Merry Christmas! (And Happy Holidays to anyone who celebrates any other holiday this season!)
As the year comes to a close, I’m excited to share my favorite books that I read in 2019! Last week I posted a list of the 6 best backlist books I read. But today I’d like to talk about the 6 best new releases I read in 2019.
There is something of a theme in this list, as I read a whole slew of books about books this year and more than one slid easily onto my favorites list. They are all unique, though, with different bookish spins. And rounding out the list are a fantasy and science fiction thriller. Surprisingly, there are no mysteries on this list! What is even real anymore?
Anyway, ready to see the books?
The Printed Letter Bookshop is a contemporary story wrapped around the lives of three different women, Madeline, Janet, and Claire, and the bookshop that pulls them together. Madeline has inherited the bookshop from her aunt and intends to sell the shop quickly, but the other employees have different ideas. Told through each of their perspectives in turn, their stories come together for a charming read in the bookshop setting.
Set in the publishing world of the 1980’s between New York City and Cape Cod, The Last Book Party follows Eve as she attends the party of an acclaimed writer and is introduced to a new world she wasn’t previously privy to. An aspiring writer struggling to figure out her identity and path in life, becoming accepted in this new world gives her a sense of purpose that she hasn’t felt in a while. This coming of age story is light and smart and feels both timeless and nostalgic.
The combination of a small town setting, quirky characters, and a slightly magical quality come together nicely in The Book Charmer. Its two main characters are Sarah, the town librarian to whom books speak, and Grace, who moves to Dove Pond with her ailing foster mother and niece. These two characters foil each other as they get to know each other and their relationship grows. This is probably not a book for everyone but readers who enjoy some magical realism will most likely enjoy it.
The Priory of the Orange Tree is an epic fantasy with a focus on dragons. This richly complex world is divided into two sides: the East, who worship dragons; and the West, who despise and fear them. It follows several characters from each sides as their worlds collide in an attempt to overcome evil. The question is, will they be able to put their differences aside to work together and ultimately succeed?
In The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, confirmed introvert Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, her life is turned upside down and she must try to come out of her comfortable shell.
In science fiction thriller Recursion, False Memory Syndrome is a mysterious affliction that drives its victims mad with memories of a life they never lived. And it asks what happens to an individual and society as a whole when our memories aren’t actually real? This fast paced page turner is thrilling and compulsively readable.
There you have the six best new 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 new books you read this year?