Best Reads of 2019 – Contemporary/Literary Fiction

I found it very hard to limit myself to just a few contenders in this category I read so many EXCEPTIONAL and many great contemporary reads last year, perhaps I read more in this category in 2019 than in my preferred genre, crime fiction. I didn’t tally and compare but that what if felt like to me, but they were books that were written elegantly, beautifully; evoking many emotions, started many discussions and shone the spotlight on some many social issues.  So many reason to love these ( in no particular order):

 

WEARING PAPER DRESSES

Anne Brinsden

Pan Macmillan Australia

https://www.panmacmillan.com.au/9781760784850/

 

 

The Confession

Jessie Burton

Pan Macmillan Australia

Picador

ISBN: 9781509886159

 

The Burnt Country

The Woolgrowers Companion #2

Joy Rhoades

Penguin Random House

Bantam

ISBN: 9780143793724

 

The Other Half of Augusta Hope

Joanna Glen

Harper Collins Publishers Australia

The Borough Press

ISBN: 9780008314163

 

The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone

Felicity McLean

Harper Collins Publishers Australia

Fourth Estate

ISBN: 9781460755068

 

Where the Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens

Hachette Australia

Little Brown Books

ISBN: 9781472154651

 

Allegra in Three Parts

Suzanne Daniel

Pan Macmillan Australia

ISBN: 9781760781712

 

 

Boy Swallows the Universe

Trent Dalton

 HarperCollins Publishers Australia

ISBN: 9781460753897

***Late Entry ** I cannot believe I read this book, rated it, commented (on GoodReads) and then forgot to write my review. This was an amazing read. It blew me away. Dont you forget to add it to your TBR

 

If I have missed anyone I do apologise…there were so many exceptional reads in this category. I hope you find something you mind enjoy on this list.

 

 

9 thoughts on “Best Reads of 2019 – Contemporary/Literary Fiction

  1. I am so disappointed in myself! I started reading Boy Swallows Universe, but just couldn¹t become absorbed in it and put it aside! Since then I have read nothing but rave reviews… What did I miss? I am about to make another attempt in the hope that my moon was in the wrong cycle (or something of that kind!) at my previous attempt.

    I have just read and absolutely loved In the Clearing by J,P. Pomare! Early still, I KNOW, but could be MY book of this year!!

    Thank you for your always enjoyable column.

    Best regards, Ann

    Ann Creber Producer/Presenter of The God Life on 3MDR 41-45 Barbers Road Kalorama 3766

    On 15/1/20 11:01 AM, “Reading, Writing and Riesling” wrote:

    > readingwritingandriesling posted: “I found it very hard to limit myself to > just a few contenders in this category I read so many EXCEPTIONAL and many > great contemporary reads last year, perhaps I read more in this category in > 2019 than in my preferred genre, crime fiction. I didn’t tally a” >

  2. So glad you had such a good reading year, Carol. Literary fiction can offer a treasure trove, and I’m glad you found it that way this year. Lots to explore, too.

  3. I listened tomBoy swallows universe on audiobook – yes it was hard to get into but did pick up as the book went on. Excellent narrator!!

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