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Goodreads Best Books of 2016


The members of the Goodreads community voted on what they thought were the best books of 2016. Here are the results. Winners are listed first and then honorable mentions.

  1. Fiction
    • Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
    • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
    • The Girls by Emma Cline
  2. Mystery & Thriller
    • End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy #3) by Stephen King
    • A Great Reckoning (Chief Inspector Armand Gamanche #12) by Louise Penny
    • The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware
  3. Historical Fiction
    • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
    • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
    • America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
  4. Fantasy
    • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Harry Potter #8) by J. K. Rowling
    • A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2) by V. E. Schwab
    • The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn #6) by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Romance
    • It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover
    • Storm and Silence by Robert Thier
    • The Obsession by Nora Roberts
  6. Science Fiction
    • Morning Star (Red Rising #3) by Pierce Brown
    • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
    • Bloodline (Star Wars) by Claudia Gray
  7. Horror
    • The Fireman by Joe Hill
    • The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
    • The City of Mirrors (The Passage #3) by Justin Cronin
  8. Humor
    • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
    • Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
    • Where Am I Now? by  Mara Wilson
  9. Non-Fiction
    • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
    • The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction by Neil Gaiman
    • Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape by Peggy Orenstein
  10. Memoir & Autobiography
    • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Abraham Verghese
    • The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Sterling
    • The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper
  11. History & Biography
    • Leonard: My Fifty-Year Relationship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner and David Fisher
    • The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore
    • First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies by Kate Anderson Brower
  12. Science & Technology
    • Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Fans de Waal
    • The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach
  13. Food & Cookbooks
    • Cravings: Recipes for All the Food You Want to Eat by Chrissy Teigen
    • Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook by Theresa Carle-Sanders
    • The Bob’s Burgers Burger Book: Real Recipes for Joke Burgers by Loren Bouchard
  14. Graphic Novels & Comics
    • Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Anderson
    • Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan
    • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  15. Poetry
    • The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
    • The Universe of Us by Lang Leav
    • Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda Poems by Pablo Neruda
  16. Debut Goodreads Author
    • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
    • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
    • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  17. Young Adult Fiction
    • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
    • The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  18. Young Adult Fantasy
    • A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
    • Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
    • Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas
  19. Middle Grades & Children’s
    • The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan
    • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
    • The Hammer of Thor (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #2) by Rick Riordan
  20. Picture Books
    • The Thank You Book by Mo Willems
    • They All Saw A Cat by Brendan Wenzel
    • Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

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