NYPL best adult books of 2019

Best books of 2019

The above linked article talks about the New York Public Library’s list of best books of 2019. I have some of the books, and I have read some of the books. It’s a long list, but most seem worth reading.

Best Books For Adults: Top 10

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Aker

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacobs

Normal People by Sally Rooney

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement  by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Three Women by Lisa Tadeo

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

Biographies & Memoirs

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob

In Waves by A.J. Dungo

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom


The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Lovely War by Julie Berry

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo


Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, trans. by Antonia Lloyd-Jones

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Fly Already by Etgar Keret 

Girl by Edna O’Brien

A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio, trans. by Ann Goldstein

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

Lanny by Max Porter

Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, trans. by Stephen Snyder

Normal People by Sally Rooney

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

The Other Americans by Laila Lalami

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson 

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Graphic Novels

Bad Gateway by Simon Hanselmann

BTTM FDRS by Ezra Claytan Daniels, art by Ben Passmore

Cannonball by Kelsey Wroten

Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

Mister Miracle by Tom King, art by Mitch Gerads

Off Season by James Sturm

Penny Nichols by M.K. Reed and Greg Means, art by Matt Wiegle

Rusty Brown by Chris Ware

Historical fiction

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

Inland by Téa Obreht

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames

A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Transcription by Kate Atkinson


A Cosmology of Monsters by Shaun Hamill

Bunnyby Mona Awad

The Institute by Stephen King

The Need by Helen Phillips

Mystery & Suspense

American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

The Current by Tim Johnson

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Lady In the Lake by Laura Lippman

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware


Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

A Prince On Paper by Alyssa Cole

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Science Fiction

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu, ed.

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

The Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

Story Collections

Grand Union by Zadie Smith

Mouthful of Birds by Samanta Schweblin

Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

Orange World by Karen Russell

Raised in Captivity by Chuck Klosterman

Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine 

The World Doesn’t Require You by Rion Amilcar Scott


Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom by Katherine Eban

Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration by Emily Bazelon

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl

Parkland: Birth of a Movement by Dave Cullen

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement by Megan Twohey & Jodi Kantor

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self Delusion by Jia Tolentino

The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells

Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell


Black Condition Ft. Narcissus by Jayy Dodd

The Crazy Bunch by Willie Perdomo

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

In Her Feminine Sign by DunyāMīkhāʼīl

Library of Small Catastrophes by Alison C. Rollins

Lima :: Limón by Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Soft Science by Franny Choi

Some Girls Survive on Their Sorcery Alone by Thiahera Nurse

Tsunami vs. the Fukushima 50 by Lee Ann Roripaugh

The Year of Blue Water by Yanyi