Wednesday, January 1, 2020

A Year of Reading: 2019

1. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
2. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
3. Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
4. How Long 'Til Black Future Month by N.K. Jemisin
5. Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman
6. Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
7. A Memory of the Future: Poems by Elizabeth Spires
8. Famous Men Who Never Lived by K Chess
9. Nightingale by Amy Lukavics
10. My One and Only Duke by Grace Burrowes
11. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
12. Becoming by Michelle Obama
13. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
14. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
15. Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken
16. Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller*
17. The 100 Best Poems of All Time edited by Leslie Pockell
18. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness by Robert Specht
19. Dark Woods: Poems by Richard Sanger
20. Educated by Tara Westover
21. Milkman by Anna Burns
22. Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser
23. Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli
24. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
25. Refugee by Alan Gratz
26. Last Night in Nuuk by Niviaq Korneliussen
27. The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton
28. The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
29. Puddin' by Julie Murphy*
30. Girl Town by Carolyn Nowak
31. Mary Ventura and the Ninth Kingdom by Sylvia Plath
32. I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening) by Sarah Stewart Holland and Beth Silvers*
33. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
34. Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War by Nathaniel Philbrick
35. One in a Million by Lindsey Kelk
36. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
37. An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace by Tamar Adler
38. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
39. Paradox Bound by Peter Clines
40. Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson
41. Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink
42. Dolefully, a Rampart Stands by Paige Ackerson-Kiely
43. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
44. We Are All Shipwrecks by Kelly Grey Carlisle
45. There There by Tommy Orange
46. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman*
47. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
48. The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
49. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood
50. The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
51. Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
52. Llama Destroys the World by Jonathan Stutzman*
53. Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole
54. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
55. The Farm by Joanne Ramos
56. The Big Rewind by Libby Cudmore
57. Growing Things and Other Stories by Paul Tremblay
58. My One and Only by Kristan Higgins
59. Mr. Kiss and Tell by Rob Thomas
60. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
61. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
62. I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn
63. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
64. The Goodbye Summer by Sarah Van Name
65. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld
66. Costalegre by Courtney Maum
67. Version Control by Dexter Palmer*
68. What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli
69. The Body in the Wake by Katherine Hall Page
70. The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele
71. The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson
72. Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner
73. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston*
74. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" by Zora Neale Hurston
75. The Everything Buddhism Book by Arnie Kozak
76. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
77. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
78. Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft edited by Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe
79. Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh
80. The Mother of All Questions by Rebecca Solnit
81. The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
82. Exile From Eden by Andrew Smith
83. The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai
84. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
85. The Way Home: Tales From a Life Without Technology by Mark Boyle
86. To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers
87. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway*
88. Heartbreaker by Claudia Dey
89. Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Willie Parker
90. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
91. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
92. The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein
93. Baba Dunja's Last Love by Alina Bronsky
94. The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard
95. Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham
96. Mary Toft; or, The Rabbit Queen by Dexter Palmer
97. Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
98. Henry, Himself by Stewart O'Nan
99. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
100. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney
101. It Takes Two to Tumble by Cat Sebastian
102. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb

Phew! That's a lot. * denote those to which I gave 5 stars on Goodreads. The links all go to my posts about the books, and I apologize that there's not one about Llama Destroys the World, very deserving of its 5 stars, but still a picture book so I don't have a lot to really say about it. It speaks for itself.

If I had to pick favorites, I'd probably say Version Control and Red, White, and Royal Blue. However, I think everyone in America could benefit from reading I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening), and in fact I'm thinking of re-reading it myself. I might even buy a copy.

I read so many great books this year that as I look through the list I'm tempted to go on at length about many of them. Here's to another great year of reading!

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