Right now, many bookstores are selling out of several books on anti-racism. Here’s a list of books to choose if you are finding that you have to wait for your book choice to be in stock.
The New York Times put this list out of the best books of 2019. I have read several of them and have several on the TBR list. It’s a long list, but they are really good books.
American SpyBy LAUREN WILKINSON
Audience of One: Donald
Trump, Television, and
the Fracturing of AmericaBy JAMES PONIEWOZIK.
Bangkok Wakes to RainBy PITCHAYA SUDBANTHAD
BecomingBy MICHELLE OBAMA.
The Body in QuestionBy JILL CIMENT
Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story
of the Generic Drug BoomBy KATHERINE EBAN
Cherokee, AmericaBy MARGARET VERBLE.
The Club: Johnson,
Boswell, and the Friends
Who Shaped an AgeBy LEO DAMROSCH.
The Conservative SensibilityBy GEORGE F. WILL.
Deaf Republic: PoemsBy ILYA KAMINSKY.
Disappearing EarthBy JULIA PHILLIPS.
Ducks, NewburyportBy LUCY ELLMANN.
The Dutch HouseBy ANN PATCHETT
The Education of an
Idealist: A MemoirBy SAMANTHA POWER
Exhalation: StoriesBy TED CHIANG
Fall: Or, Dodge in HellBy NEAL STEPHENSON.
Fleishman Is in TroubleBy TAFFY BRODESSER-AKNER.
Full Throttle: StoriesBy JOE HILL
GirlBy EDNA O’BRIEN
The GodmotherBy HANNELORE CAYRE. Translated by
The Gone DeadBy CHANELLE BENZ
Good Talk: A Memoir
in ConversationsBy MIRA JACOB
The GrammariansBy CATHLEEN SCHINE
Grand Union: StoriesBy ZADIE SMITH.
And Other StoriesBy PAUL TREMBLAY
Guest House for
Young Widows: Among
the Women of ISISBy AZADEH MOAVENI.
The HeavensBy SANDRA NEWMAN.
HorizonBy BARRY LOPEZ
How to Be an AntiracistBy IBRAM X. KENDI
How We Fight For Our LivesBy SAEED JONES.
If: The Untold Story of
Kipling’s American YearsBy CHRISTOPHER BENFEY
The Impeachers: The Trial
of Andrew Johnson and
the Dream of a Just NationBy BRENDA WINEAPPLE
The InstituteBy STEPHEN KING
Know My Name: A MemoirBy CHANEL MILLER
Kochland: The Secret History
of Koch Industries and
Corporate Power in AmericaBy CHRISTOPHER LEONARD.
Last DayBy DOMENICA RUTA.
The Lost Art of Scripture:
Rescuing the Sacred TextsBy KAREN ARMSTRONG.
Lost Children ArchiveBy VALERIA LUISELLI.
Lot: StoriesBy BRYAN WASHINGTON.
Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay
and a Mother’s Will to SurviveBy STEPHANIE LAND.
Mama’s Last Hug: Animal
Emotions and What They
Tell Us About OurselvesBy FRANS DE WAAL.
Maggie Brown & OthersBy PETER ORNER.
The Man Who Saw EverythingBy DEBORAH LEVY.
The Authorized Biography
— Herself AloneBy CHARLES MOORE.
The Mastermind: Drugs.
Empire. Murder. Betrayal.By EVAN RATLIFF.
The Memory PoliceBy YOKO OGAWA. Translated by
Midnight in Chernobyl: The
Untold Story of the World’s
Greatest Nuclear DisasterBy ADAM HIGGINBOTHAM.
Mostly Dead ThingsBy KRISTEN ARNETT.
Mrs. EverythingBy JENNIFER WEINER.
The NeedBy HELEN PHILLIPS.
The Nickel BoysBy COLSON WHITEHEAD.
Night Boat to TangierBy KEVIN BARRY.
No Visible Bruises: What
We Don’t Know About
Domestic Violence Can Kill UsBy RACHEL LOUISE SNYDER.
Normal PeopleBy SALLY ROONEY.
Nothing to See HereBy KEVIN WILSON.
Now We Shall Be Entirely FreeBy ANDREW MILLER.
The Octopus Museum: PoemsBy BRENDA SHAUGHNESSY.
The Old DriftBy NAMWALI SERPELL.
Optic NerveBy MARÍA GAINZA. Translated by
Our Man: Richard
Holbrooke and the End
of the American CenturyBy GEORGE PACKER.
The ParisianBy ISABELLA HAMMAD.
Rabbits for FoodBy BINNIE KIRSHENBAUM.
Red at the BoneBy JACQUELINE WOODSON.
The RevisionersBy MARGARET WILKERSON
Rusty BrownBy CHRIS WARE.
Say Nothing: A True
Story of Murder and
Memory in Northern IrelandBy PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE.
The Shadow KingBy MAAZA MENGISTE.
She Said: Breaking the
Sexual Harassment Story That
Helped Ignite a MovementBy JODI KANTOR AND MEGAN
She Was Like That:
New and Selected StoriesBy KATE WALBERT.
Solitary: Unbroken by
Four Decades in Solitary
Confinement. My Story of
Transformation and Hope.By ALBERT WOODFOX WITH
SpringBy ALI SMITH.
Stony the Road:
Supremacy, and the
Rise of Jim CrowBy HENRY LOUIS GATES
The TestamentsBy MARGARET ATWOOD.
Thick: And Other EssaysBy TRESSIE MCMILLAN
The Topeka SchoolBy BEN LERNER.
The TraditionBy JERICHO BROWN.
Trick Mirror: Reflections
on Self-DelusionBy JIA TOLENTINO.
Deep Time JourneyBy ROBERT MACFARLANE.
The Uninhabitable Earth:
Life After WarmingBy DAVID WALLACE-WELLS.
The Unwinding of the Miracle:
A Memoir of Life, Death, and
Everything That Comes AfterBy JULIE YIP-WILLIAMS.
WestsideBy W.M. AKERS.
What You Have Heard
Is True: A Memoir of
Witness and ResistanceBy CAROLYN FORCHÉ.
Women TalkingBy MIRIAM TOEWS.
Women’s Work: A Reckoning
With Work and HomeBy MEGAN K. STACK.
The Yellow HouseBy SARAH M. BROOM.
I don’t know many of these books, but sometimes you just need an ugly cry. YA is a good genre to use to attempt that level of crying.
1. Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
2. Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby
3. How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
4. Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
5. The How & the Why by Cynthia Hand
6. Three Things I Know Are True by Betty Culley
7. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera
8. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
9. Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
10. Sorry For Your Loss by Jessie Ann Foley
11. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
12. Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
13. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
14. Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
According to the above article, these are the twenty best books of all time. I have read many of them, and I pretty much agree on the ones that I have read. It’s a pretty good list.
I have a few of these books on my TBR list. According to the article, I should be able to read a book in one sitting. They don’t seem to take into account the size of my bladder or other distractions. I guess I could give some of them a shot, though.
I’ve read a lot of these books mentioned in the above linked article. Some are on the TBR list, and a few I haven’t heard of. I may be working on some of them soon. I hope the library opens for checkouts soon.
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 ¾, Sue Townsend
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
1984, George Orwell
Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel
The Big Sleep, Raymond Chandler
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Wuthering Heights, Emily Brontë
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray
Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Americanah, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Dune, Frank Herbert
The Code of the Woosters, PG Wodehouse
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Philip K Dick
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Middlemarch, George Eliot
The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Dangerous Liaisons, Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
100 Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Trial, Franz Kafka
The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
I have most of these books, but I haven’t read most of them. Some of them, yes, I have read them. Some of them I look forward to reading. Some will remain unread for a while.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez
Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
The Shining by Stephen King
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Ulysses by James Joyce
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
1984 by George Orwell
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Harry Potter: The Complete Collection by J.K. Rowling
The Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
White Teeth by Zadie Smith
Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories by Flannery O’Connor
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I haven’t read most of these books, but they are on my TBR list. I do hope to get to them soon.
All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Another Day in the Death of America
by Gary Younge
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates
by Claudia Rankine
The Fire Next Time
by James Baldwin
The Fire This Time
by Jesmyn Ward
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle
by Angela Y. Davis
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation
by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
by Yaa Gyasi
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
by Ralph Ellison
President Obama Dreams From My Father.
Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching
by Mychal Denzel Smith
by Octavia Butler
March, Book One
by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
Men We Reaped
by Jesmyn Ward
by Charles Johnson
The New Jim Crow
by Michelle Alexander
by Marc Lamont Hill
by Monique W. Morris
The Residue Years
by Mitchell S. Jackson
They Can’t Kill Us All
by Wesley Lowery
This Side of Home
by Renee Watson
To Be Young, Gifted and Black
by Lorraine Hansberry
A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansberry
The Underground Railroad
by Colson Whitehead
We Love You, Charlie Freeman
by Kaitlyn Greenidge
by Carol Anderson
You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain
by Phoebe Robinson
I agree that a few of these are definitely better than the book. The Notebook was well done as a movie. Shawshank Redemption is one of my favorite movies. The Princess Bride doesn’t show up on the list, but I couldn’t even finish the book, but I have the movie memorized. Holes followed the book almost to the letter. All of these that I’ve seen are excellent movies. I will put the others on my to watch list.
For the record, Fifty Shades of Grey was so poorly written, they couldn’t have done worse with a movie. Yes, I am biased.
1. Jaws (1975)
2. Jojo Rabbit (2019)
3. The Notebook (2004)
4. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
5. The Godfather (1972)
6. Big Fish (2003)
7. Arrival (2016)
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
9. Children of Men (2006)
10. Shrek (2001)
11. Fight Club (1999)
12. Holes (2003)
13. Blade Runner (1982)
14. Matilda (1996)
15. Jurassic Park (1993)
16. American Psycho (2000)
17. And finally, Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
Here is a list from the above linked article that consists of Fantasy Series that have already been completed. You won’t be wasting your time waiting for the next book in the series to come out. Enjoy!
20 COMPLETED YA FANTASY SERIES TO REVISIT OR PICK UP FOR THE FIRST TIME
#1. FOLK OF THE AIR TRILOGY BY HOLLY BLACK
1. The Cruel Prince
2. The Wicked King
3. The Queen of Nothing
#2. THE YOUNG ELITES TRILOGY BY MARIE LU
1. The Young Elites
2. The Rose Society
3. The Midnight Star
#3. RED WINTER TRILOGY BY ANNETTE MARIE
1. Red Winter
2. Dark Tempest
3. Immortal Fire
#4. MEDAIR DUOLOGY BY ANDREA K. HÖST
1. The Silence of Medair
2. Voice of the Lost
#5. SIX OF CROWS DUOLOGY BY LEIGH BARDUGO
1. Six of Crows
2. Crooked Kingdom
#6. THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY BY GARTH NIX
#7. THE PENRYN & THE END OF DAYS TRILOGY BY SUSAN EE
2. World After
3. End of Days
#8. SHADOW OF THE FOX TRILOGY BY JULIE KAGAWA
1. Shadow of the Fox
2. Soul of the Sword
3. Night of the Dragon
#9. THE BRILLIANT DEATH DUOLOGY BY AMY ROSE CAPETTA
1. The Brilliant Death
2. The Storm of Life
#10. WINTERNIGHT TRILOGY BY KATHERINE ARDEN
1. The Bear and the Nightingale
2. The Girl in the Tower
3. The Winter of the Witch
#11. CHRONICLES OF IXIA HEXALOGY BY MARIA V. SNYDER
1. Poison Study
2. Magic Study
3. Fire Study
4. Shadow Study
5. Night Study
6. Dawn Study
#12. CROWN & COURT DUET BY SHERWOOD SMITH
1. Crown Duel
2. Court Duel
#13. TALES OF BEAUTY AND MADNESS TRILOGY BY LILI ST. CROW
#14. THE ORPHAN’S TALES DUOLOGY BY CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE
1. In the Night Garden
2. In the Cities of Coin and Spice
#15. THE FORBIDDEN WISH DUOLOGY BY JESSICA KHOURY
0.5. The Jinni
1. The Forbidden Wish
#16. HIS FAIR ASSASSIN TRILOGY BY ROBIN LAFEVERS
1. Grave Mercy
2. Dark Triumph
3. Mortal Heart
#17. GRACELING REALM TRILOGY BY KRISTIN CASHORE
#18. HIS DARK MATERIALS TRILOGY BY PHILIP PULLMAN
1. Northern Lights (The Golden Compass)
2. The Subtle Knife
3. The Amber Spyglass
#19. TAMÍR TRIAD BY LYNN FLEWELLING
1. The Bone Doll’s Twin
2. Hidden Warrior
3. The Oracle’s Queen
In Skala warfare is a womanly thing.
#20. WE SET THE DARK ON FIRE DUOLOGY BY TEHLOR KAY MEJIA
1. We Set the Dark on Fire
2. We Unleash the Merciless Storm