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This next post is all about the backlist books that I read and loved in 2019. If you’d like to but haven’t checked it out yet here is my best proofs of 2019 post. But now, on to the backlist books!
Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli
This is the book that started me on the path of needing to read more about the lives of migrants crossing the mexican border into the US. Lost Children Archive is a dual narrative story of a family travelling across the US trying to discover the truth about Apacheria while an immigration crisis is happening,thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States, but getting detained–or lost in the desert along the way. Superbly written, a truly special book that everyone should read.
The Colour of Bee Larkham’s Murder by Sarah J Harris
I picked this up for two reasons really, one because Amy at Bookish recommended it but also because of that STUNNING cover. And boy am I glad that I did! We meet Jasper, a young boy with autism and synesthesia, where he sees colours as sounds but is unable to recognise faces. A good old murder mystery like nothing I’ve ever read before. The colourful language makes the story that much more wonderful and Jasper as a character is just brilliant. A great read and I definitely recommend it!
None So Blind by Alis Hawkins
Okay. I’m going to make this brief because I’m planning a whole thing with None So Blind plus its sequel In Two Minds very very soon. Just know this, historical crime set in Victorian West Wales that is bloody brilliant and I’ve been shoving it in the hands of anyone that will listen (and those that won’t!)
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
I had this pegged as the winner of the women’s prize for fiction from the very beginning. I read this at the very beginning of the year, way before the lists were announced and it stayed with me for so long that I knew that it had to be in the running for top spot. Roy and Celeste are newlyweds, staying in a motel when their lives are completely ripped apart. Roy is sent to prison for a crime we, as the reader, know he didn’t commit. An American Marriage is the story of their relationship while he is in prison and when he finally gets out. It explores love, loyalty, race and justice.
Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
I read this one just after Normal People was released and wanted to start with this one before allowing myself to pick up her newest release, and I loved this one so much – even more than Normal People! It’s hard to describe what I love about this one, but there are many many things. The characters, while not always nice, were always vivid and distinct. The relationships were complex and compelling and had me hooked from the beginning. Super duper book.
And there we have it, the best of the best backlist books that I read in 2019! Have you read any of these books? I’d love to hear your thoughts on them in the comments below.
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