Buzziest Books of the Year | 2019

19 Dec 2019

Buzziest Books of the Year | 2019

2019 has been an incredibly exciting year for new novels and we wanted to celebrate by sharing our top ten list for buzziest books of the year! Whether you’re a fan of mystery, romance, literary fiction, science fiction, or memoir, there’s a little something for everyone. Sit back and enjoy our picks for the best books of 2019!


The Silent Patient

by Alex Michaelides

Release Date: February 5, 2019

This thriller was an instant #1 New York Times Bestseller from debut author Alex Michaelides…Everything was seemingly perfect for Alicia Berenson. She is a famous painter and married to an in-demand fashion photographer. She lives in a grand house in one of Londons most desirable areas. Then one evening she shoots her husband five times in the face and never speaks another word. Her refusal to talk turns this domestic tragedy into a mystery that captures public attention and casts Alicia into notoriety.

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City of Girls

by Elizabeth Gilbert

Release Date: June 4, 2019

The year is 1940 and nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out Vassar College for her poor performance in her freshman year. He parents send her to live with her aunt in Manhattan. Her aunt owns the flamboyant but crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. Here Vivian is introduced to an interesting array of characters. When she makes a mistake that turns into a professional scandal, her world turns upside down.

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The Testaments

by Margaret Atwood

Release Date: September 10, 2019

The sequel to Margaret Atwood’s dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid’s Tale… Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale the Republic of Gilead regime maintains its grip on power. But it may be starting to rot from within. Follow three very different women as their lives converge.

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The Unhoneymooners

by Christina Lauren

Release Date: May 14, 2019

Olive Torres is always the unlucky twin and her life is almost comically jinxed. To contrast this, her sister Ami is a champion. She even managed to finance her wedding by winning a slew of contests. The only thing worse for Olive than her constant bad luck is having to spend the wedding day with the best man… her nemesis, Ethan Thomas.

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Olive, Again

by Elizabeth Strout

Release Date: October 15, 2019

The new novel from New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout… Olive, Again follows the life of beloved Olive Kitteridge. Olive is struggling to understand not only herself but the lives of everyone around her in the town of Crosby, Maine. “Strout managed to make me love this strange woman I’d never met, who I knew nothing about. What a terrific writer she is.”—Zadie Smith.

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The Institute

by Stephen King

Release Date: September 10, 2019

On a quiet suburban street in Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Elis’s parents and he is loaded into a black SUV. In the morning he wakes up at The Institute. He is in a room that looks just like his own but with no windows. Outside his door are other doors, all that have other kids… kids with special talents.

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The Water Dancer

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Release Date: September 4, 2019

The new book from the National Book Award-winning author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates… Hiram Walker’s mother was sold away when he was very young, he was robbed of all memory of her. But he was gifted a mysterious power. This power saved his life when he almost drowned in a river years later. Hiram’s brush with death spurs a daring scheme… to escape the only home he has ever known.

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Once More We Saw Stars

by Jayson Greene

Release Date: May 14, 2019

The new memoir from Jayson Greene explores the power of love in the face of loss… Two-year-old Greta Greene is sitting with her grandmother on a park bench in Manhattan. Overhead a brick windowsill crumbles and strikes Greta unconscious. Once More We Saw starts with this traumatic moment and the hours leading up to her death. It explores the anguish that Jayson and his wife went through but also dives into a narrative that is more about hope and healing.

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Mrs. Everything

by Jennifer Weiner

Release Date: June 11, 2019

Bethie and Jo Kaufmann were born into a world full of promise. They grew up in a perfect 1950’s Detroit house and their roles in the family were clearly defined. Bethe is the pretty and feminine good girl who dreams of a traditional life. While Jo is a tomboy, a bookish rebel that wants to make the world fairer. But things end up looking very different from what they imagined.

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The Guardians

by John Grisham

Release Date: October 15, 2019

A young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead in his office. There were no clues, no witnesses, and no one with a motive. But somehow the police came to suspect one of his clients, a young black man, Quincy Miller. He was sent to prison for life. He has spent twenty-two years maintaining his innocence while in prison but no one listens. In a desperate move, he reaches out to Guardian Ministries, a nonprofit run by Cullen Post, an Episcopal minister and lawyer.

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