The best books of the year so far: 2019

The best books of the year so far: 2019

From a study of sexuality to a wry satire, it’s been a great year for books. Lindsay Baker rounds up BBC Culture’s top picks, including Three Women, Phantoms and Nickel Boys.

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (Credit: Credit: Bloomsbury)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of I Never Said I Loved You by Rhik Samadder (Credit: Credit: Headline)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino (Credit: Credit: Random House)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane (Credit: Credit: Penguin)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin (Credit: Credit: One World)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Mouth Full of Blood by Toni Morrison (Credit: Credit: Chatto and Windus)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Phantoms by Christian Kiefer (Credit: Credit: Liveright)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Credit: Credit: Doubleday)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of The Flight Portfolio by Julie Orringer (Credit: Credit: Knopf)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry (Credit: Credit: Canongate)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Orange World and Other Stories by Karen Russell (Credit: Credit: Knopf)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Coventry by Rachel Cusk (Credit: Credit: Faber)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner (Credit: Credit: Headline)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant: Essays by Joel Golby (Credit: Credit: Penguin/ Random House)

The best books of the year so far: 2019 View image of 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in the Strange World by Elif Shafak (Credit: Credit: Viking)