Alright, alright you have my full permission to roast me or anything short of crucifying me.
I will be the first to admit it’s been well over a hot minute since I posted on here, and to post what is probably the most climactic post of the year, two months late is an absolute atrocity on my end. But if you’ll forgive the unforgivable, we can go ahead and dive into the most beautiful gems my mediocre 2019 reading year had to offer.
Without further ado:
Miracle Creek by Angie Kim– The most clever twisted domestic puzzle there’s ever been and I loved every single freakin’ page! This glorious debut follows a young mother who’s been accused of murdering her autistic toddler. There are a plethora of important subjects Kim is brave enough to bring into the light and for that I commend her. This shall forever be remembered as one of my all-time favorite books.
Hunger by Roxane Gay– An immensely important book on body positivity, diet culture, and the damage society inflicts onto women. Body image as a whole is something I’d argue many of us have tackled in our life time, and Gay does a remarkable thing by transforming an ugly reality into a beautiful study we could all decipher and learn to grow from.
The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne– At this point Boyne could publish his grocery list and I’d give it 5 stars, but this particular writing piece follows the lifespan of a gay man living in Ireland from the 1940’s to today. How Boyne managed to make this interesting and unputdownable is just a testament to his skill and craftsmanship as a writer.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds– For those of you who don’t have the time, this is a quick read! Long Way Down is a unique and beautiful way of touching on the black lives matter movement. After Will’s brother Shawn is murdered, Will must go on an elevator long journey to figure out what’s the best way to avenge his brother.
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch– Admittedly the most white hetero male book on this list, but hey was it a fun ride! Dark Matter is a scientist’s journey through alternate universes to get back home. It’s thrilling and able to make you feel so incredibly small in this gigantic universe.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas– This touches on police brutality, but even more so on what it means to be a young black teen trying to escape poverty, and make her way to the top of the rap game. I was apprehensive going in, simply because Thomas’ books are so unbelievably hyped that I always fear they won’t possibly live up to what’s been said, and yet they always do!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo– This one’s been a long time calling for so long, and I knew I wasn’t going to get through 2019 without reading such a hyped series gosh darn it! And boy was I happy I did. This is a fantasy heist with a cast of characters you can’t help but wish were real as well as your best friends. There is thrill, there is plot, there is heart, and isn’t that what we all want from a series?