quick lit – next page, please {best books of 2019 edition}

quick lit. best books 2019 

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.

Romance

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan

Runner-Up: The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams

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.

Fiction

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Runner-Up: Midnight at the Blackbird Café by Heather Webber

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

I Miss You When I Blink  by Mary Laura Philpott

Runner-Up: Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl

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.

Nonfiction

The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future by Ryder Carroll

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.

The Winners

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?

enjoy life…

Per usual, I’m linking up with Modern Mrs. Darcy and her Quick Lit posts.  Head over there if you hacing difficulty figuring out what to read.

quick lit – next page, please {august 2019}

 

I read quite a bit in August and I am very happy about that.  I now have completed 34 books of my goal to read 39 this year so I am way ahead of schedule. Yay! Now I do need to get my rear into gear with the Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2019. I still have 6 out of 10 categories.  If anyone has suggestions for these, please let me know. The categories are: a Book I’ve Been Meaning to Read (I guess you can’t really help me with that one, except you could remind me of something I said that I was going to read here on the blog); a Book With a Gorgeous Cover; a Book In Translation; and a Book Published Before 1980. Thanks in advance.

Here’s what I Read in August.

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Currently Reading

  • Code Name Hélène: A Novel by Ariel Lawhon. So excited to receive this ARC courtesy of Modern Mrs. Darcy for her first-ever Book Club Retreat! I’m so excited! It’s set during WWII – not my favorite historical time but a third of the way in the heroine is very intriguing and the story began in medias res so I want to see what’s going on. This one release on April 7, 2020.
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. This is a #buddyread with my new book friend, Brittany, who I met, virtually, after being on What Should I Read Next. This is so good! Check it out!
  • The Life-Changing Habit of Tidying Up and Spark Joy by Marie Kondo. I’m rereading these according to the categories I am currently tidying. Still have my pending box and Sentimental left. I know I said that last month, but I have been really busy this month.

So, what have you guys been reading this month?

Per usual,  I am linking up with the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s monthly Quick Lit post, as I have done for years.  Check what she and other readers are reading over there.

enjoy life…

P.S. In other book news, Amazon is placing a brick-and-mortar book store in the Green Hills Mall.  This is across the street from the venerable, Parnassus Books in Nashville, TN. I’m not sure how I feel about this.

quick lit – next page, please {July 2019}

For the second time, I planned my monthly reads for the month of July and posted a pic of my TBR on Insta.  And once again, it didn’t go as planned.  I didn’t read any of the books on that list.  That should probably tell me that I shouldn’t do it anymore, huh?  But, I still got three books in this month, just not the ones I intended.

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Currently Reading

So, what have you guys been reading? Read any of these?

Per usual,  I am linking up with the Modern Mrs. Darcy’s monthly Quick Lit post, as I have done for years.  Check what she and other readers are reading over there.

enjoy life…