Best Books of 2019


best books to read of 2019

Alright, with 2019 finally in the books, it’s the perfect time to do a roundup of my favorite reads of 2019.

Note that I’m only including books that I’ve actually read on this list, and it only includes book released in 2019 (and not books released in prior years that I happened to read in 2019). There’s also a few books from 2019 that I still plan on reading such as Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, among others. If they end up making the list, I’ll update this!

If you’ve been following this blog all year, all of these books will have been mentioned and reviewed before, but if not then this is a great way to get caught up!


The Dutch House
Ann Patchett | Harper

What It's About: At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves...

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Publication Date: September 24, 2019
  


The Nickel Boys
Colson Whitehead | Fleet

What It's About: Winner of the 2020 Pulizer Prize for Fiction.

As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is “as good as anyone.” Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is a high school senior about to start classes at a local college...

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Publication Date: September 20, 2020
  


Recursion
Blake Crouch | Crown

What It's About: Memory makes reality.

That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

That's what neuroscientist Helena Smith believes...

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Publication Date: June 11, 2019
  


Ask Again, Yes
Mary Beth Keane | Scribner

What It's About: How much can a family forgive?

A profoundly moving novel about two neighboring families in a suburban town, the bond between their children, a tragedy that reverberates over four decades, the daily intimacies of marriage, and the power of forgiveness.

Francis Gleeson and Brian Stanhope, two rookie cops in the NYPD, live next door to each other outside the city...

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Publication Date: May 28, 2019
  


The Testaments
Margaret Atwood | Nan A. Talese

What It's About: A previously published cover of this ISBN can be found here.

Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within.

At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results...

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Publication Date: September 10, 2019
  


Catch and Kill
Ronan Farrow | Fleet/William Collins

What It's About: In this instant New York Times bestselling account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence...

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Publication Date: October 15, 2019
  


The Huntress
Kate Quinn | William Morrow Paperbacks

What It's About: From the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling novel, THE ALICE NETWORK, comes another fascinating historical novel about a battle-haunted English journalist and a Russian female bomber pilot who join forces to track the Huntress, a Nazi war criminal gone to ground in America.

In the aftermath of war, the hunter becomes the hunted…

Bold and fearless, Nina Markova always dreamed of flying...

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Publication Date: February 26, 2019
  


Exhalation
Ted Chiang | Knopf

What It's About: This much-anticipated second collection of stories is signature Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and the temptation of second chances...

Publication Date: May 7, 2019