My definition of this is "books which everyone is raving about." I hear about these books from bloggers, book people on Instagram, my real life friends, and my blogging friends. Most of these books came up numerous times this year. One more caveat here -- these books might not all be new books in 2019, but they were new to me.
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I can't remember when I first heard about this book, but our friend in Victoria recommended it to me and then it came up again at our neighbourhood book club. I read it and really enjoyed it. It reminded me of the Russian classics (War and Peace, The Brothers Karamazov, etc) in that it was a sweeping Russian epic, but I found it a little more accessible. My other book club is reading it in January and I'm looking forward to the discussion.
I read this for a readathon I did by myself at the beginning of September. I loved Gelman's first book, Class Mom, and I really wasn't sure this book would live up to it. Sometimes, continuing along the same theme for a second book falls flat. However, I think I liked this one more than I liked the first one. I laughed so hard while reading it, I choked on the muffin I was eating. This one is definitely worth it!
This was another one I was seeing all over blogs and I felt like it might fall flat. Spoiler alert: It didn't! I LOVED it. My book club just read this one and discussed it this past weekend. Thus, I had to re-read it and it was just as good, if not better, the second time around. Everyone in our book club really loved it and we had a great discussion.
I had heard so much about this book, and there were a million holds on it at my library, and I finally got ahold of it in February. I read it partly on an airplane, and it was a little hard to get into. Normally I can read anywhere, but this book required more concentration. However, once I had the space to concentrate, I LOVED this book. I loved how in depth Michelle Obama was and how open about how hard it is to live in The White House.
I didn't know if I would like this book because I'd never read (or really heard of) Gourmet magazine. However, a blogging friend I really trusted raved about it, so I picked it up. And then I finished it in basically one night and I started raving about how good it was. Even if you never read Gourmet, you should read this book. I want to pick up other of Reichl's books because I loved how she wrote this one.
Jennifer Robson is a Canadian author (who actually came to one of my book clubs (she's a friend of a friend)) and I love all her books. This one was a departure from her World War II quartet but it was soooo good. I read this almost a year ago and I still remember the details of the shop where they embroidered Queen Elizabeth II's veil. Robson is so good with detail.
So these are the books which I think were absolutely worth the hype this year. Did you read any of these? Do you agree (or disagree) with any of my picks? I love nothing better than a good book discussion, so let me know :)
And now I'm off to read the other posts in this link up because I want to see if there are any hype-worthy books I missed...