Book List 2019

50 Books From My Wishlist I Want To Read in 2019

American passage : the history of Ellis Island by Cannato, Vincent J.
American Street by Zoboi, Ibi Aanu
Being with animals : why we are obsessed with the furry, scaly, feathered creatures who populate our world by King, Barbara J.
Bitterly divided : the South’s inner Civil War by Williams, David
Canon EOS Rebel T5/1200D for dummies by King, Julie Adair
Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe by Murphy, Cullen
Cat sense : how the new feline science can make you a better friend to your pet by Bradshaw, John
Charity and Sylvia : a same-sex marriage in early America by Cleves, Rachel Hope
Chiang Yee: The Silent Traveller from the East–A Cultural Biography by Professor Da Zheng
City Cycling (Urban and Industrial Environments) by Pucher, John
Cryptonomicon by Stephenson, Neal
Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties by Wald, Elijah
Early riser by Fforde, Jasper
Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bike for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle) (DIY) by Blue, Elly
Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Davis, Angela Y.
Ghosts in the schoolyard : racism and school closings on Chicago’s South side by Ewing, Eve L.
Global Minstrels: Voices of World Music by Wald, Elijah
Impossible Owls: Essays by Phillips, Brian
Kindred by Butler, Octavia E.
Last ape standing : the seven-million year story of how and why we survived by Walter, Chip
March by Lewis, John
One nation under God : how corporate America invented Christian America by Kruse, Kevin Michael
People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making by Crockett, Karilyn
Respect yourself : Stax Records and the soul explosion by Gordon, Robert
Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom by Shorto, Russell
Sinatra! the song is you : a singer’s art by Friedwald, Will
Small is beautiful : economics as if people mattered by Schumacher, E. F.
Soccer in sun and shadow by Galeano, Eduardo H.
The darkest minds by Bracken, Alexandra
The first collection of criticism by a living female rock critic by Hopper, Jessica
The King’s Best Highway: The Lost History of the Boston Post Road, the Route That Made America by Jaffe, Eric
The Long Shadow of the Civil War: Southern Dissent and Its Legacies by Bynum, Victoria E.
The name of war : King Philip’s War and the origins of American identity by Lepore, Jill
The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team by Lindbergh, Ben
The Second Amendment : a biography by Waldman, Michael
The story of music by Goodall, Howard
The tour guide : walking and talking New York by Wynn, Jonathan R.
The tree : a natural history of what trees are, how they live, and why they matter by Tudge, Colin
The Urban Bestiary: Encountering the Everyday Wild by Haupt, Lyanda Lynn
The Wakeful Wanderer’s Guide to New New England & Beyond: a post-apocalyptic, cyber-hippie travelogue by Infantino, Jim
The wilderness of ruin : a tale of madness, Boston’s Great Fire, and the hunt for America’s youngest serial killer by Montillo, Roseanne
The Winter Cycling Survival Guide: How To Cycle Through Your First Winter – Keep Warm, Get Fit & Stay Motivated! (A Beginner’s Training Guide) by Ramsay, Rebecca
These Truths: A History of the United States by Lepore, Jill
Understanding Exposure, Fourth Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera by Peterson, Bryan
Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (Early American Places) by Hardesty, Jared Ross
Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness by Johnson, Nathanael
We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation by Chang, Jeff
What is not yours is not yours : stories by Oyeyemi, Helen
Who fears death by Okorafor, Nnedi
Woolly: The True Story of the Quest to Revive One of History’s Most Iconic Extinct Creatures by Mezrich, Ben

Books Read in 2019

The books are rated on a scale from 1 to 5 stars with links to summary reviews. (A) is for audiobook.

Here’s a thumbnail of what the ratings mean:

  • 5 stars – all-time classic (I’m very stingy with these)
  • 4 stars – a particularly interesting, well-written, or important book
  • 3 stars – a good book from start to finish
  • 2 stars – not a good book on the whole but has some good parts
  • 1 star or less – basically a bad book with no redeeming values