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Literally Every Book We Recommended In 2019

New or old titles, from our editors and from BuzzFeed Book Club members — here's everything.

Posted on December 27, 2019, at 3:09 p.m. ET

20 Fantastic YA Books That You'll Wanna Read This Winter

Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

31 YA Books By Black Authors That You Can't Miss This Year

Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

16 Breakup Books That Won’t Make You Feel Bad About Breaking Up

Shambhala Publications, Crown
Harper Collins, Gallery Books

37 Amazing New Books To Add To Your Spring Reading List

Copper Canyon Press, FSG
Viking, Crown

29 New YA Books To Read This Spring

Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

13 Books By Queer Poets To Add To Your Reading List

YesYes Books, Feiwel and Friends

17 Powerful Books About Climate Change

Dey Street Books, Knopf

19 Amazing Books From Indie Presses To Add To Your Reading List

Feminist Press, Black Lawrence Press

9 Books That Helped Me Through My Infertility

Graywolf Press, Dey Street Books

24 YA Books To Devour During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

29 Summer Books To Get Excited About

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Getty Images

20 Audiobooks To Listen To While Road-Tripping


25 Of The Best 2019 YA Books To Read During Pride Month

Farrah Penn/BuzzFeed

15 Books To Read Now That Big Little Lies Is Over

Harper, Knopf

23 Young Adult Novels To Devour By A Pool This Summer

Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

19 Romance Novels To Fall In Love With This Summer

Berkley, Avon

18 New Books From Small Presses That Deserve Your Attention

BuzzFeed News/ Kernpunkt Press; Indiana University Press; Santa Fe Writers Project; University of Arizona Press; Interlude Press; C&R Press; Unnamed Press; Press 53

33 Books You’ve Got To Read This Autumn

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Courtesy of Caitlin Covington

11 Books To Read If You Like "The Handmaid's Tale"

BuzzFeed News, Nan A. Talese, Doubleday, Back Bay Books, Bloomsbury, Make Me A World, Vintage, Harper Perennial

9 New Books By Latinx Writers You’ve Got To Read

BuzzFeed News, Knopf, Ecco, Flatiron, Penguin Random House, Algonquin, Imprint, FSG

11 Must-Read Memoirs Coming Out This Fall

Beacon Press, Knopf

19 Really Great YA Books You'll Want To Pick Up This Fall

Farrah Penn / BuzzFeed

16 Romantic Books To Read This Fall

Berkley, William Morrow

11 Great Books About Rock And Roll

BuzzFeed News, Chicago Review Press, ECW Press, Dey Street Books, Anchor, Knopf, Back Bay Books, Simon & Schuster

13 Great New Books About Complicated Families

HMH, Tin House, Unnamed Press, W. W. Norton, Harper, Nimbus, Riverhead

68 Books For Every Person On Your Holiday List

Ballantine Books, Flatiron Books

13 Thrillers We Couldn't Stop Thinking About In 2019

Crown, William Morrow

Here Are Our 20 Favorite Cookbooks From 2019

Charlotte Gomez / BuzzFeed

15 Queer Books You Might Have Missed This Year

Coffee House Press, Milkweed Editions

These Are The Best Books Of 2019

Ben Kothe/BuzzFeed News; Tin House, Grove Press, Penguin Press, Graywolf, Harper, Copper Canyon Press, FSG, Bloomsbury, Doubleday, Hogarth

31 Of The Best Young Adult Books From 2019

Ellie Sunakawa / BuzzFeed

The 25 Best Books Of The Decade

Vintage, Graywolf Press

The 30 Best YA Books Of The Decade

Brooke Greenberg / BuzzFeed


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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Doubleday, Studio 24

Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel is about a nurse who has found herself in a dangerous pattern of abetting her younger sister who can’t seem to stop killing men, and it’s a quick read. You can’t help flying through the pages, but Braithwaite also manages to juxtapose this high-stakes story with the mundanity of daily life and its universal disappointments. Read an excerpt here.

Sugar Run by Mesha Maren

Algonquin, courtesy of author

Sugar Run follows 35-year-old Jodi McCarty, who is just released after 18 years in prison. She sets off to find someone from her past — someone she promised she’d rescue a long time ago — but along the way, she meets and falls in love with a single mother who’s running from her own demons, kids in tow. Together the mismatched group head toward the abandoned West Virginia farm that once belonged to Jodi’s grandmother, hoping maybe they can turn it into a home. Check out an excerpt here.

The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh

BuzzFeed News; Knopf; courtesy Sophie Mackintosh

Sisters Grace, Sky, and Lia have grown up isolated on remote land, living under the severe rule of their mother and father — the latter called King. King has taught his daughters that men are literally toxic, and that their isolation is necessary for their survival. But months after King’s mysterious death, a violent storm washes three strange men ashore — the first men other than King that they’ve ever met — and the women must figure out how to survive. Read an excerpt here.

Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Ecco; Edward Carey

Bowlaway revolves around the eccentric Bertha Truitt and the New England bowling alley she owns. It’s a Dickensian saga spanning the 20th century, it’s full of whimsy (Bertha opens the bowling alley after being found unconscious in a cemetery with nothing on her but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and 15 pounds of gold), and it’s a heartfelt portrait of human relationships and entanglements. Read the first chapter here.

The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Grove Press;

This sprawling, fantastical novel takes place during the reign of the last sultan of Muslim Iberia, focusing on a concubine named Fatima and her best friend Hassan. The two have a dangerous secret — Hassan, the palace mapmaker, can draw maps that bend reality — and when Fatima accidentally reveals this to a woman from the newly formed Spanish monarchy, she puts her and Hassan's lives at risk. Wilson describes their escape from the palace and their subsequent journey through the country — trying to elude the Inquisition with the help of a wry jinn — with heart and humor, weaving in an ongoing exploration of the meaning and value of freedom. Read a chapter here.

Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Catapult

Rough Magic describes Lara's impulsive decision at 19 years old to sign up for "the world’s longest, toughest horse race” — 10 days on 25 ponies, over 1,000 kilometers of Mongolian grassland — and chronicles her surprising success despite having no formal training or qualifications other than a love of horses and great competitive drive. Read a chapter here.

Just Kids by Patti Smith

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News / Getty Images; Edward Mapplethorpe, HarperCollins

Just Kids is a poignant recounting of Patti Smith's once-in-a-lifetime relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the heady days of New York City in the late '60s and '70s. It's an inspirational and insightful story about friendship, ambition, and art — about the journey toward figuring out who you are, and all of the people who help you along the way. Read an excerpt here.

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Henry Holt and Co.

Trust Exercise studies the inner machinations of an elite performing arts high school in the 1980s, focusing at first on the romance of two first-year students, Sarah and David, and then expanding to reveal a dark undercurrent connecting the students; Mr. Kingsley, the manipulative head of theater arts; and a visiting British theater troupe. As the novel progresses into the second half, Choi cleverly throws the prior plot into question, and we find ourselves doubting everything we previously took as fact. It's dark, evocative, and addictive. Read a chapter here.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Ballantine Books

Daisy Jones & the Six is about a fictional '70s rock band who decides to break up at the height of their fame. Written as an oral history, each character gets to tell their side of the tumultuous split, and you'll be hooked as you learn more about Daisy, her bandmates, and the legendary music they created. Read an excerpt here.

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers by Bridgett M. Davis

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Courtesy Little, Brown and Company

The World According to Fannie Davis is an amazing true story about a woman who catapulted her family from Jim Crow era poverty to a life of bourgeois comfort by running an illegal gambling operation in Detroit. Read the introduction here.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Courtesy David Zaugh, Penguin Random House

Frankly in Love follows Frank Li, a Korean American high school senior who feels stuck between what he wants and how to live up to the expectations of his parents, especially their one rule of dating: "Date Korean." This proves to be a problem when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is incredibly smart and pretty, but also white. His family friend Joy Song is in a similar situation, so they make a pact. They'll pretend to date each other so they earn more freedom to be with their real significant others. Yoon's stellar debut expertly and authentically tackles racism, privilege, and characters who are trying to navigate their Korean American identity. Read an excerpt here.

All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg

Ben Kothe / BuzzFeed News; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

A family that isn’t exactly devastated by the death of their patriarch is an intriguing family indeed in Attenberg’s latest novel, set in New Orleans. It's an easy-to-read book about a complicated family — Attenberg’s area of expertise. Read the first chapter here.

18 Amazing Memoirs That Will Change The Way You See The World

Harper Perennial, Simon & Schuster

15 Must-Read Books For Fantasy Fans

Grove Press, St. Martin's Press

19 Books That Will Make Your Life A Little More Magical

Wednesday Books, Dial Press Trade Paperback

14 Dystopian Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Thinking About

HarperCollins, Atria

24 Books That Will Help You Face A New Beginning

Berkley, Del Rey Books

12 Thrillers To Read If You Liked "My Sister, The Serial Killer"

Viking, St. Martin's Press

Here Are 8 Memoirs That People Couldn't Stop Raving About

Gallery, Hachette Books


5 Books We Loved In March

Grove, Ballantine

4 Books We Loved In April

Viking, Hogarth

4 Books We Loved In May

Bloomsbury, Harper Wave

5 Books We Loved In June

Liveright, Pantheon

4 Books We Loved In July

Berkley, W. W. Norton

4 Books We Loved In August

Doubleday, Riverhead

5 Books We Loved In October

Random House, Berkley

4 Books We Loved In November

Viking, Tin House

*Newsletter-reviewed books that didn't make it into a post: The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir, The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai, The Orphan of Salt Winds by Elizabeth Brooks, The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker, Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss, The White Book by Han Kang, This Woman's Work by Julie Delporte, The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac, The Testaments by Margaret Atwood, and Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.