Ron Charles’ list of best books of 2019 for the Washington Post had not one book I had read. Many were nonfiction which I tend to avoid, one I had started but could not finish (On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous), but one sounded appealing enough to order from the library – Strangers and Cousins.
If you want to see what they are reading inside the beltway these days, here is the Washington Post top ten:
- Black Leopard, Red Wolfe by Marlon James – fantasy epic
- Falter by Bill McKibben – nonfiction
- Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo – this year’s Booker Prize
- A Good Provider is One Who Leaves by Jason DeParie – nonfiction
- Know My Name by Chanel Miller – nonfiction
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong – fiction
- Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe – nonfiction
- Strangers and Cousins by Leah Hager Cohen – fiction
- The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
- The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom – nonfiction
Library Reads at http://libraryreads.org has the monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. This time of year they offer their complete list, asking library staff to vote for their favorites. I usually find many on their list I’ve read, and sometimes a few I’ve missed. Check out their site for over 150 titles they recommended this year. Librarians always have good ideas.
Here are a few I’ve read:
- The Clockmaker’s Daughter: A Novel by Kate Morton
- The Library Book by Susan Orlean
- One Day in December: A Novel by Josie Silver
- Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
- My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel by Oyinkan Braithwait
- Night of Miracles: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
- Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
- Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfeld
- The Suspect by Fiona Barton
- The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
- Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman
- Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl
- The Lager Queen of Minnesota: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal
- Lady in the Lake by Laura Lippman
- The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
- The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
- This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
I’ve not read any of the washington post titles either. Some sound interesting but I definitely won’t be reading Black Leopard, Red Wolfe by Marlon James. I tried his Booker prize winning book and couldn’t get beyond half way….
I agree – not my style either.
I need something to read. Is there one from this list you especially recommend?
Three stay with me. If you’d like a good thriller: The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
If you like Patchett books:The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
This was a nice surprise: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger
I reviewed them all…