I read 33 books last year. Looking back, it was a good year for a great story! Here they are, in reading order. I keep track in a little notebook my dad gave me, and I usually add a brief note or just some stars, check marks and smiley faces, depending. I’ll include some of my notes here. I plan on reviewing the books in bold.
- The Witch Elm. Not my favorite Tana French novel, but I still loved it. She is incredible.
- Convenience Store Woman (Ha) I thoroughly enjoyed this funny little book.
- Lethal White by Robert Galbraith (AKA J.K. Rowling) Love this series.
- Finders Keepers. Stephen King. Yes.
- The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul G. Tremblay. (Whoa, chilling)
- Developing Intuition by Shakti Gawain. She wrote the classic Creative Visualization.
- The Daughter by Jane Shemilt (Really good and depressing)
- What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman (Ugh. Good but meh)
- The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna (Yes!)
- The Killer Collective. I love Barry Eisler’s John Rain.
- You Are a Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero. Yep!
- The Langoliers. Classic King.
- Cozy by Isabel Gillies (Love this)
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (again. WOW)
- Doctor Sleep. Satisfyingly King. The movie delivered, too.
- Cari Mora by Thomas Harris (eh)
- Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday (whoa)
- The Chain by Adrian McKinty (ooh!)
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (pretty good, nice twist)
- Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel (spooky. pretty good) *spooky because it’s about a president who is unhinged not scary spooky
- Disclosure by Michael Crichton (eh)
- From a Buick 8 (ok) It had it’s moments, of course, it’s Stephen King.
- Air Force One by Edwin Corley Not the movie. Fun little novel, but so dated.
- American Predator by Maureen Callahan. Yikes.
- Someone Knows by Lisa Scottoline (v. good)
- The Last Widow by Karin Slaughter (Love her, love this series. But Cop Town, one of her standalones, is my favorite. If you haven’t read her start here.
- Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron (fun) Yes, she’s Nora’s daughter.
- Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle (good one)
- The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (so good!)
- Do This For Me by Eliza Kennedy (so funny and satisfying)
- The Marriage Lie by Kimberly Belle (good one)
- Gone Too Long by Lori Roy. Whew, not an easy read at all.
- The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Love. It’s wonderful, funny, magical. Oh and the new movie looks horrible. There’s no terrifying fire in the book, sheesh! Stick with the Margaret O’Brien version!
4 thoughts on “2019 book roundup”
Great list, and comments. Short and to the point. I will take on Nickel Boy.
Here is a suggestion for you: The electric Mist with the confederate Dead by James Burke. Just read it with a Louisiana pecker woods state of mind.
Thanks Albert! Adding to my ‘books to read’ list now. Very descriptive suggestion 🙂
Congratulations on the premier of this fabulous blog site! I love your succinct encapsulations of each of the books you read. I love how in just a few words you tease us with the kernel of the story along with any imprint it left on your psyche. Keep on Thrashing!
Wow, thank you! I promise to keep on thrashing 🙂