2019 was a good year for me as far as reading is concerned. I read a total of 74 books. Here I compile a list of all the books that I liked in 2019, so you know which ones are not to be missed. Note that the list contains the books I read during the calendar year, they might not have necessarily been published during 2019.
Best books 2019
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
“A Thousand Splendid Suns” was first published in 2007. It is a deeply moving account of love, family and friendship. The book chronicles three decades of the history of Afghanistan. It is a heart-wrenching work of fiction.
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
“Great Expectations” is a work of classic fiction. It was first published way back in 1861. The book emphasizes the importance of friends and family, and the need to stay in touch with one’s roots. The story brilliantly depicts the evil side of money, how it changes a person. It is an extraordinary depiction of love, loyalty, and forgiveness, of false perceptions, and the derived sadness.
Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
“Midnight’s Children” was first published in 1981, when it also won the Booker Prize. It is a work of fiction that employs magical realism to sensationalize and liven the plot. It is a fascinating family saga set against the backdrop of 20th century India.
Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
“Shantaram” was first published in 2003, and is the first part of a two-book series. The blurb says it is based on the life of the author, but is also part fiction. Several seemingly unnatural events corroborate the fact.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
“The Night Circus” was first published in 2011. It was nominated for Goodreads Choice Awards that year under the Fantasy category. The book is about magic, love, and everything in between.
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
“The Secret Garden” is another work of classic fiction I read in 2019. It won the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award owing to the fact that the book had enough qualities as that in the works of Carroll himself. It is a lovely book, perfect for the readers of any age group.
What the Wind Knows by Amy Harmon
“What the Wind Knows” is the only book in the list that was published in 2019. It is a perfect blend of history and science fiction. The book is a gold mine for the lovers of poetry. It is also a nice introduction to the history of Ireland and its fight for freedom.
How many of these have you read?