The 35 books I read in 2019. I’ve starred my favorites. Pleased with the upswing in women authors and authors of color in my reading diet. More is better of course but a positive trend.


The Ruin of Kings, Jenn Lyons

Exhalation: Stories, Ted Chiang

The City Stained Red, Sam Sykes

Disappearing Earth, Julia Phillips

Slow Horses, Mick Herron

This is How You Lose The Time War, Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

Fleishman is in Trouble, Taffy Brodesser-Akner

The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin

The Red Men, Matthew de Abaitua

The Grand Dark, Richard Kadrey

Seven Blades in Black, Sam Sykes

A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers

The Armored Saint, Myke Cole

Lexicon, Max Barry

The End of Eternity, Isaac Asimov

Dry, Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh

Before She Sleeps, Bina Shah

The Ensemble, Aja Gabel


Advice for Future Corpses (and Those Who Love Them): A Practical Perspective on Death and Dying, Sallie Tisdale

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland, Patrick Radden Keefe

The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains, Joseph LeDoux

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Thing Right, Atul Gawande

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day, Jake Knapp and John Zarotsky

The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us About the Good Life, Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh

The Biological Mind: How Brain, Body, and Environment Collaborate to Make Us Who We Are, Alan Jasanoff

Novel Research and Writing

1776, David McCullough

Tories: Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War, Thomas B. Allen

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You’ll Ever Need, Jessica Brody

Scars of Independence: America’s Violent Birth, Holger Hoock

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution, Brian Kilmeade

Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist, Sheila L. Skemp

Book Architecture: How to Plot and Outline Without Using a Formula, Stuart Horwitz

Damn Fine Story: Mastering the Tools of a Powerful Narrative, Chuck Wendig

A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin and His Son, Willard Sterne Randall

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