5 Books to Read in 2019 (Or at least, eventually)


Mystery: And Then There Were None
by Agatha Christie
“Ten little soldier boys went out to dine; one choked his little self and then there were
Nine…” Ten strangers. One island. One by one, they die, seemingly doomed to the words in a
haunting nursery rhyme. Which one of them is the killer, and will they find out in time? Christie
outdoes herself with this spell-binding novel that will have you hooked until the final page. 10/10 stars.

Biography: Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah
Beloved comedian and host of the Late Night Show Trevor Noah takes us back to his South
African roots with his heartfelt and witty biography. Noah recounts the struggles and adventures he experienced as half-black, half-white kid growing up in the tensions of post-apartheid. Born a Crime tells the story of how hate can tear a society apart, and how determination, strength, and a little bit of humor can get you through it.
10/10 stars.

Fiction: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman
The story follows an unnamed man who travels back to his hometown for a funeral, and
suddenly begins to remember the terrifying events of his childhood. The more he discovers about himself — the magic, the mystery, the impossibleness of it all — the more he realizes why he had to forget, and why he had to leave it all behind. This book will frighten you, mess with your mind, and break your heart.
10/10 stars.

Comedy: Cheaper by the Dozen by Frank Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Casey
Gilbreth and Carey paint a vivid picture of their childhoods growing up in a family with
twelve siblings. Raised by a tough, boisterous, efficiency-expert father and a brilliant
psychologist mother, there is never a dull moment in the Gilbreth household. From sabotaging first dates to terrorizing the babysitters, this book will keep you laughing from cover to cover.
10/10 stars.

Fantasy: Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Elena lives in the impoverished countryside and spends her days tending to her dying
mother. But one day, a train passes through, carrying Ekaterina, the daughter of nobility who is just Elena’s age. When their paths suddenly collide, their lives will be changed forever. Maguire combines traditional Russian folklore and Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper to create a truly beautiful picture of life, hope, and quite a bit of magic. While slow at times, this book is not for the faint of heart, but certainly worth every minute.
8/10 stars.