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 Dec25 0

The Most Readed in 2019

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The year 2019 have been an interesant one. As every decade many histories ends, new generation emerges, and many histories continues as well. Books are here to tell this in fiction or non fiction. Imagination can propel million of ideas as we can learn from history too. This is a list of books that had been best sellers in year 2019 for many reasons. Some for the aforedmentioned and others just by inspiration.

Where the Crowdad Sings by Delia Owens and Educated by Tara Westover had been very popular in 2019 among others. You can check prices and different online stores available here.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

For the thrillers enthusiast, this book offers everything. An unexplained murder, an only witness who is silent and who’s only words comes from a diary and an ending twist very few see coming.

The Silent Patient tells the story of Alice who was found in her house and apparently shot her husband Gabriel. The problem is she refuse to speak after the gruesome incident, leaving everyone, including the reader, craving for answers.



The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Atwood continues this saga for the Handmaid’s Tale fans. She gives us here a sequel of her dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale. This narrates the story of Offred’ s daughter 15 years later.

At this time the struggle of women in this patriarch society continues. With twist and turns that reveals secrets and the desire of our new protagonists’ to female liberation of this sexist society.




Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

The fact of the popularity of this book is the description of everyday struggles of a 20something young woman. So yes…many people can relate.

The author tells the life of Queenie, a young black woman dealing with the modern amenities that the british society can give. During the narration it focus on topics of failed relationship, mental health issues and racism. It is a very up to date narration since the #metoo and #blacklivesmatters movements are mentioned throughout the reading.

Compared by many to Bridget Jone’s Diary, it can be funny, sad, frustrating and amazing to read. A read that many people related very well, hence the SUCCESS.



The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Described by many as an intelligent and challenging reading, Lerner here describes with nostalgic the 90s ultimately from today’s perspective. Topeka is the town in which Lerner was raised so many praise the book as an autofiction.

Adam Gordon is the cool senior which cracks in forensics and debates competitions. His mother is a well known feminist author and she along with her husband works in a psychology facility. The feminist part of this character leads to the topic of misogynistic and the toxic masculinity in society. Lerner opens about the fragile society of adolescence and the bully and peer pressure subject.

The hit that the novel won is the fact that Lerner describes a not so interesting story in a very intriguing one. Mixing politics, philosophy, debates, social status, etc in deep way, when at the end turns out that all is a shallow story of typical high middle class teenagers.



The Nickle Boys by Colson Whitehead

This is a fictional history about a horrible reality. It tells the story of Elwood who’s send to a reformatory school. As a black young lad in the Jim Crow era, he will face brutality in this reformatory “school” where he is send for a crime he did not commit.

This story is based on the actual Dozier school in Marianna, FL. Recently closed for the abuse allegation since 1911.Five men known as the white house boys
accused this school for horrible physical end sexual abuse. Now in their 60s, their accusations lead to open an investigation that even discovered a graveyard with unknown names.  Eventually closing the institution…for good.



The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

A story that is a hell of a rollercoaster. The narrator is Danny who is telling the story of his family during childhood years. His father raised them from poverty to being a wealthy family in his self learned real state agency, being able to buy the prestigious Dutch House.

It develops from his mother abandoning him and Meave, his sister. Later the death of his father leaving he and Meav in the care of Andrea their stepmother. Ultimately Andrea kicks them out of the house and with fraudulent matters leaves him and Meave in poverty, again. Danny and Meave struggle together finally telling a beautiful story where this two siblings affront the world alone but together.

A beautiful story of loyalty and courage narrated during five decades. Their lives in the house are so vivid and intense that the house itself become another character in the novel.



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