Eight Books to Read Before the End of 2019
I am unreasonably interested in end of year countdowns. I LOVE reading “best of 2019” lists- be it books, movies, songs, whatever. When we’re talking books, I like to write my own list (2018, 2016), and I like to do my research.
This time of year is when I want to make sure I’ve hit most of the buzzy and/or critics’ picks to see where I land. It’s the perfect time- we’re far enough in to the year so a lot of great books have already been published, but there’s still enough time for me to try and catch up.
Below are the 2019 releases that I want to make sure to read by the end of the year. It’s a mix of memoir, mystery, and literary fiction. To come up with this list, I perused a lot of the Best of 2019 (so far) lists that are out there and added the ones that were the most stand out to me. Author diversity was also a factor in my choices- according to my reading tracker, only 23% of the books I’ve read so far were written by authors of color. Not good!
Here are the books that I’m prioritizing for the rest of the year.
A Woman is No Man | Etaf Rum | Publication Date: 3.5.19 | Current Goodreads Rating- 4.28 on 15,782 Ratings
Why I’m prioritizing it: Tons of my favorite recommendation sources raved about this and the plot sounds so interesting. Also, the Goodreads ratings are insane!
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips | Publication Date: 5.14.19 | Current Goodreads Rating- 3.89 on 3,092 ratings.
Why I’m prioritizing it- I love stories where the setting itself feels like a character and the remote Russian peninsula is the perfect set up. Bonus points for this being a debut!
I Miss You When I Blink | Mary Laura Philpott | Publication Date: 4.2.19 | Current Goodreads Rating- 3.90 on 3,144 Ratings
Why I’m prioritizing it- I’ve read too many middle of the road memoirs this year and I’m really hoping this will stand out. I’m not quite in the same phase of life as the author is, but I love observations about everyday life that make you go yes… me too! Plus, I love her personality online, so I want to know more of her story.
If You Want to Make God Laugh | Bianca Marais | Publication Date: 7.16.19| Current Goodreads Rating: 4.51 on 304 Ratings
Why I’m prioritizing it: Liberty Hardy said that this is a book that made her feel like she was reading it without her skin. A book that’s that evocative definitely deserves a chance!
The Affairs of the Falcons | Melissa Rivero | Publication Date: 4.2.2019 | Current Goodreads Rating: 3.77 on 579 Ratings
Why I’m Prioritizing It: Immigration is an issue that’s hotly debated every day in the U.S. and I’d like a more nuanced look.
The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo | Publication Date: 6.25.19 | Current Goodreads Rating: 4.14 on 3,036 Ratings
Why I’m prioritizing it: When they’re done well, multi-generational stories about everyday families are some of my favorites. Plus this is set in the Chicago suburbs- my hometown!