February has not only arrived but almost left and yet this is my first post of 2020. 2019 was a difficult yet beautiful year. I got my degree and opened a coffee shop in my hometown, a project that began with my family’s support and has been getting bigger and bigger… so much that we now moved to a bigger space and, thanks to my boyfriend’s help, are organizing book clubs, live music nights and movie projections.

This is the reason I haven’t been reading and writing as much, but I wouldn’t dare to complain. I read just a few books last year but they were important and marked me in many different ways —this year seems to be following the same pattern, for I have read only two books and they’ve made a big impression on me—. All of this is just an excuse to post about the books I liked best in 2019. It is also some sort of reopening of my blog, for I’ll be back posting reviews and whatever I find myself musing about. Thank you for reading and for making me part of such a beautiful community as this.

Travels with Charley in Search of America, John Steinbeck

“I was born lost and I take no pleasure in being found”

Mysteries of Winterthurn, Joyce Carol Oates

East of Eden, John Steinbeck

“All great and precious things are lonely”

Shirley, Charlotte Brontë

The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

The Luminaries, Eleanor Catton

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Romantic Outlaws, Charlotte Gordon

A Field Guide to Getting Lost, Rebecca Solnit

H is for Hawk, Helen McDonald


4 responses to “Best Reads of 2019”

  1. Sharon Avatar

    Some great choices there!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Maria Avatar

      Thank you so much! 🙂


  2. Georgiana Avatar

    Your list is very inspiring for future reads!
    From the books mentioned I read “East of Eden” and I liked it a lot, and also “The Secret History”, which is now one of my all time favourites! Regarding Donna Tartt, I also read “The Goldfinch” and very soon I will read “The Little Friend”, I am so much looking forward to it 🙂

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    1. Maria Avatar

      I am currently reading The Goldfinch and loving it!! I think Tartt is becoming one of my favourite authors.
      Thank you so much for reading! Let me know how you find The Little Friend 🙂

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