Top 10 Books of 2019

Call Me by Your Name РAndré Aicman

Essentially a coming-of-age queer romance set in Italy in the 80s. Most definitely one of my favourite books (and movies!) of all time! Left me sobbing inappropriately on an airplane for all to see. A short and easy read, very atmospheric and endlessly quotable. Defies expectations at every turn.

The Foundation Series – Isaac Asimov

Classic science fiction. I have been putting off this series for many years, purely out of the fear that it would be very hard sci-fi and thus a bit much for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised to discover that that’s not the case in the least. A very easy read with a smooth and compelling plot line spanning generations.

Daisy Jones and the Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

Much like the next one on this list; this book feeds into my very niche interest in fake historical accounts. Telling the tale of a rock band through a series of interviews. I really enjoyed the honest and relatable characters, as well as the multiple perspectives.

The Power – Naomi Alderman

Somewhat distopian, science fiction. A consideration of what would happen to the world if women developped the ability to shoot electricity from their hands. Not perfect by any means, but very compelling and well-layered. The use of multiple perspectives across different cultures and backgrounds worked well to emphasise the global impact of the changes.

Not That Bad – Edited by Roxanne Gay

Subtitled “dispatches from rape culture” – that about sums it up really. A very powerful selection of experiences and musings from various authors. It really makes you think about how we assess and compare different events. Quite difficult to read really, but very much worth it.

Dead Babies – Martin Amis

Totally surreal and bonkers in the best way. Just go with it. A group of friends have a crazy weekend-long house party. All the characters are terrible. For those who appreciate Irvine Welsh and all things grotesque.

You – Caroline Kepnes

I watched the Netflix series first, but was still totally engrossed in this book. It’s a remarkable stream of consciousness style narrative that artfully makes you feel some level of sympathy/understanding for a murdering stalker.¬† A definite page-turner you won’t be able to put down.

A Feminist Manifesto in 15 Suggestions – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Very short and sweet, but powerful as anything. CNA has a remarkable ability to condense complex issues and ideas into bite-size chunks that make total sense. A wonderful overview of lots of knotty points.

The Thief Lord – Cornelia Funke

Always a pleasure to re-read a childhood favourite and not be disappointed. This adventure turned fantasy is a wonderful escape into the timeless streets of Venice in the company of some spunky street children and a selection of useless adults.

The Great Alone – Kristen Hannah

Contemporary, very atmospheric tale of a girl’s life growing up off the grid in Alaska, with all the pros and cons that that entails. Deals with some tough issues including domestic violence, familial relationships and the concept of community. I found it unique and interesting.

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