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 Best 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 Best 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 2021202020182017]

For the Sports Fans

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

Vox: Constance Grady: The Best Books I Read in 2019

28 December 2019

The Nickel Boys - Colson Whitehead

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

[see also 2020]

Fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Nonfiction

Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

27 December 2019

Music - Ted Gioia

The Atlantic: The 15 Best Books of 2019

[see also 2021]

Spectrum Culture: Favorite Books of 2019

24 December 2019

The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

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 2021202020182017201620122011]

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

21 December 2019

The Topeka School - Ben Lerner

Electric Lit: 15 Best Novels of 2019

[see also Favorite 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

In the Dream House - Carmen Maria Machado

Electric Lit: 15 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019

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