Best of the Best of lists

Year-end lists can be the best, giving you ideas to round out your 2016 reading year and take into 2017. Here are some lists created by librarians – from the expected, such as best novels and top ten picture books; to the unusual, such as the best books with red covers. We’ve also added some of the lists we love, from NPR, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and beyond.

Top 10 Novels of 2016 – Reader Services librarians at the Central Library share their 10 favorite novels published in 2016.

Top 10 Nonfiction of 2016

Top 10 Children’s Middle Grade Books of 2016 – Central Library Children’s Librarians’ favorite middle grade novels, poetry, and graphic novels for reading and sharing.

Top 10 Chidren’s Picture Books of 2016 – Central Library Children’s Librarians’ favrorite picture books for reading and sharing!

Top 10 Teen Fiction of 2016 – The best fiction of 2016 as selected Seattle Public Library Teen Services Librarians.

Notable Comics of 2016

10 Best Red Books of 2016 – yep you got it – ten of the best book with red covers published in 2016!

10 Funniest Novels of 2016 – Because we could all use a laugh right about now, right? From gentle humor to acerbic wit, and everything in between.

10 Grittiest Books of 2016 – Call it gritty, grungy, hard-boiled or noir, some of us like our reading rough.

NPR Book Concierge – Both a very thorough, and a very pretty, interactive guide to 2016’s great reads.

The New York Times The 10 Best Books of 2016 – the year’s best books, selected by the editor’s of The New York Times Book Review. There is also The New York Times Critics’ Top Books of 2016, the personal best-of lists of New York Times critics Michiko Kakutani, Dwight Garner, Jennifer Senior and Janet Maslin. And for a longer list check out The New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2016.

Publisher’s Weekly a top 10 list as well as best children’s and YA books 2016.

Entertainment Weekly The Best 20 Books of 2016

Bill Gates got in on the action with his favorite books of 2016.

Writers from The New Yorker weigh in with The Books We Loved in 2016.

~ compiled by Andrea G.

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