Books that guided me through 2019

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Illustration that accompanied the BBC radio play of Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness

My highest recommendations, in a nutshell:

Sections:

Other years

Fiction

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Earthsea series by Ursula K. Le Guin

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Book Five: Tales from Earthsea

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From the Studio Ghibli film, Tales from Earthsea, which everyone says is bad :(

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout

Radicalized by Cory Doctorow

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All Systems Red and Artificial Condition (first two books of the “Murderbot Diaries”) by Martha Wells

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The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

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Fan art by the Red Baroness

The Women in the Window by A. J. Finn

Pirate cinema by Cory Doctorow

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Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

Little Fires Everywhere

Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Children’s books

Jefferson’s Sons: a Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

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The Giver by Lois Lowry

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At least this newer cover gives you some clue that this book is psychedelic and intense

Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride by Pam Muñoz Ryan and Brian Selznick

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The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

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Losing Joe’s Place by Gordon Korman

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

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One of Jules Feiffer’s illustrations from the book

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini and Dan Williams

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One-Third Nerd by Gennifer Choldenko and Églantine Ceulemans

A Ray of Light by Walter Wick

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Comics

Exit, Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, others

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Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol

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The End of the F**king World by Charles Forsman

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Hawkeye: LA Woman by Matt Fraction, Annie Wu and Javier Pulido

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Gotham Central, Book 1: In the Line of Duty by Greg Rucka, Ed Brubaker and Michael Lark

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Supergirl: Being Super by Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones

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Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader? By Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert

Godzilla: The Half Century War by James Stokoe

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Aliens: Dead Orbit by James Stokoe

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Avengers: Endless Wartime by Warren Ellis, Mike McKone and Jason Keith

T-Minus: the Race to the Moon by Jim Ottaviani, Zander Cannon and Kevin Cannon

Plays

The Nether by Jennifer Haley

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Ben Rosenfield, Sophia Anne Caruso, and Merritt Wever in MCC Theater’s 2015 production

The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz

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Blood and Gifts by J. T. Rogers

Nonfiction

Travels by Michael Crichton

Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick

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In Italian, the title translates as “Like Children”

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

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Other-Wordly: Words Both Strange and Lovely from Around the World by Yee-Lum Mak and Kelsey Garrity-Riley

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12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Independent programmer, chatterbox. http://techno-social.com

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