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

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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

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