For the past couple years, I’ve shared my top 10 books from the year, whether overall in 2017 or split into backlist and new releases in 2018. Each time I had a handful of five star reads and would have to fill out the list by selecting my favorite four star books. But this year, I decided to keep it just to the books I rated a full five out of five. Because why share anything but the best?
So today I’m sharing the six best backlist books I read in 2019 (not including those that were re-reads). They were all still published fairly recently, the oldest one from 2014. Which possibly speaks to the fact that I read more newer books this year than older ones, and is something I’d like to balance out better for 2020. But that’s a post for another day.
Ready to see the six best backlist books I read this year?
Why We Sleep is a thorough exploration of sleep and its many aspects. This book is not only full of scientific fact, theory, and study, but it’s also highly engaging. I borrowed the audiobook from my library, which was excellent, but I’d also love to purchase a hardcopy someday to keep in my own library and refer back to time and again.
Strange the Dreamer follows Lazlo Strange, who has been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep since he was five years old. Then an incredible opportunity to discover what happened to this city, and he jumps at the chance. So what did happen in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? And what is the mysterious problem it is encountering now? This book is elaborate and eloquent and builds up a fantastical world I wanted to lose myself in.
In Sleeping Giants, a girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole in the palm of a giant metal hand. Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved, but some can never stop searching for answers. This took me by complete surprise as it was so unique and entertaining!
Waking Gods, the second installment in the Themis Files trilogy, continues the story set up in Sleeping Giants. As scope of the story grows, it continues to probe the question of what it means to be human. This didn’t impact me quite as much as Sleeping Giants but it was a solid sequel. Unfortunately, the third and final book, Only Human, didn’t live up to my expectations…
An homage to classic British crime like Agatha Christie’s books, Magpie Murders is formatted as a book within a book. This multi-layered mystery tells the historical mystery written by bestselling crime writer Alan Conway and a modern mystery that is possibly more intertwined with his latest manuscript than meets the eye. The premise for this was right up my alley and the execution hit it out of the park!
In The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, bookstore owner on Alice Island A.J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be and has become a dreary existence. Then a mysterious package arrives at the bookstore and its unexpected arrival gives him the opportunity to give life another chance. This book about books hit all the right notes for me.
There you have the six best backlist books I read in 2019! I’d love to hear from you if any of these books are on your TBR or if you’ve already read them. What are the best backlist books you read this year?