Year-End Lists

A hand-curated, browsable index of notable year-end lists. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its author, at the source.

2019

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

06 January 2020

Wake, Siren - Nina MacLaughlin

Boston.com: The 18 Best Books of 2019

[see also 2018]

Fiction

Poetry

Nonfiction

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

29 December 2019

In the Dream House - Carmen Maria Machado

BookPage: Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also The Best Nonfiction of 2023The Best Fiction of 2023Best Nonfiction of 2022Best Fiction of 2022Best Books of 2020: NonfictionBest Books of 2020: FictionBest Fiction Books of 2019]

BookPage: Best Fiction Books of 2019

29 December 2019

The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead

BookPage: Best Fiction Books of 2019

[see also The Best Nonfiction of 2023The Best Fiction of 2023Best Nonfiction of 2022Best Fiction of 2022Best Books of 2020: NonfictionBest Books of 2020: FictionBest Nonfiction Books of 2019]

Barack Obama: Favorite Books of 2019

28 December 2019

Girl, Woman, Other - Bernardine Evaristo

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

[see also 202320222021202020182017]

For the Sports Fans

And here's a reminder of books I recommended earlier this year

Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

27 December 2019

Music - Ted Gioia

The Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

[see also 202320222021]

Spectrum Culture: Favorite Books of 2019

24 December 2019

Dril Official "Mr. Ten Years" Anniversary Collection - Dril

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

[see also 2018]

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2019

24 December 2019

The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead

Publishers Weekly: 10 Best Books of 2019

[see also 202320222021202020182017201620152014201320122011]

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

21 December 2019

American Spy - Lauren Wilkinson

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

[see also Best Nonfiction of 2023Best Novels of 2023Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2022Favorite Novels of 2022Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2021Favorite Novels of 2021Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2020Favorite Novels of 202015 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019]

Electric Lit: 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

21 December 2019

Things We Didn't Talk About When I Was a Girl - Jeannie Vanasco

Electric Lit: 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

[see also Best Nonfiction of 2023Best Novels of 2023Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2022Favorite Novels of 2022Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2021Favorite Novels of 2021Favorite Nonfiction Books of 2020Favorite Novels of 202015 Best Novels of 2019]

New York Public Library: 10 Best Books of 2019

17 December 2019

Normal People - Sally Rooney

New York Public Library: 10 Best Books of 2019

[see also 20232022202120202018]