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 on “Top Ten Tuesday: the Best Books I Read in 2019

  1. 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.

    • 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!

    • 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!

    • 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.

  2. 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. 🙂

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

  3. 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

    • 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.

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