Best Books of 2016

book-stack Who doesn’t love a top ten list? And, of course, we love books. Combine them, and you can bury your head in a book well into 2017. Bonus: these lists are a literary treasure trove of holiday gift ideas. Here are some of our fave 2016 best book lists:

New York Times Book Review’s 100 Notable Books of 2016: The Granddaddy of lists, from the editors of the Book Review, includes links to each book’s full review.

The Globe 100: The Best Books of 2016: The Canadian newspaper behemoth goes one better than the NYT: search by genre or collection; find graphic novels, children’s & young adult titles; linked reviews.

CBC Books packages their lists as a Holiday Gift Guide. With categories from “Titles for Tots” to “Hidden Gems”, there’s a best book for everyone.

Canada’s publishing biz trade journal, Quill & Quire, is a trusted source of quality reviews, so their best list is worth a look.

Naturally, librarians know best about best books. Here’s Library Journal’s compilation of this year’s top titles. And for the kids, School Library Journal’s list includes picture books, chapter books, apps, and more.

How about a Book Concierge? NPR Books includes over 300 titles in multiple categories, but gives you all kinds of filters to sort through them to find your perfect read.

Even Bill Gates gets into the Best Books game! An avid reader, Bill shares his top picks for the year.

We’ll end our list of lists with the venerable Washington Post’s selections – they give you their Top 10, and an additional 100 Editors Picks, including audio, poetry and romance.

Enjoy – and let us know if there’s a book you think the OC Libraries should own!

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