Shelf Awareness's Best Books of 2019

Out of the thousands of books published this year, how to choose just 10 fiction titles and 10 nonfiction? Some passionate arguments ensued, but we're all still friends and, ultimately, book lovers. (See our reviews below.)

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead)
The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman (Berkley)
Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (Ballantine)
Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg (Scribner)
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Random House)
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor)
Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Grove)
Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett (Tin House)
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (St. Martin's)
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi (Holt)

The Book of Delights
by Ross Gay (Algonquin)
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang (Graywolf)
Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer (Random House)
God Land by Lyz Lenz (Indiana Univ. Press)
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (One World)
How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell (Melville House)
Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Avid Reader)
Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino (Random House)
The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom (Grove)

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