Monday, January 20, 2020

BEST READS from 2019

I was willing to forego last year’s best list, then again, how can I say I was satisfied with my read list if I didn’t actually say why I was satisfied in the first place. So, weeks went by and here I am, late as usual.

In no particular order, here are the best books I read last 2019:

Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden:
The Winternight Trilogy may not be the most epic trilogy there is but it definitely holds power that I will always embrace it close to heart. The mixture of old tales I knew as a child with grand history is both fascinating and immersive. And Ms. Arden writes so beautifully, too. She ended this trilogy on a very high note. Not many had been successful in that attempt. You may want to try the audio version as well, read by Kathleen Gati.

The Library of Lost and Found by Phaedra Patrick:
I love reading books about books and library settings. Book lovers are the most interesting people, right? A reminder that we should protect all the Marthas in the world. I read this twice in a row. Simply wonderful. And Ms. Patrick picks the most curious protagonist.

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris:
There are very few series I follow through the years and Chocolat is one of them. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes and its people feel like home to me. And I will continue reading them for as long as they exist.

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg:
I love Berg’s take on people. I love her characters, including their flaws. I’m glad she gave her characters another motivation in life. I’m glad to have met Arthur and wishing there’d be more like him in the world. I’m happy knowing that his kindness survived him and will continue effecting.

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay:
I breezed through this. I love that this book loves the books I love. And the life lessons are spot on. Ms. Raey wrote these different facets of womanhood profoundly that oftentimes hit closer to home. Very keen and inspiring.

Find Me by André Aciman:
You should see the quotes I tabbed in this book! But that is not why this book is special. It is because of the hope it carries, not just for Elio and Oliver, but for everyone who may read it. It says that having an unlived life is living the wrong life and that we owe it to ourselves to find it. The audiobook was read by Michael Stuhlbarg.

Killer Instinct by James Patterson and Howard Roughan:
I love my share of action and espionage and this one didn’t fail to deliver. I (maybe) love this more than I love the first one. I am patiently waiting for the next installment.

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern:
Enchanting! This is a nod to many stories I’ve read before and more. A sharp reminder of why I love reading books in the first place. We live for stories - we love reading them, hearing them, creating our own, and reliving them inside our heads. It says that "A book is made of paper, but a story is a tree." Just imagine all the branches and buds it sprouted. The cast of narrators did a wonderful job in the audiobook version, I highly recommend it.

As always, I'm excited to meet my next best reads. I'm sure you are too, friends!



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