep spitting out these strutting, one-chord blues riffs even after they’ve put them down and turned off the amps. Vocalist Brian Johnson’s banshee shriek is still in fine form; unlike some metal vocalists getting on in years, he doesn’t cheat on the high notes and lusty screams. The rhythm section of Phil Rudd and Cliff Williams is like a stomping Swiss watch, thuggish power and no-thrills timekeeping. Malcolm and Angus Young, well, it’s just wave after wave of blood-simple, bluesy, noisy goodness…” — read this review in its entirety