Goodreads tells me I read 37 out of my 45-book goal this year. Was my goal too lofty or do I just need to make more time to read? I think I’ll choose the latter; my 2020 reading list is long, exciting and ambitious, and I can’t wait to get started.

As for 2019: while it’s very hard to choose favorites, I did! Here are my top nine:

THE ISLAND OF SEA WOMEN: here’s to the all-female sea divers of Jeju!

ASK AGAIN, YES: domestic tragedy and a love story.

THE DEARLY BELOVED: it’s not easy to write about faith, but Wall pulled it off so well I was jealous. The writing was MARVELOUS! I just loved it.

SMALL FRY: what’s it like to feel like the abandoned daughter of Steve Jobs? a fabulous rendered memoir.

INHERITANCE: I adore everything Dani writes – including this page-turning memoir!

A PLACE FOR US: an exquisitely written story about an American-Muslim family. It made me cry. I loved it.

LONG WAY DOWN: a brilliant young adult bombshell by one of my favorite all-time writers. Just read it.

FRONT DESK: a middle grade read based on author Yang’s life of managing the front desk of a hotel while still in elementary school as a new immigrant.

A RACE AROUND THE WORLD: I think you’ll adore this picture book of real-life heroines, Nellie and Elizabeth. Grit and gumption!

All of these would be terrific Book Club reads, in my opinion. Now, please tell me – what were some of your favorite books this year?



  • Julia Tomiak says:

    I’ve got a copy of Long Way Down waiting for me! 🙂 Some of my favorites this year were: Where the Crawdads Sing, Becoming, and Bridge of Clay. Daughter gave me Erin Morgenstern’s (The Night Circus) next novel. Can’t wait!

  • Dianne Klabechek says:

    Amy. I love your lists because I can always be sure they are “safe” and I won’t get two chapters in, only to find out I can’t accept the language.

  • Caroline Starr Rose says:

    You are so KIND! Thank you for including Nellie and Elizabeth on your list. Happy New Year to you. May 2020 be a year of great reading. I’d love to host you on my blog with future books, by the way…

  • Shana Fields says:

    That is a great list. Front Desk was my bookclub pick for February. All the students I know that have read it, have enjoyed it. I just read Long Way Down for grad school. I love Lisa See. Her book, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane was my favorite of 2018. I have this new one, but I haven’t read it yet. My favorite books of 2019 were The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict and Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. My favorite MG books were maybe The Cryptid Catcher (I didn’t know anything about cryptids before this book and it was so interesting to me), In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner, and The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin. I wasn’t even planning on reading it (I got it in an Owl Crate and was going to put it in my library), but I ended up loving it. I thought the plot was very original.

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