The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson is historical non-fiction and is the best of two of my favorite subjects: history and serial killers. (I blame Dateline for this!) I first heard of this book while on an architecture cruise in Chicago with two of my favorite people (Shout out to Ashley and Audra for being the VERY BEST travel partners).
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary is your run-of-the-mill chick lit, but because it’s set in London it’s somehow more charming. That’s what I tell myself anyway! I don’t like to read too many “romance novels” but coming off of several war novels, I just needed a lighthearted break!
Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson was interesting, weird, quirky, and unique. Totally over-the-top. I wouldn't say I loved it, but I did like it. It was a fast read, it was entertaining, and it really does have some good take-aways.
The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer – This book was SO GOOD! Historical fiction at its finest, in my opinion. Set in Poland during WWII and in modern day America, we follow young Alina in Poland as her family struggles to survive the war and as her future she had planned with fiancé Tomasz falls apart.
Last Day by Luanne Rice is a suspense novel about twin sisters who run an art gallery. The story involves murder, theft, betrayal, jealously…pretty much every element of your typical “thriller.” I put that in quotations because this was just so-so for me. I want to truly be in suspense when I read a thriller and be a little nervous about what the next chapter holds and this one just didn’t do that for me.
If I were to recommend a psychological thriller to a true suspense fan, I would want you to consider the following:
The Rainmaker by John Grisham was a Christmas gift from my parents. This legal thriller was published in 1995, and while some of the technology used was outdated (hello, car phones!) the story did not seem outdated at all.
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!
The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates is historical fiction with a twist. Mostly prose with some otherworldly, allegorical elements thrown in. I absolutely loved the historical elements of this book (as much as you can love this heartbreaking subject matter), but I honestly could have done without the fantasy elements added in. Set in Antebellum Virginia on a tobacco farm that has seen better days, this book is about relationships, struggles, and memories. The sci-fi/fantasy elements were about accessing memories to "conduct" or teleport from one location to another described as "folding the land as a cloth," a power that Hi, the protagonist, shares with Harriet Tubman who makes an appearance in this book. While there are several characters who were based on real life people, most of this book is speculative fiction. I would recommended this book to anyone who likes historical fiction and is interested in learning more about this time period, but just be aware that you will be teleporting across state lines!
Happy reading! Molly
I tried to narrow down my favorite reads of 2019 to a top 3 or even a top 10, but I just couldn't do it! After reading 66 books, I narrowed it down to 18 that stood out to me. Here are the first nine. Click titles to link to Amazon!