Books I've Read: Q3 2019

Reading on the terrace in Lausanne, Switzerland. August 8, 2019.

Reading on the terrace in Lausanne, Switzerland. August 8, 2019.

A list of books I chewed through in the third quarter of 2019, in rough chronological order.

  1. LaRose, by Louise Erdrich

  2. The Good Earth, by Pearl S. Buck

  3. French Exit, by Patrick deWitt

  4. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

  5. The Plague, by Albert Camus

  6. Black Water, by Louise Doughty

  7. Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

  8. The Fame Lunches, by Daphne Merkin

  9. The Little Red Chairs, by Edna O’Brien

  10. The North Water, by Ian McGuire

  11. A Walking Life: Reclaiming Our Health and Our Freedom One Step at a Time, by Antonia Malchik

  12. Do Not Say We Have Nothing, by Madeleine Thien

  13. Range, by David Epstein

  14. We Should All Be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  15. Jesus’ Son, by Denis Johnson

  16. Heavy, by Kiese Laymon

  17. Supermarket, by Bobby Hall

  18. The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London, by Christopher Skaife

  19. Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, by Dorthe Nors

  20. Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, by Jenny Lawson

  21. The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai

  22. Winter, by Ali Smith

The last two books saved me. In past quarterly lists—see my Q1 list and my Q2 list—I’ve bolded the books I recommend each highly. This quarter, though I read avidly and enjoyed some of the books immensely, I didn’t have any that really wowed me until I read the last two, at the very tail end of the month. Whew.

If you’ve read any of these, let me know!