Bests of 2019: Your Guide to All the Best Books Lists

Sometimes it's for me, sometimes it's for gifts, sometimes it's just curiosity -- "Hmmm. I wonder if I read any of them?," but I love all of the best books of the year lists that get published about this time of year. One pattern I noticed: There is huge variance in the lists this year, something I find refreshing evidence that reviewers seem to be reading more widely.
P.S. If you hit a paywall, remind yourself that quality journalism is expensive to produce -- and that you can probably get around it by using a public PC at the library (we know money is tight for most of us).

Best of everything

NYPL's Best Books of 2019 (New York Public Library)

The Best Books of 2019 (Book Riot)

NPR's 2019 Book Concierge (National Public Radio)

The 10 Best Books of 2019 (New York Times)

Best Books of 2019 (Washington Post)

The Best Books of 2019 (New Yorker)

Best Books 2019 (Publishers Weekly)

Best Books 2019 (Library Journal)

The Best Books of 2019, According to Oprah Magazine

Must-Read Books of 2019 (Time Magazine)

Best Books of the Year 2019 (Financial Times)

The Best Books of 2019 (So Far) (Esquire Magazine)

The Best Books of 2019 (So Far) (Glamour Magazine)

The Best Books of 2019 (Real Simple)

The best books of 2019 – picked by the year’s best writers (The Guardian, so some may be UK-only and covers may look different)

Bests of the Decade 2010-2019

Here are EW's top 10 nonfiction books of the decade

The 10 Best True Crime Books of the Last Decade (Crime Reads)

The Crime Fiction Series that Defined the Last Decade (Crime Reads)

The 10 Best Crime Novels of the Last Decade (Crime Reads)

Best Children's Books

Best Picture Books (Kirkus Reviews)

Best Middle-Grade Books (Kirkus Reviews)

Best Books for Kids, 2019 picks (New York Public Library)

Best Picture Books 2019 (School Library Journal)

Best Transitional Chapter Books 2019 (School Library Journal)

Best Middle-Grade Books 2019 (School Library Journal)

Best Nonfiction 2019 (School Library Journal)

Best Graphic Novels 2019 (School Library Journal)

The 25 Best Children’s Books of 2019 (New York Times)

The best children’s books of 2019 (Washington Post)

The 2020 Ultimate List of Diverse Children's Books (Here Wee Read)

Science Books for Kids (Geekwrapped)

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council)

N.Y. Public Library Selects 10 Best Books for Children en Español

The 2019 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Best Books, 2019 (Publishers Weekly)

Best Books for Teens

Best Books for Teens 2019 (New York Public Library)

Best Young Adult Books 2019 (School Library Journal)

Best Books 2019 (Publishers Weekly)

Best Young Adult Books (Kirkus Reviews)

Best Fiction for Adults

50 notable works of fiction in 2019 (Washington Post)

Best Fiction of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews)

Best Nonfiction for Adults 

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (Time Magazine)

50 notable works of nonfiction in 2019 (Washington Post)

20 Must-Read Works of Innovative Nonfiction from 2019 (Book Riot)

Lists with a Special Focus

The 20 Best LGBTQ Books of 2019 (Harper's Bazaar)

55 of the Best Queer Books of 2019 (Autostraddle)

The best romance novels of 2019 (Washington Post)

The best thrillers and mysteries of 2019 (Washington Post)

The 78 Best Book Covers of 2019 (LitHub)

The Ten Best History Books of 2019 (Smithsonian Magazine)

Coming soon

Best Books of the Year (Goodreads Readers Choice)

Southwest Books of the Year (Pima County Public Library)