My 5 Star Reads of 2019
It’s that time of year again! Time to talk about the books I absolutely loved. What 5 star books did you read?
Without further ado…
The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays by Esme Weijun Wang
I really loved, and was deeply moved, by this book. Wang details the struggles of living with a chronic, on-going, incurable illness that is highly stigmatized in our society seemingly without fear, which I so admire. And by telling the details of something so intimate and personal, she makes the experience universal and relatable.
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
This book is fun and funny, and even more importantly, it’s kind. Hibbert is just so kind to her characters, she embraces all their idiosyncrasies without judgement. She let’s them fail, let’s them struggle, and let’s them shine. Love doesn’t solve every problem that Red and Chloe face, but it unites them and allows them space to live with their problems and find something new & better, together.
Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir
Holy shit guys, I loved this book. If this were a YA high school novel, Gideon would be the sarcastic, smarter-than-she-thinks-she-is football playing jock to Harrow’s know-it-all, library loving nerd. Instead, this is a gothic horrorshow set in space with reanimated skeletons, murder, blood and guts. Gideon wields her sword and her fist and Harrow wears bone earrings and casts necromantic spells. I loved it!
The Power by Naomi Alderman
Teenage girls develop an amazing new power and then the world goes to hell. I thought this book was going to be one thing, and then Alderman basically punched me in the face with a dystopian nightmare. It was difficult to read, but so engrossing.
Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse
The worldbuilding is superb. The mythology explored in the book is fascinating and vivid. Roanhorse doesn’t bog you (the reader) down in exposition, she actually kind of dumps you in the deep end and requires you to swim. But it is so worth it. There’s so much action; the pace is relentless, the plot dense and twisty.
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
I found this book disturbing, gross, moving, thrilling, horrible… So many feelings! The devotion Hetty feels towards Byatt, the burgeoning relationship between Hetty and Reese that Byatt’s absence engenders, the web of secrets and betrayals that begins to unravel as Hetty starts pulling strings in her quest to get Byatt back. It’s all so breathtaking. I read the book in two days, eyes glued to my kindle, turning pages as quickly as I could. The book was powerful and extremely well plotted.