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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

Peter Heller’s The River

Akwaeke Emezi's Pet

Ann Patchett’s The Dutch House

Laurie Halse Anderson’s Shout

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

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