Last year, I selected the best books that I had read in 2018. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to do a 2019 edition. Like last year, I am not going to cover every category. I don’t read every genre. But I’m just going to highlight the ones that I read that had multiple selections that I loved.
I do not read romance. But traveling back home from the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club Event in Winston-Salem last year, I plowed through a lot of What Should I Read Next podcast episodes, including Episode 203 where Emily Carter, a now-repentant book snob, confessed to giving romance novels a chance and loving them, especially in a particular time of life. With the weather being gray and gloomy, I decided to brighten my reading experience. Last year, I read fantasy. This year, it was romance.
I selected Anne’s pick for Emily, The Bromance Club. This book was so much fun. The premise asks the question what would happen if men read these books as a guide to communicating and romancing their significant others. In Lyssa’s books, the answer is hilariously effective. I cannot wait for the second one in the series.
With the success of Bromance Club, I started looking for more great romance books. Bookish friends (who I met at the Modern Mrs. Darcy Book Club Retreat last year) recommended My Oxford Year. This was a romance novel that dealt with very serious theme. I am still processing this one – the sign of an excellent book for me.
I read one book by Taylor Jenkins Reid a few years ago. Then, wanting to read a book that everyone was talking about when everyone was talking about it, I bought Daisy Jones and the Six. I will definitely be rereading this one. What Reid did was masterful. I was tempted to Google Daisy Jones and the Six. She made the characters so believeable.
Midnight at the Blackbird Café was an absolute delight. I have selected it as a Rocket City Mom Book Club Pick in 2020.
Memoir & Autobiography
Memoir/Autobiography and Nonfiction are what I generally read and I read quite a number of selections in this category. But two have stood out. Save Me the Plums is an memoir that reads like a novel. It was a real page-turner. I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. And that’s saying something for a memoir.
Miss You When I Blink taught me the most this year and I read it twice – a couple of months apart. I selected it as a Rocket City Mom Virtual Book Club pick. You can read my full review here. Mary Laura joined us to discuss the book – one of my highlights of my year.
Guys! Mommy-Brain is a very real thing. And as my year got busier and busier, I couldn’t keep track of it all. Enter The Bullet Journal Method, which has been described as “KonMari for your mind”. I have used the techniques in this book very successfully and return for a refresher every couple of months.
I Miss You When I Blink by Mary Laura Philpott
Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
I have decided to pick a fiction (including romance) winner and a non-fiction (including memoir/biography) winner. So there you have it. My best books of 2019.
What was the best thing that you read last year?