It’s the end of the year, and we know that all the bookworms out there are waiting for a round-up of the best reads of 2019. This is more for them to do a headcount of how many of these they’ve identified and got their hands on. So, without further delay, here’s our list of 20 of the best books of this year.
How many of these have you read?
This one will touch your heart. Nothing To See Here tracks the journey of a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins to look after two children with disturbing abilities.
The story revolves around eight Mennonite women who are repeatedly drugged and attacked by a group of men. These women finally meet in secret to devise a plan in order to reclaim their lives and save their daughters too. What makes it even more chilling is the fact that this is based on a true story.
A mysterious disease rapidly spreads in a college town in California that causes the victims to fall deep into sleep. The book highlights the experiences of the victims of this strange disease and how their friends and family react to it.
This fantasy novel is the first one of a planned trilogy. Set in mythical Africa, there are magical beasts and vicious battles that will keep you gripped. Read this one to find out what happens when a mercenary is hired to find a missing child.
In Russia, two sisters (aged 8 and 11) accept a ride home from a stranger and subsequently disappear. While the investigation into the case of the missing sisters remains unsolved, the story is based on other men and women in Russia who continue living and working even after knowing about the mysterious case.
One can never have enough of Margaret Atwood, can they? As the name suggests, this one’s the sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale. Regarding this masterpiece by her, Atwood says, “Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book.”
A fairytale-inspired read, Gingerbread is peppered with twists, grudges, family betrayal, and of course, there is the highly valued gingerbread too!
This thriller has a bit of everything - there is romance and family drama too. At many points in this book, you will be able to relate to the protagonist who is both an ambitious career woman and a fierce mother.
Disclaimer - this will be hard to put down so be ready to spend most of your time curled up in bed and reading the story of a newly single man whose ex-wife suddenly goes missing.
The award-winning author’s novel is based on three generations of an unconventional New England family that runs a candlepin bowling alley. This delightfully mysterious novel is a must-read of the year.
Ocean Vuong in this book explores the bond of an immigrant mother and son and the impact of race and class at the time. This beautifully written novel is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read.
Carry this one along for your next vacay. Set in the 1940s theatre world, City Of Girls is a love story that revolves around a girl’s life in showbiz and the consequences of living true to herself.
A highly gripping thriller, The Silent Patient is about a wife’s violence against her husband, and her therapist whose ultimate goal is to somehow uncover her motive behind this behaviour.
This Jayson Greene novel is set around the theme of hope. After losing their daughter in a freak accident, both husband and wife are devastated. They share their way to find hope in the most tragic and heartbreaking situation.
Even if you’ve read many a book on marriages gone sour, this one’s gripping plot has twists that come when you least expect them. You’ve got to read it to believe what we’re saying.
Like most of her books, this one too is an easy read. It revolves around a heartwarming story of two sisters and their path to finding themselves.
Yip-Williams’ memoir is one she penned for her children and of course us readers who find it an equally good inspiring book. As a child, she was sentenced to death by her grandmother due to her blindness. However, she was saved by chance and grew up to be a Harvard-graduate lawyer.
The story of the disintegration of one of the biggest empires and its replacement by a not-so-regulated private company - The Anarchy is touted to be one of William Dalrymple’s finest works.
Mothership is Francesca Segal’s diary of giving birth to premature twins. Spanning over 56 days in the neonatal intensive care unit, it throws light on parenthood during challenging and unexpected circumstances like these.
We all know how impactful Greta Thunberg’s speeches are. This book is a compilation of 11 speeches written and presented by this powerhouse that’s fighting climate change and global warming.
How many of these have you read?
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