For booklovers, 2019 couldn’t have been better. For most genres, there came a literary gem that not only won the readers with its fine writing but challenged them to expand their imagination as well. Only a few page-turners like The Shining or Pachinko can leave an impact like this. But this year, there were many.
No matter which genre you treasure, 2019 didn’t disappoint anyone. In mysteries, there were novels that were bold, intense, and graced with cliff-hanger endings. In romance, there were as much diversification of characters and family themes as there were warmth and relatability. Memoirs were funny, yet dark and shocking. Science-fiction authors didn’t disappoint either as they introduced readers to a dystopian future, zombie plagues, faraway worlds, and interplanetary empires that resonated with the real-world climate challenges and political issues.
Every year, readers expect their favourite authors to outdo themselves. Looking at the most anticipated books of the year, it is safe to say that the bar has been raised. But 2019 wasn’t just for the hall of fame authors. Many debutants from around the world made an unexpected entry to the bestsellers list, which is a mark of growing competition and a surge in talent.
Celebrating their work and craft, Soulveda has created a list of the books of 2019 that deserve a standing ovation for their storytelling palate, a riveting plot, and animated characters.
The Institute, by Stephen King
Behind most of our nightmares, there is an antagonist brought to life by Stephen King. Whether it’s a clown monster from IT, a demon child from Pet Sematary, or a zombie king leader from Cell, King has an arsenal of the scariest villains of all time. With his latest release, The Institute, the list has become longer and scarier.
For antagonists, The Institute has humans who torment children with ‘special’ abilities. The people in charge of the institute run secret experiments on their ‘subjects’ who live each day as their last, quite literary. The novel has everything a King fan would expect—drama, suspense, chilling revelations, murder, and vengeance. The Institute is one of the scariest—if not the scariest—novels of 2019, which is also a reminder to why King is the king of the horror genre.
I Miss You When I Blink, by Mary Laura Philpott
Not a linear memoir, but a collection of essays inspired by real-life events, I Miss You When I Blink is the debut memoir-in-essay by Mary Laura Philpott. Quickly recognised as the modern-day reincarnation of Nora Ephron, Erma Bombeck, Jean Kerr, and Laurie Colwin; Philpott has captured the lives of every woman struggling with an identity crisis and searching for happiness.
What makes I Miss You When I Blink a delightful read is its warm humour and its honesty. And even though the book is set on modern American life, it appeals to women from all spheres of life who want more from life than it has to offer.