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.


  1. Heads of the Colored People: Stories by Nafissa Thompson-Spires
  2. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
  3. The Nickel Boys: A Novel by Colson Whitehead


  1. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass
  2. The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis


  1. The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
  2. Whose Knees Are These? by Jabari Asim
  3. Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior
  4. New Kid by Jerry Craft
  5. Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

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