- The Secret Cord by Geraldine Brooks
This was a book I’d had for a while, but I finally got around to reading it. It’s a historical re-imagining of King David and it is brilliant. It’s an emotional and empathetic view and I highly recommend it.
- The Good People by Hannah Kent
Another I’d had for a while. Set in rural Ireland in 1825, this novel is told from different points-of-view as three women decide what to do with a child they believe is a changeling (a fairy child). This novel is lyrical yet fast-moving literary fiction about the intersection between science and folklore.
- The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
Umm, I know this came out a while ago, so I’m pretty late to the party but… wow. Wow. Wow. This book reminded me what it’s like to read a book that just… sings. 1920’s Alaska, a couple desperate for children find a child on their doorstep. It’s a gorgeous mix of historical and magical realism and I loved it and so will you and you should go read it right now.
- The Beloveds by Maureen Lindley
I think I’ve already written about this one? I can’t actually remember… UMMM. THIS BOOK. It is astonishing and fast-paced and I read it in one day and I loved it. If you don’t like deeply unlikeable main characters that might or might not poison people with mushrooms… don’t read this. If you’ve watched You lately or like true-crime stuff… READ THIS RIGHT NOW.
- Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
I listened to the audiobook and I loved it. I don’t tend to read much that’s not historical, but Celeste Ng is a masterful writer who deserves all the accolades she’s gotten lately. Like dark family secrets? Like family drama? Little Fires Everywhere is made for you.
- Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Okay, again, I’m SUPER behind. Gone Girl has obviously been out for years, and most of you have probably read/seen it… but if you haven’t seen the movie, or even if you have, you NEED to read this. The writing is fast-paced and amazing and the twist is VERY TWISTY.
- In the Woods by Tana French
Again, can’t believe I just read my first Tana French book. Everyone is obsessed with her for good reason. Gorgeous writing, an impossible-to-guess plot… A murder mystery set in Dublin that’s a riveting read.
And from 2019…
- Circe by Madeline Miller
I got this on Audible and all I want to do is stand on the rooftops and shout at people until they read/listen to this. First, the narrator has one of the most gorgeous voices I’ve ever heard… I could listen to her for hours. But even more, this novel… it’s like grown-up Percy Jackson. It’s marvelous and intriguing and about what it’s like to be an immortal god. PLEASE READ THIS IMMEDIATELY SO WE CAN DISCUSS IT.
- Why I Wake Early by Mary Oliver
I found Mary Oliver literally a month before she passed away. Her poem, “I Go Down To The Shore” just stopped me in my tracks. She is an incredible poet who focuses on beauty in small things, in nature, and in people. Her work is like the first smell of spring after a long winter.
- Fox 8 by George Saunders
Fox 8… What can I say? I am still stunned by this small novella/short story. George Saunders made a little story about a fox a hilarious and tragic. Like most George Saunders, it’s a little strange and a little dark. Saunders plays with writing conventions, turning them on their heads while still making his work accessible and interesting. It’s really beautiful and if you liked The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss, you’ll love this. Also, foxes! I love foxes!
There are so many great books in this world. I’m glad I get to read some of them. What were your favorites of 2018? Let me know in the comments!