My Favourite Books of 2019

It’s always too hard to choose best of-s because there are many too many magnificent books read within a year. I just had to single out 15 out of 120 books I have read this year. So here they are chronologically as I have read them:

1 Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

A thing of true beauty, it has a nostalgic 19th century vibe, like a classic work of realism but with a modern flair. Wonderful storytelling, just leaves you breathless and in love with the main character. If you haven’t read it, don’t wait any longer.

2 Madeline Miller, Circe

Greek mythology and history is always irresistible to me, but a good mythological contemporary novel is hard to find. Circe is absolutely it, obviously written by a knowledgeable professor who not only understands Ancient Greek mythology completely, but has captured the Ancient Greek way of thinking perfectly putting it all into a modern novel about a powerful strong woman. A true ancient and modern time heroine. The characters are realistic, deep and the writing style is breathtaking.

3 Donna Tartt, The Secret History

Just pure perfection of a novel. Enough has been said about this work of art already, it has completely captured me, my taste, my feelings, my ancient Greek love. Perfect.

4 Daisy Johnson, Everything Under

Again a Greek mythology retelling fascinated me, but what a novel it is! The language, the way of thinking in language, through language and memory is exquisite! A masterpiece! I Can’t wait for another book by Daisy Johnson!

5 Sally Rooney, Normal People

This one is without a doubt in my top of the tops of all time. Breaks my heart, makes me happy when I think of it, a wonder. Take a look at my full review some posts back.

6 Margaret Atwood, Hag Seed

An amazing work of metafiction, recommended for any and every Shakespeare lover! Full review on my blog, some posts back.

7 Rosella Postorino, At the Wolf’s Table

If you are, like me, interested in World War II themed novels, I would highly recommend this one!

Full review on the blog, take a look back.

8 Anna Burns, Milkman

Tough, difficult, amazing! Full review some posts back, take a look.

9 Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Jacob’s Ladder

Ulitskaya is a true revelation to me, she has an amazing style and writes, without a doubt, true literature. My Nobel prize winner for 2020! Review on the blog, some posts back.

10 Elif Shafak, 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World

A thing of true beauty, sad but wonderful. Full review some posts back!

11 Susan Choi, Trust Exercise

Innovative, different, smart. Completely unexpected and exciting! I won’t say too much because this one deserves a long post!

12 Elena Ferrante, The Lost Daughter

Dark and beautiful! Read my complete review, some posts back.

13 Salman Rushdie, Quichotte

This is not a novel for everyone, a very complicated, dense metafictional delight. It will astonish Cervantes fans and literary critics. A very long review soon…

14 Sarah Perry, Melmoth

Dark, imaginative, creative. A mix of fairy tales, scary stories, history, monsters of this and the other world.

15 Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport

Something completely new and utterly impressive! A massive review soon…

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