Top Ten Tuesday: the Best Books I Read in 2019

Happy New Year!  The topic for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is the best books read in 2019.  I’ve broken mine down by a few categories, in no particular order.


  1. Ghost Wall by Sarah Mosse
  2. Asking for It by Louise O’Neill
  3. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  4. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  5. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  6. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  7. Watership Down by Richard Adams
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  9. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  10. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza



  1. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  2. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
  3. Dear America by Jose Antonio Vargas
  4. The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  5. Dopesick by Beth Macy

2019 Releases:

  1. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  2. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  3. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  4. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  5. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
  6. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  7. Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl
  8. Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson


Books set in other countries:

  1. The Things She’s Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina (Australia)
  2. Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mexico)
  3. How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyamana (Congo)
  4. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani (Nigeria)
  5. Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (Colombia)
  6. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Germany/Baltic Sea/Prussia)


Series/Just for Fun:

  1. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
  2. Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers
  3. The Death of Mrs. Westaway and The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  4. In the Woods and The Likeness by Tana French
  5. Daughter of the Pirate King and Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller


Those were some of my favorite reads this year.  Which ones did you like?  Anything on this list you felt was overrated?

  17 comments for “Top Ten Tuesday: the Best Books I Read in 2019

  1. December 31, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen is definitely on my TBR list and it sound like an interesting read. Thank you for sharing your wonderful Favorites of 2019 list. There are a lot of good books listed.

    • January 2, 2020 at 8:57 am

      Dear America is a really thoughtful read and provides a lot of information about the immigrant experience. I listened to it on audio, which was read by the author. I think that made it even better. Happy new year!

  2. lydiaschoch
    December 31, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    Yeah, The Handmaid’s Tale was fantastic.

    My TTT.

    • January 2, 2020 at 8:58 am

      I was happy to re-read Handmaid’s Tale and find it just as powerful a read. Happy New Year!

  3. December 31, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    So many good books on your list and so many I want to read as well!

    • January 2, 2020 at 8:59 am

      I’ve added so many books to my TBR this week with all the best-of lists. Have a very happy new year and thanks for reading!

  4. January 1, 2020 at 9:13 am

    On the Come Up and Salt to the Sea are the only ones from your list that I’ve read so far but I loved them both. 🙂

    • January 2, 2020 at 8:58 am

      I was very happy that On the Come Up was so good! I loved The Hate U Give, and it’s really hard for authors to follow up such a good first novel.

  5. January 2, 2020 at 10:38 am

    Almost all of these books are on my TBR list. I guess I’m going to read some awesome stuff this year!

    • January 5, 2020 at 8:53 am

      I hope you enjoy them. Here’s to a great reading year in 2020!

  6. Jaime
    January 2, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Ooh, I like how you split up your lists by different topics. I always have trouble comparing books of different genres because they’re just so different! Awesome idea. 🙂

    • January 5, 2020 at 8:53 am

      Thanks Jaime! There’s always so many different ways you can categorize books. I agree it’s hard to compare different types of books.

  7. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer
    January 3, 2020 at 11:15 pm

    I love how you organized your post! I received an ARC of Dopesick and never got to read it, but hopefully I can pick it up soon. 🙂

    My TTT

    • January 5, 2020 at 8:51 am

      Dopesick is a tough read, since it’s a complicated subject. But it gave me a lot of insights about addiction in general and also the way opioids have been marketed and prescribed.

  8. January 4, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    I’d like to read Olive Again, but I have to read the first book, first!

    • January 5, 2020 at 8:50 am

      Olive Kitteridge is great, I highly recommend it! I’ve enjoyed all of Strout’s books so far.

      • January 5, 2020 at 8:53 am

        I liked her Lucy Barton books.

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