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Best Reads 2019 - Librarians' Choice

Posted on 31 December 2019

This year’s list of Best Reads according to our Librarians' choices is many and varied.

Non-fiction items were as popular this year as fiction items. The year of publication also varies widely.

Best Reads 2019 - Librarians' Choice

Teen Brain, David Gillespie (Non-fiction)
Bowraville, Dan Box (Non-fiction)
Miss Burma, Charmaine Craig (Fiction)
Less, Andrew Sean Greer (Fiction)
Becoming, Michelle Obama (Non-Fiction)
The hunt for MH370: the mystery, the cover-up, the truth, Ean Higgins (Non-fiction)
Southern Justice: a chilling cold case examination, Colin McLaren (Non-fiction)
The Great Cave Rescue: the extraordinary story of the Thai boys soccer team, James Massola (Non-fiction)
Sins of the Father: the untold story behind Schapelle Corby's ill-fated drug run, Eamonn Duff (Non-fiction)
George: A memory of George Michael, Sean Smith (Non-fiction)
Declutter: the get-real guide to creating calm from chaos, Debora Robertson (Non-fiction)
Agnes Grey, Anne Bronte (Fiction)
The flatshare, Beth O’Leary (Fiction)
The dying game, Asa Avdic (Fiction)
All systems red, Martha Wells (Fiction)
Sleep smarter, Shawn Stevenson (Non-fiction)
What doesn’t kill us: The new psychology of posttraumatic growth, Stephen Joseph (Non-fiction)
It sounded better in my head, Nina Kenwood (Young Adult fiction)
A midwinter’s tail, Bethany Blake (Fiction)
The Royal Secret (The Love Letter), Lucinda Riley (Fiction, Large Print)
The girl from Munich, Tania Blanchard (Fiction)
Diary of a nobody, George Grossmith (Fiction)
Daring to drive, Manal Al Sharif (Non-Fiction)
The seven deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton (Fiction)
Unsheltered, Barbara Kingsolver (Fiction)
The cut out girl, Bart Van Es (Non-fiction)
The Testaments, Margaret Attwood (Fiction)
The Humans, Matt Haig (Fiction)
Turtles all the way down, John Green (Young Adult Fiction)
Bangkok wakes to rain, Pitchaya Sudbanthad (Fiction)
Breakthrough: the miraculous true story of a mother's faith and her child's resurrection, Joyce Smith (Non-fiction)
Evvie Drake starts over, Linda Holmes (Fiction)
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver (Fiction)
Stay sexy and don’t get murdered, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (Non-Fiction)
A better man, Louise Penny (Fiction)
Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Fiction)
The Dutch house, Anne Patchett (Fiction)
My Grandfather would have shot me: A Black woman discovers her Nazi past, Jennifer Teege and Nicola Sellmair (Non-Fiction)
A boy and his dog at the end of the world, C A Fletcher (Fiction)
The secret recipes for second chances, J D Barrett (Fiction)
Tattooist of Auschwitz, Heather Morris (Fiction)
Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel, Ruth Hogan (Fiction)
Me and my shadow, Katie MacAlister (Fiction)
The right place, Carla Caruso (Fiction)
The scholar, Dervla Tiernan (Fiction)
Promise not to tell, Jayne Ann Krentz (Fiction)
Pretty delicious Café, Danielle Hawkins (Fiction)
Oh my god what a complete Aisling, Emer McLysaght & Sarah Breen (Fiction)
Rufus Marigold, Ross Murray (Graphic Novel)
The dinner list, Rebecca Serle (Fiction)
Girl in between, Anna Daniels (Fiction)
Take Flight, J. L. Pawley (Young Adult Fiction)
Lies sleeping, Ben Aaronovich (Fiction)
The A-Z of everything, Debbie Johnson (Fiction)
Scattered pearls: three generations of Iranian women and their search for freedom, Sohila Zanjani and David Brewster (NF)
It's not really about the hair, Tabatha Coffey (Non-Fiction)
Life, loss, love: a memoir, Lorraine Downs (Non-Fiction)
Scared to live, Stephen Booth (Fiction)
Graceland, Bethan Roberts (Fiction)
The mother-in-law, Sally Hepworth (Fiction)
The stolen marriage, Diane Chamberlain (Fiction)
She lies in wait, Gytha Lodge (Fiction)

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