Best Books of 2019 According to the New York Public Library

I am really enjoying the lists of the “Best Books of 2019” that are popping up! I love to see what other people have liked and what everyone is reading.  This morning I saw The New York Public Library’s list and wanted to share it immediately to alert you to some books you might have missed.

Which ones have you read, which will you be adding to your To Be Read list?

Take a look!



Best Books For Adults: Top 10



Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Aker

Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacobs

Normal People by Sally Rooney

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement  by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

Three Women by Lisa Tadeo

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino


Biographies & Memoirs




Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob
Thoughtful examination of race and family. Good for a New York audience.

In Waves by A.J. Dungo
Depicts Dungo’s relationship with a girlfriend dying of cancer, mixed in with the history of surfing.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
A fresh approach to recognizing and deconstructing racism and inequality in ourselves and in society.

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer
A narrative portrait of the influential American diplomat that explores how his achievements over half a century of history were complicated by his political ambitions.

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom
The 13th daughter of a widowed mother recalls her childhood in New Orleans’s 13th Ward.

Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
Provocative and witty essays about beauty standards, media, money, and more.


Mystery & Suspense




American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson
A Cold War FBI agent sets out to seduce a Communist African president.

The Current by Tim Johnson
Surviving the accident that killed her friend, a young woman delves into the case of another victim from a decade earlier.

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
The disappearance of two young girls from the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka shakes the community.

Lady In the Lake by Laura Lippman
Baltimore, 1966: A woman reporter investigates the murder of an African-American party girl.

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
A psychopathic couple in suburbia decide to spice things up.

The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan
When your nanny is getting too close to your family, perhaps it is time to get rid of her?

Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
Two drug smugglers reflect on their choices while waiting in a Spanish ferry terminal.

The Perfect Wife by JP Delaney
A woman miraculously restored to health by the innovations of her tech-icon husband struggles with her missing memories.

The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
Two CIA agents help to publish Doctor Zhivago despite the censorship of Cold War Moscow.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
An incarcerated woman struggles to explain the sequence of events that started with her taking a job as a nanny in the Scottish highlands and ended with her imprisonment for child murder.


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