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19 Titles of 2019

December 12, 2019


I’m not a big fan of creating best of lists, because I’m far too literal a person to declare anything “the best of 2019.” That being said, I have read all kinds of really wonderful books published this year. So as we head into the new year, here are 19 of my favorite titles published in 2019.




Kids Books

Beautiful on the outside by Adam Rippon

November 5, 2019


It’s November right now. The holidays are heading our way fast and furious. Snow and all its complications feel as though they are right around the corner. There’s so much to schedule, so much to get done. I’ve reached that point where I just need a happy, uncomplicated book. Save your great works of literature for another day. I am here for some sarcasm, a few laughs, maybe a fun fact or two, and extremely low stakes. If this sounds good to you as well check out Beautiful on the outside by Adam Rippon. 

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You don’t need to know anything about figure skating or care about the Olympics to enjoy this memoir. Though if you are a figure skating fan you’ll have a lot of fun recognizing some of the names he references. Mostly it’s a fun, light hearted detailing of Rippon’s many years of hard work on and off the ice. The audiobook version is also a delight.  

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

December 18, 2012


This is a such a fun book, both satirical and surprisingly sweet. As one of our library users put it, “This book is ridiculously good.” The author, who was a writer for tv shows like Arrested Development, strikes a nice balance between hilarious caricatures of wealthy, privileged and clueless Seattle elites, while at the same time giving the main characters much more depth than you think they will have.  It made me laugh and surprised me several times, which are both qualities I love in a book.

Available as ebook and audiobook on Libby/Overdrive

Where'd You Go, Bernadette - Audiobook