As soon as December 1 hits, and in a few cases even earlier (I’m looking at you, Publishers Weekly), the internet is filled with lots of hot, cold, and lukewarm takes of what was the best of the year. It’s tradition by now, and we here at Trendsetter both like to keep with tradition ourselves and acknowledge that the best kind of best of lists are the ones that have to do with books. So, without further ado, let’s begin with what some of the best (as very scientifically determined by your editor) best-of lists about books and reading for 2016.
Best list to find out one favorite read from some of this year’s buzziest authors.
Best list to consult if you want to be prepared for this year’s “was the book or the filmed version better?” debates.
Best list of in-depth looks at the year’s most stunning science books.
Best list to share with someone wondering why this was such a great year for comics.
Best list to scan when you need to grab a last minute gift for a book-lover.
Best list to peruse if you want to admire some beautiful book covers.
Best list of titles to keep you organized and prepared for the next four years.
And now for a few perennial favorite best of lists
Best list to see what every literary person you admire loved reading this year.
Best list to go from a wide view of the year’s best books to the very niche category of long, geeky, NPR staff picks.
And as ever, last but not least, the motherlode of the year’s bookish best of lists.