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.

Books

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]

Esquire: The Best Books of the 2010s

01 December 2019

Esquire: The Best Books of the 2010s

[see also 2019]

For Reading Addicts: The 20 Best Books of the Decade 2010-2019

29 November 2019

For Reading Addicts: The 20 Best Books of the Decade 2010-2019

Smithsonian: Favorite Books of 2019

27 November 2019

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

[see also 2018]