Best Books 2019

The best books published DURING 2019!

See best-of-year lists for other years:

1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
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message 1: by Lea (new)

Lea Vickery Can you add Good Night by L.R.W. Lee? It comes out next year. On the 14th of January


message 2: by Vicki (new)

Vicki A Man Called Ove and A Serpent's Tooth both were published before 2019. Also, it is ridiculous to vote for untitled books that are not out yet!


message 3: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 26, 2019 10:21PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Vicki wrote: "A Man Called Ove and A Serpent's Tooth both were published before 2019. "

Both titles have been removed.


message 4: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 26, 2019 10:25PM) (new)

Booklovinglady I found a very good disclaimer on another list: Disclaimer: Per GR, Listopia is not for purposes of promotion and/or advertising. Genuine readers only. ...


message 5: by Jodi (last edited Apr 30, 2019 01:07PM) (new)

Jodi This doesn't look like the "Best Books of 2019". It looks more like "All the Books of 2019". Really, how can you claim that 540 books are The Best of any Year, especially in April of the year? I'm wondering what the purpose of your list really is?

BTW, "Territory of Light" was published in 1978. The one listed is a reprint; I've noticed a few duplicates in your list; several of the books won't be published until 2020.


message 6: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jun 24, 2019 01:06PM) (new)

Booklovinglady @Jodi
Duplicates should be gone now.

As to the books you found which were not first published in 2019, which numbers are they on? I could remove them if you like.


message 7: by Janet (new)

Janet Martin Dread Nation, #380 today, was published in April 2018. Terrific book, but not eligible for this list.


message 8: by Janet (last edited Jun 24, 2019 11:01AM) (new)

Janet Martin I found a ton more that don't belong while browsing for something new to read, and probably just scratched the surface. Some of the following books are contained in numbers where several books are tied for position. As you can tell from the numbers, this was just a casual browse of a page or two--I didn't check every book. I'm guessing all of the Craig Johnson books are here in error.

#406--The Wolf and the Rain,2018
#406--The Sinner,2020
#429 --Chain of Thorns,2021
#229--The Highwayman,2016
#438--Blood on Snow,2014
#486--Where the Crawdads Sing,2018
#499--The Sisters of the Winter World,2018
#499--Peace Talks,2020
#504--The Night Country,2020
#504--Wait for Signs,2015
#508--Circe,2018.

I went on to page 7, where very few books actually qualify. Most of the ones that don't are very good books, many nominated or winning awards.

#601--something by Charles Krauthammer,2013
#604 --Dark Days Deceit,2018
#604--Amazing Mrs Pollifax,1985
#607--Lilac Girls,2016
#610--White Oleander,1999
#611--Divorce Horse,2012
#604--Tough Cookie,2000
#615--Elected,2018
#616__Highland Raven,2015
#617--Reagan, 2018
#618--Girl on the Mountain,2012
#620--Into the Water,2017
#621--Untitled sequel to book scheduled for 2020, sequel some unknown date after
#621--Glass Houses,2017
#623--Before We Were Yours,2017
#624--The Alice Network,2017
#626--Pachinko,2017
#628--The Women in the Castle,2017
#630--The Sound of Rain,2016
#631--Hitler's Last Days,2015
#632--The Woman in the Window,2018
#633--The Paper Magician,2019
#635--Ship of Fools,2018
#637--The Summer Before the War,2016
#639--Bear Town,2016
#643--The Wretched of Muirwood,2011
#644--Us Against You,2018
#646--To Die For,2004
#647--Stalking Ground,2016
#648--White Rose, Black Forest,2018
#649--The Dark Horse,2009
#651--Junkyard Dogs,2010
#652--Whisper Me This,2018
#654--Hell Is Empty,2011
#655--The Great Alone,2018
#656--All the Breaking Waves,2016

I got tired of typing, but if you scan down the page, several more titles will pop out, ie The Color Purple, a couple of titles from Lord of the Rings, more Craig Johnson, old titles from CJ Box and Nevada Barr ...


message 9: by Vicki (new)

Vicki At least 5 of the 7 books on page 8 were published before 2019.


message 10: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Booklovinglady wrote: "Vicki wrote: "A Man Called Ove and A Serpent's Tooth both were published before 2019. "

Both titles have been removed."


A Man Called Ove is back again, at #272.


message 11: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Vicki wrote: "A Man Called Ove is back again, at #272."

It has been removed again. Thanks for noticing.


message 12: by Janet (last edited Aug 30, 2019 08:58AM) (new)

Janet Martin In order to be useful to those of us who actually use this list to find something new and wonderful, a few rules might be established.
1--if a book is "untitled," no one outside of a very small circle has laid an eye on it--advance copies always have a title, and even folks within an author's work groups have a title to list--untitled should disqualify an entry
2--this isn't for the best book you read this year, but the best book you read that was actually published this year


message 13: by Carrie (last edited Sep 04, 2019 09:20PM) (new)

Carrie Ann Number 12 - House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J Maas isn't set for publication until March 2020. Why's it on the list?


message 14: by Hunter (new)

Hunter Multiple Harry Potter books as well as Anne Frank's diary (twice).


message 15: by Vicki (new)

Vicki #253 A Court of Mist and Fury was published in 2016


message 16: by KG (new)

KG #801, 802, and 803 are Tolkien and Alice Walker, and needless to say were not published in 2019.


message 17: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Kerry wrote: "#801, 802, and 803 are Tolkien and Alice Walker, and needless to say were not published in 2019."

Removed.


message 18: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Vicki wrote: "#253 A Court of Mist and Fury was published in 2016"

Removed.


message 19: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Carrie wrote: "Number 12 - House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City, #1) by Sarah J Maas isn't set for publication until March 2020. Why's it on the list?"

Removed.


message 20: by Booklovinglady (last edited Oct 01, 2019 11:24PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Hunter wrote: "Multiple Harry Potter books as well as Anne Frank's diary (twice)."

I've removed all of the Harry Potter books, as well as Anne Frank's diary, as they were clearly not published during 2019... Whoever added them/voted for them can't seem to read, which is odd, given that this is a site for books...


message 21: by Vicki (new)

Vicki #169 Educated was published in 2018.


message 22: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Vicki wrote: "#169 Educated was published in 2018."

Book has been removed.


message 23: by Bev (new)

Bev #731 Anne of the Island was clearly not published in 2019.
Eliza and Her Monsters is also on here (I didn't make a note of the number) and was published a few years ago.


message 24: by Kevin (last edited Jan 19, 2020 07:58AM) (new)

Kevin The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson, #176, and Untitled (Nikolai Duology, #2) by Leigh Bardugo #185 both haven't been released yet.

Edit: The same for The City we Became by N.K. Jemisin at #694.


message 25: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl This is not the official list - the official list is here:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1...

You can tell the official "year of" lists because they are created by deleted user.


message 26: by Rainbowheart (new)

Rainbowheart Removed Syrian Brides. This was published in 2018, not 2019.


message 27: by Deena (new)

Deena Grace Draven's Radiance, which I loved, was published in 2015, not 2019.


message 28: by Deena (last edited Jun 28, 2020 06:52PM) (new)

Deena Grace Draven's Phoenix Unbound was released in 2018, not 2019.
Draven's Radiance came out in 2015, not 2019.


message 29: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Deena wrote: "Grace Draven's Phoenix Unbound was released in 2018, not 2019.
Draven's Radiance came out in 2015, not 2019."


Have they been removed yet? If not, which number are they currently on?


message 30: by Deena (new)

Deena Booklovinglady wrote: "Deena wrote: "Grace Draven's Phoenix Unbound was released in 2018, not 2019.
Draven's Radiance came out in 2015, not 2019."

Have they been removed yet? If not, which number are they currently on?"


Sorry that was silly of me. 214 and 331, both still there as of just now.


message 31: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Deena wrote: "Sorry that was silly of me. 214 and 331, both still there as of just now. ..."

Both have been removed :-)


message 32: by NancyJ (last edited Apr 17, 2021 12:17AM) (new)

NancyJ Published before 2019:
Little fires everywhere 1007
And Every morning the way home gets longer 911
US Against you 997

Normal People 612
Killers of the flower moon 545
pachinko 455
Glass Houses 233

Life of PI
Eleanor Oliphant
Circe


message 33: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl This is the not the official GR Best of 2019 list. The official one is here:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/best_o...

The way you know the official one is it was started by "deleted user", and also it's the one listed on the official Best of Year page:

https://www.goodreads.com/list/best_b...


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