Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Books of 2019

I am squeezing this in while the linkup at That Artsy Reader Girl (above) is still open! I will have a more general wrap-up post for 2019 soon, I hope.
Reviews for all of these (except the last two) are in the Index of Reviews.

1. The Odyssey – Emily Wilson – This is a reread, but a new translation. (I think I read the Robert Fagles translation the first time.) Loved it!

2. I Explain A Few Things: Selected Poems – Pablo Neruda – More than fifty poems with different translators. This is one of my favorite poetry books! I still need to review it.

3. Why Poetry – Matthew Zapruder – A great book about poetry! I read this for poetry month in April.

4. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold – John Le Carre – The classic spy novel. Such a great book!

5. Metamorphoses – Ovid – I’m glad I finally read this. My favorite stories were Arachne vs. Athena, Orpheus & Eurydice, and Ceyx & Alcyone.   

6. The Social Contract – Jean Jacques Rousseau – I think this might be my favorite nonfiction book of the year. Lots to think about here. It is certainly memorable…

7. The Sound & the Fury – William Faulkner – This was my second attempt and it went much better than the first time. Tough going at times, but a powerful novel.

8. Declare – Tim Powers – Historical fantasy (set during the Cold War). I read this for Wyrd & Wonder in May. I liked it much better than The Anubis Gates, the first book I tried by Powers.


9. Use of Weapons by Iain Banks – My introduction to his work was The Player of  Games, which I read in 2018. I thought it was fantastic. It was pretty bleak, and so is Use of Weapons, but Use of Weapons has nastier characters. That’s a slight drawback for me, but I still thought it was interesting. I usually write reviews assuming that people haven’t read the book, but I had a hard time figuring out how to review this one. I will probably read it again, but I want to read something else by the author first. (Maybe I will read the chapters in chronological order next time, instead of cover to cover.)

10. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft – I didn’t review this either, but I read along for Ruth’s discussion at her blog (in four posts).

Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

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