My Favourite Books of 2019

Now that 2019 has come to an end I thought that I’d write a blog highlighting my favourite books of the past year.

So, with no further ado, here is a list and a short synopsis of my favourite books published in 2019:

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
A letter from a son to a mother who cannot read reveals the impact of the Vietnam War on their family history and provides a view into parts of the son’s life that his mother has never known.



Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know by Malcolm Gladwell
A reassessment of leading news stories that offers strategic tips for more accurate and productive interactions with strangers. Written by the host of the popular podcast “Revisionist History” and best-selling author of Outliers.


I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum
A collection of essays from the “New Yorker” columnist about her passion for television, beginning with “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” including comedy sketches that helped elect a reality-television president, and touching on the impact of #MeToo on television.



The River by Peter Heller
Two college students on a wilderness canoe trip find their survival skills and longtime friendship tested by a wildfire, white-water hazards and two mysterious strangers.



American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century by Maureen Callahan
An investigative journalist documents the story of enigmatic serial killer Israel Keyes and the efforts of the Anchorage PD and the FBI to capture him.



The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
A novel that follows the harrowing experiences of two African-American teenagers at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida. A follow-up to the Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning, The Underground Railroad.



Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
After divorcing his hostile wife, a doctor is astonished when his ex abruptly disappears, making him unable to move on without acknowledging and confronting painful truths.