Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Carin's Best Book of 2019

This year this was a real toss-up. The last couple of years I read a book that when I read it, I knew, the odds of reading something else this great that affects me this deeply, was pretty low. This year I read three books like that! Argh! In the end, I have to go with Red, White and Royal Blue, for the sheer fact that it's such a feel-good book. I want to read a dozen more books just like this one, right this minute. Yes, it was fluffy and silly and romantic, but it also was clever and quippy and wonky. It was a lovely alternate-present in which we don't have a crazy person for a president, and where the world seems super similar, just not quite as fucked up. And Alex and Henry are each so likable in their own ways. It was funny and fun and just--I keep going back to this same description for this book--a balm for the soul. I know Casey has another book under contract but she just can't write fast enough for me!

runners up:
American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
The Relentless Moon by Mary Robinette Kowal

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