Best books of 2019

I had big plans at the beginning of 2019 to keep on top of sharing my book list … and then life happened and I got into a reading funk, like writers block only with books. That’s probably why I only read 32 this year. To put that in perspective, I read 44 in 2018.

Instead of listing all the books I’ve read, I’ve decided to just go with my favorites. Some are new, some are old, some are nonfiction but most are fiction. (My whole life is nonfiction and I need a break, that’s why.)

No links on the titles, sorry about that, I’m tired. Also, I was going to wait until Thursday to post this but then it would be 2020 and I want to be done with 2019, if that makes sense. This is the last piece. So here we are.


Mirage by Somaiya Daud. When does the second book come out again? Clever, well written, makes you think.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. Alaskans are tough, that’s what this book taught me. Entertaining, aggravating at times, quick read.

About a Boy by Nick Hornsby. Adorable.

The Personality Brokers: The Strange History of the Meyers-Briggs Personality Test by Merve Emre. After reading this, it made me rethink my attachment to my INFJ-T “ranking.” I mean … it’s all kind of just made up, really. Interesting read.

An American Marriage by Tarari Jones. Crushing and great.

Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. Fun, quick reads with interesting characters.

Educated by Tara Westover. I will forever be amazed at this woman’s story — it’s fascinating, heartbreaking and insane.

The Radium Girls by Kate Moore. This book crushed my soul. Nonfiction but written in story form. HIGHLY recommend.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I don’t know why I was so surprised to like this book so much — The Graveyard Book is one of my all-time favorites, after all. Great story, easy read.

There There by Tommy Orange. Outstanding. Made me ponder my own white privilege and all I take for granted.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. Excellent all around — World War II-era Europe, tight storyline, I can see why everyone raved about it.

Becoming by Michelle Obama. Here’s what I learned: Michelle Obama is my best friend. She’s kind and strong and flexible and knows herself, and her insights into life in the White House (and the constant scrutiny her family was under) were really interesting. Come back, Obamas!

Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell. Book two of a Simon and Baz series. Three magic English kids go on an American adventure. Entertaining and easy to read. Rowell is American, but her commentary on America through her characters’ eyes is hilarious. And, I mean, also spot-on.

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meisser. Another World War II-era book. I learned new things about American history from this little work of fiction and I am not impressed, but that’s half the plot so I’m keeping my mouth shut. Some of the storyline seems contrived, especially at the end, but eh, it didn’t bother me that much.

Archenemies by Marissa Meyer. The third and last book in the Supernova series and a satisfying conclusion.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Noah is a gifted storyteller and is hilarious. And it was eye-opening. Recommend.

2 thoughts on “Best books of 2019

  1. sarahn says:

    A handful of those are on my list to read (bought mum Educated for Christmas cause I’ll steal it! Also got Born a Crime; An American Marriage on library reserve list). I read Becoming too, I didn’t feel she was as free in writing whilst in the White House as her early years which was sad. The Radium Girls was recommended by a home renovation podcast I listen to, but not spiked my interest to add to my list.. loved All The Light We Cannot See, particularly as I studied in 2096 near Mont St Michel, in a town called Rennes.


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