Here they are! Our Top Ten favorite books of the year, now with bonus Seward Park lists! Remember, I don't limit these lists to books published in 2016, but all books must have been read in 2016.
Usually, when I compile this post, there are some clear favorites. Last year our obvious winner was Between the World and Me, with eight total votes. But this year our highest ranking book was Trevor Noah's Born a Crime, with only four votes. Not to imply that this year's books are only fair to middling, just that we had a lot more books with two and three votes, instead of any landslide victors. So while we couldn't solidly agree on one or two favorites, we sort of loosely settled on a whole slew of champions. And that means more options for you!
In light of our lack of focus, I give you our Fabulous, Fantastic, Fifteen Favorites of 2016!
- Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
- Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
- The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Children of the New World: Stories by Alexander Weinstein
- Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
- Bitch Planet Volume 1 by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Robert Wilson IV, Taki Soma, and Valentine De Landro
- Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan
- After the Parade by Lori Ostlund
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine
- The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter by Kia Corthron
- Grief is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter
- Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Check out our individual top ten list below for more of our favorite reads of 2016!