Here we conclude The Second Annual Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards. Thanks for following along! I have loved hearing everyone else’s opinions and picks for the categories and it has definitely expanded my TBR for 2020 (not that I particularly needed help in that area)!
Finding a balance between new and old books is always a bit of a struggle. Do I read that classic that’s been sitting on my shelf or my To Read list for (probably) years? Or do I read the hot new release that everyone seems to be talking about now? Do I try and read every ARC I’m fortunate enough to get before its release date? Or do I focus on the library holds that are piling up?
Here are my top picks for books published this year:
Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher & Sara Pipher Gilliam
Dutch House by Ann Patchett
Say Say Say by Lila Savage
Aria by Nazanine Hozar
Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen & Laura Wifler
The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo
Lampedusa by Steven Price
Furious Hours by Casey Cep
Drive Your Plough Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Know My Name by Chanel Miller
You might notice some overlap from the previous award categories. Lampedusa, Drive Your Plow and Know My Name all won in their categories (Canadian, Translation, & Non-Fiction). You might also notice that this is simply a top ten list without an actual winner. To which I say, Aren’t you good at noticing things?
The problem is that as I look over this list, I don’t want to tell you which one book of 2019 you should read. I think you should read them all! I wanted to choose Furious Hours because it is so, so good and I didn’t pick it for Non-Fiction. But Know My Name deserves lots of attention too. And Say Say Say was a book that seemed to kind of fly under the radar this year so I want you to read that but is it better than Lampedusa? They’re so different, how can I compare them? As is Aria but that’s also an excellent book and one loved by so many people I’ve talked to.
In conclusion, this may be why I have such a never-ending list of books to read. I want to read them all. And I want you to read them all so we can talk about them!
What was the best book you read published in 2019?