What I read in 2019

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All the books I finished in 2019, plus foods. (In order, from the bottom right.)

Past editions of this list: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008. This list is also available in pictorial format at Pinterest.

It was a very good year for reading here! Forty-eight books finished. I’m a slow reader who likes long books. Also, I stop reading books without guilt; so assume I also didn’t finish a dozen or so titles. BUT! This is the year I finally started taking advantage of audio books through Libby. It’s been great to listen to books during walks, on errands, doing chores, etc.

BG=Book Group selection. I’m in two book groups, so a lot of my reading is driven by that. Just because I read a book and listed it here doesn’t mean I liked it or would recommend it.  33/48 books are by female or non-binary authors this year.

These are numbered in chronological order, from January to December.

1. M. R. Carey, Fellside

2. Paul Kalanithi, When Breath Becomes Air BG

3. Theodora Goss, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter

4. Jennifer Egan, Manhattan Beach BG

5. Mo Daviau, Every Anxious Wave BG

6. Rachel Khong, Goodbye Vitamin

7. Andrea Avery, Sonata BG

8. Elan Mastai, All Our Wrong Todays

9. Idra Novey, Those Who Knew

10.Dervla McTiernan, The Ruin BG

11.Lidia Yuknavitch, The Book of Joan

12. Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists BG

13. Sylvain Neuvel, Only Human

14. Claire O’Dell, A Study in Honor

15. Cory Doctorow, Homeland

16. Alex Wagner, Futureface

17. Yann Martel, The High Mountains of Portugal

18. Sam J. Miller, Blackfish City

19. Ling Ma, Severance

20. Sophie Mackintosh, The Water Cure

21. Peng Shepherd, The Book of M

22. Alexander Chee, The Queen of the Night

23. Esmé Weijun Wang, The Collected Schizophrenias BG

24. Lisa Grunwald, Time After Time BG

25. Emma Newman, Planetfall

26. Maja Lunde, The History of Bees

27. Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation

28. Patrick Flanery, I Am No One

29. Justin Go, The Steady Running of the Hour

30. Rachel Joyce, The Music Shop

31. Sarai Walker, Dietland

32. Stephen Kuusisto, Have Dog Will Travel: A Poet’s Journey BG

33. Toni Morrison, A Mercy BG

34. Diane McKinney-Whetstone, Lazaretto

35. Paul Tremblay, The Cabin at the End of the World

36. Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery, Dear Exile

37. Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat

38. Mishell Baker, Borderline BG

39. Kate Atkinson, Big Sky BG

40. Tayari Jones, An American Marriage

41. M. R. Carey, The Boy on the Bridge

42. Jessie Burton, The Muse

43. Erika Swyler The Book of Speculation

44. Annalee Newitz, Autonomous

45. Lisa See, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

46. Christian White, The Nowhere Child

47. Abby Geni, The Lightkeepers

48. Robin Sloan, Sourdough


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