My Favourite Books of the Year by Category

On Tuesday, you can expect my top 19 of 2019, which includes my very favourite books of all genres I’ve read this year. But I read so many books this year that 19 didn’t seem quite enough to include all my favourites, so I decided to also make top 5 and top 10  lists, divided by category/genre.

For more favourites, you can check out my list of favourite books of the decade, and my list of favourite 2019 LGBTQ+ releases.

Adult SFF

  1. Erin Morgenstern – The Starless Sea
  2. TJ Klune – Wolfsong
  3. Leigh Bardugo – Ninth House
  4. Cassandra Clare – The Red Scrolls of Magic
  5. Samantha Shannon – The Priory of the Orange Tree
  6. Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit
  7. R.F. Kuang – The Poppy War
  8. Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman – Good Omens
  9. Bridget Collins – The Binding
  10. Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone – This Is How You Lose the Time War

Adult Romance

  1. Casey McQuiston – Red, White and Royal Blue
  2. E.S. Yu – Human Enough
  3. Talia Hibbert – Get a Life, Chloe Brown
  4. Mina Waheed – Graham’s Delicacies
  5. Austin Chant – Peter Darling

YA Fiction

  1. Abdi Nazemian – Like a Love Story
  2. Mason Deaver – I Wish You All the Best
  3. Robin Talley – Pulp
  4. Zack Smedley – Deposing Nathan
  5. Misa Sugiura – This Time Will Be Different
  6. Caleb Roehrig – Death Prefers Blondes
  7. Shaun David Hutchinson – At the Edge of the Universe
  8. Akemi Dawn Bowman – Summer Bird Blue
  9. Camryn Garrett – Full Disclosure
  10. James Brandon – Ziggy, Stardust and Me


  1. Tehlor Kay Mejia – We Set the Dark on Fire
  2. Natasha Ngan – Girls of Paper and Fire
  3. Victoria Lee – The Fever King
  4. Roshani Chokshi – The Gilded Wolves
  5. Lauren James – The Starlight Watchmaker
  6. Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy – Once & Future
  7. Rory Power – Wilder Girls
  8. A. Alex Logan – Royal Rescue
  9. Hafsah Faizal – We Hunt the Flame
  10. Victoria Schwab – The Archived


  1. Ashley Herring Blake – Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World
  2. Victoria Schwab – Tunnel of Bones
  3. Kelly Barnhill – The Girl Who Drank the Moon
  4. Lisa Jen Bigelow – Hazel’s Theory of Evolution
  5. Anna Meriano – A Dash of Trouble

Graphic Novels

  1. Keezy Young – Taproot
  2. Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu – Mooncakes
  3. Katie O’neill – The Tea Dragon Festival
  4. Mai K. Nguyen – Pilu of the Woods
  5. Mariko Tamaki – Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me
  6. Kevin Panette & Savanna Ganucheau – Bloom
  7. C.S. Pacat – Fence, Vol. 3
  8. Molly Ostertag – The Witch Boy
  9. Daniel Barnes – The Black Mage
  10. Molly Brooks – Sanity & Tallulah


  1. Dean Atta – The Black Flamingo
  2. Jasmine Warga – Other Words For Home
  3. Trista Mateer – Aphrodite Made Me Do It
  4. Shelby Eileen – their body and their afterthought
  5. Shelby Eileen – poems i sleep next to


  1. Bianca Toeps – Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit
  2. Laura Kate Dale – Uncomfortable Labels
  3. Shaun David Hutchinson – Brave Face
  4. Kelly Jensen, ed. – (Don’t) Call Me Crazy
  5. Micah Rajunov, ed. – Nonbinary: Memoirs of Gender and Identity

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