Editors handpick every product that we feature. We may earn money from the links on this page.

The Best Books of 2019 to Add to Your Reading List

image
Design by Morgan McMullen

If you haven't kept up with this year's incredible roster of new books (see: Taffy Brodesser-Akner's Fleishman Is in Trouble or Sally Rooney's Normal People or Lisa Taddeo's Three Women), make it a priority to dive into these 2019 releases, ahead. Then we can all enjoy our winter hibernation and collectively distract ourselves from the fact that 2020 is looming. (P.S. If you really love books, considering joining our online book club, #ReadWithMC. Find out more info here.)

Courtesy
'The Lost Night' by Andrea Bartz
$27.00
$10.89 (60% off)

I Know What You Did Last Summer meets The Girl on the Train in Andrea Bartz’s addictive debut novel, which follows magazine fact-checker Lindsay as she tries to figure out the mystery of her best friend’s suicide. 

Released February 26 

1 of 33
Courtesy
'The Island of Sea Women' by Lisa See
$27.00
$17.68 (35% off)

For centuries, women on Korea’s Jeju island have been free-diving into the sea, a practice explored through this fictionalized story of two friends who struggle to stay close amid war, family rivalries, and a shifting cultural landscape. It’s riveting, historical, and heartbreaking all at once.

Released March 5

2 of 33
Courtesy
'Daisy Jones & The Six' by Taylor Jenkins Reid
$27.00
$14.82 (45% off)

This novel (which Reese Witherspoon is already adapting into a series) follows the rise and fall of a rock group and its complex female front woman. Told through a series of articles and band interviews, it’s like a deep dive into the archives of the best band you’ve never heard of.

Released March 5

3 of 33
Courtesy
'Gingerbread' by Helen Oyeyemi
$27.00
$15.69 (42% off)

Helen Oyeyemi’s playful, enchanting novel nods at Hansel and Gretel while spinning its own story of a quirky mother and daughter and the family gingerbread recipe that follows them through the years. It’s a modern-day fairy tale with a mysterious twist.

Released March 5

4 of 33
Courtesy
'Grace After Henry' by Eithne Shortall
$16.00
$10.15 (37% off)

After her fiancé, Henry, dies tragically, Grace sees him everywhere—in restaurants, in shops, even in Andy, a ringer for her former love who knocks on her door one day. A huge hit in the U.K., Irish author Eithne Shortall’s Dublin-set romance novel allows its characters to experience grief with a mix of lightheartedness and gravity.

Released March 12

5 of 33
Courtesy
'Queenie' by Candice Carty-Williams
$26.00
$11.60 (55% off)

Candice Carty-Williams' Queenie offers a refreshing perspective of a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London who constantly compares herself to her white peers. After a bad breakup, she's forced to navigate men and a not-so-great job all at once. 

Released March 19

6 of 33
Courtesy
'Sing to It' by Amy Hempel
$25.00
$11.67 (53% off)

Fifteen beautiful, deeply affecting short stories—like the tale of a man volunteering at a dog shelter to stop euthanizations—highlight the shared connection we’re all searching for. It will feel like a relief to slip into Amy Hempel’s compassionate world for a few hours.

Released March 26

7 of 33
Courtesy
'My Lovely Wife' by Samantha Downing
$26.00
$12.99 (50% off)

We’re calling it now: Samantha Downing’s creepy, sexy debut thriller, inspired by the real-life 1977 kidnapping of Colleen Stan, is going to be the next Gone Girl. When a suburban husband and wife accidentally commit their first murder, the secret reignites a long-lost spark in their relationship—and ends up forming a dangerous new hobby for them.

Released March 26

8 of 33
Courtesy
'Trust Exercise' by Susan Choi
$27.00
$14.99 (44% off)

This twisty novel follows two freshman drama students in love and the disturbing role their theater-arts teacher plays in their relationship. It seems a straightforward enough story—until the roller-coaster second half makes you doubt everything that came before.

Released April 9

9 of 33
Courtesy
'All That You Leave Behind' by Erin Lee Carr
$26.00
$15.88 (39% off)

Documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr writes a heartbreaking memoir about the relationship with her father, the acclaimed New York Times journalist who passed away in 2015 after collapsing in the newsroom. You can feel the simultaneous love and grief on each page as Carr offers a glimpse into their unbreakable bond. 

Released April 9 

10 of 33
Courtesy
'Normal People' by Sally Rooney
$26.00
$11.48 (56% off)

Nobody can stop talking about Sally Rooney's Normal People—a magnetic love story between two teenagers who couldn't be completely different from each other, but somehow end up finding their way back to each other—even if it means self-destruction and isolation. 

Released April 16 

11 of 33
Courtesy
'The Moment of Lift' by Melinda Gates
$26.99
$16.57 (39% off)

Feel inspired by Melinda Gates in her first book, where she shares the lessons she's learned throughout her years of work and travel as one of the most powerful women in the world—and the magic that happens when we all make a conscious decision to lift each other up. 

Released April 23

12 of 33
Courtesy
'The Farm' by Joanne Ramos
$29.00
$18.76 (35% off)

Though it’s fiction, Joanne Ramos’s novel will feel especially poignant right now: Jane is an immigrant from the Philippines who moves to New York’s Hudson Valley to be a surrogate for the “perfect baby,” for which she’ll be extremely well compensated. The downside? She can’t leave the facility’s grounds for nine months, every move she makes will be heavily monitored, and she must sever all ties to her old life. It will leave you questioning what it really means to live the American dream.

Released May 7 

13 of 33
Courtesy
'The Bride Test' by Helen Hoang
$15.00
$7.76 (48% off)

A year after the release of her critically-acclaimed The Kiss Quotient, Helen Hoang returns with The Bride Test—a refreshingly real depiction of Khai Diep, a man with autism who believes he'll never find love or be loved. That is, until he meets Esme Tran from Vietnam and things get a whole lot more complicated.

Released May 7 

14 of 33
Courtesy
'The Learning Curve' by Mandy Berman
$27.00
$16.45 (39% off)

Mandy Berman perfectly captures an all-too-familiar academic love triangle between college friends Fiona and Liv and their charming college professor, Oliver Ash. Berman explores power dynamics and identity issues that the women are forced to face when Ash's sketchy past reveals he's had a relationship with a former underage student. 

Released May 28 

15 of 33
Courtesy
'Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered' by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark
$24.99
$14.99 (40% off)

My Favorite Murder's Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark bring you personal stories on topics like depression, eating disorders, and addiction as they delve into the cultural and societal issues women face today. It'll remind you why you love their podcast so much in the first place. 

Released May 28

16 of 33
Courtesy
'City of Girls' by Elizabeth Gilbert
$28.00
$14.69 (48% off)

Elizabeth Gilbert, the critically-acclaimed author known for Eat, Pray, Love (2017) and Big Magic (2016), is back with a sexy tale set in the 1940s about a woman who looks back at her youth. The major themes? Female sexuality and promiscuity.

Released June 4 

17 of 33
Courtesy
'Searching for Sylvie Lee' by Jean Kwok
$26.99
$19.04 (29% off)

Jean Kwok's Searching for Sylvie Lee explores what happens when the eldest daughter of a Chinese immigrant family disappears, revealing complicated truths about family and identity. 

Released June 4 

18 of 33
Courtesy
'Mrs. Everything' by Jennifer Weiner
$28.00
$15.40 (45% off)

Acclaimed novelist Jennifer Weiner is back with her latest, Mrs. Everything, chronicling the lives of sisters Bethie and Jo Kaufman beginning in the '50s leading all the way up to the present day as they deal with friendship, family, grief, and identity. It also happened to be Marie Claire's August #ReadWithMC pick—peek through the reviews here

Released June 11

19 of 33
Courtesy
'Fleishman Is in Trouble' by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
$27.00
$17.29 (36% off)

The brilliance (and wonderfully dry humor) of writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner is proven yet again in her novel, Fleishman Is in Trouble, about a man's ex wife who has gone missing. You don't need to know anything else...just trust us on this one. 

Released June 18

20 of 33
Courtesy
'Three Women' by Lisa Taddeo
$27.00
$15.99 (41% off)

Lisa Taddeo's Three Women, based on the lives of three real women in suburban Indiana, North Dakota, and an "exclusive enclave of the Northeast," was one of the buzziest books of the summer. Each woman dives deep into their romantic relationships and desires, proving that we all have a common thread: the desire to love and be loved. 

Released July 9

21 of 33
Courtesy
'We Came Here to Forget' by Andrea Dunlop
$27.00
$21.99 (19% off)

When Olympic skier Katie's dreams are taken away from her after finding out a truth about her sister that's possible to ignore, she escapes to Buenos Aires to reinvent herself and meets a group of ex-pats who lead her to confront her demons. 

Released July 2 

22 of 33
Courtesy
'The Wedding Party' by Jasmine Guillory
$15.00
$8.49 (43% off)

Jasmine Guillory's novels never disappoint, especially when you're in the mood for a fun, light read. The Wedding Party tells the story of Maddie and Theo, two people who share a mutual friend who's getting married...and a mutual hate for each other. That is, until they end up sleeping with each other and are forced to sneak around until they confront the truth about their relationship. 

Released July 16 

23 of 33
Courtesy
'The Testaments' by Margaret Atwood
$28.95
$15.80 (45% off)

Thirty-four years after she released the original Handmaid's Tale (you may have heard of the adapted Hulu series), Margaret Atwood is set to make her return with The Testaments, which picks up on main character Offred's story 15 years after the dystopian novel's cliffhanger ending. (We won't spoil it for you.)

Released September 10 

24 of 33
Courtesy
'She Said' by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
$28.00
$20.74 (26% off)

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who you may know as the women who took down Harvey Weinstein, take us inside the investigation that led to their groundbreaking New York Times article in October 2017 and how it's impacted generations of women for years to come.

Released September 10   

25 of 33
Courtesy
'Unpregnant' by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan
$16.19

Soon to be an HBO Max movie (release date TBD), Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan's Unpregnant is about 17-year-old Veronica's decision whether or not to get an abortion in her home state of Missouri after her boyfriend sabotages her birth control. It's been called the YA version of Thelma & Louise.

Released September 10

26 of 33
Courtesy
'Red at the Bone' by Jacqueline Woodson
$26.00
$15.69 (40% off)

Jacqueline Woodson's Red at the Bone is a compelling read about a Brooklyn family rocked by the pregnancy of their teenage daughter. Readers get a deep dive into the perspectives of multiple family members over the course of a few decades as each character deals with major themes of race, class, gender, and sexuality. 

Released September 17

27 of 33
Courtesy
'Know My Name: A Memoir' by Chanel Miller
$28.00
$18.67 (33% off)

Her name isn't Emily Doe. It's Chanel Miller. In her gripping memoir, Miller opens about her life before and after being sexually assaulted by Brock Turner in 2015. It's a must-read for every woman, whether you closely followed the case or not. 

Released September 24 

28 of 33
Courtesy
'Grand Union' by Zadie Smith
$27.00
$17.28 (36% off)

Zadie Smith's first short story collection compiles 11 tales of time, identity, and rebirth, including one story called "Lazy River" that was originally published in The New Yorker

Released October 8

29 of 33
Courtesy
'The Giver of Stars' by Jojo Moyes
$30.00
$21.00 (30% off)

Jojo Moyes, who you may know from her romance novel-turned-movie Me Before You (2012), has returned with her latest, The Giver of Stars, that's also set to become a movie. Set in Depression-era America, the story follows five women who deliver books for Eleanor Roosevelt’s new traveling library, and what happens to them along the way. 

Released October 22 

30 of 33
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
More From #ReadWithMC