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Best Books of 2019 That We Missed

So many books, so little time!! The beginning of the new year has us looking back at 2019 and tallying up all those amazing books that we just didn’t get to. Time to stack that TBR just a little higher with these top titles we missed last year…


I wanted to read short fiction last year, but I didn’t – so in 2020, let’s remedy that situation with …

Girl, Woman, Other, Bernardine Evaristo

Girl, Woman, Other won the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction along with The Testaments, Margaret Atwood. Girl, Woman, Other. it’s a book of short stories that follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

Girl Woman Other Stories

Girl, Woman, Other follows the lives and struggles of twelve very different characters. Mostly women, black and British, they tell the stories of their families, friends and lovers, across the country and through the years.

A People’s Future of the United States, edited by Victor LaValle and John Josephs Adams

I mentioned I wanted to read this last June for the Monthly Motif Challenge – Diversify Your Reading, but I never got around to it.

A Peoples Future of the United States

25 speculative fiction superstars draw from the present moment to create often chilling, always plausible visions of the future. These stories imagine their characters fighting everything from government surveillance, to corporate cities, to climate change disasters, to nuclear wars. But fear not: A People’s Future also invites readers into visionary futures in which the country is shaped by justice, equity, and joy.

Full Throttle, Joe Hill

I’ve become a fan of Joe Hill in recent years, and when his book of short stories came out in 2019, I put it on my reading list but never got around to it. Just recently, I read this review at Novel Notions, and it’s convinced me to try the audiobook … with the physical copy – something I rarely do.

Full Throttle (Book)

In this masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense

♥ KIM ♥

According to Fantasy Book Review, these are the must reads of 2019:

Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo 

As soon as I saw this come out, I knew I was going to read it. Leigh Bardugo is probably top of my auto-buy list. Everything she writes turns to gold. I have this on audio and it’s up next.

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. At age 20 she’s the sole survivor of a multiple homicide. In her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her? Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies.

Recursion, Blake Crouch

Can you believe I haven’t even read Dark Matter yet? Both of these are moving to the top of my TBR this year.

Memory makes reality. That’s what New York City cop Barry Sutton is learning as he investigates the devastating phenomenon the media has dubbed False Memory Syndrome—a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived.

Kirkus Reviews had a few that caught my eye that I’d never heard of:

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, C.A. Fletcher

Categorized as dystopia and getting a bunch of thumbs up from reviewers, I’m adding this to my list. Honestly, I’ve been missing some really good dystopia in my life.

When a beloved family dog is stolen, her owner sets out on a life-changing journey through the ruins of our world to bring her back in this fiercely compelling tale of survival, courage, and hope.

Steel Crow Saga, Paul Krueger

New to me author that I’m interested in read more from. According to reviews, Steel Crow Saga looks like it has a little bit of everything I love in a book. I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

Four destinies collide in a unique fantasy world of war and wonders, where empire is won with enchanted steel and magical animal companions fight alongside their masters in battle.

What book did you miss last year that you really want to get to?

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Kim and Tanya
Kim and Tanya
Kim is a librarian | life hacker | ancient history nerd | mom to 2 little boys | Utah native | digital archivist | British comedy/British detective show junkie | outdoor lover. Tanya is a digital lifehacker | Food Science guru | teenage boy wrangler | husband tamer | adventure seeker | avid reader.
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