Book I Read And Loved (2019 Edition)

By Ngaio Parr

By Ngaio Parr

The books I'd wholeheartedly recommend from those I read in 2019.

American Wife

Curtis Sittenfeld

$18.00 $16.56

A fictional account of Laura Bush's life, an incredible story.

Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness

Ingrid Fetell Lee

$30.00 $27.00

A joy to read, and I've made some changes to my life after reading this book for the better!

The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1)

Philip Pullman

$22.99 $20.69

Re-read (or read) Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy from your childhood, then jump into this pre-cursor to the storyline.

Daisy Jones & the Six

Taylor Jenkins Reid

$27.00 $24.30

My favourite fiction read in 2019.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino

$27.00 $24.30

An incredible set of essays from one of the most interesting writers out there.

Magic for Liars

Sarah Gailey

$25.99 $23.39

A weird book that was outside my normal reading zone (magic!) but a light enjoyable read.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown

$26.00 $23.40

Short, concise, correct.

Stories: The Collected Short Fiction

Helen Garner

$19.95 $18.35

I love Helen and everything she does.

She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement

Megan Twohey and Jodi Kantor

$28.00 $25.20

Thought I knew everything about this case, but this book takes you behind the story and is beautifully structured and tightly edited.

My Year of Rest and Relaxation

Ottessa Moshfegh

$26.00 $23.40

Pre-COVID isolation times. Essential reading.

Wanderlust: A History of Walking

Rebecca Solnit

$20.00 $18.00

I love the way Rebecca Solnit writes, and this book is a beautiful tome to walking.

The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)

Philip Pullman

$22.99 $20.69

Similarly, this volume runs after the His Dark Materials storyline and is edge of your seat storytelling.

Slow Days, Fast Company: The World, the Flesh, and L.A.

Eve Babitz

$15.95 $14.67

Light and easy reading about good times in Hollywood.

This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial

Helen Garner

$14.95 $13.75

Helen Garner is the original crime podcast.

Prep

Curtis Sittenfeld

$17.00 $15.64

An account of adolescence that although very different to mine, struck many chords.