Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Books Read in 2019


Oyinkan Braithwaite, My Sister, the Serial Killer
Alyssa Cole, An Extraordinary Union
Jenny Lawson, Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Aja Monet, My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter
Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Signal to Noise
Kaoru Mori, Emma, Vol 1
Kaoru Mori, Emma, Vol 2
Sarah Perry, Melmoth


Alyssa Cole, A Prince on Paper
Claire G. Coleman, Terra Nullius
Sangu Mandanna, A Spark of White Fire
Mandeliene Smith, Rutting Season
Susan Tan, Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire


Alyssa Cole, A Hope Divided
Neil Gaiman, Norse Mythology
David Grann, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
Lauren Layne, Blurred Lines
Lauren Layne, Irresistibly Yours
Lauren Layne, I Wish You Were Mine
Lauren Layne, Made for You
Lauren Layne, Only with You
Lauren Layne, Someone like You
Lauren Layne, Walk of Shame
Jessica Lemmon, Arm Candy
Jessica Lemmon, The Bastard Billionaire
Jessica Lemmon, The Billionaire Bachelor
Jessica Lemmon, The Billionaire Next Door
Rivers Solomon, An Unkindness of Ghosts
Caitlin Starling, The Luminous Dead
Noelle Stevenson, Nimona
Leonie Swann, Three Bags Full


Melissa Broder, The Pisces
Sarah Castille, Against the Ropes
Sarah Castille, Fighting Attraction
Sarah Castille, In Your Corner
Alyssa Cole, A Duke by Default
Otara (Noora) Heikkilä, Fortunate Beasts
Noora Heikkilä, Letters for Lucardo
Megan Hunter, The End We Start From
Tiffany Reisz, The Rose
Katie Ruggle, Hold Your Breath
Sally Thorne, 99 Percent Mine
Kris Waldherr, The Lost History of Dreams


Natalie Baszile, Queen Sugar
P. Djèlí Clark, The Black God's Drums
Alyssa Cole, A Prince on Paper [reread]
Helen Hoang, The Bride Test
Casey McQuiston, Red, White & Royal Blue
Carly Phillips and Erika Wilde, Dirty Sexy Inked
Jordan Rosenfeld, Make a Scene
Karen Russel, Orange World and Other Stories
Ovidia Yu, Aunty Lee's Delights


Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky
Uzma Jalaluddin, Ayesha at Last
Sadie Jones, The Snakes
Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being


John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
Cristina Rivera Garza, The Taiga Syndrome
Lee Israel, Can You Ever Forgive Me?: Memoirs of a Literary Forger
Cadwell Turnbull, The Lesson
Pat Wahler, I am Mrs. Jesse James
Lara Williams, Supper Club


Steve Burns, Foreverywhere
Evie Dunmore, Bringing Down the Duke
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West
National Geographic, Almanac 2020


Jonathan Levi, The Only Skill That Matters
Helen Oyeyemi, Gingerbread


Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, This Is How You Lose the Time War
Cynthia Sally Haggard, Farewell My Life
Susan Higginbotham, The First Lady and the Rebel
Mandy Lee, The Art of Escapism Cooking
Valerie Valdes, Chilling Effect
Alice Walker, The Color Purple
Weike Wang, Chemistry


Vanessa Kelly, The Highlander's Christmas Bride
Caroline Scott, The Poppy Wife


Tessa Bailey, Wound Tight
Mira Lyn Kelly, Hard Crush
Ann Clare LeZotte, Show Me a Sign
Sarah-Jane Stratford, Red Letter Days
Oscar Wilde, De Profundis


  1. Hallo, Hallo Audra!

    Happy New Year!! :) I assembled one of my yearly posts this week - I started (with inspiration by another book blogger) out focusing on all the lovely #newtomeauthors of 2019. Next I have a larger task of blogging my thoughts, takeaways and reactions to which of my books overall settled the most into my readerly heart and/or still give me a pause of thought to consider still.

    Interestingly, you've picked some stories/authors I fancy myself - such as the Aunty Lee series? I read the first two of that series years ago (you can find them if you use my search box feature) and had meant to continue onward with the series except somehow I've become distracted away from them! lol This is a good nudge of a reminder I need to kick into gear a feature I want to begin this year where I focus on authors I've read in the past, authors I've blogged and/or authors I've reviewed who either have new books or books on their backlist I haven't yet discovered! What was your favourite part of her style??

    I attempted to read Cole's Romances but found they simply weren't my cuppa, the same reaction to avoiding Red, White & Royal Blue; as I read a review of it and realised it wasn't for me. Whereas I had intended to read "The Lost History of Dreams" in 2019 - it has become a new entry on my backlogue now as I need to re-queue it to be read. I'll have to remember to revisit with you and read your thoughts after I've read it. Likewise I saw we both read "The First Lady & The Rebel" - as I only felt close to one of the sisters myself... I didn't love it as much as I had hoped going into it sadly.

    Here's to a bountiful New Year full of stories which continue to enrich our readerly lives! May the New Year have been a lovely celebration with your wife and child; here's to staying bookishly curious and finding ways to not just read harder (smirks) but also read the stories which give us the most #bookjoy.

  2. Good reading year! I hope to keep better records this year, but we'll see what the year brings.