My Favorite Books of 2019

I read 50 books this year, and these are my favorites!

LINCOLN IN THE BARDO by George Saunders

Saunders is a master of his craft and LINCOLN IN THE BARDO is pure genius–I cannot wait to read more from him!  More thoughts here.

KAFKA ON THE SHORE by Haruki Murakami

Murakami is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers.  Reading KAFKA is nothing short of dreaming, a feeling that I can only derive from Murakami’s work.  More thoughts here.


Ma’s SEVERANCE is intensely urgent in mood and in pace; it was impossible for me to put down.  Beyond the creative plot, I loved the commentary Ma includes on our contemporary lifestyle.    More thoughts here.

GOLDEN CHILD by Claire Adam

I read GOLDEN CHILD toward the beginning of the year and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  Not only did I love the Trinidadian ambiance, but the ending blew me away.  More thoughts here.


Offill’s writing feels so raw and real, and I fell in love with DEPT. OF SPECULATION.  It’s short and sweet, thought-provoking and honest; an all-together fascinating character study.  More thoughts here.


Tayari Jones’ AN AMERICAN MARRIAGE took me by surprise: while reading I found it a tad slow, but in the end I absolutely fell in love with the story and the message that Jones shares with her readers.  More thoughts here.

AMERICANAH by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

AMERICANAH is truly a masterpiece of contemporary fiction.  With incredible storytelling and a memorable main character, I absolutely tore through this 500+ page immigration narrative.  (It’s certainly one of the best books I’ve ever had to read for class!)  More thoughts here.

Of course, there are more books that I enjoyed this year, but the seven above are the absolute standouts.  Cheers to 2020!


  1. Book Club Mom

    Hello and Happy New Year – I want to read Lincoln in the Bardo and An American Marriage – they’ve been on my list for a while! I also enjoyed Daisy Jones and the Six – just finished it about a week ago. Thanks for sharing your favorites!

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  2. Literary Elephant

    Great list! I loved Severance this year as well, and liked An American Marriage. I’ve been meaning to read more Murakami, so I’m glad to see Kafka on the Shore worked well for you!

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