Here is the second half of my favorite reads of 2019! Let me know which ones you've read and what you thought about them. I also need to add that these were in random order! I had someone ask how I decided to rank these and I didn't!
1. Radium Girls by Kate Moore - A true story about women who painted watch dials with radium paint in three American factories in the 1920's. These women, or Radium Girls, were told the paint was harmless and they often left the factories glowing from the material on their skin. After several women starting having horrible dental issues and illnesses, they sought medical care and eventually justice for the harm this radium was wreaking upon their bodies and lives.
2. The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile - I guess this would be considered self-help and I loathe self-help books, BUT I loved this one! I know the enneagram is super trendy right now and most people are OVER IT, but this book was full of information I found super helpful. As a five, I loved having this information about myself and those in my life I have frequent interactions with, but I'm a five and we LOVE information. If you want to know more about yourself, both good and bad, read this book. If you want to better communicate with people who have a different personality than you, read this book. Or at the very least read the chapter about your number.
3. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah - This historical fiction was one of my very favorite books all year! Two sisters are living in occupied France during WWII and have to put their differences aside to survive. From housing a German soldier, to rescuing Jewish children, to aiding in the escape of allied pilots, this book was full of action. On the other hand, it was also a book about the changing emotions these sisters faced as the war flipped their lives upside down. Hannah is a fabulous story teller and I also highly recommend The Great Alone.
4. American Royals by Katharine McGee - This YA novel is an alternate history of America and it was so fun to read! Beatrice Washington has spent her whole life preparing to be America's first queen and the preparations ramp up and her parents start arranging her marriage as her time to take the throne is rapidly approaching. I was sad when this book was over and was THRILLED to read the author is turning this into a series!
5. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate - Based on real-life events, this is a heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart in a horrendous betrayal that was all too common in the Mississippi delta region as corrupt orphanages orchestrated illegal adoptions and kidnappings for large profits. This redemptive story of love and loss will pull on your heartstrings!
6. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware - This was the first suspense novel in a long time to make me jumpy at night! I love Ruth Ware and she has a way of writing twisty thrillers that you can't put down. This book is told through letters that nanny-turned-suspect Rowan sends from prison to a solicitor about her brief and disastrous employment as a nanny. Read this if you like suspense and also read The Woman in Cabin 10, The Lying Game, and In a Dark, Dark Wood.
7. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides - This psychological thriller seemed to be straight forward until a twist I didn't see coming. I just love when a books wraps everything up and even though you have to wait until the very end, you get the closure. Alicia is a young wife who shoots her husband (that's not giving anything away, promise!) and stops talking (selective mutism for my fellow SLPs) and Theo is her therapist who tries to get her to talk and figure out what her story is. If you are into suspense and psychological thrillers, read this one!
8. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb - This memoir is about a therapist who suddenly finds herself alone and questioning everything. As a therapist herself, she thinks she can handle it, but a good friend (also a therapist) convinces her to talk to someone. I found the relationships between the various clients/therapists fascinating and enlightening.
9. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee - This historical novel is about a Korean family who migrate to Japan and explores the themes of family loyalty, empathy, poverty, abuse and so much more. Not a happy story, but it was very moving and I learned so much about the cultures represented. I have no idea where I learned about this book, but I am very glad I read it.
Whew! That wraps up my favorite books of 2019! Happy reading!