My Favorite Reads of 2019

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman. This controversial book is a gritty but beautiful story about the downfall of patriarchy. I read this with my book club and it had mixed but ultimately positive reviews.
  • Providence by Caroline Kepnes. I went into this book knowing nothing except that I loved Kepnes’s first novel, You. It’s a supernatural love story with a healthy dose of Lovcraftian horror. An unexpected delight!
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. Set in the marsh lands of North Carolina, this is a sweeping and heartbreaking story of a young girl named Kya. Told in a nonlinear style, this book will throw surprises at you until the last page.
  • The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. This is another nonlinear mystery novel, told from the perspective of a ghost. I love this book for so many reasons, not the least of which is Morton’s skill at world building and myth making.
  • The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith. Set in France, this lovely novel tells the story of witches living in harmony with non-magic folk in the early 20th century. It’s a pleasant departure from novels that paint witches as evil and tortured. Also, witches and wine are two of my favorite things, so I may be biased.
  • One Small Sacrifice by Hillary Davidson. This intriguing murder mystery is told from the alternating perspectives of the assumed killer and the NYPD detective trying to catch him.
  • Burying the Honeysuckle Girls by Emily Carpenter. Another non-linear mystery (what can I say, I have a type) told from the perspective of four generations of women in the same family. A hauntingly beautiful tale, it speaks to generational trauma and the abusive nature of men who gaslight.

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