15 Dec Snow is Falling and Books are Calling
Fresh snowfall puts me in the mood for a good book and a blanket. This is a great time to discover some of the best books of the past year that you might not have had a chance to read.
Here are a few of our favorite lists for the best books of 2016 to help you discover your next read.
Check out NPR’s yearly guide to great reads. The list for 2016 includes over 300 titles that staff and critics have recommended. There’s something for everyone – use the tags to filter and find favorites such as “Funny Stuff,” “Kids’ Books,” “Love Stories,” “Realistic Fiction,” “Tales from Around the World,” and more.
If you’re looking for recommendations from people like you, check out Goodreads.com for the Goodreads Choice Awards. Goodreads provides a platform for members to share what they have been reading and discover reading recommendations and then vote on their own favorites. (Curious about Goodreads? Learn more with this easy tutorial.)
Find the “Favorite of the Favorites for 2016” on LibraryReads or check out the Best of 2016 by BookPage. The editors of Amazon also produce a list of 100 Best Books of 2016 for both print books and Kindle format.
For the youngsters, check out the Best Books of 2016 by School Library Journal. Category options include: Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Nonfiction.
Needs more ideas? Each year there are several competitive book prizes awarded to authors. Here are some examples:
- Man Booker Prize
- The Kirkus Prize
- YALSA Book Awards and Booklists (Young Adult audience)
- Newbery Award (children’s literature)