my 5 favorite reads of 2019

Let’s get right into it. I loved these books, and you might too.

Give me suggestions for books to read in 2020 in the comments below!

Circe

by Madeline Miller

“I thought once that gods are the opposite of death, but I see now they are more dead than anything, for they are unchanging, and can hold nothing in their hands.”

This story, rooted in Greek mythology, overwhelmed me in the best possible way. The book hangover lasted days. Knowing The Odyssey from high school Latin class, this story added a depth and relatability to Greek mythology that I hadn’t experienced yet.

Percolate

by Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino

“The Difference Between If and When Is You.”

If you’re compelled to take another look at how your thought processes are affecting you, this book will do it for you. Elizabeth writes as if she’s your knowledgable, no-nonsense best friend who genuinely wants you to succeed. Plus, there’s a coffee theme throughout, which is ironic because Elizabeth and I randomly met each other while drinking coffees in a cafe in Portland, Maine.

Devil in the White City

by Erik Larson

“It was so easy to disappear, so easy to deny knowledge, so very easy in the smoke and din to mask that something dark had taken root. This was Chicago, on the eve of the greatest fair in history.”

This book is chock-full of non-fiction facts about 1893 Chicago during the World Fair. Typically, a line like that wouldn’t sell me on a book, but the beautiful, factual writing style paired with the incredible story of the event’s preparation hooked me. There is also a detailed account of serial killer H.H. Holmes weaved throughout, which led me to lay awake in terror for the better part of two weeks,

The Book of Lost Things

by John Connelly

“He would talk to them of stories and books, and explain to them how stories wanted to be told and books wanted to be read, and how everything that they ever needed to know about life and the land of which he wrote, or about any land or realm that they could imagine, was contained in books. And some of the children understood, and some did not.”

It took a few chapters to pull me into this intricate story, but once I was in I couldn’t escape. The story was deceivingly dark at times, though it reads like a children’s fairy tale, and emphasizes the pain and power in losing one’s innocence. I could reread the final chapter over and over again, that’s how perfectly it summarized life, death, and the beautiful chaos in between.

Can’t Help Myself

by Meredith Goldstein

“I was self-aware enough to know that with my blubbering and begging, I was one pint of ice cream and a flannel blanket away from becoming a more sedentary Bridget Jones, but I couldn’t stop myself. Sometimes breakups turn you into the kind of person you wouldn’t befriend in a million years. ”

I love a good memoir, especially when it is as honest and current as this one. Glimpsing into the life of a person behind a popular advice column is as absorbing – and relatable – as you expect. Meredith gives love advice to her readers at The Boston Globe, yet struggles in her personal attempts at finding love. This was a quick and refreshingly sincere read, and I couldn’t help but to root for Meredith in her quest.

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