Reading List: 2019’s Most Critically Acclaimed Books

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View a list of all the critically acclaimed titles on our list from 0 to 2019.


  1. The Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead
  2. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
  3. The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden
  4. Homegoing: A Novel by Yaa Gyasi
  5. Behold the Dreamers: A Novel by Imbolo Mbue
  6. Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
  7. Second House from the Corner by Sadeqa Johnson
  8. Here Comes the Sun: A Novel by Nicole Dennis-Benn
  9. I Almost Forgot about You by Terry McMillan
  10. The Ex Chronicles by Sharon Lucas, Cheryl Cloyd Robbins and Others
  11. The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
  12. Insurrections: Stories by Rion Amilcar Scott
  13. Swing Time by Zadie Smith
  14. Freshwater Road by Denise Nicholas


  1. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
  2. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  3. Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson
  4. March Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
  5. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  6. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
  7. The Firebrand and the First Lady: Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Social Justice by Patricia Bell-Scott
  8. Fifty-Five Unemployed and Faking Normal: Your Guide to a Better Retirement Life by Elizabeth White


  1. As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds
  2. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  4. Ghost: Running for His Life or From It? by Jason Reynolds
  5. Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan
  6. Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford
  7. Juneteenth for Mazie by Floyd Cooper
  8. Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson’s Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton
  9. Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards
  10. We Came to America by Faith Ringgold


  1. Collected Poems: 1974–2004 by Rita Dove
  2. Olio by Tyehimba Jess
  3. Cannibal by Safiya Sinclair

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