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

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

06 January 2020

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

[see also 2018]

Barack Obama: Favorite Books of 2019

29 December 2019

Barack Obama: Favorite Books of 2019, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2018]

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

29 December 2019

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also Best Fiction Books of 2019]

BookPage: Best Fiction Books of 2019

29 December 2019

BookPage: Best Fiction Books of 2019

[see also Best Nonfiction Books of 2019]

Constance Grady: The Best Books I Read in 2019

28 December 2019

Constance Grady: The Best Books I Read in 2019, as published by Vox

Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

27 December 2019

The Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

Spectrum Culture: Favorite Books of 2019

24 December 2019

Spectrum Culture: Favorite Books of 2019, which "includes any book we read in 2019, regardless of release date"

[see also 2018]

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

21 December 2019

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

[see also 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019]

Electric Lit: 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

21 December 2019

Electric Lit: 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also 15 Best Novels of 2019]

Hyperallergic: Top 25 Books of 2019

20 December 2019

Hyperallergic: Top 25 Books of 2019