Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2019 Books

Library Journal: Best Literary Fiction of 2019

11 December 2019

Library Journal: Best Literary Fiction of 2019

[see also 2017, 2016, 2012, 2011]

Michael Silverblatt: Best Books of 2019

10 December 2019

Michael Silverblatt: Best Books of 2019, as posted by KCRW

Christopher Borrelli: The 10 Best Books of 2019

06 December 2019

Christopher Borrelli: The 10 Best Books of 2019, as published by The Chicago Tribune

[see also 2018]

Molly Young: The Best Books of 2019

04 December 2019

Molly Young: The Best Books of 2019, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

Laura Miller: The 10 Best Books of 2019

04 December 2019

Laura Miller: The 10 Best Books of 2019, as published by Slate

[see also 2018, 2017]

Dan Kois: The 10 Best Books of 2019

04 December 2019

Dan Kois: The 10 Best Books of 2019, as published by Slate

Maureen Corrigan: Favorite Books of 2019

04 December 2019

Maureen Corrigan: Favorite Books of 2019, as aired on NPR’s Fresh Air

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2011]

Katy Waldman: The Best Books of 2019

02 December 2019

Katy Waldman: The Best Books of 2019, as published by The New Yorker

[see also 2018, 2017]

Smithsonian: Favorite Books of 2019

27 November 2019

Smithsonian: Favorite Books of 2019, as selected individually by Smithsonian scholars

[see also 2018]

Time: The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

23 November 2019

Time Magazine: The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also The 10 Best Fiction Books of 2019, Best Books of 2018, Top 20 Books of 2017, The 10 Best Fiction Books of the 2010s, The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s]