At the end of each year I’ve posted a list of academic books I liked. The criteria was that they were published in that year, and that I read and liked them. This means that good books which came out that year but which I didn’t read immediately don’t feature, and I will of course miss many. Several of those featured are books I reviewed or endorsed, and some are by friends and colleagues. Certain publishers, especially those I review for, feature disproportionately. It’s of course biased by my interests and prejudices.
So while there are doubtless many other good books from each of these years, I can at least say that these are all worth reading.