1. “Dispatches From Pluto,” Richard Grant, Simon and Schuster

2. “Rogue Lawyer,” John Grisham, Doubleday

3. “Bone Tree,” Greg Iles, HarperCollins

4. “The House of the Rising Sun,” James Lee Burke, Simon & Schuster

5. “Chainsaws and Casseroles,” Marshall Ramsey, Tiny Wheels

6. “A Tapestry of Red & Blue,” Al Povall, Nautilus

7. “My Southern Journey,” Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House

8. “Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee, Harper

9. “Soil,” Jamie Kornegay, Simon & Schuster

10. “My Southern Journey,” Rick Bragg, Oxmoor House

Children / Young adults

1. “Finding Winnie,” Lindsay Mattick, Little Brown

2. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School,” Jeff Kinney, Harry N Abrams

3. “The Story of Diva and Flea,” Mo Willems and Tony DiTerlizzi, Hyperion

4. “Beyond the Pond,” Joseph Kuefler, Balzer & Bray

5. “The Chronicles of Narnia,” C.S. Lewis, Harper Collins

Compiled by University Press of Mississippi for The Clarion-Ledger

Reported by: The Book Mart (Starkville), Lemuria Books (Jackson), Square Books (Oxford), Turnrow Books (Greenwood), Turning Pages (Natchez)

Best Books for 2016

University Press of Mississippi asked Mississippi’s independent bookstores to note the top books they find most exciting for the coming spring.

•The Book Mart, Starkville

“The Feathered Bone,” Julie Cantrell

“And Again,” Jessica Chiarella

•Bay Books, Bay St. Louis

“Mississippi Coast Blessing,” Alex North

“The Road to Little Dribbling,” Bill Bryson

•Turning Pages Books & More, Natchez

“Dimestore: A Writer’s Life,” Lee Smith

“The Opposite of Everyone,” Joshilyn Jackson

“The Feathered Bone,” Julie Cantrell