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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Best Books of the Year Lists

Best Books Lists of 2019

I love this time of year, don't you? The holidays are good but the end-of-the-year-best-books lists are great!

Here is what I have found so far (with a little commentary from me.)

New York Times Top Ten---This is the first book list I perused and I was surprised by the number of nonfiction titles---five of them. DISAPPEARING EARTH was mentioned first. Their top 100 list came out today. It is too overwhelming to look at that many books at once.

Entertainment Weekly---Top ten list. Their #1 title is NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney.

Library Journal---Top Literary Fiction. Check out their page for all their lists of favorites by genre.

Town and Country Magazine---Top 23 books. Their #1 title is BLACK LEOPARD, RED WOLF.

Parade Magazine---Top 25 books of 2019.

Book Riot---Top fifteen fiction titles.

Washington Post---Top Ten of 2019. The lists are so varied this year.

Vulture (dot) com--- Top ten. #1 title is THE TOPEKA SCHOOL.

The Guardian Newspaper---Not sure how many books were on this list (I didn't count), but since this is UK publication there is less crossover than one would think and American Marriage was on the list, apparently it wasn't published in 2018 in the United Kingdom like it was here.

BuzzFeed News---Has three lists: fiction, nonfiction, poetry. There are 23 fiction titles, 11 nonfiction, and seven poetry books. So this is long list.

New Yorker---Top ten. My experience with lists made in New York is that they are often New York City strong. Not sure about this one. Just sayin'.

Publisher's Weekly---They have lots of genre lists of best books. Check them all out, if you have time. Only TRUST EXERCISE and NICHEL BOYS have been listed in other top ten lists.

Vox (dot) com.---Fifteen of their book-critics' favorites.

NPR---Maureen Corrigan's top ten, unputdownable books of 2019.

Lit Hub's Ultimate List of books on the most lists in 2019. ON THE EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS and NICKEL BOYS were the highest, making 21 end-of-year lists a piece. Making 20 lists were NORMAL PEOPLE and FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE.

Based on the fourteen lists I've linked here, these books showed up most often: NICKEL BOYS (9); ON THE EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS and  TRUST EXERCISE (8 each); YELLOW HOUSE (7); FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE (6); and DUTCH HOUSE (5). My book group had read Nickel Boys and Dutch House, but I am thinking we should read the other top-top books.

Note: I did all this work, then I found this...Bests of 2019: Your Guide to All the Best Books Lists. 
This guide has lots of lists I didn't link and they have children's and YA lists, too. Have fun perusing it. 

And now this...Books are My Favourite and Best has analyzed 56 publications to find the top 50 books of year. She found that NICKEL BOYS and FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE were on the most best-of lists, making 30+ of them. WOW. Guess we'd all best drop everything and read these two books.


  1. What an awesome, helpful list! Thanks so much (for adding to my TBR list!) 😁

  2. Great lists, but I'm always overwhelmed by them. I want to read everything!!

  3. I love looking at the end of year lists...I also love looking at the lists of books to look forward to in 2020. I'll never run out of reading material!

    1. I used to look at all the end-of-the-year lists for YA titles. But now that I am retired I find that adult titles are what I am interested in.

  4. I've been reading through the best of lists too - my fav so has been this one - https://www.kirkusreviews.com/issue/best-of-2019/section/fiction/
    Kate is also doing her annual collation of the best of's here - https://booksaremyfavouriteandbest.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/the-top-50-from-the-best-books-of-2019-list-of-lists/

    1. I just found the My Favourite and Best's list. I've adding a link. Thanks.

  5. Yes. Thanks for these lists. Wonderful. I have read quite a few of the top ones, but would like to get my hands particularly on Yellow House .... and maybe Mostly Dead Things which the New Yorker noted. I enjoy looking at these lists ... to get my next reads.

  6. Great curation of book lists! I'm going to go check some of them out now so thank you!


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