In what’s probably a new record, I spotted the first ‘Best Books of 2016’ list on October 28. Yes, a full two months left in the reading year but what the hey, if there are mince pies in the supermarket and tinsel hitting me in the face at my local shopping centre in September, why not do the yearly wrap in October?!
If you are yet to discover THE BEST BOOK OF 2016, then know that you still have oodles of reading time. Here are some ‘Best of…’ lists. It’s a list of lists – go forth and add to your TBR stack and/or get busy reading before the end of the year.
Publishers Weekly – short lists for various genres as well as an overall top ten best books for the year.
Readings – fiction plus 11 other ‘Best of 2016’ lists.
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction Books of 2016 – contemporary lit, bodice rippers, sci-fi – this list has it all (a generous one hundred).
Amazon Best Books of 2016 – there’s a bunch of genre lists but I’m interested in the 20 books that made the literature and fiction list.
Harper’s Bazaar Best Books of 2016 – twelve (safe) choices…
Refinery29 Best Books of 2016 – the list was published in October. At least they had the decency to add a ‘So Far’ in the title.
The Week’s Best Books of 2016 – a mix of old and new names.
GQ These Are the Best Books of 2016 – a conservative five book list.
Elle Best Books of 2016 – a good mix (I admit it, I was expecting water-cooler-fiction).
Popsugar 50 of the Best Books of 2016 – I do like their “Why it’s on our list” inclusion for each title.
The Telegraph’s Top 50 Books of the Year – a mix of fiction, picture books and everything else in between.
Newsday’s Best Books of 2016 – a trim list of ten.
The Guardian Best Fiction of 2016 – not a list so much as a commentary. Nice.
Buzzfeed – The 24 Best Fiction Books of 2016 – some on this list haven’t appeared anywhere else… Interesting.
Seattle Times – The Best Books of 2016 – the critics choice.
Financial Times Best Books of 2016 – focuses on fiction (note that you have to do an annoying survey in order to access the list).
The following lists were added after the Best of 2016 list was compiled (doesn’t change the outcome – the top three books get even more votes) –
Paste Magazine – The Best Books of 2016 – did they just refer to my Top 36 to compile this list…?
The Spinoff Review of Books presents the 20 best fiction books of 2016 – okay… Jilly Cooper sits alongside Ann Patchett…
Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2016 – list of ten (with no real surprises).
Sydney Morning Herald Best Books of 2016 – lots of Aussie picks.
The Complete NP99: The Best books of 2016 – I like this list because selection criteria is stretched to include books that were most talked about.
Huffington Post: The 18 Best Fiction Books of 2016 – does what it says on the label.
Related and also worth a look is this list of the most over-rated books (as judged by critics) for 2016.