I read 83 books this year, which is funny because I read 82 books last year. So I guess I’m consistent? Funny. I read less YA this year vs. last year (10 books vs. 20 last year), which makes sense as we started featuring a wider range of books on the podcast (when we started out, it was only YA!). It was a good year of reading. Honestly, out of everything I read I would say that the best books of the year were non-fiction. It felt unfair ranking Three Women 6 on that list but it was only because everything on the list is so good!
To keep this post from being an actual novel, I didn’t include any descriptions but if you want my review, just type the name of the book into the search bar of the blog. You can also browse my Book Club page which has shorter descriptions of each book!
Everything I Read in 2019
The Best Non-Fiction I Read This Year.
Everything on this list is EXCELLENT. Quiet and Save Me The Plums were easily the two best books I read of the year. I still can’t stop thinking about either book!
- Quiet by Susan Cain
- Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl
- Becoming, by Michelle Obama.
- Modern Love by Daniel Jones
- American Predator, by Maureen Callahan
- Three Women, by Lisa Taddeo.
- So Here’s The Thing, by Alyssa Mastromonaco.
- Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit, by Steven Pressfield.
- My Friend Anna, by Rachel Deloache Williams
The Best Historical Fiction I Read This Year.
It’s funny that I only read four historical fiction books this year as it’s one of my favorite genres. I am probably the only person ever that wasn’t a big fan of Rules of Civility, but everything else was fab.
- City of Girls, by Elizabeth Gilbert
- American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
- Park Avenue Summer, by Renée Rosen
- Rules of Civility, by Amor Towles
The Best Thrillers
Ugh, my genre. I know it’s so lowbrow but I just love a good scary thriller… even the predictable ones! Verity and We Came Here to Forget were both podcast book picks – they both stuck with me for weeks after finishing them.
- Verity, by Colleen Hoover.
- We Came Here to Forget, by Andrea Dunlop
- The Family Upstairs, by Lisa Jewell
- The Banker’s Wife, by Cristina Alger.
- The Other Woman, by Sandie Jones.
- An Anonymous Girl, by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
- The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides
- The Mother-in-Law by Sally Hepworth.
- Good Girls Lie by J.T. Ellison
- Necessary People, by Anna Pitoniak.
- Lock Every Door, by Riley Sager.
- The Woman Inside, by E.G. Scott.
- Tell Me Everything, by Cambria Brockman
- A Keeper by Graham Norton.
- A Nearly Normal Family, by M.T. Evardsson
- My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing
- The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
- Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough
- It Ends With Us, by Colleen Hoover.
- The Turn of the Key, by Ruth Ware
- I’ll never tell, by Catherine McKenzie
- The Woman Upstairs, by Ruth Heald
- The Perfect Girlfriend, by Karen Hamilton.
- The Shape of the Night by Tess Gerritsen
- The Poison Garden, by A.J. Banner
The Best Light Reads
Yup, Becca was right! The Idea of You was just FANTASTIC. If you have not read it yet, drop what you are doing and go order it now!
- The Idea of You, by Robinne Lee
- One Day in December, by Josie Silver.
- Tell Me Lies, by Carola Lovering.
- A Sky Painted Gold, by Laura Wood.
- In Five Years, by Rebecca Serle (out March 2nd)
- Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.
- An Unkindness of Magicians, by Kat Howard.
- Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
- Regretting You by Colleen Hoover
- The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
- Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
- Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid.
- My Favorite Half-Night Stand, by Christina Lauren.
- Get a Life Chloe Brown, by Talia Hibbert
- The Wedding Party, by Jasmine Guillory.
- The Gifted School, by Bruce Holsinger
- How Could She, by Lauren Mechling
- More than Words, by Jill Santopolo.
- The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
- That’s What Frenemies are For, by Sophie Littlefield and Lauren Gershell
- The Friends We Keep, by Jane Green
- Waiting for Tom Hanks, by Kerry Winfrey
- Evvie Drake Starts Over, by Linda Holmes.
- Chances Are by Richard Russo
- Fleishman is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
The Best Young Adult Books
- With the Fire on High, by Elizabeth Acevedo.
- American Royals, by Katharine McGee
- Followers, by Megan Angelo
- Anna K by Jenny Lee
- One Of Us Is Next, by Karen McManus
- Little White Lies, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
- The Luxe, Rumors, Envy, and Splendor by Anna Godbersen (3 books)
- The Seasonaires, by Janna King.
- Malibu Bluff, by Janna King.
- A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder, by Holly Jackson
Miscellaneous / More Serious Books!
I kinda just lumped the more serious books from the year here. Still fiction but not thrillers/YA/a light read.
- My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante.
- The Story of a New Name, by Elena Ferrante.
- The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
- Normal People, by Sally Rooney.
- The Last Book Party, by Karen Dukess.
- The Governesses, by Anne Serre.
- The Seas, by Samantha Hunt.
photo by Carter Fish.