LJ Best Books 2017

It's time again for 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 and literature, graphic novels, and SELF-e titles.   SEE WHO MADE THE LIST

Best Books 2012: DIY

Art Instruction
by Heather Halliday

Plowman, Randel. The Collage Workbook: How to Get Started and Stay Inspired. Lark Crafts: Lark Books. 2012. c.132p. illus. index. ISBN 9781454701996. pap. $17.95.
Chock full of vibrant examples of collage work, this book encourages readers to experiment, explore, and establish a daily creative practice using found materials. This book can inspire readers to see possibilities in mundane and unusual places.

by Nanette Donohue

Weinstein, Michael. On Folded Wings: Paper Airplanes for All Ages. Cypress House. 2012. c.128p. illus. ISBN 9781879384798. pap. $16.95.
Weinstein takes people’s innate interest in folding a piece of paper and launching it into the air and turns it into a collection showcasing paper-based flying machines that have to be seen to be believed. This isn’t just a series of folding instructions, though—Weinstein explains the whys behind paper airplanes, and teaches readers about flight and aviation pioneers, too.

by Karen Ellis

Bennett, Bob. Rabbit Housing: Planning, Building and Equipping Facilities for Humanely Raising Healthy Rabbits. Storey. Jul. 2012. c.144p. illus. index. ISBN 9781603429665. pap. $19.95.
From a master on the topic, Bennett delivers both housing and rabbit care information. Hutch construction is clearly detailed, from simple designs to complex ones, and accompanied by health information. With the growing home agricultural movement, this authoritative manual will be in demand.

Fiber Crafts
by Nanette Donohue

Bestor, Leslie Ann. Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods. Storey. 2012. c.216p. illus. index. ISBN 9781603427241. pap. $16.95.
This focused knitting reference concentrates on two of the most important aspects of knitting: getting stitches on the needle, and getting them off again. The directions are clear and straightforward, and the book is portable enough to fit in a knitting bag.

Interior Design
by Gayle Williamson

Bradbury, Dominic (text) & Richard Powers (photogs). The Iconic Interiors: Private Spaces of Leading Artists, Architects, and Designers. Abrams. October 2012. index. bibliog. photogs. ISBN 9781617690051. $65.
Bradbury presents 100 homes throughout the world that exemplify the best of the best of 20th-century interior design. With detailed descriptions of the homes and their design styles as well as brief biographies of designers and inhabitants accompanied by more than 500 color photographs, this book is an outstanding reference for both professionals and amateurs.



  1. The spelling on the Randal should be Randel