Top 5 Books of 2019
Start writing a post

Top 5 Books of 2019

Picking 5 out of 72 proved to be a challenge

Top 5 Books of 2019

In 2019, I set a reading goal of 60 books, which I surpassed as I read a total of 72 books over the last 52 weeks. In general, my genre's ranged from fantasy and fiction, to biographies, to poetry and even play and movie scripts. Of these publications, here are my top 5 reads (in no particular order) of 2019.

1.       Get Out by Jordan Peele

Based on the Academy Award winning mind of Jordan Peele, this book is the script of the movie, with added in directors notes as annotations, along with deleted scenes. I've seen the movie, but it's been a couple of years, so revisiting the script was awesome way to learn more about this historically original film.

1.       Over the Top: A Raw Journey to Self-Love by Jonathan Van Ness

This highly awaited debut autobiography from Jonathan Van Ness was almost impossible to put down! I finished the book in under a week and it is a powerful, emotional rollercoaster through the entire journey. They are brutally honest about the struggles he had to endure during their career in order to bring him to where they is today. Queer Eye was only mentioned towards the end, as this is more about their adolescence and young adulthood. With this book though, does come very heavy subject matter, including but not limited to abuse, drug use, addiction, and assault. Proceed with caution, but do consider reading this book!

Naturally Tan by Tan France

Two Queer Eye authors on the same list?! I may be biased. After seeing Antoni live at a press event for his cook book launch, I was inspired to pick up these two books together (I still need to read Karamo's). While this book feels like Tan's upbeat voice does come out in the pages of this book, the unrefined emotional journey is not quite the same as JVN's, and took me a bit longer to read. That being said, a huge motif of Tan's book is queer POC representation, and that message comes across in such a way that it would be counterintuitive to not have this book on my top 5. This book is half memoir/autobiography, but also half pro tips involving dating and of course, fashion.

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

This classic novel tells the story of Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian Brahmin who endures a journey of spiritual fulfillment and enlightenment. However, this is explained in a simple manner. Even though the cultural aspects of Siddhartha's journey are so unique, the experiences he goes through are common and considered relatable by the layman. No matter what stage of life one is in, something new can be learned each time this book is read

1.       A Beautiful Composition of Broken by RH Sin

I've done prior reviews on Rh Sin's poetry in the past. This year, I picked up this massive 480 page book....and read it all in one sitting. This contemporary poetry talks about life and love, particularly heartbreak. The contemporary poetry may lack high word count, but adds value and comfort to help encourage readers with self-help, relationship troubles, and self-love.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
the beatles
Wikipedia Commons

For as long as I can remember, I have been listening to The Beatles. Every year, my mom would appropriately blast “Birthday” on anyone’s birthday. I knew all of the words to “Back In The U.S.S.R” by the time I was 5 (Even though I had no idea what or where the U.S.S.R was). I grew up with John, Paul, George, and Ringo instead Justin, JC, Joey, Chris and Lance (I had to google N*SYNC to remember their names). The highlight of my short life was Paul McCartney in concert twice. I’m not someone to “fangirl” but those days I fangirled hard. The music of The Beatles has gotten me through everything. Their songs have brought me more joy, peace, and comfort. I can listen to them in any situation and find what I need. Here are the best lyrics from The Beatles for every and any occasion.

Keep Reading...Show less
Being Invisible The Best Super Power

The best superpower ever? Being invisible of course. Imagine just being able to go from seen to unseen on a dime. Who wouldn't want to have the opportunity to be invisible? Superman and Batman have nothing on being invisible with their superhero abilities. Here are some things that you could do while being invisible, because being invisible can benefit your social life too.

Keep Reading...Show less

19 Lessons I'll Never Forget from Growing Up In a Small Town

There have been many lessons learned.

houses under green sky
Photo by Alev Takil on Unsplash

Small towns certainly have their pros and cons. Many people who grow up in small towns find themselves counting the days until they get to escape their roots and plant new ones in bigger, "better" places. And that's fine. I'd be lying if I said I hadn't thought those same thoughts before too. We all have, but they say it's important to remember where you came from. When I think about where I come from, I can't help having an overwhelming feeling of gratitude for my roots. Being from a small town has taught me so many important lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

Keep Reading...Show less
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments