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Readers’ Picks: Favorite Books of 2019

We asked some of our readers: What is your favorite book of 2019? And they had some great responses. We’ve compiled the list of romance, historical fiction, memoir, and everything in between! Take a look at what readers like you are reading and recommending.

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    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls Book Cover Picture
    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls Book Cover Picture

    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls

    by Julie Kibler

    An emotionally raw and resonant story of love, loss, and the enduring power of friendship, following the lives of two young women connected by a home for “fallen girls,” and inspired by historical events.
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    Home for Erring and Outcast Girls Book Cover Picture

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    The Virtue of Sin Book Cover Picture
    The Virtue of Sin Book Cover Picture

    The Virtue of Sin

    by Shannon Schuren

    A compelling novel about speaking out, standing up, and breaking free — perfect for fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and Tara Westover’s Educated.
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    The Virtue of Sin Book Cover Picture

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    Well Met Book Cover Picture
    Well Met Book Cover Picture

    Well Met

    by Jen DeLuca

    All’s faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author Jen DeLuca.
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    Well Met Book Cover Picture

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    Know My Name Book Cover Picture
    Know My Name Book Cover Picture

    Know My Name

    by Chanel Miller

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    Know My Name Book Cover Picture

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    The Third Pillar Book Cover Picture
    The Third Pillar Book Cover Picture

    The Third Pillar

    by Raghuram Rajan

    From one of the most important economic thinkers of our time, a brilliant and far-seeing analysis of the current populist backlash against globalization.
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    The Third Pillar Book Cover Picture

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    Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture
    Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture

    Red at the Bone

    by Jacqueline Woodson

    An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.
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    Red at the Bone Book Cover Picture

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    Aurora Rising Book Cover Picture
    Aurora Rising Book Cover Picture

    Aurora Rising

    by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

    From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes a new science fiction epic . . .
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    Aurora Rising Book Cover Picture

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    Rules for Visiting Book Cover Picture
    Rules for Visiting Book Cover Picture

    Rules for Visiting

    by Jessica Francis Kane

    A beautifully observed and deeply funny novel of May Attaway, a university gardener who sets out on an odyssey to reconnect with four old friends over the course of a year.
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    Rules for Visiting Book Cover Picture

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    The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) Book Cover Picture
    The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) Book Cover Picture

    The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2)

    by Philip Pullman

    Return to the world of His Dark Materials—soon to be an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda—in the second volume of Philip Pullman’s new bestselling masterwork The Book of Dust.
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    The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth (Book of Dust, Volume 2) Book Cover Picture

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    Daisy Jones & The Six Book Cover Picture
    Daisy Jones & The Six Book Cover Picture

    Daisy Jones & The Six

    by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.
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    Daisy Jones & The Six Book Cover Picture

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    Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Book Cover Picture
    Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Book Cover Picture

    Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead

    by Olga Tokarczuk

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    Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead Book Cover Picture

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    Gods of Jade and Shadow Book Cover Picture
    Gods of Jade and Shadow Book Cover Picture

    Gods of Jade and Shadow

    by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

    The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.
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    Gods of Jade and Shadow Book Cover Picture

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    The Winter of the Witch Book Cover Picture
    The Winter of the Witch Book Cover Picture

    The Winter of the Witch

    by Katherine Arden

    Following their adventures in The Bear and the Nightingale and The Girl in the Tower, Vasya and Morozko return in this stunning conclusion to the bestselling Winternight Trilogy, battling enemies mortal and magical to save both Russias, the seen and the unseen.
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    The Winter of the Witch Book Cover Picture

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    Little Fires Everywhere Book Cover Picture
    Little Fires Everywhere Book Cover Picture

    Little Fires Everywhere

    by Celeste Ng

    From the bestselling author of Everything I Never Told You, a riveting novel that traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives.
    Little Fires Everywhere Book Cover Picture
    Little Fires Everywhere Book Cover Picture

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    The Secrets We Kept Book Cover Picture
    The Secrets We Kept Book Cover Picture

    The Secrets We Kept

    by Lara Prescott

    A thrilling tale of secretaries turned spies, of love and duty, and of sacrifice–inspired by the true story of the CIA plot to infiltrate the hearts and minds of Soviet Russia, not with propaganda, but with the greatest love story of the twentieth century: Doctor Zhivago.
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    The Secrets We Kept Book Cover Picture

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    Bringing Down the Duke Book Cover Picture
    Bringing Down the Duke Book Cover Picture

    Bringing Down the Duke

    by Evie Dunmore

    A stunning debut for author Evie Dunmore and her Oxford suffragists in which a fiercely independent vicar’s daughter takes on a powerful duke in a fiery love story that threatens to upend the British social order.
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    Bringing Down the Duke Book Cover Picture

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    The Fate of Fausto Book Cover Picture
    The Fate of Fausto Book Cover Picture

    The Fate of Fausto

    by Oliver Jeffers

    Combining bold art and powerful prose, and working in traditional lithographic printmaking techniques for the first time, world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers has created a poignant modern-day fable to touch the hearts of adults and children alike.
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    The Fate of Fausto Book Cover Picture

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    Spin the Dawn Book Cover Picture
    Spin the Dawn Book Cover Picture

    Spin the Dawn

    by Elizabeth Lim

    Project Runway meets Mulan in this sweeping fantasy about a young girl who poses as a boy to compete for the role of imperial tailor and embarks on an impossible journey to sew three magic dresses, from the sun, the moon, and the stars.
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    Spin the Dawn Book Cover Picture

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    The Lager Queen of Minnesota Book Cover Picture
    The Lager Queen of Minnesota Book Cover Picture

    The Lager Queen of Minnesota

    by J. Ryan Stradal

    A novel of family, Midwestern values, hard work, fate and the secrets of making a world-class beer, from the bestselling author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest.
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    The Lager Queen of Minnesota Book Cover Picture

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    The Starless Sea Book Cover Picture
    The Starless Sea Book Cover Picture

    The Starless Sea

    by Erin Morgenstern

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Night Circus, a timeless love story set in a secret underground world—a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.
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    The Starless Sea Book Cover Picture

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    Dark Age Book Cover Picture
    Dark Age Book Cover Picture

    Dark Age

    by Pierce Brown

    The bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.
    Dark Age Book Cover Picture
    Dark Age Book Cover Picture

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    The Testaments Book Cover Picture
    The Testaments Book Cover Picture

    The Testaments

    by Margaret Atwood

    The Testaments is a modern masterpiece, a powerful novel that can be read on its own or as a companion to Margaret Atwood’s classic, The Handmaid’s Tale. With The Testaments, Margaret Atwood opens up the innermost workings of Gilead, as each woman is forced to come to terms with who she is, and how far she will go for what she believes.
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    The Testaments Book Cover Picture

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    A Spark of Light Book Cover Picture
    A Spark of Light Book Cover Picture

    A Spark of Light

    by Jodi Picoult

    One of the most fearless writers of our time, Jodi Picoult tackles a complicated issue in this gripping and nuanced novel. How do we balance the rights of pregnant women with the rights of the unborn they carry? What does it mean to be a good parent? A Spark of Light will inspire debate, conversation . . . and, hopefully, understanding.
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    A Spark of Light Book Cover Picture

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    The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture
    The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture

    The Water Dancer (Oprah’s Book Club)

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.
    The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture
    The Water Dancer (Oprah's Book Club) Book Cover Picture

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    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Book Cover Picture
    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Book Cover Picture

    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

    by Abbi Waxman

    The author of Other People’s Houses and The Garden of Small Beginningsdelivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone’s radar.
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    The Bookish Life of Nina Hill Book Cover Picture

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    Exhalation Book Cover Picture
    Exhalation Book Cover Picture

    Exhalation

    by Ted Chiang

    In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine.
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    Exhalation Book Cover Picture

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    There There Book Cover Picture
    There There Book Cover Picture

    There There

    by Tommy Orange

    Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.
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    There There Book Cover Picture

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