We participated happily in last year's Tournament of Books over at the Morning News, and they're back for the second year with a bigger, better version. Keep an eye on the site and follow the fun.
The following 16 books were selected by the most arbitrary process we could devise. A few of us (a very few) got together and tried to compile a list of the best books we read this year. Then we asked a couple other people, some of whom don’t even read that much. Then we included a few books that received a ton of hype even though none of us had actually read them. And then we asked TMN readers—perhaps the wisest advisors of all—for their picks. This list then is imperfect—fatally flawed even—but we needed 16 books and these are the ones we stand by.