15 of the Best Books That Came Out in 2016

While many eyes are fixed on the biggest movie and TV releases, we’d be remiss in not having a conversation about the best books of 2016. Some of the most talented writers in the world debuted new work in 2016, and for the avid reader, it was a veritable treasure trove of well-written stories.

That said, it can be difficult to sift through the stacks to pick out the must-reads of the bunch. We went ahead and did the job for you, hand-picking the best books that 2016 had to offer.

1. The Girls by Emma Cline

The cover of The Girls, by Emma Cline

The Girls | Random House

You’d be hard-pressed to find a major outlet that wasn’t impressed by The Girls, Emma Cline’s chilling fictionalization of the Manson Family murders, told through the eyes of a naive young girl who’s pulled into a murderous commune.

The book garnered almost 30,000 votes in Goodreads’ Best Fiction category, made NPR’s list of 2016’s best novels, and was included in the Washington Posts’ Notable Fiction category for 2016. Suffice it to say, the consensus just about everywhere is that Cline completely knocked it out of the park.