By: Rachel Kray, OverDrive Collection Development Specialist.

Whatever your personal reading preference may be, I think everyone can agree that 2016 was a great year for books. Let’s take a moment to reflect on The Best Books of 2016, the past year’s most influential, prominent and beloved titles before we celebrate and start reading in 2017.


Our staff librarians scoured the major review sources in search of the best titles of the year. We compiled them all in one, easy location in Marketplace so your last minute Holiday shopping can be a breeze! When you click the links below, these carts will show up as a Marketplace search result and you’ll be able to easily add them to a cart.

Best Books of 2016 – Adult
Best Books of 2016 – Kids & Teens

2016 Starred Reviews
Amazon’s Best Books of 2016 – Adult
Amazon’s Best Books of 2016 – Kids
Amazon’s Best Book of 2016 – Teen
GoodReads Choice Award Nominees 2016
GoodReads Youth Choice Award Nominees 2016
PW Best Books of 2016 – Adult
PW Best Books of 2016 – Kids & Teen

Be sure to check our Recommended Lists page for more great lists.

As always, your Collection Development Specialist is available to help create recommended lists. Email for more information today!

Some titles are metered access and may have limited regional or platform availability. Check Marketplace to find what is available for you.