Brand New Books: December edition

There are new books out this month – there are dozens, hundreds, thousands of books published every month – but the “Best of 2016” lists are already out, so we’re taking a break from our usual format to share some of the year-end highlights. (These lists may include books published in December, because reviewers get to read books before they’re published.)

Cover image of Underground Railroad“The year’s best books,” selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

NPR’s Book Concierge: “Our guide to 2016’s great reads”

Publishers Weekly Best Books 2016 (link goes to fiction, but they have lists for many categories)

Cover image of CommonwealthThe Boston Globe Best Books of 2016

Kirkus’ Best of 2016 (link goes to fiction, but see lists in other categories)

The Ten Best Books of 2016,” according to the Washington Post

Book Riot’s Best Books of 2016


“Favorite of Favorites” 2016 LibraryReads

EarlyWord has helpfully compiled a spreadsheet comparing and ranking all of the titles on all of the lists thus far. The books that have appeared on “Best of 2016” lists most often are (in order):

Which ones have you read, which ones are on your to-read list? Do you agree or disagree with the choices? It’s interesting to see where there’s agreement and overlap, and where there are unique selections. What were your favorite books of the year? Leave a comment!

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1 Response to Brand New Books: December edition

  1. Sophia Sayigh says:

    Jenny I really liked the book you told me about — Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett.

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