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Bestsellers and More Best Ofs: Amazon and Apple

Amazon released their annual package of bestseller lists, and as the etailer continues to gain market share on their competitors, those list take on ever greater significance. As usual, the list that they promote only features new books published in 2016, and it combines print and ebook sales. To see…

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The Best of the Best of 2016, to Start

For the ninth year, we're tracking selective "best books of 2016" lists from all over to provide a comprehensive, aggregated view of the consensus picks for the year's very best titles. As usual, we're drawing on newspaper, magazine and online publications and critics, but also count lists from booksellers, librarians,…

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Goodreads Winners and More 2016 Picks

Goodreads announced the winners of their annual Choice Awards, based on online voting, across 20 categories in all. Here is a selection of the category winners, sorted by vote totals: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts One and Two, by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany (Fantasy: 128,543…

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More 2016 Picks

From year to year it's always hard to tell how Barnes & Noble will name their top books of the year, but for now, the BN Review editors have highlighted 10 "books we think represent this year with particular significance — whether for their urgent attention to the moment we share,…

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More Best Ofs: Library Reads' Favorites for 2016, Google's Bestsellers and More

Library Reads selected Ruth Ware's THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 as its "Favorite of Favorites" for 2016. The rest of their year-end list, in ranked order, features: Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett My Name is Lucy Barton, by Elizabeth Strout The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend, by Katarina Bivald A Great…

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The NYT's Top Ten Books, and More

The NYT Book Review's editors announced their top ten books of 2016 (with individual lists from the newspaper's critics still to come), as usual picking a mix of expected and unexpected titles. In fiction, there is Colson Whitehead's National Book Award winner and already the clear, consensus "book of the…

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Best and Notable Books

In advance of picking their top 10, the New York Times Book Review editors listed their 100 notable books of 2016. Joining the notables are a number of other lists, including top 10s from Newsday and Glamour magazine, five top novels from Kevin Nguyen for GQ, and the Telegraph's top 50 books…

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The Washington Post's 10 Best: Whitehead and More

As we've suggested previously, it's pretty clear already that Colson Whitehead's novel The Underground Railroad is the consensus "book of the year," and the Washington Post's just-published 10 best only adds to the case. Their full list: Fiction Commonwealth, Ann Patchett News of the World, Paulette Jiles Swing Time, Zadie…

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Whitehead Wins (Amazon's Book of the Year)

Ahead of tomorrow night's National Book Awards, Amazon has named Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad as their book of the year. (While it's early days, the book is already the clear leader in our aggregation of best book of the year lists, as well.) Also on their top 10, however,…

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Briefs: Kirkus Prize Winners; NYTBR Best Illustrated Children's Books; and More

Awards The winners of the Kirkus Prize were announced Thursday night at a ceremony in Austin, TX. C.E. Morgan's The Sport of Kings (FSG) prevailed in fiction, with Susan Faludi's memoir In the Darkroom (Metropolitan) taking the nonfiction category. Finally, As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds won in Young Readers'…

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