Here are my picks for the best books of 2019, fiction and nonfiction. These aren’t the best books published this year, but rather the best I’ve read in the last twelve months. The winner in both categories is barely distinguished from the pack, and the runners up are all worthy of reading. Runners up appear in alphabetical order by their author’s surname. Each title is linked to my review of the book.
- The Powers of the Earth and Causes of Separation by Travis J. I. Corcoran
I am jointly choosing these two novels as fiction books of the year. They are the first two volumes of the Aristillus series and may be read as one long story spanning two books.
- Stalin, Vol. 2: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941 by Stephen Kotkin
What were your books of the year for 2019?