Amazon got us started off back in early November with its many best books lists. This page is the portal on which you’ll find links to lists of best books in many different categories.
This is The Washington Post ’s portal into its lists of books in the following categories:
- the top 10 outstanding books
- The 10 best thrillers and mysteries of 2018
- The 5 best romance novels of 2018
- The 5 best science fiction and fantasy novels of 2018
- 50 notable works of nonfiction in 2018
- 50 notable works of fiction in 2018
- The biggest book news of the year
- The 10 best book adaptations to hit screens in 2018
- The 10 best graphic novels of 2018
- The best children’s books of 2018
- The 5 best audiobooks of 2018
- The 5 best poetry collections of 2018
This is the portal into Publishers Weekly’s list of the year’s best books in lots of categories.
This page presents a whole lot of book covers with a sidebar in which you can choose to filter (e.g., “for art lovers,” “historical fiction”) what type of books you want to see. If you hover your mouse over a particular cover, a pop-up box will appear with a link to more information about the book.
If you find this approach overwhelming, as I did, you can check out BookBub’s report on the NPR choices here.
From BookRiot, a list generated by its followers.
59 BOOKS THAT YOU SHOULD PROBABLY READ SOME TIME IN 2019
After complaining of being woefully behind on her reading, The New Yorker staff writer Katy Walkman offers a list of nine best books of 2018:
To me, each of the titles below represents an energizing alternative to the ripped-apart illogic of our contemporary reality. Even the most disorienting novel is a reminder that you are more than a frayed nerve ending flailing across the Internet—that you, a somewhat coherent person, exist. Each one of these books does what Alexander Pope said wit can do: it “gives us back the image of our mind.”
Suggestions by librarians from all across the United States.
What distinguishes these awards from most others is that they are voted on by readers, not critics. This is the portal into the listings of winners in several categories:
- mystery & thriller
- historical fiction
- best of the best
- science fiction
- memoir & autobiography
- history & biography
- science & technology
- food & cookbooks
- graphic novels & comics
- debut author
- young adult fiction
- young adult fantasy
- middle grade & children’s
- picture books
The 62 Books That Won Our Hearts and Minds in 2018
Literary Hub generated this list by aggregating data from the major reviews of this year’s crime and thriller releases.
This isn’t your typical end-of-the-year best books list, but not including it here would seem like a sin. “There are times in life when we need a spark of inspiration, hope, or encouragement,” and these books provide just that, according to BookBub readers.
And here’s another not-so-straightforward list of some of the year’s best books, this one with a cultural emphasis:
there has been a grassroots pushback against hot-take nonfiction — one led, of course, by women. They didn’t launch any franchises — no “girl”-titled blockbusters and probably no future Jennifer Lawrence vehicles — but collectively, they dominated a shrunken literary ecosystem.
Reinvented auto-fiction, gripping essays, and last stories from a renegade master.
here are 30 of the best book subscription services that are available as of the end of 2018.
From the staff of O, the Oprah magazine:
Our favorite books draw on politics and the news, whether via wrongful incarceration, #MeToo, or the divide between generations. But they also totally captivate us with gorgeously-crafted sentences, their singular take on modern stories, and their insouciance.
This list from the UK’s The Guardian naturally focuses on British literature. This link is the portal page for further listings in the following categories:
- crime & thrillers
- graphic novels
- children & teenagers
- science fiction & fantasy
- memoir & biography
- food & drink
- stocking fillers
- ideas & science
From Book Riot.
And finally … it seems only appropriate to end this list of best books of 2019 (although there will probably be one more such list) with a look forward to next year:
A list by Olivia Ovenden for Esquire.
© 2018 by Mary Daniels Brown