The end of June is nearly here and with it the midway point for 2019. It’s the perfect time to look back at my favorite books of 2019…so far. As I’m putting together this post, I’ve finished just over 50 books and DNF’d another 15, so I feel like I’ve had a pretty good sampling of what’s been out there in the first half of the year. The toughest part of putting this list together was culling it down to my 9 favorites and for that I’m thankful!
I haven’t read a lot of nonfiction this year, so decided to keep my favorite books here strictly to fiction. The list is ordered by publication date and nothing more. To find the truly best book of the year we’ll need to wait until December.
– Karen Thompson Walker’s writing is simply gorgeous.
– A large, rich cast of characters who move the story along.
– Just enough of both dystopian and mystery elements.
– A non-traditional love story highlighting family.
– Beautiful writing getting to the heart of emotions.
– A story starting at the end, moving back to how we got there.
– Fascinating story of a woman coming into her own.
– The novels structure giving glimpses into Lee’s future.
– An epilogue that REALLY works!
– A character driven story at its best.
– Three close siblings throughout their lives.
– Narrated by the youngest at 102, with great perspective.
– Told in interview format, with many different players.
– Rock & roll in the 70’s!
– Extremely strong female characters.
– A story with everything: adventure, action, mystery, friendship.
– Discovering Peter Heller, a masterful writer.
– Unexpectedly, this book was a pure pleasure to read.
– Told from many, many different points of view.
– A daughter grieving over her father’s sudden death.
– Simply stunning writing of characters rich in substance.
– An intense study of two flawed/damaged young people.
– A very emotional story, beautifully written.
– The journey with characters who change and grow, but also don’t.
– The pleasure of following two sisters for more than 60 years.
– Reliving the big moments in the later half of the 20th century.
– Jo’s and Bethie’s stories are really EVERY woman’s story.
What are some of your favorite books of 2019 (so far)?
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