Well, of the BBC's selection, I've read just one: the new Reacher. I did read Sally Rooney's first novel, 'Conversations with Friends' but it failed to whet my appetite for 'Normal People'. I did read some books published this year - a good novel by Cressida Connolly, set among Mosleyites on the south coast, an honest and tear-inducing memoir by Louisa Young, welcome new poetry by Douglas Dunn, a collection of medical anecdotes, both funny and moving, by Keyvan Moghissi, and a terrific book about 'Where Eagles Dare' by Geoff Dyer. Another very good thriller was Henry Porter's 'Firefly'. And now I'm halfway through David Copperfield (third time). It'll be the first book I finish in 2019. Putting the mark high for what is to come. Looking forward to it. Aren't books great?
Though I don't intend to read anything on this list - sorry, 'ultimate guide' - here is what provoked the above.