Golden Globes Books

Golden Globes Books

The above linked article talks about books that movies and tv shows were based on. Some were Golden Globe nominees and winners. I read some of the books, and haven’t seen most of the shows and movies, though. I guess that is another list for another day?

The Irishman

Based on I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt

Little Women
Based on Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Two Popes

Based on The Pope by Anthony McCarten

Where’d You Go Bernadette

Based on Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple

Richard Jewell

Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner: “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” (plus, a book about him)

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Based on an Esquire article, “Can You Say … Hero?” by Tom Junod (plus, many books and DVDs by and about Fred Rogers)

Motherless Brooklyn

Based on Motherless Brooklyn by Johnathan Lethem

TV shows based on books or articles

Big Little Lies

Based on Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (plus, check out our readalikes blog)

Killing Eve
Based on Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Game of Thrones
Based on A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin (plus GRRM reading suggestionscharacters reading suggestions, and readalikes)

Based on Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


Based on Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich (plus, a blog post about e-resources on Chernobyl)

Based on Fosse by Sam Wasson

The Loudest Voice
Based on The Loudest Voice in the Room by Gabriel Sherman

How to Read Harder

How to Read Harder

The above linked article talks about books that are thought provoking and are recommended by librarians.

1. An epistolary novel or collection of letters

Twain & Stanley Enter Paradise by Oscar Hijuelos

When the English Fall by David Williams

Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Letters of Sylvia Plath by Sylvia Plath

2. An alternate history novel

The Arrival of Missives by Aliya Whiteley

The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

3. A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (Pura Belpré Author Award)

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green (Schneider Family Book Award)

Piecing Me Together by Reneé Watson (Coretta Scott King Book Award)

Stay with Me by Ayobami Adebayo (ALA’s Notable Books List)

4. A humor book

My Life as a Goddess: A Memoir Through (Un)popular Culture by Guy Branum

Gmorning, Gnight! Little Pep Talks for Me & You by Lin-Manuel Miranda, art by Jonny Sun

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

How to Ruin Everything by George Watsky

5. A book by a journalist or about journalism

Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era by Jorge Ramos

Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh

No Turning Back: Life, Loss, and Hope in Wartime Syria by Rania Abouzeid

Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

6. A book by an AOC set in or about space

Nigerians in Space by Deji Bryce Olukotun

Exo by Fonda Lee

Dawn by Octavia Butler

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

7.  An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

The Body Where I Was Born by Guadalupe Nettel (Mexico)

The Dream of My Return by Horacio Castellanos Moya (El Salvador)

The Story of My Teeth by Valeria Luiselli (Mexico)

A novel or book of poetry in Spanish by Gioconda Belli (Nicaragua)

8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania

Terra Nullius by Claire Colman

Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings

Rani Patel in Full Effect by Sonia Patel

9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads

Trust by Cynthia Ozick

Brazil-Maru by Karen Tei Yamashita

Mrs. Hollingsworth’s Men by Padgett Powell

Selected Tales by Henry James

10.  A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, translated from Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori

Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, translated from Hebrew by Sondra Silverton

Ladivine by Marie Ndiaye, translated from French by Jordan Stump

Human Acts by Han Kang, translated from Korean by Deborah Smith

11.  A book of manga

The Promised Neverland by Kaiu Shirai

My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi

Skip Beat by Yoshiki Nakamura

Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

12.  A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character

Fox 8 by George Saunders

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Empire of the Ants by Bernard Werber

13.  A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse

On the Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis

Autism Adulthood: Strategies and Insight for a Fulfilling Life by Susan Senator

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The State of Grace by Rachael Lucas

14.  A cozy mystery

One Day in December by Josie Silver

Born of Persuasion by Jessica Dotta

What the Dead Leave Behind by Rosemary Simpson

12 Clues of Christmas by Rhys Bowen

15.  A book of mythology or folklore

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Don’t Know Much about Mythology: Everything You Need to Know about the Greatest Stories in Human History but Never  Learned by Kenneth C. Davis

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Asian Mythology: Myths and Legends of China, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia by Rachel Storm

16.  An historical romance by an AOC

Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin

As Rich as a Rogue by Jade Lee

17.  A business book

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker

Rework: Change the Way You Work Forever by Jason Fried and David Hansson

The Magic of Tiny Business: You Don’t Have to Go Big to Make a Great Living by Sharon Rowe

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

18.  A novel by a trans or nonbinary author

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

Little Fish by Casey Plett

Nevada by Imogen Binnie

19.  A book of nonviolent true crime

Our Bodies, Our Data: How Companies Make Billions Selling Our Medical Records by Adam Tanner

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Red Card: How the U.S. Blew the Whistle on the World’s Biggest Sports Scandal by Ken Bensinger

Chain of Title: How Three Americans Uncovered Wall Street’s Great Foreclosure Fraud by David Dayen

20.  A book written in prison

The Greybar Hotel: Stories by Curtis Dawkins

Conversations with Myself by Nelson Mandela

Inside: Life Behind Bars in America by Michael Santos

Our Lady of the Flowers by Jean Genet

21.  A comic by an LGBTQIA creator

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce

The Backstagers, vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause by James Tynion IV, art by Rian Sygh

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

22.  A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (Rainbow Book List, 2017)

The Three Lucys by Hayan Charara (Arab American Book Award, 2017)

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin (Dolly Gray Award, 2016)

How I Became a Ghost by Tim Tingle (American Indian Youth Literature Award, 2014)

23.  A self-published book

Different libraries have different policies about including self-published books in their collections, but Book Riot suggested a great place to start!

24.  A collection of poetry published since 2014

Ordinary Beast by Nicole Sealey

Cenzontle by Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Wade in the Water by Tracy K. Smith

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen

NYPL 2019 staff picks

Staff Picks

The above linked article talks about the staff picks from the New York Public Library from Fall 2019. Some of these books are older books, but worth reading. I’ve read some. I own some. Some are on my TBR list. It’s a varied list and quite a good one.

  • Against Creativity By Oli Mould
  • Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship By Claire Bishop
  • Ask Again, Yes By Mary Beth Keane
  • Balanchine and Kirstein’s American Enterprise By James Steichen
  • Black Is the Color By Julia Gfrörer
  • Chesapeake Requiem By Earl Swift
  • City of Lies By Victoria Thompson
  • Cold Storage By David Koepp
  • Empowering Women: A Guide to Loving Yourself, Breaking Rules, and Bringing Good Into Your Life By Louise Hay
  • Famous People By Justin Kuritzkes
  • The Far Field By Madhuri Vijay
  • A Fire Story By Brian Fies
  • Fleishman Is in Trouble By Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  • The Gilded Hour By Sara Donati
  • Guestbook: Ghost Stories By Leanne Shapton
  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire By Edward Gibbon
  • Home Remedies By Xuan Juliana Wang
  • How to Be an Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi
  • I Am a Cat By Natsume Sōseki
  • Landwhale By Jes Baker
  • Les Liaisons Dangereuses By Pierre Cholderlos de Laclos
  • The Lies We Told By Camilla Way
  • Life of the Party By Olivia Gatwood
  • A Life’s Work: On Becoming a Mother By Rachel Cusk
  • Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America By James Forman Jr.
  • Magic for Liars By Sarah Gailey
  • Mortals and Immortals: Collected Essays By Jean-Pierre Vernant
  • The New Me By Halle Butler
  • Normal People By Sally Rooney
  • The Organs of Sense By Adam Ehrlich Sachs
  • The Other’s Gold By Elizabeth Ames
  • The Outlaw Ocean By Ian Urbina
  • Paradise Rot By Jenny Hval
  • Persuasion By Jane Austen
  • Pressure Cooker By Bowen, Brenton, & Elliott
  • The Shadow King By Maaza Mengiste
  • Soft Targets By Deborah Landau
  • Summer at the Cornish Cafe By Phillipa Ashley
  • Surveillance Valley: The Rise of the Military-Digital Complex By Yasha Levine
  • Tidelands By Philippa Gregory
  • Titus Groan By Mervyn Peake
  • Tomboy Survival Guide By Ivan E. Coyote
  • Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion By Jia Tolentino
  • Unmasked by the Marquess By Cat Sebastian
  • Valerie By Sara Stridsberg
  • Well Met By Jen DeLuca
  • The Whisper ManBy Alex North
  • The World Doesn’t Require You By Rion Amilcar Scott

Recommended by Romance Writers

Recommended by Romance Writers

The above linked article talks about new release romance books that were all recommended by romance novelists. I’ve read some. I own some. I have heard of some. It’s a beautiful list.

The Beast of Beswick Amalie Howard

The Bromance Book Club Lyssa Kay Adams

The Flight Girls Noelle Salazar

The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown

The Shape of Night Tess Gerritsen

Xeni: A Marriage of Inconvenience Rebekah Weatherspoon

Lost and Found Sisters Jill Shalvis

Tinderbox Rachel Grant

Get a Life, Chloe Brown Talia Hibbert

Room to Breathe Liz Talley

Not the Girl You Marry Andie J. Christopher

Daisy Jones & The Six Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Guinevere Deception Kiersten White

Book horoscopes


The above linked article talks about books you’d enjoy, based on your birthday and astrological sign. I am a Virgo, so I am putting the Virgo books here.

The Creative Virgo

Virgo, you’ve been working hard to let go of fear and find your way to joy. With Jupiter in Capricorn in 2020, you could break through to greater transformation in the realm of play and creativity. If what is fun for you is considered work by other people, that’s okay, especially for this year. You could birth something new or make big strides with a creative project. This earth energy is perfect for creating organized, disciplined routines that give you the freedom to play around with your ideas. Let your curiosity guide you.

  • The Equivalents Maggie Doherty
  • The Nickel Boys Colson Whitehead 
  • Astrology for Real Relationships Jessica Lanyadoo
  • Everything Is Figureoutable Marie Forleo
  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference Greta Thunberg
  • F**k Plastic Rodale Sustainability
  • Almost Everything Anne Lamott

NYPL Best 2019 Books for Kids

Best books for kids

The above linked article shows the New York Public Library’s list of best kids books of 2019. Many of them sound wonderful, and will on my reading list this year.

  • The Afterwards By A.F. Harrold, illus. by Emily Gravett
  • All In A Drop: How Antony van Leeuwenhoek Discovered an Invisible World By Lori Alexander, illus. by Vivien Mildenberger
  • All the Impossible Things By Lindsay Lackey
  • AnotherBy Christian Robinson
  • Balto and the Race Against Time By Helen Moss, illus. by Misa Saburi
  • Beast Rider By Tony Johnston & María Elena Fontanot de Rhoads
  • Beneath the Bed and Other Scary Stories By Max Brailler, illus. by Letizia Rubegni
  • Bone Hollow By Kim Ventrella
  • Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins By Michelle Meadows, illus. by Ebony Glenn
  • The Bridge Home By Padman Ventkatraman
  • Camp Tiger By Susan Choi, illus. by John Rocco
  • Can You Crack The Code?: A Fascinating History Of Ciphers and Cryptography By Ella Schwartz, illus. by Lily Williams
  • Captain Rosalie By Timothée de Fombelle, illus. Isabelle Arsenault, trans. Sam Gordon
  • Carl and the Meaning of Life By Deborah Freedman
  • Carter Reads the Newspaper By Deborah Hopkinson, illus. by Don Tate
  • Clackety Track: Poems About Trains By Skila Brown, illus. by Jamey Christoph
  • CogBy Greg Van Eekhout
  • The Collected Works of Gretchen OysterBy Cary Fagan
  • Crab Cake: Turning the Tide Together By Andrea Tsurumi
  • Dancing Hands: How Teresa Carreno Played the Piano for President Lincoln By Margarita Engle, illus. by Rafael Lopez
  • Dancing Through Fields of Color: The Story of Helen Frankenthaler By Elizabeth Brown, illus. by Aimee Sicuro
  • The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again By Allan Wolf, illus. by Anna Raff
  • The Farmer By Ximo Abadia
  • Finding Orion By John David Anderson
  • Genesis Begins Again By Alicia Williams
  • Gittel’s Journey: An Ellis Island Story By Leslea Newman, illus. by Amy June Bates
  • Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid-Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the WorldBy Kim Tomsic, illus. by Brett Helquist
  • Hedy Lamarr’s Double Life: Hollywood Legend and Brilliant Inventor By Laurie Wallmark, illus. by Katy Wu
  • Hey, Water!By Antoinette Portis
  • Ho’Onani: Hula Warrior By Heather Gale, illus. by Mika Song
  • How to Two By David Soman
  • The Important Thing About Margaret Wise Brown By Mac Barnett, illus. by Sarah Jacoby
  • It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way By Kyo Maclear, illus. by Julie Morstad
  • It Feels Good to Be Yourself: A Book About Gender Identity By Theresa Thorn, illus. by Noah Grigni
  • Killer Style: How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History By Alison Matthews David, Serah-Marie McMahon, illus. by Gillian Wilson
  • King Mouse By Cary Fagan, illus. by Dena Seiferling.
  • La luna mango By Diane De Anda, illus. by Sue Cornelison
  • Lalani of the Distant SeaBy Erin Entrada Kellys.
  • Lety Out Loud By Angela Cervantes
  • The Line Tender By Kate Allen
  • Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks By Jason Reynolds, illus. by Alexander Nabaum
  • Lubna and Pebble By Wendy Meddour, illus. by Daniel Egnéus
  • Luisa siempre va con prisaBy Timothy Knapman, illus. by Gemma Merinopo.
  • Mario y el Agujero en el cielo: Cómo un químico salvó nuestro planeta By Elizabeth Rusch, illus. by Teresa Martinez
  • Mary Wears What She Wants By Keith Negley
  • Max and the Midknights By Lincoln Pierce
  • Maximillian Fly By Angie Sage
  • Meena Meets Her MatchBy Karla Manternach
  • Mi Papi tiene una motoBy Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña
  • The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. James By Ashley Herring Blake
  • The Monster Squad By Joe McGee, illus. by Ethan Long
  • The Moon Within By Aida Salazar
  • Moth: An Evolution Story By Isabel Thomas, illus. by Daniel Egneus
  • Mr. Penguin and the Lost Treasure By Alex T. Smith
  • My City By Joanne Liu
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle By Isabel Quintero, illus. by Zeke Peña
  • The Neighbors By Einat Tsarfati
  • Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge By Erica A. Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve
  • A New Home By Tania de Regil
  • New Kid By Jerry Craft
  • The Next Great Paulie Fink By Ali Benjamin
  • Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades By Mike Cavallaro
  • No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse By Rhett Miller, illus. by Dan Santat
  • The Not-So-Great Outdoors By Madeline Loepper
  • The Okay Witch By Emma Steinkellner
  • One Fox: A Counting Book Thriller By Kate Read
  • Other Words for Home By Jasmine Warga
  • Owling: Enter the World of the Mysterious Birds of the Night By Mark Wilson
  • Pay Attention, Carter Jones By Gary D. Schmidt
  • Pedro’s Pan: A Gold Rush Story By Matthew Lasley, illus. by Jacob Souva
  • Pie in the SkyBy Remy Lai
  • Planet Earth is Blue By Nicole Panteleakos
  • Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpre By Anika Aldamuy, illus. by Denise Paola Escobar
  • Pokko and the DrumBy Matthew Forsythe
  • Predator and Prey: Conversation in Verse By Susannah Buhrman-Deever, illus. by Bert Kitchen
  • The Proper Way to Meet a Hedgehog and Other How-To Poems By Paul B. Janeczko (selector), illus. by Richard Jones
  • Red Panda and Moon Bear By Jarod Roselló
  • The Roots of Rap: 16 Bars on the 4 Pillars of Hip Hop By Carole Boston Weatherford, illus. by Frank Morrison
  • Saturday By Oge Mora
  • Seeds Move! By Robin Page
  • Sembrando Historias: Pura Belpre; blibliotecaria y narradora de cuentos By Anika Aldamuy Denise, illus. by Paola Escobar
  • Señorita Mariposa By Ben Gundersheimer (Mr. G), illus. by Marcos Almada Rivero
  • Skulls!By Blair Thornburgh, illus. by Scott Campbell
  • Smile: How Young Charlie Chaplin Taught the World to Laugh (and Cry)By Gary Golio, illus. by Ed Young
  • Snowman – Cold = Puddle: Spring Equations By Laura Purdie Salas, illus. by Micha Archer.
  • Some Places More than Others By Renee Watson
  • Song for a Whale By Lynne Kelly
  • Stand on the Sky By Erin Bow
  • Stargazing By Jen Wang
  • The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out In the Streets By Gayle Pitman.
  • Swarm of Bees By Lemony Snicket, illus. by Rilla Alexander
  • Sweety By Andrea Zuill
  • This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality By Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
  • This Was Our Pact By Ryan Andrews
  • Titanosaur: Discovering the World’s Largest Dinosaur By Jose Luis Carballido and Diego Pol, illus. by Florencia Gigena
  • Todos Iguales: Un corrido de Lemon Grove By Chrisy Hale
  • Truman By Jean Reidy, illus. by Lucy Ruth Cummins
  • Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Alberto and Diego Giacometti By Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illus. by Hadley Hooper
  • Un nuevo hogar By Tania de Regil
  • The Undefeated By Kwame Alexander, illus. by Kadir Nelson
  • United Tastes of America: An Atlas of Food Facts & Recipes From Every State By Gabrielle Lanholtz, illus. by Jenny Bowers, photos DL Acken
  • Vamos: Let’s Go to Market!By Raul the Third
  • The Vegetable Museum By Michelle Mulder
  • When I Found Grandma By Saumiya Balasubramaniam, illus. by Qin Leng
  • White Bird: A Wonder Story By R.J Palacio
  • Wilma’s Way Home: The Life of Wilma Mankiller By Doreen Rappaport, illus. by Linda Kukuk
  • The Young Adventurer’s Guide to (Almost) Everything By Ben and Penny Hewitt, illus. by Luke Boushee
  • Your Turn, Adrian By Helena Oberg, illus. by Kristin Lidstrom
  • ¡Los zombis no comen verduras!By Jorge Lacera and Megan Lacera
  • ¿De dónde eres?

Best of Jewish Authors

Best of Jewish Authors

The above linked article talks about the best work from Jewish authors. Many of these I have read. There are many more on the list than what I posted here. It’s an interesting list, and I will be getting to more of the list eventually.

The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Night (The Night Trilogy, #1)
by Elie Wiesel
The Chosen
by Chaim Potok
Catch-22 (Catch-22, #1)
by Joseph Heller
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
Death of a Salesman
by Arthur Miller
The Complete Stories
by Franz Kafka
Man’s Search for Meaning
by Viktor E. Frankl
Where the Sidewalk Ends
by Shel Silverstein
The Trial
by Franz Kafka
My Name Is Asher Lev
by Chaim Potok
The Crucible
by Arthur Miller
The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
by Leon Uris
The Castle
by Franz Kafka
The Promise
by Chaim Potok
The Yiddish Policemen’s Union
by Michael Chabon
Portnoy’s Complaint
by Philip Roth
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx
The Street of Crocodiles
by Bruno Schulz
Darkness at Noon
by Arthur Koestler
by Saul Bellow
The Collected Stories of Isaac Bashevis Singer
by Isaac Bashevis Singer
The Adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow
The Pianist: The Extraordinary Story of One Man’s Survival in Warsaw, 1939–45
by Władysław Szpilman
The Gift of Asher Lev
by Chaim Potok
Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
by Art Spiegelman
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
by Michael Chabon
The Human Stain (The American Trilogy, #3)
by Philip Roth
The Metamorphosis
by Franz Kafka
Call It Sleep
by Henry Roth
The Princess Bride
by William Goldman
The Red Tent
by Anita Diamant (Goodreads Author)
The Natural
by Bernard Malamud
The Plot Against America
by Philip Roth
Davita’s Harp
by Chaim Potok
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
The Collected Stories of Isaac Babel
by Isaac Babel
American Pastoral (The American Trilogy, #1)
by Philip Roth
Suite Française
by Irène Némirovsky
The Guide for the Perplexed
by Maimonides
Sophie’s Choice
by William Styron
Friday the Rabbi Slept Late (The Rabbi Small Mysteries #1)
by Harry Kemelman
How Proust Can Change Your Life
by Alain de Botton (Goodreads Author)
The Fixer
by Bernard Malamud
The Finkler Question
by Howard Jacobson
The Sabbath: Its Meaning for Modern Man
by Abraham Joshua Heschel
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
by Mordecai Richler
The Interpretation of Dreams
by Sigmund Freud