The best of the best books I read in 2019, from middle-grade to adult, fiction to non-fiction, and even a couple of picture books. This list includes books published before 2019, in 2019, and a few to be published in 2020.
Middle-grade books set in New York City, or really all things set in NYC tend to be the perfect dreamy indulgence. It seems that everyone on television wants to move to New York. That's why we can't get enough of media set there. Oh, and long time, no book list! It feels so weird to have not created any book lists in a long time. I'm still traveling, but this one just couldn't wait because I'm headed to NYC very soon -- for the first time too! Books like Some Places More Than Others have added a couple of places to my "to visit" list, and so will the books on this list.
With a new month comes new releases — say hello to October 2019 book releases! Fall has been great for publishing so far and the goodness is continuing through October. I almost skipped out on writing this month's lineup because I'm currently traveling, but I'm way too excited about these books not to share.
In most of the books I've listed below, the main characters are practicing Muslims, some even donning the hijab. Some of these books show the challenges teens face as a result of culture. Others show the struggles resulting from Islamophobia. But many of them just show teens living their lives in the 21st century.