ICPL Top Staff Picks 2016: Fiction

by on December 23rd, 2016

ICPL staff combed through their 2016 reading logs to select the books they loved for our annual end-of-the-year Staff Top Picks lists.

The nominations were divided into eight categories: fiction; young adult; children’s; mystery; science fiction/fantasy; biography/memoir; nonfiction; and graphic novels. The only rule was that the book had to be released in 2016; books released in hardback in 2014 and paperback in 2015 were disqualified. Any book that was nominated by more than one staff member made our 2016 Best of the Best list.

We’ll share our 2016 Best of the Best titles on the last day of the year. Until then, here are the Library’s picks for top fiction books for 2016. Check back every day to see what made the cut in our other categories.


  • You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott
  • Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
  • Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett
  • The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
  • A Few of the Girls by Maeve Binchy
  • The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald
  • All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage
  • The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee
  • Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
  • Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  • Belgravia by Julian Fellowes
  • I’ll See You in Paris by Michelle Gable
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Fireman by Joe Hill
  • The Ballroom by Anna Hope
  • News of the World by Paulette Jiles
  • The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
  • What is Not Yours is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi
  • One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld
  • My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  • The Year of the Runaways by Sunjeev Sahota
  • Daredevils by Shawn Vestal
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Miss Grief and Other Stories by Constance Fenimore Woolson

Did your favorite fiction read of 2016 make our list?

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