The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, the end of the year (and the decade) is fast approaching, and it seems like everywhere you turn, another publisher or media outlet is releasing their list of the best books of last year. Overwhelmed by choices? We’ve compiled the best lists of the best books, highlighting some titles that are especially popular below. Enjoy!
Girl, Woman, Other
Each chapter in this Booker Prize–winning novel follows the life of a different character living in the UK.
On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
by Ocean Vuong
Vuong’s debut novel chronicles the struggles of a refugee family in epistolary form.
Washington’s debut short fiction collection tracks a young, gay, black narrator across Houston, intertwining his stories with those of the city.
by Susan Choi
The winner of the National Book Award, this coming-of-age novel examines trust between characters as well as between author and reader.
Midnight in Chernobyl
A detailed and chilling history of the infamous nuclear accident and the circumstances that made it nearly inevitable.
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
Tolentino, a staff writer for the New Yorker, examines internet culture, modern feminism, millenial lifestyles and more with a critical and curious eye.
How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
A thoughtful and thorough examination of American expansionism and exploitation.
Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language
A guide to online English by a self-described internet linguist.
In the Dream House
Machado combines memoir and criticism in this genre-bending account of domestic abuse.
How We Fight for Our Lives
by Saeed Jones
In his first book of prose, Jones tells his story of growing up black and gay with powerful and poetic language.
Know My Name