Can you believe it’s the end of the year? And an end to a decade? 2020 is right around the corner, but we want to share our recommended reads of 2019 before we move on.
“Beautifully written from the perspective of a number of different characters, it tells the modern story of the immigrant experience,” Riva D.
“I loved the format of it with each chapter from a different character’s point of view. Also, many of the characters were not native to America and seeing their perceptions of being ‘American’ was really interesting and put a spotlight on the feelings of immigrants and how they are treated. It was a well-written, character driven book. HIGHLY RECOMMEND,” Eva S.
“Another beautifully written book by Ann Patchett. It tells the story of a dysfunctional family and the role of their house over generations,” Riva D.
“This is a phenomenally written book that covers a variety of women’s topics from sexism and ageism to finding where you belong in your own community, and it somehow still manages to throw in a mystery to be solved. Exciting and endearing,” Amanda M.
“This is the story of a cotton plantation slave, Cora, and her incredibly painful attempt to run with Caesar, another slave, to escape their bondage. This is an important and necessary read on the historic treatment of Africans and our shared history. The lyrical writing is at once mesmerizing and terrifying,” Sarah B.
“Amazing portrait of the failing drug war, the roots behind it and the people it affects,” Rae-Lynn B.
“A beautiful, unique, adventure story. If you enjoy books like The Name of the Wind by Patrick Ruthfuss, you will like Strange the Dreamer,” Gina F.
“NK Jemisin’s Broken Earth trilogy (The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky) features fantastic world-building, a fascinating protagonist, and a narrative twist that will make you want to re-read the series. It’s no wonder all three volumes won the Hugo Award three years in a row,” Dana D.