Here Are The 15 Best Books of 2019 According to Our Book Editor
Simply the best!
365 Days Later and I've Finally Managed to Round Up The Best Books of 2019
There were enough excellent books published in 2019 to fill the pages of a novel! These books, however, were the creme de la creme - the best chapters in my book-reading year. From mysteries to memoirs, these books are perfect reading - whether you're curling up by a fire or laying on a beach during a vacation.
So run - don't walk - to your nearest bookstore (or online wishlist) and pick up these great works to start your 2020 off right.
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1. Every Day is Saturday: Recipes + Strategies for Easy Cooking, Every Day of the Week
This book is not only a beautiful addition to the kitchen, it's actually a cookbook you'll pick up and use. The premise is simple, think about what you're going to eat and prepare days before and your life will become a bit easier. I love the simplicity of the notion and the execution in Every Day is Saturday is one that I enjoyed reading.
2. 2. Vanity Fair's Women on Women
Vanity Fair editor-in-chief, Radhika Jones puts together an amazing collection of stories on women by women. It's a piece of the magazines history steeped in historical events and interviews from women who deserve to be heard.
3. Three Women
Three Women was unlike anything I've read before and I'm really grateful for that. Lisa Taddeo uplifted her life to follow three women around for years and years. She hit upon desire, regret, and the often sexist implications that come along with it. It was truly one of my favorite books to read this year and I can't wait to see what more Taddeo has in store for readers in the years to come.
4. Do You Mind If I Cancel?: (Things That Still Annoy Me)
Gary Janetti has a way of writing humor I've seen only in respects to David Sedaris. He's funny and opinionated, two things that always win me over in people and books. But his ability to open up wounds and become vulnerable while being extraordinarily funny is a talent you don't see executed much. His talent is tangible which helped him land on the New York Times bestsellers list.
5. Inside Out: A Memoir
Surely, you heard Demi Moore wrote a memoir. The press surrounding her first book was omnipresent albeit deserved. Moore recounts her childhood and the trauma she experienced at a young age through her marriage to Bruce Willis and Ashton Kutcher. She's a great writer which helped many people devour this book instantly. Regardless of your opinion on her, it's a very interested read from a complicated woman.
6. Nothing Fancy: Unfussy Food for Having People Over
It feels like an overused sentence but I can't stress this enough; Nothing Fancy is my new favorite cookbook. Alison Roman is one of my favorite new people to watch; she's funny, talented, smart, and confident. I've watched hours of her cooking videos and have already cooked multiple dishes from her sophomore cookbook. Often times I buy cookbooks with the intent of using them but they just end up as decor. Not this one. I've already smudged a page, stained a corner, and will continue to do so thanks to this easy-to-comprehend but delicious collection of dishes. And like a proud mother (with no relation to said author) it's sold out on Amazon. So, in the spirit of small business, please visit your local bookstore or bookseller and pick up a copy for yourself and a family member. It's that good.
7. Eat Joy: Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers
Eat Joy was an absolutely joy to read. In it you'll find a collection of stories from talented writers, all discussing an impact on food. Be it a family member teaching them to cook or why their first meal post graduating was so important to them. It's charming and delightful and I'm happy to live in a world where such a book exists.
8. Little Weirds
I've written about Little Weirds before but I won't stop celebrating Jenny Slate's perfect little book. Yes, it's weird but it's also fantastic and satisfying. You'll let out a few good laughs, even a chuckle from the harshest critic. You don't have to love Jenny Slate to understand it's brilliance but you certainly should (and will love) the author, regardless.
9. Get A Life, Chloe Brown
YA novels can feel very forced. But Talia Hibbert has a knack for teen romance and Get A Life, Chloe Brown is no exception. Warm, funny, and charming, it's what I would want my teenager reading over and over again.
10. Save Me the Plums
This title is one of my favorites but the content of this memoir is absolutely brilliant. Ruth Reichl was a food writer and restaurant critic before becoming the editor-in-chief for Gourmet magazine. Fans of food writing and glossy magazines will appreciate how Reichl blends the two together. This book serves as a reminder that your career can be whatever you make it, in the kitchen or otherwise.
11. The Grace Year
Elizabeth Banks has already called dibs on turning The Grace Year into a motion picture, so you know it's good. This survival story is the definition of a page-turner, you'll spend hours awake trying to finish the mystery of Tierney James and the society that is pitting women against one another. If you loved The Handmaid's Tale, you'll want to read this one next.
12. The Unhoneymooners
The Unhoneymooners is simply put; a delightful read. You can take it with you on your next vacation or read it before bed, but it's not scary, stressful, or political. In a time where every book feels important and heavy, it's nice to turn to something that is pure joy and charm. It's well written and not cheesy in the way that some romance novels land. You deserve a vacation and this is a great place to start.
13. The Nobodies
The Nobodies was so much fun to read. It poked fun at the right things (ahem, start-up life) and had importance where it needed to (sticking to your guns no matter who you work for). Written by the talented Liza Palmer, it's a welcomed breath of fresh air.
14. The Nanny
I can't discuss 2019 without including suspense thrillers. The Nanny was exactly what I wanted out of the genre and I didn't know who to love, who to hate, and who to trust till the very end. Forced to come home to reconcile with her mother, Jo can't escape the questions she has surrounding the summer of 1988 when her nanny, Hannah, disappeared into thin air. She must put back puzzle pieces she swore she'd forget and you will absolutely get no sleep staying up trying to finish this novel.
15. No Exit
No Exit was a very specific type of thriller. It was dark and creepy but I caught my heart racing a majority of the time. Darby Thorne is on her way home when she's caught in a terrible snow storm. The only place to stop is a remote gas station where other passerby are stranded. When she finds a girl in an animal crate, locked in the back of a car, she has to play a very careful game with her new stranded acquaintances.
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