As fall begins, I start thinking about end-of-year “Best of” lists. There are so many books released each year that I’m always worried that I’m missing out books I should have tried. AAR’s Power Search is my longtime favorite for checking out what’s been going on in a given year, and I often turn to it for guidance on what I should try to cram in before December.
As of 10 September, when I pulled the data for this column, AAR staffers had given DIK grades to 125 books published in 2019. But we read widely, and we can’t help sharing all the books that get us excited, even ones that aren’t romance (our biggest non-romance DIK category? Psychological thrillers!).
When you adjust the list to include only romances, we have given sixty-seven books published in 2019 a DIK of grade A+, A, or A- so far (1 A+ and 37 As). Contemporary has been our most successful subgenre, where we’ve had 29 DIK reads or listens, and our second-best is historical, with 16. This matches the anecdotal feeling of some of our reviewers that it’s been a weak year for historicals.
What about you, readers? Which of our favorites have you read, and do you agree that they are 2019’s finest? What 2019 romance do you want to get up on your soapbox and shout about until everyone reads it?