- Oldest book on the list: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)
- Most recently published book on the list: Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (2013)
- Book on the list that inspired the most internal debate: 1984 by George Orwell
- A few books that were unanimous across the team: Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
- Books on the list that were our #1 Amazon Best Books of the Year: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
- The book each editor most wished had made the list (but didn’t): Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner (Jon Foro); Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Mari Malcolm); The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (Robin Rothman); Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (Neal Thompson); Moby Dick by Herman Melville (Chris Schluep); Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (Sara Nelson); Where I’m Calling From by Raymond Carver (Kevin Nguyen); Wonder by R.J. Palacio (Seira Wilson)
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