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You know how you couldn’t possibly pick your favorite relative? (Ok, fine, it’s cousin Josh.) That’s kind of how we feel about books, hence why it was so hard to narrow down all that we’ve read over the past 12 months into this list of nine standouts. But we did it anyway. Because we’re heroes.
Two young boys are killed by a bomb in a Delhi market. The rest of the book deals with the ramifications of this devastating act on the victims and the terrorists who carried it out. Buy the book
An Italian theoretical physicist outlines some of the field's biggest ideas (like cosmology and thermodynamics) in a way that’s accessible and compelling (even for science-phobes). Buy the book
Daniel is a Korean boy struggling with his parents’ expectations. Natasha is a Jamaican girl struggling with possible deportation. Then their paths cross in a way neither expected. Buy the book
Told in irreverent and imaginative prose, these nine stories tackle everything from scorned women to social clubs. Buy the book
As beautifully written as it is devastating, this young neurosurgeon’s tale of dying of cancer reflects on the nature of a meaningful life. Buy the book
Systemic racism? The Magic Mike franchise? It’s all fodder for contemplation and humor in this pee-your-pants funny tome from. Buy the book
Is it basic for us to choose a book by one of our favorite celebrities? Maybe, but Teigen’s beautifully-shot, super accessible debut deserves all the praise. Buy the book
Upon arriving to the British countryside, Nora is confronted with the grisly scene of her sister’s murder. Conducting her own investigation, Nora begins—understandably—to unravel. Buy the book
Arguably one of the greatest poets alive, Merwin wrote his latest as he started to go blind, and the result is a collection that's a frank meditation on his own mortality. Buy the book
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