best of 2019

Whew. Y’all this year has wiped me out, and this fall in particular. I really really hope to get back into my weekly groove in 2020, but until then really all I have left for this year is my ‘best of’ list, and unlike last year I think I’m just going to straight up list them and not add anything but links to where I initially talked about them. I also made a fun picture because that seemed cool:

These are only in the order in which I read them, and most of them didn’t actually come out in 2019:

  1. Rainbirds – Clarissa Goenawan
  2. Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
  3. Men We Reaped – Jesmyn Ward
  4. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life – Samantha Irby
  5. White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race – Robin DiAngelo
  6. The Door – Magda Szabó
  7. A Scandalous Deal – Joanna Shupe
  8. America Is Not the Heart – Elaine Castillo
  9. Parable of the Sower – Octavia E. Butler
  10. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie
  11. So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo
  12. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid
  13. Intercepted – Alexa Martin
  14. Dread Nation – Justina Ireland
  15. Jane and Prudence – Barbara Pym
  16. Doomsday Book – Connie Willis
  17. Parable of the Talents – Octavia E. Butler
  18. Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century – Sam Kashner & Nancy Schoenberg
  19. Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Brittney Cooper
  20. Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – Audre Lorde
  21. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel – Alexander Chee
  22. Evvie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes
  23. The Wedding Party – Jasmine Guillory
  24. The Reckonings – Lacy M. Johnson
  25. Friday Black – Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
  26. The Last Thing He Wanted – Joan Didion
  27. The Governess Game – Tessa Dare
  28. Mostly Dead Things – Kristen Arnett
  29. Fleishman is in Trouble – Taffy Brodessor-Akner
  30. Red at the Bone – Jacqueline Woodson
  31. Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger – Rebecca Traister
  32. The Viscount Who Loved Me – Julia Quinn
  33. The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  34. Goodbye, Vitamin – Rachel Khong
  35. Give Me Your Hand – Megan Abbott

Okay folks, that’s all for me for this year. Stay safe, stay warm, stay reading.

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