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[Reading Recommendations] THE 20 BOOKS TO READ IN 2019: BY PHILLIP BATES:

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THE 20 BOOKS TO READ IN 2019:
BY PHILLIP BATES:


We would always encourage you to pick up classic literature like Othello and Murder on the Orient Express. However, there are future classics released every year, and here are the best books to read in 2019, as organized by popular genres.
The Best Literary Fiction of 2019Some define this category as fiction with “literary merit,” but that’s unfair to other genres. Others think of these as less commercially viable novels—though this, too, is untrue, as audiences expand their reading experience.
Instead, these are books which otherwise defy typical classification.
1. Where the Crawdads Sing                                Where the Crawdads Sing                                        Where the Crawdads SingBuy Now On Amazon$13.88
Kya Clark, abandoned by her family and friends, is thrust into the spotlight after a body is found in the marsh she calls home. This gentle exploration of loneliness, the natural world, and societal division is the debut novel of zoologist, Delia Owens.
It spent three months at the top of The New York Times Fiction Best Sellers of 2019 chart.


2. The Dreamers                                The Dreamers                                        The DreamersBuy Now On Amazon$8.50
This is another novel about solitude, albeit in the busy environs of a college. A first-year student goes to sleep and doesn’t wake up. She’s not dead. She just won’t stir. And this becomes a troubling epidemic around first the campus, then the surrounding town.
Karen Thompson Walker’s poetic prose regales an unsettling story that manipulates the reader right to the final page. Ideal for fans of Sarah Lotz (Day Four) and Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven).
3. Daisy Jones and The Six                                Daisy Jones and The Six                                        Daisy Jones and The SixBuy Now On Amazon$10.20

Daisy Jones and The Six is told through a series of interviews with members of the titular band. The group redefined pop music in the 1970s but the reasons for their split remained a secret. Until now.
Taylor Jenkins Reid employs an unusual narrative style to tread the line between fiction and reality. From the “sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll” trope emerges a surprising poignancy and sentimentality.
4. The Familiars                                The Familiars                                        The FamiliarsBuy Now On Amazon$12.50
What price would you pay for a family? After three stillbirths, 17-year-old Fleetwood Shuttleworth finds a doctor’s letter advising that a fourth would kill her. Her desperation leads her to Alice Gray, a midwife accused of witchcraft.

Using 1612’s Pendle Hill Witch Trials as its basis, Stacey Hall’s The Familiars is nonetheless transformative and relevant.
The Best Thrillers of 2019Are you looking for a book to keep you on the edge of your seat?
5. The Stranger Diaries                                The Stranger Diaries                                        The Stranger DiariesBuy Now On Amazon$10.25
Elly Griffith is best-known for her Ruth Galloway, and Stephen and Mephisto mysteries. The Stranger Diaries, however, is a standalone tale that acts as a great introduction to her style, wit, and themes. Namely, there’s a heavy focus on family, obsession, and, of course, murder.


This is certainly one of Griffith’s best books (against strong competition). The way she gives voice to three distinct narrators is particularly masterful.
6. The Outsider                                The Outsider                                        The OutsiderBuy Now On Amazon$9.35
Stephen King is synonymous with horror. But since Mr. Mercedes (2014), he’s proved a natural at writing crime fiction too.
The Outsider waivers between horror and crime, questioning what we know about even the most prominent people in our lives. Could the popular Terry Maitland have violated and murdered a child? Despite having an alibi, DNA evidence puts him at the scene of the crime. What do we keep hidden from the world, and from ourselves?
7. The Night Before                                The Night Before                                        The Night BeforeBuy Now On Amazon$13.03
Laura Lochner, who sees herself as “the girl no one can love,” goes on a date. When she doesn’t return, her sister starts to worry—not for Laura, but for the man she went to meet.
Wendy Walker ratchets up the tension in a subtle and adroit manner. The Night Before might be a slow burner, but that doesn’t mean it’s not compulsive, thrilling, and breathless.

The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2019Truth, as they say, is stranger than fiction. These factual books make readers confront difficult truths and learn about subjects they might otherwise overlook.
8. The Librarian of Auschwitz                                The Librarian of Auschwitz                                        The Librarian of AuschwitzBuy Now On Amazon$8.90
As a child, Dita Kraus was entrusted with the eight books prisoners had smuggled into Auschwitz. Though she didn’t know this fact at the time, she would’ve been killed if the Nazis had found out. This is her chilling tale.
Written by Antonio Iturbe and translated by Lilit Zekulin Thwaites, this isn’t an easy read. But, as with so many books about this period, it is an important one.
9. What Dementia Teaches Us About Love                                What Dementia Teaches Us About Love                                        What Dementia Teaches Us About LoveBuy Now On Amazon$15.47
We all fear the loss of our memories, a diminishing of ourselves. Yet it affects so many of us. That’s why What Dementia Teaches Us About Love is such a vital book.
It’s heartbreaking, yes. But Nicci Gerrard, whose father died of the illness, finds endearment and optimism in her comprehensive exploration of the topic. She mulls over the nature of self, our treatment of the elderly, and what it really means to care.
10. Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee                                Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee                                        Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper LeeBuy Now On Amazon$11.99
Before Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee was known for a single novel: To Kill A Mockingbird. However, there was another tale she wanted to tell. Furious Hours details why she couldn’t.
Some know that Lee helped Truman Capote research In Cold Blood; fewer realize she worked on a similar true-crime book. Casey Cep brings three seemingly disparate elements together to create a compelling untold story that reads like fascinating fiction.
11. This is Shakespeare                                This is Shakespeare                                        This is ShakespeareBuy Now On Amazon$19.99
William Shakespeare’s work is frequently marred by schools forcing texts on their students. Emma Smith brilliantly strips away the pretences and demonstrates why each play is a microcosm of the human condition. Scholars will obviously enjoy This is Shakespeare, but it’s ideal for those who have ever questioned the Bard’s relevance.
This is one you’ll return to again and again.
The Best Essay Books of 2019Collections of essays typically reflect on personal journeys in unflinchingly honest ways.
12. The Collected Schizophrenias                                The Collected Schizophrenias                                        The Collected SchizophreniasBuy Now On Amazon$9.19
Esmé Weijun Wang was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder in 2013 after years of complex psychotic episodes. But what exactly is schizophrenia?
In these essays, Wang is a light in the darkness: dispelling myths, exploring the difficulties of labelling, and mixing intimate thoughts with scientific research. The Collected Schizophrenias is a truly eye-opening collection.
13. The Source of Self-Regard                                The Source of Self-Regard                                        The Source of Self-RegardBuy Now On Amazon$14.90
Toni Morrison is the author of novels like The Bluest Eye, God Help the Child, and Paradise. And as you’d expect, this selection of treaties, speeches, and commentaries is similarly brave and fierce in its deconstruction of humanity.
Along the way, the Nobel Prize winner reflects on her own work, including her most famous book, Beloved.
14. Thick: And Other Essays                                Thick: And Other Essays                                        Thick: And Other EssaysBuy Now On Amazon$11.38
Don’t be put off essay books because they seem too “academic”. Tressie McMillan Cottom’s conversational style makes this an accessible and pleasurable read.
The eight theses presented in Thick are empowering, emotionally honest, and naturally weighty. Cottom herself admits fallibility: “No one can speak to a singular black experience”. But she certainly gives it a good go.
The Best Young Adult Fiction of 2019Never underestimate Young Adult (YA) books. Though publicized for a youthful demographic, they’re just as engaging and impassioned as work you’d find in other genres.
15. How to Make Friends With the Dark                                How to Make Friends With the Dark                                        How to Make Friends With the DarkBuy Now On Amazon$5.49
Tiger’s mum dies and she is left alone. Pushed between foster homes, she is adrift in





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