When looking for new books to read, I generally go to two sources: friends who also read books and “best of” lists. In case you’re looking for new reads as I often am (not that I need more to read), I’ve compiled some great best-of lists that you can check out.
NPR: NPR’s list is great because you can easily filter by genre or look at the entire list. You can also view the list by book cover or in typical list format. [I know you aren’t supposed to judge a book by its cover but seeing the covers makes a difference to me. I often choose books that way, for better or worse.]
The New York Times: The NYT list includes their top 10 best books of the year – five fiction and five non-fiction. I’ve never heard of some of their picks but they all sound pretty fascinating in their own way.
2016 Tournament of Books Long List: The ToB, presented by The Morning News, is a March Madness-style bracketed tournament of the best fiction books from the previous year but before they get to the sweet 16, they start with the long list. The 2016 long list includes 86 works so that’s a great place to start if you’re looking for some fresh fiction. Last year’s championship round was between All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, which were both exceptional works. I can’t wait to read some of the books on 2016’s list and follow along with the tournament.
Huffington Post: The website has a number of “best books of 2015” lists segmented by genre and age. Here are the links to their list of best fiction and “prize-winning books you can’t put down.” A quick search of best books on their site reveals lists ranging from Bill Gates’ 2015 favorites to “best picture books of 2015 featuring minority characters”. And in case you’re able to read more quickly/have more time to read than I do or are already caught up on the best books of 2015, here are 32 upcoming book releases to add to your list, again courtesy of HuffPost.
As for me, here are the books from 2015 that I’m most looking forward to reading as of now (in no particular order):
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web (A Lisbeth Salander Novel) by David Lagercrantz
- In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
- A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
- Descent: A Novel by Tim Johnston
- The Sellout by Paul Beatty
What about you? Any books from 2015 that you’re still dying to read or any upcoming releases you can’t wait to get your hands on?