Over this past year, I have read 76 books. Wowsers. That may be some kind of record for adult me. Especially since one of those was War and Peace.
As always, I can't pick just ten favorite books from all those. So here are my ten favorite new-to-me books from 2019, and also my ten favorite rereads. I'm linking this up with Top Ten Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl.
I've decided it would be nice to have a place to gather these lists together, like I have my movie top tens all listed on one page, so I've created a new page here that collects my end-of-the-year top ten lists from 2014 to the present.
Every title here is linked to my review of that book, though some of the rereads, I've linked to older reviews of mine because I didn't re-review them this year. All photos are mine from my bookstagram account.
Top Ten New-to-Me Reads of 2019
1. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman -- The Jungle Book retold with ghosts and a vampire. PG-13.
2. The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay -- three women learn from and lean on each other. PG-13.
3. The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum -- fairy tale about Santa Claus. G.
4. Mycroft and Sherlock by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse -- two brothers solve a series of opium-related murders. PG-13.
5. Five Poisoned Apples ed. by Anne Elisabeth Stengl -- five delicious retellings of Snow White. PG-13.
6. Adventures of the Woman Homesteader by Suzanne K. George -- nonfiction collection of letters and the life story of Elinore Pruitt Stewart. PG.
7. The Racketty-Packetty House by Frances Hodgson Burnett -- dolls in an old dollhouse find someone who values them. G.
8. The King's Players by Charity Bishop -- King Henry VII and Sir Thomas Lovell search out spies. PG-13.
9. Grateful American by Gary Sinise -- memoir about Sinise's career as an actor and patriot. PG-13.
10. The Undertaker's Assistant by Amanda Skenandore -- a black woman embalmer takes a job in New Orleans and searches for clues to her past.
Top Ten Rereads of 2019
1. Hamlet by William Shakespeare -- something is rotten in the state of Denmark. PG-13.
2. The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery -- woman shakes off her oppressive family and finds her own life. PG.
3. The Lady in the Lake by Raymond Chandler -- Philip Marlowe investigates a drowning. PG-13.
4. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien -- something about a dark lord and the end of the world. PG-13.
5. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks -- toys come alive in a magical cupboard. PG.
6. Shane by Jack Schaefer -- stranger helps a family fight off a greedy neighbor. PG.
7. Speak Easy, Speak Love by McKelle George -- retelling of Much Ado About Nothing set during Prohibition. PG-13.
8. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster -- young woman learns to think and feel for herself. PG.
9. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart -- nonfiction collection of folksy letters about life on the frontier. PG.
10. A Flame in the Dark by Sarah Baughman -- young man seeks advice from Martin Luther to help navigate life and love. PG-13.
Here's to another great year of books to read and enjoy and love in 2020!