Reading List: 2019’s Most Critically Acclaimed Books

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


Fiction

  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

Nonfiction

  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

Children’s

  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

Poetry

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


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