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 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 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
  • 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
  • Marriage of a Thousand Lies by SJ Sindu –
  • Frontier by Can Xue

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













  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 11, Call Your Squirrelfriend
  • Ms. Marvel. Vol. 7, Damage Per Second
  • Ms. Marvel. Vol. 8, Mecca
  • Ms. Marvel. Vol. 9, Teenage Wasteland
  • Ms. Marvel Vol. 10: Time and Again
  • Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi by Jason Fry (A) –
  • The Second Amendment: A Biography by Michael Waldman (A) –
  • These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore (A) –
  • Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe by Cullen Murphy