Best Books of 2019

I read 126 books in 2019! Here are my favorites:


6 Best Nonfiction Books

The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap by Stephanie Coontz

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robin DiAngelo

The H Spot:The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness by Jill Filiopvic

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger by Rebecca Traister


12 Best Fiction Books

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale, The Girl in the Tower, The Winter of the Witch)

This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin (The Obelisk Gate, The Stone Sky)

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Secret Commonwealth by Phillip Pullman

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer


3 Parenting Books

Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey through the Culture and Science of Pregnancy by Angela Garbes

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster

The Importance of Being Little: What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups by Erica Christakis


3 Books on Education

The End of the Rainbow: How Educating for Happiness – Not Money – Would Transform Our Schools by Susan Engel

What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America by Ted Dintersmith

Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith