Books 2019


  1. Florida – Lauren Groff (Fiction)
  2. A Life of My Own – Claire Tomalin (Non-Fiction)
  3. My Sister, the Serial Killer – Okinkan Braithwaite (Fiction)
  4. Speaking in Tongues – Jeffrey Deaver (Fiction)
  5. At the Jerusalem – Paul Bailey (Fiction)
  6. How to Write an Autobiographical Novel – Alexander Chee (Non-Fiction)
  7. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy (Fiction)
  8. Sick – Porochista Khakpour (Non-Fiction)
  9. Legacy of Spies – John LeCarre (Fiction)


January Reading Blitz

A couple of snow storms, a polar vortex, and a month of abstaining from alcohol allowed me time to read 9 books (actually 9 3/14) in January. That puts me on a trajectory to read over 100 books this year. I mean, I’m not going to read that many books, but it’s always good to get out of the gate so fast.

So far, I recommend My Sister, the Serial Killer and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel. If I’ve already read two really good books, I have great hope for the rest of my 2019 selections.


10. The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost – Peter Manseau (Non-Fiction)

11. Blown – Mark Haskell Smith (Fiction)

12. Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opioid Epidemic – Sam Quinones (Non-Fiction)

13. The Orphan Master’s Son – Adam Johnson (Fiction)

14. Friday Black: Stories – Nan Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Fiction)

15. Disoriental – Negar Djaved (Fiction)

16. The Flamethrowers – Rachel Kushner (Fiction)

17. The Lost Whalers: Three Years in the Far Pacific With a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life – Doug Bock Clark (Non-Fiction)

18. An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (Fiction)

19. This is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper (Fiction)

20. Anatomy of a Scandal – Sara Vaughn (Fiction)

21. Pachinko – Min Jin Lee (Fiction)

22. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens (Fiction)

23. The Hotel New Hampshire – John Irving – (Fiction)

24. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton (Fiction)

25. The Heart – Maylis De Kerangal / Translated from French by Sam Taylor (Fiction)


Demographic Breakdown:

  • Non -Fiction = 6

  • Fiction = 19

  • Male Authors = 14

  • Female Authors = 11

  • Non-American Authors =9