Twenty nineteen was another good year for reading. Having said that, I find myself with just three titles on my Favourites of 2019 list (last year I had six on my list):
Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: In April, I wrote that “initially I wasn’t interested in a story about rock & roll but people kept recommending it. I definitely had a hard time remembering that it was fiction, because I kept wanting to look up the band online to listen to their music and see their faces and read what had been written about them. That’s how well written and clever this book is. Beyond that, I loved the format of the story and I loved the themes of love, loss, addiction, honesty and passion. This is my favourite read of 2019 to date. Highly recommended.”
I gave three people a copy of Daisy for Christmas … and I learned recently that Daisy is being made into a 13-part series on Amazon; I do hope all that characters live up to how I’ve imagined them … Billy in double denim.
One Day in December by Josie Silver: In May, I wrote that “I picked this up in Barnes & Noble on my last morning in New York City. I started it while waiting for the bus to JFK, continued reading it on the bus, in the departure lounge and I was done by wheels up. It’s that good!
I suggest that you grab a copy of One Day in December, put your phone on silent, and crawl back under the covers for an hour or three while you make your way through this romance, which, of course, begins in winter. This page-turner tells the story of a girl who spots the love of her life at a bus stop, reconnects with him in a less than ideal circumstance, and ultimately has to figure out if he’s the one for her after all.”
The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary: In June, I wrote that “Tiffy and Leon share a flat, but they’ve never met. They work opposite shifts, but exchanging notes every day leads to an unexpected friendship. Tiffy and Leon each have their style in note writing, and Leon’s style is a little too close to how Bridget wrote in her diary, which I was irritated by. And while it was definitely funny, there’s so much more to it. It deals with some emotional subject matter and that made me love it more. It will make you smile… while also making you cry a little bit, too.”
Here’s to discovering plenty more great reads in 2020.