The Latest Booklist: Editors’ Choice, 2019

Happy New Year from Booklist! After months of toiling over the selection of the year’s best books, we can finally reveal the January 1 & 15 Editors’ Choice issue, which features editor-selected best-of lists for adult books, books for youth, adult books for young adults, audio for adults, and audio for youth. Also featured are our annual Top of the List winners—our section editors’ most favorite favorites—and an interview with Carlyn Beccia, author and illustrator of this year’s Top of the List youth nonfiction winner, Monstrous: The Lore, Gore, and Science behind Your Favorite Monsters​.

Be sure to also check out the new Writers & Readers column from author Evette Dionne, Michael Cart’s personal best of the year, Heather Booth’s sage advice on how to listen to audiobooks, and the latest Booklist Backlist of best personal reading from your favorite Booklisters.

Plus, if you haven’t already heard: this issue kicks off our yearlong Women in Focus celebration. Coinciding with the hundredth anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment—and an important election year—the Women in Focus promotion will reexamine the events of the past century, advocate for and educate the electorate about voting rights, showcase current events, and turn a keen—and hopeful—eye to the future through issue-by-issue reviews, features, interviews, and more!

The January 1&15 issue of Booklist is live on Booklist Online, where you’ll find all of these new features and interviews, along with 391 new reviews. Most articles will be free to all for the next two weeks—to have unrestricted access, you’ll need to log in. If you aren’t yet a subscriber, or do subscribe but haven’t registered for access, you can take care of that today!

You can also find the complete magazine online! Booklist’s digital edition of the January 1&15 issue is live. It’s a great way to explore the magazine from your iPhone, iPad, tablet, Samsung Galaxy, or any other internet-connected device. With the digital issue, subscribers will now get print, online, digital, and archival access to the 22 Booklist and four Book Links issues each year! Visit'

About the Author:

Michael Ruzicka, Office Manager, was raised in suburban Los Angeles, received a BA in Creative Writing/Poetry at UC Santa Cruz, then moved to Birmingham, AL, where he spent five years owning an independent bookstore and earned an MLIS. He has brought his librarian skills to Vanderbilt’s Television News Archive, Battle Ground Academy, The Museum of Contemporary Art-Chicago, and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Michael is very excited to be a part of Booklist and call Chicago his home.

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