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.

Note: I will keep updating this list through the end of January 2020. Updates are marked "NEW!"

Lists with Everything | Bests of the Decade | Children | Teens | Adults

Best of Everything

2019 Southwest Books of the Year (Pima County Public Library) NEW!

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)

Goodreads Readers Choice: Best Books of 2019 (Goodreads)

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, from an experimental memoir of domestic abuse to the one that broke 10,000 brains (Vulture) NEW!

Boing Boing's 28 favorite books in 2019 (Boing Boing) NEW!

A Mighty Girl's 2019 Books of the Year

The Best Books of 2019, According to Oprah Magazine

The Best Books of 2019 (Variety) NEW!

The best books I read in 2019 (Vox) NEW!

Our 50 Favorite Books of the Year (Literary Hub) NEW!

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

20 Best Novels of the Decade (LitHub)

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

Caldecott, Newbery, Belpré Awards, and more! (American Library Association) NEW!

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)

CSMCL Best Books of 2019 (Center for the Study of
Multicultural Children's Literature )

The Best Children’s Picture Books of 2019 (Imagination Soup)

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

Best Children’s Books of 2019 (Air & Space Magazine) NEW!

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)

Teen Thursday: Favorite Teen Books of 2019! (BookPeople) NEW!

Best Fiction for Adults

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Fiction (Book Marks)

50 notable works of fiction in 2019 (Washington Post)

Best Fiction of 2019 (Kirkus Reviews)

Best Nonfiction for Adults 

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Nonfiction (Book Marks)

The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of 2019 (Time Magazine)

50 notable works of nonfiction in 2019 (Washington Post)

The Best Science Books of 2019 (Five Books) NEW!

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

Lists with a Special Focus

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Mystery & Crime (Book Marks)

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Graphic Literature (Book Marks)

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Sci-Fi and Fantasy (Book Marks)

The Best Fantasy + Sci-Fi Books of 2019 (Nerd Daily) NEW!

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Poetry (Book Marks)

The Best Reviewed Books of 2019: Memoir and Biography (Book Marks)

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)