As 2019 comes to a close, we look back on the past decade of writing and literature. From books about the Underground Railroad to retellings of Greek myths, writers pushed the boundaries of literary form and content. While it is impossible to choose only a few books that define the decade, you can find Bookshare’s top twenty picks in this special collection: Best Books of the 2010s. Are any of your favorites on this list?
The Best Fiction and Nonfiction of 2019
Turning the lens on just 2019, here are two books that top the best fiction and nonfiction lists:
Trust Exercise by Susan Choi
It’s the early 1980s and David and Sarah are freshmen at a performing arts high school, drawn together despite their differences. Mr. Kingsley, their acting teacher, does not let their relationship escape his notice – or grasp, all in the name of Art. Youthful tensions build to a boiling point, where everything is turned on its head, and the reader is left to piece together the truth.
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow
For years, allegations quietly swirled around Harvey Weinstein, but no one had been able to report on them. In Catch and Kill, Farrow details the intimidation tactics used against him all while he worked to uncover the truth and end the silence on abuse in Hollywood. Catch and Kill examines the ways in which abusers have been able to evade accountability and illuminates the women who launched an international movement to hold them responsible.
Holiday Books for Endless Cozy Reading
The end of the year also brings the holiday season and numerous cozy books! For students, no matter what kinds of books you prefer, make a point of scheduling plenty of reading time over the winter break. Get some ideas from Bookshare’s special collections for kids, teens, and adults:
Staff Pick: The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser
The Vanderbeeker siblings have just eleven days to convince their landlord to renew the lease on their brownstone. They’ll have to use all the charm they’ve got to win Biederman over and stay on 141st Street. Ages 8-12.
Staff Pick: Let It Snow by Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle, and John Green
A snowstorm brings friendship, romance, and hash browns to a group of teenagers in a small town on Christmas Eve. Told in three interconnecting stories by veterans of the young adult genre, Let It Snow will leave you cozy and content. Now a Netflix Original movie.
Staff Pick: Holiday in Death by J.D. Robb
The master of romantic mystery strikes again in J.D. Robb’s seventh installment in the In Death series. A serial killer with the Twelve Days of Christmas on the brain is finding his victims through a high-end dating service. Can Lieutenant Eve Dallas stop him before Christmas Day?
Make a Member’s Holiday Wish Come True
This holiday season, make a Bookshare member’s wish come true. The Bookshare Wish List has over 1,200 books requested by members and includes titles like Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo, The Nowhere Man, and The Secret Life of the Dyslexic Child. Your tax-deductible gift can fund the addition of a book, or set of books, to the library collection and will help us reach our goal of $10,000 or more. For every donation made to Bookshare, an anonymous Bookshare member will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. #GrantABookWish and give the gift of lifelong reading.
From all of us at Bookshare, we wish you a safe and joyous holiday season!
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