Top Books of 2019

Posted: February 3, 2020 in Life

It’s time for my top lists of the year. I’ll only be doing Books and Films again this year, it’s where I spend the majority of my entertainment time (games are work). I wasn’t able to invest the time needed to make a Concerts or Albums list, that’s not saying I didn’t listen to new music and see shows, just I didn’t invest the time I feel is needed to make a list.

We will start this year with books, this one is a little different in that the books didn’t have to come out this year, BUT they had to be a new read to me (or a reread of something I may not have grasped when younger). I read/listened to 93 books this year, a new record for me! So here are my top (recommended) books of 2019,  in no particular order but split it into fiction and nonfiction. There are a lot because, I read a lot!

Non- Fiction

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
  • Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know
  • The Coddling of the American Mind
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
  • Becoming
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
  • Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All Odds and Made Aviation History
  • The Death of Truth: Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump
  • The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland
  • The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You
  • Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators


  • Where the Crawdads Sing
  • Cutting for Stone
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Recursion
  • Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful
  • The Immortalists
  • Daisy Jones & The Six
  • People of the Book
  • Treasure Island
  • A Tale of Two Cities

Honorable Mention

  • The Women Who Flew for Hitler: The True Story of Hitler’s Valkyries
  • East of Eden
  • Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly
  • Amity and Prosperity: A Story of Energy in Two American Towns
  • Hamilton: The Revolution
  • My Friend Anna
  • Code Name: Lise. The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
  • Unthinkable: What the World’s Most Extraordinary Brains Can Teach Us About Our Own
  • Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language
  • The Modern Girl’s Guide to Travel

Older List: 201520162017, 2018



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