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December 13, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - November 13th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


Almost Anthropology (favorite books)
The Australian (best books)
BBC History Magazine (historians' favorite books)
Biblical Reasoning (favorite books)
Bloomberg (best books)
Book Riot (best epigraphs)
Book Riot (must-read picture books)
Booked Unicorn (favorite books)
Booklist (best books)
BookMarks (best-reviewed essay collections)
BookMarks (best-reviewed graphic literature)
BuzzFeed (best books)
CBC Books (best international fiction)
Charlotte Mecklenberg Library (best books)
The Clarity (favorite psychology books)
CrimeReads (best crime novels)
CrimeReads (best international crime fiction)
CrimeReads (best psychological thrillers)
Denver Public Library (favorite children's book lists)
Electric Literature (best fiction)
Electric Literature (best nonfiction)
Entropy (best nonfiction books)
Evening Standard (best cookbooks)
The Federalist (best books)
The Fiction of Relationships (favorite books)
Five Weeks (best kids' books)
Frederick's Child (favorite books)
FSG (favorite books)
The Garnet Mine (best books)
The Good Men Project (best books)
Greater Good (favorite parenting books)
Herald Scotland (best comics and graphic novels)
Hyperallergic (top books)
iNews (top books)
Iowa City Public Library (favorite mystery books)
Jenny Arch (great books)
JMM Sword & Shield (favorite books)
LGBTQ Nation (queer memoirs)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly - Benjamin (favourite books)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly - Catherine (favourite books)
Literary Hub (best cookbooks)
LitReactor (favorite books)
Los Angeles Times (writers' favorite books)
Macleans (best books)
Michelle DeRusha (favorite books)
Milwaukee Journal Citizen - Carole E. Barrowman (best mysteries)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Jim Higgins (best books)
Modern Hiker (favorite books)
Morning Star (best gardening books)
New Statesman (best children's books)
New Zealand Herald (best opening lines of books)
newsroom (best novels)
NJ.com (best books by New Jersey authors)
Parade (best books)
Paste (best nonfiction books)
People (best books)
The Points Guy (best books for people who love travel)
Read It Forward (favorite books)
Remezcla (best Latino and Latin American history books)
Science Focus (best science books)
Science News (best science books)
Scots Whay Hae! (best books)
The Skinny (favourite books)
Snapshots of the Mind (books)
The Spinoff (best New Zealand non-fiction)
Sydney Morning Herald (writers' favourite books)
Tablet (best Jewish children's books)
TinyTownStories (favorite books)
Tor.com (best young adult science fiction, fantasy, and horror)
Under the Radar (books)
UPROXX (best cookbooks)
Vogue (food books)
Wall Street Journal (best books)
Wall Street Journal (best children's books)
Wall Street Journal (best mystery books)
Wall Street Journal (best political books)
Wellies on the School Run (favourite books)
Wendy Perron (notable dance books)
WhatCulture (best comic books)
Wine Blog (top wine books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews






December 13, 2019

Shorties (Two Interviews with Deborah Levy, An Interview with and Performance by Angel Olsen, and more)

The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

The Creative Independent and New York Times interviewed author Deborah Levy.


Angel Olsen visited World Cafe for an interview and live performance.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 869 year-end lists so far.


Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting year-end "best of 2019" music lists.


December's best eBook deals.


Stream a track from Mark Kozelek's forthcoming spoken word album.


Bookworm interviewed cartoonist Chris Ware.


Coming this spring, a speculative fiction Beatles graphic novel, Paul Is Dead.


Comic Book Resources is counting down the top 100 comics of the 2010s.


Paste recommended the week's best new albums.


Justin Taylor explored Grace Paley's literary legacy at Literary Hub.


Rolling Stone recommended metal Christmas songs.


The New York Times profiled author Jeff VanderMeer.


Stream a new Grimes song.

Grimes also shared an "ETHERAL is a genre" playlist.


The Cut interviewed poet Precious Okoyomon.


Stream a new song by Wednesday.


Litro recommended casino-themes novels.


Stream anew Cartalk song.


LitReactor interviewed author Francesco Levato.


Stream a new Magdalena Bay song.


Kelly Link talked independent bookstores with Poets & Writers.


Stream a new Seu Jorge song.


The OTHERPPL podcast interviewed author Tim O'Brien.


Stream a new Kim Gordon video.


The New York Times recommended the week's best books.


The Districts shared four cover songs at Aquarium Drunkard.


Literary Hub recommended the best literary film adaptations of the 2010s.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


December 11, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - December 11th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


The A.V. Club (favorite books)
Atlantic (best cookbooks)
Belfast Telegraph (best books by Northern Ireland writers)
BookMarks (best reviewed science fiction and fantasy)
Boston Globe (best cookbooks)
Chicago Tribune (memoirs)
Chowhound (best cookbooks for bakers)
Chowhound (best cookbooks for carnivores)
Cool Table (favorite books)
Dave Writes and Draws (favorite books)
Escaping in Paper (top books)
Fodor's Travel (travel books)
Good Morning America (anchors' favorite books)
Irish Times (best debuts)
Kathy Gunst (best cookbooks)
Kevan Lee (favorite books)
Largehearted Boy (favorite novels)
Literary Hub (collated book lists)
Mary Clark (favorite books)
Mind Joggle (best books)
Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine (favorite Minnesota books)
New Zealand Listener (best cookbooks)
New Zealand Listener (best poetry books)
PopSugar (best books)
Powell's (best fiction)
Powell's (best kids' and young adult books)
Powell's (best nonfiction)
Powell's (best science fiction, fantasy, horror, and graphic novels)
Smithsonian Magazine (best science books)
Tiny Navajo Reads (top books)
Town & Country (best books)
The Traveller's Wife (favorite books)
The Unseen Library (favourite audiobooks)
Witty and Sarcastic Bookclub (best books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


Favorite Novels of 2019

These are the 11 novels I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year (my personal metric for "favorite").

What was your favorite novel of 2019? Let me know on Twitter or Facebook.


All City

All City by Alex DiFrancesco

Alex DiFrancesco's novel All City is a gem of speculative fiction, a book that deftly explores the near future while examining current issues like gender, climate change, and income inequality.


Bunny

Bunny by Mona Awad

Inventive and wildly entertaining, Mona Awad's Bunny is a stunning novel.


Family of Origin

Family of Origin by CJ Hauser

CJ Hauser's novel Family of Origin is hilarious, moving, and astonishingly original.


Lanny

Lanny by Max Porter

Inventively told in prose and poetry, Max Porter's novel Lanny is a fable for our time.


On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

My favorite novel of the year. Lyrical and heartbreaking, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a book that begs to be read several times to fully appreciate its beauty.


Permission

Permission by Saskia Vogel

Saskia Vogel's novel Permission is a nuanced and provocative debut.


Symphony No. 3

Symphony No. 3 by Chris Eaton

Chris Eaton's Symphony No. 3 is one of the year's finest novels, symphonic in structure and spectacular on a sentence level.


The Tenth Muse

The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

Catherine Chung's novel The Tenth Muse is timely, poignant, and captivating.


The Volunteer

The Volunteer by Salvatore Scibona

Salvatore Scibona's brilliant novel The Volunteer is both moving and epic.


We Cast a Shadow

We Cast a Shadow by Maurice Carlos Ruffin

Maurice Carlos Ruffin's impressive novel We Cast a Shadow is a bold, timely, and important debut.


Your House Will Pay

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

Steph Cha's novel Your House Will Pay is ambitious and suspenseful, an unforgettable literary thriller.


also at Largehearted Boy:

Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2018
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2017
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2016
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2015
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2013
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2008
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2007

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews


Shorties (The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay Being Adapted for Television, An Audio Documentary about Prince's 1999 Album, and more)

The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman will adapt Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay for television.


The Current shared the final episode of its four-part audio documentary on Prince's 1999 album.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 835 year-end lists so far.


Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting year-end "best of 2019" music lists.


December's best eBook deals.

eBook on sale for $1.99 today:

Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff by Michael Nesmith


The Guardian profiled author Lucy Ellman.


The Digital Comic Museum shares thousands of downloadable public domain comics.


Stream a new Thyla song.


Merriam-Webster's word of the year is "they."


Streamva new Yumi Zouma song.


Latinx authors recommended Latino books at NBC News.


Weyes Blood played a Tiny Desk Concert.


Book Riot recommended books that illustrate life as a woman in politics.


NPR Music shared a "Terrestrial Doom: 30 Songs For Our Age Of Anxiety" playlist.


Outside listed books in the "contemporary adventure canon."


Booker T.Jones discussed his new memoir Time Is Tight with Fortune.


Electric Literature recommended early 2020's most anticipated debut books.


Stream a new Nada Surf song.


Jacqueline Woodson has a new essay in the New York Times.


Stream a new Field Music song.


Literary Hub recommended the decade's best television and film literary adaptations.


BrooklynVegan interviewed Dan Campbell of the Wonder Years.


The Rumpus interviewed poet Malcolm Tariq.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


December 10, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - December 10th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


Abby Likes To Read (favorite books)
Akala (top books)
American Indians in Children's Literature (best books)
Bill Gates (favorite books)
Book Riot (best book covers)
Book Riot (books you might have missed)
BookMarks (best reviewed poetry books)
Dancing in Irreverence (best books)
Dashhouse (best books)
Den of Geek UK (top books)
Develop To Deploy (best books)
Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop (best books)
Entertainment Weekly (best debut novels)
Entropy (best comics & graphic novels)
Entropy (best fiction books)
Entropy (best poetry collections)
Five Books (best nature books)
For Puck's Sake (favorite witchy books)
Geographical (best books)
The Gospel Coalition (top books)
Iowa City Public Library (favorite fiction)
Iowa City Public Library (favorite middle grade and children's books)
Iowa City Public Library (favorite picture books)
Iowa City Public Library (favorite young adult)
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly - Anna (favourite books)
LitReactor (best books)
Martha Stewart (best cookbooks)
Mike Casey (favorite books)
The Nerd Daily (best YA books)
newsroom (best non-fiction books)
New York Daily News (top cookbooks)
Paste (best audiobooks)
Psychology Today (best books)
Radhika's Reading Retreat (best books)
Seattle Public Library (most checked-out books)
The Spinoff (best children's books)
Susan Fish (top books)
symmetry (best physics books)
Time Out Los Angeles (best Los Angeles cookbooks)
Vancouver Courier (best British Columbia books)
Waltham Public Library (favorite books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


Shorties (William Gibson Profiled, Moondog's Music and New York City, and more)

Agency by William Gibson

The New Yorker profiled author William Gibson.


The New Yorker delved into Moondog's music and its connection to New York City.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 741 year-end lists so far.


Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting year-end "best of 2019" music lists.


December's best eBook deals.


Electric Literature interviewed Claire Rudy Foster about her short story collection Shine of the Ever.


All Songs Considered recapped 2019 in music.


BuzzFeed recommended November's best books.


Stream a new song by Brian Eno.


Read It Forward recommended the best retellings of the Bronte sisters' novels.


Emilio Fraia talked to the New Yorker about her story in this week's issue.


Lambda Literary recommended December's best LGBTQ books.


Book Riot recommended books with unconventional travel writing.


The finalists for the NBCC's The John Leonard Prize for Best First Book have been announced.


6sqft listed 31 literary icons of Greenwich Village.


West Virginia Public Radio interviewed author Mesha Maren.


Stream a new Okay Kaya song.


This Is Horror interviewed author Daniel Braum.


Stream a new song by Sugar World.


Alison Moorer talked writing and songwriting with Paste.



also at Largehearted Boy:

Support Largehearted Boy

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


December 9, 2019

Bryan Furuness's Playlist for His Novel "Do Not Go on"

Do Not Go on

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others.

Bryan Furuness's novel Do Not Go on is a literary thriller both engaging and surprising.

Philip Graham wrote of the book:

"Do Not Go on, the new novel by Bryan Furuness, goes deep, goes funny, goes suspenseful, often on the same page. His language will often make you slow down and savor the inventiveness of a phrase, a sentence, an observation, while the plot tugs at you to turn the page. This is a brainy thriller that will more than once break your heart. And you will gratefully pick up the pieces and continue, wanting more of the foibles, surprises, self-deceptions, hopeful determination and spacious inner lives of his lively cast of characters."


In his own words, here is Bryan Furuness's Book Notes music playlist for his novel Do Not Go on:



Songs for the Witness


The pilot episode of Portlandia opens with a sketch where one character is trying to explain Portland to another character. "Do you remember the '90s?" he says. "There's a place where [that era] still exists as a reality, and I've been there."

Do Not Go on is set in the '90s, so the easy move would be to put together a '90s playlist. Easy but unsurprising. I'd rather try to capture the 90's spirit where it still exists as an audio reality: alternative hip-hop.

My favorite songs from this genre sound like they’re broadcast from a universe where old-school rap merged with the alternative scene of the early 90's and just kept rolling on the same trajectory for the next thirty years.

Or to put it a different way—if Gen X ran the world, this is the sound that would rule the airwaves:

1. "Delicate Cycle" by The Uncluded

At first, this seems to be two separate songs grafted together in a grotesque, Isle of Doctor Moreau way. The song bounces from Aesop Rock rapping about sending his own body parts through the mail, to Kimya Dawson singing in a sweet, frank voice about how she enjoyed working in a Laundromat as a kid. The juxtaposition is truly weird. But when their voices overlap in the chorus—My whole life/is a delicate cycle, delicate cycle—you realize holy shit, these two parts had different starting points but were headed for the same destination all along. Basically, this song is a braided essay set to a jaunty beat.

In DO NOT GO ON, several characters are involved with the witness protection program. These characters feel like they contain separate identities—who they were, and who they're trying to be now—and they're desperate to find a way to reconcile that dissonance.

2. "Song About You" by Mike Posner

It's a break-up song, the kind that protests too much. I don't want to think about you, he says in the middle of a song that is exclusively that kind of thinking.

But here’s the line that really hits me: And the worst type of sadness you could have/is when you miss something that doesn’t miss you back.

The witnesses in the book miss their old friends and their old lives, of course. But they also miss their old homes and communities. When a character named Kate has a chance to enter WITSEC, she falters. Why? "Because of the pitted sidewalk in front of Transfiguration. Because of Marty’s Deli, where she ate lunch every Tuesday with Michelle, whom she had known since the day in second grade when they’d scrapped over whose turn it was to jump in double dutch. Because of the tarnished kick plate on the door of her childhood home. Because of onions sizzling in a pan, Jim Croce crooning on WLIF, her mother walking into the front room, wiping her hands on a dish towel, glad to see her…Her life was here, her whole life, and if she went into Witness Protection, it would be over."

Sure, there are family and friends in that passage, but there are also a lot of things that make home HOME, that make her life HER LIFE, and those things won't miss her back.

3. “Ain’t Gonna Die Tonight” by Macklemore

Okay, I'll admit it: I like Macklemore more than I should. He’s Meat Loaf for the 21st century: too sincere, too dramatic, too oversingy…but also able to wink at himself.

This song’s got the same edgy, mouthy counterpunching spirit as the teenager at the center of my novel, Ana Easterday. If you threaten her, she’ll cut you to ribbons—usually with just a few words. "This was her real talent, the skill that never showed up on an aptitude test. Her tongue was a slicing black claw. She could say the worst things; she didn’t even have to try. More like the opposite: she had to keep her mouth in check every waking minute, like the eyes of Medusa."

4. "Bad Dreams" by Lyrics Born

This playlist wouldn't be complete without my favorite voice in alt-hip-hop: Lyrics Born.

My problems follow me to sleep at night/won't let me go./The more I hide, the more thrive deep down inside of my soul.

Yeah. Witnesses can relate.

"Five months. That's how long they had been in [this new town.] Enough time to settle in, settle down, and reasonably conclude they were hidden and safe. [Ana's] father had gone the other direction. It started with patrolling the house at night, checking locks, peering out into the yard. He stashed guns in dark pockets of the house, taped to the back of cabinet doors, under floorboards, and inside light fixtures, where they cast weird shadows. A few weeks ago, her father announced it was only a matter of time before [the hitman] found him, and when he did, no one could help. That's when he told Ana to leave, save herself, go back home."

5. "I like it, I love it" by Lyrics Born

I don't care where you're from/ the first time that I saw you girl, you had me sprung.

I gave you a break-up song, so I owe you a Gotta get witchoo song. Ana comes to Indiana with "the mentality of a short-timer: no friends, no joining, no roots. Do the time, get her father through the trial, leave for college, forget about this ugly chapter of her life. That was the plan, anyway, before Logan barnacled onto her."

In this small town, Logan is the kid whose brother caught him watching gay porn. Right away he recognizes Ana as a fellow castaway and befriends her, despite her best efforts to the contrary.

6. "Bad Vibes" by Kay Flay

If Ana was a real living person, she'd be listening to Kay Flay. Flay’s lyrics hit like a club, but they can also be funny. You're the sequel that sucks, she sings in this one. How is the earth so hot?/Like why even try when it's already fucked?

It's a song about wanting to quit, and knowing you never will. “Bad Vibes” is kind of the mirror image of the Macklemore song. Macklemore is defiance salted with a little realism (A few seconds after shouting I ain’t gonna die tonight, he says If I happen to die tonight…). “Bad Vibes” is weariness and bitterness. Flay is like: I’m so tired I wish I could quit, but let’s face it, that’s not gonna happen.

Defiance, weariness, bitterness, realism—all of that is swirling around Ana’s heart. But just as the speakers in both songs find a way to carry on, so does she.


Bryan Furuness and Do Not Go on links:

the author's website

Monkeybicycle essay by the author


also at Largehearted Boy:

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Book Notes (2015 - ) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2012 - 2014) (authors create music playlists for their book)
Book Notes (2005 - 2011) (authors create music playlists for their book)
my 11 favorite Book Notes playlist essays

Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Atomic Books Comics Preview (weekly comics highlights)
guest book reviews
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
Shorties (daily music, literature, and pop culture links)
Soundtracked (composers and directors discuss their film's soundtracks)
weekly music release lists


"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - December 9th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


100 Scope Notes (best children's books)
Alliance of Independent Authors (favorite authors)
The Balance (best personal finance books)
The Balance (best start-up books)
BecSoBookish (favorite books)
Between These Sheets (top books)
BookMarks (best-reviewed memoir and biography)
Books, Pens, Jen (favourite books)
Boston Globe (best books of Boston booksellers)
Christian Science Monitor (best nonfiction books)
Companion Animal Psychology (animal lovers' favourite books)
Daily Mail (best cookbooks)
Digital Camera World (best books on fashion photography)
Digital Camera World (best books on portrait photography)
The Dirt (best books)
Electric Literature (novels in translation)
EmmabBooks (top books)
Evening Standard (best tech books)
Fortune (favorite books)
FourFourTwo (best football books)
Guardian (best food books)
Healing Through Connection (books)
Henrico County Public Library (kids' books)
The Horton Family (top books)
Jesus Creed (books)
JoelBooks (best psychological thrillers)
Kirkus Reviews (best biographies)
Kirkus Reviews (best books of historical excavation)
Kirkus Reviews (best books to fight misogyny and sexism)
Kirkus Reviews (best books to fight racism and xenophobia)
Kirkus (best current affairs books)
Kirkus Reviews (best essay collections)
Kirkus Reviews (best health and popular science books)
Kirkus Reviews (best memoirs)
Kirkus Reviews (best nature and travel books)
Kirkus Reviews (best reported books)
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly - Arizona (favourite books)
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly - Luke (favourite books)
Mac Reviews Books (books)
New Yorker (best cookbooks)
New Zealand Listener (best children's books)
Observer (best graphic novels)
Pernille Ripp (best books)
Playbill (best theatre books)
Prospect (best books of bold ideas)
Psychobabble (top pop-culture books)
PureWow (best books)
Read With River (best books)
Romance Book Binge (best books)
Shannon A Thompson (favorite books)
Southwest Review (must-read books)
Washington Post (best cookbooks)
William Hill Sports Book of the Year (best sports books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

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2019 Year-End Online Music Lists
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2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


Shorties (Olga Tokarczuk's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, The Music of Noah Baumbach's Life, and more)

Flights by Olga Tkarczuk

Read Olga Tkarczuk's acceptance speech for her Nobel Prize in literature.


Filmmaker Noah Baumbach discussed the music of his life at Pitchfork.


Largehearted Boy's list of "best books of 2019" lists has collected 741 year-end lists so far.


Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting year-end "best of 2019" music lists.


December's best eBook deals.


NPR Music examined songs about climate change.


Stylist recommended the past decade's best books by women.


Camp Cope’s Georgia Maq discussed her new solo album with Paste.


Kacen Callender talked to Electric Literature about her novel Queen of the Conquered.


Courtney Barnett covered Leonard Cohen's "So Long, Marianne."


Rachel Kushner detailed her art collection for the New York Times.


BrooklynVegan recapped the week's best new holiday songs.


The Guardian profiled author Lisa Taddeo.


Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky covered Phil Collins and Extreme.


Book Riot recommended contemporary short story collections.


Sloan, Kevin Drew & Tracey Ullman covered Buzzcocks’ “Why Can’t I Touch it?”.


The Quietus pondered if unfilmable books exist.


Literary Hub shared an excerpt from Howard Fast’s story collection The General Zapped an Angel.



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previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics and graphic novels)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly Books of the Week (recommended new books, magazines, and comics)
musician/author interviews
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
Short Cuts (writers pair a song with their short story or essay)
weekly music release lists


December 7, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - December 7th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


BookBrowse (best books)
BookPeople (favorite kids books)
C. Doyle Hughes (best books)
CBC (best Canadian fiction)
CBC (best Canadian nonfiction)
Christian Science Monitor (best fiction)
Detroit Free Press (best books that will inspire and delight readers)
Glamour (female authors' book recommendations)
Independent - Julia Platt Leonard (best cookbooks)
Irish Independent (best children's books)
Isabel Hutchinson (best books)
KCRW (cookbooks)
Paste (best book covers)
Prospect (best politics books)
TVexamined (best nonfiction books)
Une Belle Vie (books)
Vogue (best fashion books)
Vox (best books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
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2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
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2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


December 6, 2019

"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - December 6th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily.

Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed.

Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists.

See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists.

Please consider making a donation or leaving a tip to Largehearted Boy to support posts like these.


Today's updates to the Online "Best of 2019" Book Lists:


The Beat (best comics)
BuzzFeed (favorite cookbooks)
Daily Mail (children's books)
Greater Good (favorite books)
IGN (best comic book artists)
IGN (best comic book series)
IGN (best comic book writers)
IGN (best limited comic book or mini-series)
IGN (best original graphic novel)
Kenny Coble (favorite books)
Librairie Drawn & Quarterly - Saelan (favourite books)
MBTB's Mystery Book Blog (best books)
New York Times (best crime novels)
New York Times (critics' top art books)
Noteworthy - Jackie (best fantasy books)
Paste (comics)
Prospect (best economics books)
Qspirit (top LGBTQ Christian books)
Rainy Days and Cliches (favorite books)
Ryan Miller (top books)
Science Friday (best science books)
Smithsonian Magazine (best children's books)
Sommer Reading (best children's books)
Vulture (best comedy books)
Vulture (best overlooked books)


also at Largehearted Boy:

Online "Best Books of 2018" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2017" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2016" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2015" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2014" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2013" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2012" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2011" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2010" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2009" Lists
Online "Best Books of 2008" Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Online Book Lists

2019 Year-End Online Music Lists
2018 Year-End Online Music Lists
2017 Year-End Online Music Lists
2016 Year-End Online Music Lists
2015 Year-End Online Music Lists
2014 Year-End Online Music Lists
2013 Year-End Online Music Lists
2012 Year-End Online Music Lists
2011 Year-End Online Music Lists
2010 Year-End Online Music Lists
2009 Year-End Online Music Lists
2008 Year-End Online Music Lists
2007 Year-End Online Music Lists
2006 Year-End Online Music Lists
Best of the Decade (2000-2009) Music Lists

other lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
musician/author interviews


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