I've put together a list of the books that kept me company through 2019 and here it is! I love talking about the books I've read, so finish them quickly so we can chat about our favorite characters and plot twists.
Educated by Tara Westover
A memoir from a girl who grew up in a devout mormon family who strives to be as off the grid as possible, this book was hard to put down but only as it educates you on the strength and determination of one girl with the odds stacked against her.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor begins as a woman who quite frankly, confuses me and tests my patience. But as you learn her story piece by piece, you want to wrap her in your arms (even though she'd quite literally despise it). This was a quick read that teaches you that there's a lot more to the people you encounter daily than meet the eye.
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sara Pekkanan
A chilling and twisted story where every assumption you make is wrong, but that's why it's so fantastic. This is hard to put down but is perfect for when you need to get lost in another story.
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
A dream like read. Meaning, by the end you're a little lost but in a satisfying manner. I felt like I was reading a dream because of the way Murakami writes about love, loss, and growth.
Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
This was an audio book that made me carve out walks and time just to listen to. The tales of three women are written in a fiction manner but are all true as Taddeo spent nearly a decade with all three of this women (separately). The book teaches you about the way in which love and passion exists and how these women faced it in their lives.
Pet Semetary by Stephen King
Quite possibly by fastest read of 2019 because of the fear and suspense that King can ignite in you right from the start. This book was an amazing story that gave me chills and a few tears.
IT by Stephen King
Most definitely my quickest read of 2019, this is a 1400 page turner after about the first 500 pages... King loves a good background story and is the King (ha) of context. So though it might be slow and full of detail, stick around and admire the way he can describe people and things so beautifully and end with a powerful story.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
A slow book and a slow read. This book was one of my favorites of 2019, but only after Tartt makes you feel as if the main character is like a brother to you. He felt like an older brother or maybe even younger (as you watch/read him grow up) that you just want to shake and say everything will be okay. This book brought me tears from the first 50 pages to the last.
The City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
A new kind novel from Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love), I listened to this as an audiobook with my grandma on a drive to and from Los Angeles and we LOVED it. My grandma was a small child in New York at the time this novel takes place and focuses on a girl who is 18 in the beginning and grows up over the course of the book. She's actually writing the book as a letter to someone. It was full of cultural references to New York in the 40's and 50's with humor and angst!