A Look Back at 2016 in Books

imagesAre you number 157 on the reserve list for Amor Towles’ A Gentleman in Moscow?  Can’t get your hands on J. D. Vance’s Hillbilly Elegy?  You could write your own autobiography before your number comes up for Carrie Fisher’s The Princess Diarist?  Already crying over Nicholas Sparks’ latest tearjerker, Two by Two, because everyone is going to read it before you get it?

Take a deep breath, pour yourself a nice cup of tea (or a big glass of wine) and take a look back at the best of 2016 and see if maybe there isn’t something you may have missed that might be easier to clap your eyes on and make the wait for that recent bestseller a little less painful.  A few links to get you started…

Buzzfeed’s 24 Best Fiction Books of 2016  a nicely laid out article featuring a cover shot of the book, a photograph of the author and a brief description of the book.

The 18 Best Fiction Books of 2016  a cover shot, a blurb, and a link to Huffington’s review of the book.

NPR’s Best Books of 2016  a really comprehensive visual of both fiction and non-fiction. Hover over the cover shot to see a one-liner about the book and a link to a full recommendation by a relevant critic.

The New York Times 10 Best Books of 2016  the five best fiction and five best non-fiction books as selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

There are a few more – Google Best Books of 2016 to find Esquire’s list, MPR’s list, Publisher’s Weekly’s picks (including children’s selections), The Washington Post’s annual survey, or the 13 best as chosen by Harpers Bazaar.

Breathe and Enjoy!


Author: Karen Proft

I have worked at NCPL since 2013 but libraries have always been my passion. When I'm not reading I enjoy traveling, hiking, gardening and spending time with family. Please support your local public library and read to your children!

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