2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Books (Nominees) You Need to Read ASAP

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It's that time again: the Goodreads Choice Awards nominees have been selected!

If you're anything like me, you'll be frantically scrolling through the list and adding books to your TBR left and right.

Let me save you the trouble of digging through the pile. While ALL the nominated books deserve a read, I've narrowed down some of the best-loved and most buzzed-about books on the list, so you have somewhere to start.

To keep things simple, I'll focus on certain genres: Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, and Science Fiction.

(I don't follow other genres as closely - such as Romance, Young Adult, or Nonfiction - so I left those off my list.)

2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Books You Need to Read ASAP

 

Fiction

1. A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

This novel centers around a young Arab-American woman in America, and the expectations placed upon her by her conservative community. I found a copy of this the other day, and I'm thrilled to dive in.

2. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

This family drama explores love, friendship, tragedy, and forgiveness. It centers around two cops in a suburban town whose families grow up together, and delves into how relationships can change over time.

3. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo

Another multi-generational family drama, this novel shows us how four very different sisters cope with modern issues - and each other.

4. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

This one's a little controversial in that some readers felt it didn't mesh with the writing of the original story (The Handmaid's Tale). But many readers loved it and felt it totally lived up to the hype. So it's worth a try! Plus, Margaret Atwood rules.

Mystery & Thriller

1. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

This book has been ALL over Bookstagram, and for good reason. It's a dynamic mystery and family drama combo, and has tons of rave reviews.

2. The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper Man by Alex North

This is another ultra-buzzy book in the Bookstagram sphere. It's a serial killer thriller with a unique twist. I'm dying to get my hands on this one - sounds like it's right up my alley!

3. The Lost Man by Jane Harper

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper is quickly becoming a well-known name in the mystery genre. Her first book, The Dry, was as atmospheric as it was compelling. It sounds like this new novel is just as good (if not better)!

4. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Here's another author whose novels are all over Bookstagram. They're always fun and twisty, and feature female heroines in unique situations.

5. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

I've heard so much about this book, I'm surprised (but thankful!) that I haven't seen a spoiler yet. From what I've heard, it's one of those truly unique psychological thrillers that only comes along once in a blue moon. I'm dying to get my hands on it!

Historical Fiction

1. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

A mix of history and folklore, this genre-bender is a perfect novel to get lost in. The setting (the river Thames in London) makes it all the more appealing.

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Taylor Jenkins Reid took the book world by storm with her 2017 novel, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. It was one of my favorite reads that year (I read it in 2 days!). Her new novel, set in the late sixties in L.A. and focusing on a famed rock & roll band, has been just as well-received.

3. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead has a knack for novelizing difficult topics in American history. With this novel, he brings to light what it was like to be a "delinquent" boy sentenced to a corrupt juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy in the early 1960s. This book's been called heavy and devastating, but so worth the read.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

1. The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

Author Christina Henry describes this as "a gorgeous, aching love letter to stories, storytellers and the doors they lead us through...absolutely enchanting." 'Nuff said.

2. The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon

The author herself describes this book as a "feminist retelling of Saint George and the Dragon". It's a coming-of-age novel perfect for fantasy lovers looking for a unique read.

3. Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

One thing about Seanan McGuire: her books are always unique. The premise of this one mixes alchemy, gods, and a globe-trotting game of wits. Tell me you aren't fascinated!

4. The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

If you haven't read Erin Morgenstern's first novel, The Night Circus, you're in for a sumptuous treat. Her descriptions will draw you in and make you forget the real world completely. Her second novel, The Starless Sea (a standalone), looks just as magical.

5. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

This book had me at the mention of dark academia. This sounds like a mashup of The Secret History and a dark Harry Potter. SOLD.

6. Recursion by Blake Crouch

Recursion by Blake Crouch

If you've never read a Blake Crouch novel, get ready to have your mind blown. His high-octane plots and forays into dark science will have you glued to your book!

There you have it! Hopefully this list will help you grow your own TBR with less overwhelm. I know I'll be keeping a sharp eye out for copies of my own.

If you've read any of these, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

 

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