2019 Reading List

Photography by Ally Regan

I’ll be the first to admit it, there a quite a few holes in my literary education.  I haven’t read anything by Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, or even all of the Harry Potter books.  I know, its terrible.  But I love to read!  So when thinking about what books I want to read in 2019, I put together a list of classics, nonfiction, memoirs, and new releases.  If you want to up your reading game, feel free to use this list and let me know about it by using the hashtag, #nutmegreads2019 so I can see it!  I think 2019 is going to be a good year for readers!

Be aware, this is a long post.  If you just want the new releases list, feel free to search for my 2019 Book List on Amazon to see what new releases I’m excited about!

(1) Becoming by Michelle Obama

First on my list is the most recent book that I’ve bought, that was just released a month or two ago.  This is definitely one of those bandwagon books that I’ve seen all over social media.  I’ve always been a big fan of the Obamas, and I haven’t read any of the books that they’ve written.  Maybe I’m just missing them being in office so I feel compelled to read this book, but I’m also intrigued at the idea of getting a closer look into Michelle and what it was like for her to be the First Lady.

(2) Golden Child by Claire Adam

This next book is going to be released in January of 2019.  I found this book on Oprah’s list of the Most Anticipated books of 2019 so it’s probably going to be a great read.   This book is published by Sarah Jessica Parker’s new publishing house and if this book is anything like her debut book, A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mizra, it will be very well written.  It tells the story of a mother choosing between her two sons, set in Trinidad.

(3) Severance by Ling Ma

I know, I’m a little late to the Ling Ma train, but better late than never, right?  Published towards the end of the summer, this book quickly caught the attention of book reviewers and even NPR.  In her debut novel, the main character lives in NYC but ends up fighting for her life in an apocalypse-type situation.  Not quite the usual reason people leave the Big Apple.  While I love movies that have this same fight-for-survival theme, I’m interested to see how it plays out on the page.

(4) There There by Tommy Orange

The striking orange cover with black artwork is what drew me to this book, and the reviews are what prompted me to add it to my list.  In fact, this book was on the New York Times Book Reviews 10 Best Books of 2018 list.  Orange’s debut novel tackles of theme of home through the eyes of Native Americans’ set in Oakland, California.  Hopefully, it’s a great read!

(5) The Handmaid’s Tale

I’ve been meaning to read this book for years now.  In a sense, I have read parts of the books, through the lense of Sparknotes, apologies to my Honors English teacher!  This book is finally being pushed to the top of my reading list not only because I want to finally watch the series on hulu, but also because Margaret Atwood is coming out with a sequel to this book in 2019!  If you also haven’t read this classic dystopian novel, it’s the story of a world where womans’ freedoms are limited and women are only valued for their fertility.

(6) In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

This is another book that’s been on my shelf for a while, but I’m pushing it near the top of my list for next year.  I’m obsessed with food, not sure if you noticed) and I’ve been told that I should read this multiple times.  In this nonfiction book, Pollan delves into the idea of what we should actually be eating and how, over the years, food has left natural food items and turned into products of food science.  I’m looking forward to this book and it will be a timely read when so many people are trying to be healthier in the New Year.

(7) Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

I first heard about this book on NPR and I was immediately interested.  I don’t know much about Steve Jobs or even that he was married!

(8) The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Pt. 1, 2, and 3

I’ve seen the movies… so I should really read the books!

(9) The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

I found this book on another Most Anticipated List, it might have been Oprah’s again.  This chilling story is definitely a huge step out of my comfort zone for books.  I avoid scary movies at all costs and I hardly ever read thrillers.  But this book sounds so intriguing that I just might give it a shot.

(10) My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

This is one of those books that I picked up a while ago at a little bookstore in Grand Rapids cleverly called Books and Mortar.  Written by an Italian author, I bought this because I was intrigued by a story that takes place in Naples.  I hope it was a good purchase!

(11) Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover

I don’t read many memoirs, but one of my goals for 2019 is to read more memoirs by people that inspire.

(12) More Than Words by Jill Santopolo

(13) Atonement by Ian McEwan

(14) All The Birds in The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

(15) Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

(16) American Prison by Shane Bauer

(17) Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

(18) The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Anissa Gray

(19) The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

(20) All The Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood

(21) The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

(22) The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano

(23) Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

(24) After you by Jojo Moyes

(25) The Path Made Clear by Oprah Winfrey

(26) Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

(27) Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

(28) Era of Ignition by Amber Tamblyn

(29) How to Change your Mind by Michael Pollan

(30) Uncommon Type by Tom Hanks

(31) The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

(32) The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

(33) The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

(34) The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani

(35) Choice Cuts by Mark Kurlanksy

(36) Sourdough by Robin Sloan

(37) Normal People by Sally Rooney

(38) Frederick Douglass by David W. Blight

(39) Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg

(40) Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan

(41) The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

(42) The Farm by Joanne Ramos

(43) Farmacology by Daphne Miller

(44) City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

(45) Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh

(46) The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

(47) Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

(48) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

(49) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

(50) I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

I just might add to this for the second half of 2019, as most of the new releases I found are being published in the first six months of the year.  Plus, I’m sure I’ll come across a few classics that I desperately need to get under my belt!

Happy Reading!

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