Saturday, January 11, 2020

2019 books in review

I've read an amazing amount of great literature this year. It was a treat to look back and reminisce about each book on my GoodReads account and it is my hope that I can inspire one reader to pick up at least one of these fabulous books.  I prefer fiction over nonfiction so I surprised myself with three fantastic memoirs this year.  Leonard Pitts has an excellent article "This is the Year of Reading Women" in order to push himself to read more works by women. I am glad to say looking through my lists women authors continue to take a lead for me. 


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Becoming by Michelle Obama


Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg


Educated by Tara Westover


The gifts of imperfection by Brene Brown

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Better than carrots or sticks; restorative practices for positive classroom management by Dominique Smith



Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid


Where the crawdads sing by Delia Owens

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Salvage the bones by Jesmyn Ward

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Heads of the colored people by Nafissa Thompson-Spires


The Bar Harbor retirement home for Famous Writers (and their muses) by Terri-Lynne DeFino


The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

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Helen Hoang's book's  The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test

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Sally Rooney's Normal People and Conversations with friends

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Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Young Adult/Children's Fiction:


Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky


Front Desk by Kelly Yang

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Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart


Louisiana's Way home by Kate DiCamillo

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Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds


Summoner Series by Taran Matharu

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Wishtree by Katherine Applegate


Here Lies the librarian by Richard Peck

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Walking with Miss Millie by Tamara Bundt


Aru Shah and the end of time by Roshani Chokshi

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Amina's voice by Hena Khan

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Merci Suarez changes gears by Meg Medina


Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed


Ban this book by Alan Gratz

I'm so gratefully to work in a field where I enjoy the homework very much.  There are so many fantastic diverse authors out there now and I loved what I read in Amal Unbound, Are Shah, and Merci Suarez, Amina's Voice, Ami Polonsky for Grayson, and Kelly Yang!  I hope 2020 brings as much joy reading.