Top 10 Picks for 2019

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Below is our annual Top 10 Picks for 2019.  This year, we’ve added an Honorable Mention list since there were SO many great books for younger readers, we simply couldn’t leave these little gems out.  We hope you find this list is helpful in choosing some books to read in 2020 and look forward to sharing more great dusty jackets in the upcoming year.  Happy reading!

The Dusty Jacket’s Top 10 Picks for 2019*

Adult Fiction/Biography

  1. Anne of Green Gables, My Daughter & Me (Memoir) by Lorilee Craker (reviewed January 2019)
  2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath (reviewed January 2019)
  3. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander (reviewed January 2019)
  4. Memoirs of an Invisible Friend by Matthew Dicks (reviewed February 2019)
  5. Chosen By a Horse (Memoir) by Susan Richards (reviewed March 2019)
  6. The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst (reviewed April 2019)
  7. The Human Comedy by William Saroyan (reviewed May 2019)
  8. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (reviewed June 2019)
  9. Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard (reviewed October 2019)
  10. Saints at the River by Ron Rash (reviewed December 2019)

Juvenile/Young Adult

  1. I Don’t Know How the Story Ends (YA Historical Fiction) by J. B. Cheaney (reviewed January 2019)
  2. Alchemy and Meggy Swann (YA Historical Fiction) by Karen Cushman (reviewed January 2019)
  3. Bud, Not Buddy (J) by Christopher Paul Curtis (reviewed March 2019)
  4. An Elephant in the Garden (YA Historical Fiction) by Michael Morpurgo (reviewed March 2019)
  5. The Wheel on the School (J) by Meindert DeJong (reviewed April 2019)
  6. The Lightning Dreamer (YA Historical Fiction) by Margarita Engle (reviewed April 2019)
  7. King of the Wind (J Historical Fiction) by Marguerite Henry (reviewed May 2019)
  8. Return to the Willows (J) by Jacqueline Kelly (reviewed June 2019)
  9. The Hundred Dresses (J) by Eleanor Estes (reviewed August 2019)
  10. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (J Biography) by William Kamkwamba (reviewed September 2019)

Honorable Mention

Silent to the Bone (YA) by E. L. Konigsburg (reviewed February 2019)

The Birchbark House (J) by Louise Eldrich (reviewed February 2019)

Abel’s Island (J) by William Steig (reviewed March 2019)

Bed-Knob and Broomstick (J) by Mary Norton (reviewed April 2019)

Bluefish (YA) by Pat Schmatz (reviewed July 2019)

Adam of the Road (J) by Elizabeth Janet Gray (reviewed August 2019)

 

*List contains selections reviewed in 2019

 

Top 10 Picks for 2018

The Dusty Jacket’s Top 10 Picks for 2018*

Adult Fiction/Biography

  1. The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom (reviewed March 2018)
  2. Little Bee by Chris Cleave (reviewed May 2018)
  3. Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall (reviewed June 2018)
  4. The Invisible Wall (Biography) by Harry Bernstein (reviewed June 2018)
  5. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Biography) by Ishmael Beah (reviewed July 2018)
  6. The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott (reviewed July 2018)
  7. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (reviewed August 2018)
  8. The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness (Biography) by Joel ben Izzy (reviewed September 2018)
  9. The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint by Brady Udall (reviewed November 2018)
  10. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink (reviewed November 2018)

Juvenile/Young Adult

  1. My Side of the Mountain (J) by Jean Craighead George (reviewed March 2018)
  2. The Devil’s Arithmetic (YA) by Jane Yolen (reviewed April 2018)
  3. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (J Biography) by Eleanor Coerr (reviewed April 2018)
  4. Island of the Blue Dolphins (J) by Scott O’Dell (reviewed April 2018)
  5. Homeless Bird (YA) by Gloria Whelan (reviewed May 2018)
  6. Fever 1793 (YA) by Laurie Halse Anderson (reviewed June 2018)
  7. The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs (J) by Betty G. Birney (reviewed August 2018)
  8. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (J) by Kate DiCamillo (reviewed August 2018)
  9. The Incredible Journey (J) by Sheila Burnford (reviewed November 2018)
  10. The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket (J) by John Boyne (reviewed November 2018)

 

*List contains selections reviewed in 2018