Best Reads of 2019 - Jen's Picks
Oh, friends. I gave 51 books five stars in 2019, so this was tough for me! Ultimately, I settled--somewhat arbitrarily--on a top 15, ranging from middle-grade reads like Kelly Yang's Front Desk to Michelle Obama's brilliant memoir Becoming to a stunning multi-genre novel in Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive (which I really need to re-read!). Anyway, here are 15 of the books I loved in 2019, in COMPLETELY random order (you can find reviews for all of them on Instagram, where I post @jen.loves.books):
Madeline Miller’s The Song of Achilles
Kelly Yang’s Front Desk
Adib Khorram’s Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Peter Heller’s The River
Akwaeke Emezi's Pet
Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House
Laurie Halse Anderson’s Shout
Alix E. Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January
Jesmyn Ward’s Men We Reaped: A Memoir
Michelle Obama’s Becoming
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples's Saga: Book Four
Sally Rooney’s Normal People
Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys
Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children Archive
Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous
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