The King County Library System announces Best Books of 2019

KCLS librarians share their favorite books of the year

The King County Library System (KCLS) has released its Best Books of 2019. The annual list reveals KCLS’ top 100 books of the year, and includes 25 titles in each of the following categories: fiction, nonfiction, children and teen.

Best Books are selected by KCLS librarians and staff members who, collectively, read thousands of books each year. Once nominations have been received, and votes are tabulated, KCLS Readers' Services Program Coordinator Emily Calkins finalizes the lists.

"Escapist reads were popular this year,” said Calkins. “Our fiction list includes five titles about romance or romantic comedies—up last year from just two! And for nonfiction titles, there were more biographies and memoirs on the list this year, than books about current events.”

About the King County Library System
Founded in 1942, the King County Library System (KCLS) is one of the busiest public library systems in the country. Serving the communities of King County (outside the City of Seattle), KCLS currently has 50 libraries and more than 700,000 cardholders. In 2011, KCLS was named Library of the Year by Gale/Library Journal. In 2018, residents checked out more than 4.8 million digital eBooks and audiobooks through Rakuten OverDrive, making KCLS the #1 digital circulating library in the U.S. and #3 in the world.

King County Library System Media Contact: Sarah Thomas, 425.369.3277,