It is that time of the year when the world creates year-end favorite lists, so here are the books we read this year that we liked best:


  • Language from A to Z (The Teaching Company)
  • The Southern Reach Trilogy (Jeff VanderMeer)
  • The Iliad (Homer)
  • S. (J. J. Abrams & Doug Dorst)


  • Flora and Ulysses (Kate DiCamillo)
  • Navigating Early (Clare Vanderpool)
  • Rooftoppers (Katherine Rundell)
  • The Dark Unwinding (Sharon Cameron)
  • The World of Pooh (A. A. Milne/Ernest Shepard)
  • Charlotte’s Web (E. B. White)
  • Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)
  • The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee (Philip Stead/Erin Stead)
  • Journey (Aaron Becker)


  • Gilead (Marilynne Robinson)
  • The Facades (Eric Lundgren)
  • Mortality (Christopher Hitchens)
  • Personal (Lee Child)
  • The Sense of an Ending (Julian Barnes)
  • The Gods of Gotham (Lyndsay Faye)
  • The Light Between Oceans (M. L. Stedman)
  • The Heir (Grace Burrowes)
  • Mistress of the Art of Death (Ariana Franklin)
  • Life After Life (Kate Atkinson)


  • A Tale for the Time Being (Ruth Ozeki)
  • The Last Policeman (Ben Winters)
  • Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (Lynda Barry)
  • Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway (Sara Gran)
  • Dragons Love Tacos (Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri)


  • Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs on Our Canine Cross-Country Adventure (David Rosenfelt)
  • Jim Henson: The Biography (Brian Jay Jones)
  • Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares (David Levithan and Rachel Cohn)
  • Dangerous (Shannon Hale)
  • Mangle Street Murders (M. R. C. Kasasian)
  • Girl of Fire and Thorns (Rae Carson)
  • The Spellman Files (Lisa Lutz)
  • Dear Committee Members (Julie Schumacher)
  • The Falconer (Elizabeth May)


  • One Big Pair of Underwear (Laura GehlTom Lichtenheld)
  • Fiona’s Lace (Patricia Polacco)
  • Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas (Natasha Yim/Grace Zong)
  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor (Jon Scieszka/Brian Biggs)
  • The Boundless (Kenneth Oppel)
  • The Fourteenth Goldfish (Jennifer Holm)


  • HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton (Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes)
  • A Fighting Chance (Elizabeth Warren)
  • The Outcast Dead (Elly Griffiths)
  • The Late Scholar (Jill Paton Walsh)
  • The White Magic Five and Dime (Steve Hockensmith)
  • Death on the Agenda (Patricia Moyes)
  • Smallbone Deceased (Michael Gilbert)


  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post (Emily M. Danforth)
  • Princeless, Book One: Save Yourself (Jeremy Whitley/M. Goodwin)
  • Cleveland (Harvey Pekar/Joseph Remnant)
  • The Saga series (Brian K. Vaughan/Fiona Staples)
  • Ant Colony (Michael DeForge)
  • The Round House (Louise Erdrich)
  • The Shadow Hero (Gene Luen Yang/Sonny Liew)
  • The Girl in the Road (Monica Byrne)
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories (Octavia Butler)
  • Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (Lynda Barry)


  • Mr. Mercedes (Stephen King)
  • The Martian (Andy Weir)
  • Fuzzy Nation (John Scalzi)
  • Festival of Death (Jonathan Morris)
  • Lesser Evil (Robert Simpson)
  • The Princess and the Pig (Jonathan Emmett)
  • London Bridges (James Patterson)
  • Toot (Leslie Patricelli)


  • Artifice (Alex Woolfson/Winona Nelson)
  • David Bowie Is (Victoria Broakes and Geoffrey Marsh)
  • Dancing with Myself (Billy Idol)
  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (Isabel Wilkerson)


  • All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
  • Tenth of December: Stories (George Saunders)
  • The Goldfinch (Donna Tartt)
  • Switch: How to Change Things When Chnage Is Hard (Chip Heath and Dan Heath)
  • The Circle (Dave Eggers)
  • Doctor Sleep (Stephen King)
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever? (Dave Eggers)
  • Someone (Alice McDermott)
  • Subtle Bodies (Norman Rush)
  • When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (Gail Collins)