Last week we talked about surprises, this week we’re talking about straight up excellence. I gained a lot of new faves in 2019 but I also wanted to include some old favorites. Five is just too few, but here’s some of the ones I remember best.
Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson
I feel like I can’t rave enough about this one. I just want everyone to read it, even if psychologically thrillers aren’t usually your thing. Even if you hate mysteries, please give this one a try. It’s so good!
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
I was worried about all the hype, but now I truly understand. I’m not big on re-reading, but I’ll definitely listen to the audiobook some time this year. I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s works and With the Fire on High really blew me away.
Platitudes by Trey Ellis
This was an assigned reading for my African American Lit last semester. I honestly didn’t like it when I first started reading it. It was weird and pretty confusing for the first few chapters. Then I really started getting into it and by that point, I couldn’t stop.
Kindred by Octavia Butler
I’ve been hearing about this book for what seems like forever but I never got to it until I had to read it for my Intro to Lit class. I must say, I fell in love. I think it may be part of the reason I’m taking a science fiction class this semester.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
There’s a reason it’s my favorite classic. I read Things Fall Apart in my first half of high school, and I still think about it’s historical implications pretty regularly. I read it when I was first starting to educate myself on systematic racism. What a fun time.