The 10 books to read in 2019 based on what you loved in 2018
They say ‘out with the old and in with the new’ when the year turns, but don’t shelve last year’s books yet: the titles you devoured in 2018 can help determine what to pick up this year. Here are 10 options to consider based on some of last year’s favouri
If you enjoyed The Golden State Killer, by Michelle Mcnamara, read Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-to Guide, by Georgia Hardstark and Karen Kilgariff (Forge Books, May 28)
The late Mcnamara’s obsessive search for the Golden State Killer resonated with many of the same people who tune in to cult-favourite true-crime podcast My Favourite Murder. In their upcoming book, charmingly brash co-hosts Hardstark and Kilgariff reflect on their struggles with depression, eating disorders and addiction. They also impart advice on the importance of personal safety and, well, how to stay alive in this dangerous world.
If you enjoyed The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang, read Things You Save in a Fire, by Katherine Center (St Martin’s, August 13)
A spirited heroine meets a smoking-hot fireman in Center’s smart romance. Cassie Hanwell becomes the youngest person – and only female – to win the Austin Fire Department’s Valor Award. Thereafter, she has to relocate to an oldschool Boston firehouse with poor facilities and firemen who aren’t thrilled to have a woman on the crew. Except, of course, for a dapper rookie.
If you enjoyed There There, by Tommy Orange, read The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America From 1890 to the Present, by David Treuer (Riverhead, January 22)
Treuer grew up on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota, part of the Ojibwe tribe, and then pursued a doctorate in anthropology, with an emphasis on past and present native life. His forthcoming counter-narrative blends memoir – a retelling of his own family and tribe’s experiences – and in-depth, detailed reporting on 125 years of native history.
If you enjoyed An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, by Anissa Gray (Berkley, February 19)
Gray’s debut introduces a trio of reeling sisters: Althea, who’s just been sentenced to prison for food stamp fraud and charity embezzlement, and Viola and Lillian, who return to the home where they were raised to care for Althea’s resentful daughters. Each chapter is narrated by an alternating sister, revealing layers of complex family history and demons.
If you enjoyed Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, read The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (Wednesday Books, January 15)
In glitzy 1889 Paris, hotelier Séverin Montagnet-alarie’s team of teenage miscreants is helping him exact revenge against those who denied him an heirship. When Séverin is approached by a powerful society that promises to restore his inheritance if he helps execute a dangerous heist, he’s thrust into an occult world that will kill him if he doesn’t tread carefully.
If you enjoyed My Ex-life by Stephen Mccauley, read Fleishman Is In Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-akner (Random House, June 18)
This satiric debut comes from Brodesser-akner, the
New York Times Magazine writer you might know for that viral profile of Gwyneth Paltrow. Newly separated Dr Toby Fleishman is enjoying a sexual resurgence. But then his ex drops their kids off at his place and never returns. Toby adopts the appealing persona of “spurned husband” as he attempts to juggle women, kids and patients, but figuring out what has become of his missing ex will require unfamiliar – and uncomfortable – introspection. | The Washington Post