2019 Totals: Books


What follows is a list of the 100 books I read in 2019.

This year I decided to break down my reading habits. Of the 100, 49 were Adult, 47 were Young Adult or Middle Grade, and 4 were Children’s (picture books). Genre-wise, I still favor Fantasy (45%), with Science Fiction (14%), Mystery/Thriller/Crime (9%), Literary/Contemporary (8%), and Nonfiction (7%) trailing. The other genres – Poetry, Dystopian, Horror, Romance, genre-benders, anthologies, and picture books were at 1-4%.

For authors, 71% identified as women, 20% as men, and 9% as trans or nonbinary. 51% were BIPOC, 47% white, and 2% I could not determine how the author identified. Of the BIPOC authors: 46% were Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, 27% were Black, 20% were Latinx, and 7% were Indigenous. For both race and gender, I recorded authors however they identified – I did not assume identities.

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Best Young Adult Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror of 2019


This was an awesome year for young adult speculative fiction. It feels like a metric ton of YA was published this year, and most of it hovered somewhere between “so good” and “I’m dying from the greatness.” We were blessed with so much awesome young adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror this year that it took me a week to pair down my best ofs to the best of the best, and it’s still super long. So here you have it, my list of some of the best YA speculative fiction of 2019…

The full list is over at Tor.com.