Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2016 Books

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2016

31 December 2016

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2016

[see also 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011]

Library Journal: 10 Best Books of 2016

31 December 2016

Library Journal: 10 Best Books of 2016

[see also 2017, 2012, 2011]

Sarah Begley: Top 20 Books of 2016

23 December 2016

Sarah Begley: Top 20 Books of 2016, as published by Time Magazine

    Fiction

    Nonfiction

Maria Popova: 16 Favorite Books of 2016

22 December 2016

Maria Popova: 16 Favorite Books of 2016

[see also 2018, 2015]

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2016

21 December 2016

Maureen Corrigan: 10 Best Books of 2016 (as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2015, 2011]