My Best Books of 2019

2019 was my year of audiobooks. I eagerly consumed book after book in audiobook form after getting into knitting. I’m so glad to have found a way to multitask and get in more reading. It was also a year of book clubs, and some of these are from those as well. I read a combination of new and old, fiction and nonfiction, and I am excited to share them here with you. The following are my top ten books, in no particular order: 

Olive, Again

I must confess I never read the previous book—Olive Kitteridge. But I am currently almost finished with the audiobook version of this and I am in love. It is written as the combination of many different lives and experiences in the same small town in Maine and has such a genuine and true heart. 

Dominicana

Dominicana explores the history of immigration to America through the fictional story of one woman. This was a quick and entertaining yet powerful read. 

Miracle Creek

Miracle Creek was one of the best audiobooks that I read this year. It is at once a thrilling mystery and emotional exploration of family, immigration, and raising special needs children. 

Christmas Shopaholic

Though I have never read any of the other books in the Shopaholic series, I really loved this one. It put me in the Christmas spirit like nothing else. Becky’s personality and her shopping habit are unique, lovable, and hilarious. 

Educated

Tara Westover’s Educated was definitely my favorite memoir of the year. Westover overcomes extreme odds, growing up in a fundamentalist mormon family and experiencing abuse at the hands of her brother. Yet she overcomes this to become a highly educated, respected academic. 

Maybe you should Talk to Someone

In a year when everyone seems to need therapy, this memoir was a great exploration of the practice through such a personal point of view. The book explores a therapist’s perspective of going to therapy herself after a particularly painful breakup. 

Children of Blood and Bone

This was my favorite fantasy book of the year. It is a very popular YA novel that explores clashes between groups, kingdoms, and family members, with a little magic added in. 

An American Marriage

I read this for a book club and absolutely loved it, though it could be heartbreaking and frustrating. An American Marriage asks whether or not newlyweds can stick together after one of them is falsely accused of a crime, and spends five years in jail. 

Where’d you go, Bernadette

I may be a little late to this party, but I only recently listed to this on audiobook. I loved it for its humor, warmth, and ability to stay down to earth while tackling big issues. 

Ducks, Newburyport

The most experimental book on this list, Ducks, Newburyport is essentially one extremely long sentence. It offers a glimpse into the mind and life of one women, and explores pressing issues of today from a warm and personal standpoint. 

What were your favorite books this year? Let me know in the comments. 

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2 thoughts on “My Best Books of 2019”

  1. I hope Eileen Neri sees this post. You and she have similar taste in books. I’m still enjoying your posts, Olivia. Keep ’em coming!

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