Most Popular Books of 2019

Most Popular Books of 2019
Most Popular Books of 2019

Even if you’re living the perfect life, in the perfect location, there’s just something about summer that makes you long to experience new things. The best books of beach season all have that in common: a desire to escape place, time, or circumstance. We read the most highly awaited releases, both fiction and non-, and picked our preferences.

My Lovely Wife

By Samantha Downing

Central Escape: Instead of couples therapy, what if you kept your marriage alive by murdering young women?

Summary: A suburban couple’s proclivity for violence spirals out of control when the discovery of a victim’s body generates intense public interest, requiring an elaborate cover-up.

Best Line: “Millicent killed Robin the same way I had killed Holly. No hesitation. All instinct. And it was sexy.”

The Vagabonds

By Jeff Guinn

Central Escape: Hit the road with best friends Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, and Harvey Firestone at the dawn of the automotive era.

Summary: Nearly every year from 1914 to 1924, the three titans of American industry took a highly publicized road trip to promote “the possibilities of car travel.” It happened to be a pivotal decade that transformed the world.

Best Line: “It seemed a foolproof plan. And then, on August 2, President Warren G. Harding died.”

I’ll Never Tell

By Catherine McKenzie

Central Escape: Imagine how different your life would be if your parents ran a summer camp.

Summary: The five MacAllister siblings reunite at the family’s camp in rural Canada after the death of their parents. Their father’s will stipulates that four of them must determine if older brother Ryan killed camper Amanda Holmes 20 years ago.

Best Line: “Her father had been spying on them. All of them. For twenty years.”

Working

By Robert A. Caro

Central Escape: Put yourself in the shoes of America’s most recognized biographer.

Summary: The Power Broker author Robert A. Caro became a successful nonfiction writer in the U.S. through a journalistic approach to truth (“Can it be verified?”) and novel-worthy prose. His new book provides a peek into how he manages it all: hard work and a brilliant wife.

Best Line: “Interviews: Silence is the weapon, silence and people’s need to fill it—as long as the person isn’t you, the interviewer.”

Furious Hours

By Casey Cep

Central Escape: After working with Truman Capote on In Cold Blood, Harper Lee decamps back south to report her own crime novel.

Summary: An Alabama reverend, accused of murdering a growing list of family members for insurance money, is shot dead at the funeral of one of them. The trial of his killer captures the attention of the state’s most famous author.

Best Line: “A murdered person’s name always becomes synonymous with her murder; a murdered person’s death always threatens to eclipse her life.”

Three Women

By Lisa Taddeo

Central Escape: Take your pick of perspectives: an unloved housewife, a student in love with her teacher, or a restaurateur with a voyeuristic husband.

Summary: Lisa Taddeo tracked three women and conducted thousands of hours of interviews with them to understand, and portray, the nuances of female desire.

Best Line: “She wipes her eyes and walks out and passes the rest of her senior year like a kidney stone.”

The Golden Hour

By Beatriz Williams

Central Escape: A society reporter heads to Nassau in 1941 to cover the infamous Duke and Duchess of Windsor and their colorful coterie.

Summary: A shocking death under the Caribbean sun. A cover-up with a whiff of royal privilege. Williams mixes those ingredients with spies, swindles, love affairs—plus a dash of racial animosity—and the result is a zesty romantic cocktail.

Best Line: “Murder. It’s one of those words, isn’t it, that sounds as dreadful as the deed itself.”

City of Girls

By Elizabeth Gilbert

Central Escape: For a naive 19-year-old girl, nothing could be more alien than dizzy, post-Prohibition New York.

Summary: At 89, Vivian Morris takes a rollicking look back on her days as a promiscuous girl working with a cast of flamboyant characters at her aunt’s theater in the 1940s.

Best Line: “At some point in a woman’s life, she just gets tired of being ashamed. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is.”

Honestly, We Meant Well

By Grant Ginder

Central Escape: A remote, run-down island is lovely for a vacation but maybe not where you want to live the rest of your life.

Summary: The Wright household needs to flee—their lives, their mistakes, and each other. Still, a hilariously misguided visit to certain overlooked ruins in Greece ends up unearthing more than just ancient history.

Best Line: “A mistake is mismatched socks or taking the Bay Bridge at rush hour. You didn’t make a mistake this time, Dad. You made a baby

Must Read Books of 2018

When we talk about the best books of 2018, there are a lot of books out there that really deserve a prize and a lot more than at least deserve an honorable mention. For the purposes of this article, we are going to look at the top vote-getters of the year and see what made them worthy of being at the top of the best of the best in 2018. These are the best books that 2018 gave us.

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A Crisis of Beliefs: Investor Psychology and Financial Fragility

This book helped to show a lot of people the reasons that we went through the economic crisis of 2008 and helps us to avoid making the same mistakes again. The authors of this book basically said that investors used the wrong type of Psychology when they were looking at the risks of the investments that they were going to make. According to the authors, if we are not careful, we could lead to this happening again if we are not careful.

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

We all make calculated risks when we are betting at a casino, if we take that logic and apply it to everyday situations, then we can win at life just like we win in a casino. This is explained in great detail and helps the reader understand the thinking behind this theory. It really is a great read that a person should look at a reading next year to make some big changes in their life.

Fire Sermon

This tends to give the readers a unique look into the way that we perceive the world around us. One of the analogies that are used is that some days are furniture that all blends in together and brings the elements in our life together while other days represent different types and colors of furniture that tend to lead to there being constant chaos in our lives.

Network Propaganda: Manipulation, Disinformation, and Radicalization in American Politics

While there are a lot of books out there covering this subject, this is by far the one that you really need to make sure you read. It gives the reader an insight that they might not have otherwise had and shows the reader the way that things in our day to day lives can really have an impact into how the political machine really runs. If you are a political junkie, then this book will be a goldmine of facts and insight that you might not get anywhere else or even think about for that matter.

As you have been shown, there are a lot of books out there that really got peoples attention, but these were the ones that really got people talking about the book and helped to bring a new world of reading to those that may have just glazed over these books had they not been made aware of them. What were some of your books of 2018 that you felt were deserving of being on this list?