Books

Favourite Books of 2019

Hi readers, since I have started a monthly books serie, I tought I picked up five o my favourite books from last year and review them for you.

Last year I read 20 new books. The whole list is on my Goodreads account, but I have picked up five to share with you.

FICTION

First book I’m going to talk about is The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (I’ve read it in Italian) is a crime fiction. I was very curious to read this book because, Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K.Rowling. I LOVE the Harry Potter series, and I was very curious to read something different from her, and see how she would translate her style in a different genre. I was not disappointed. I mentioned this crime serie before, in my February 2020 Books post, where I have reviewed the second book of the serie. I rated it four stars on Goodreads.

Then we have a fiction/biography I guess. Le otto montagne (the eight mountains) is written by an Italian author, Paolo Cognetti. It tells about the story of a friendship between two boys, then adults, very different one from the other, but understanding each other really well. It gave me real old school italian vibes. It’s 4 stars from me.

Then I really liked The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. This is a psychological thriller. To be honest, it was quite frightening for me at some points, but ultimately it is brillianty written and very intricate. It talks about relationship troubles and binge drinking. The book was a best seller in 2015, I reviewed it four stars on Goodreads.

NON FICTION

Next book: FIVE STARS. I only need to say that. This book is AMAZING, it’s possibly, the best book I have read last year (big deal). It’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, who is a Professor at the Graduate School of Journalism of Berkley. In this book he talks about the food system (in America), he gives us an insight on an industry that we maybe don’t really know, but that is so important to us because “We are what we eat”. Nowadays what we eat, and how we eat has changed a lot from the past, and food has become more a “supermarket barcode” quick bite rather than a nourishing moment. He talks about plants in the food chain, fast food, biological food, livestock breeding, eating meat, and other topics, and he always documents his ideas and reasoning. I think this book can teach us something about ourselves. Everyone should read it in my opinion.

Next book is The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brené Brown. She is a writer and research professor at the University of Huston College of Social Work. She was also the host of a TED talks that have been viewed by millions, you can find it here. She has written other books, but this is the first that I read altought I already have bought another one wanting to read it this year. This book is structured in ten guidepost where she talks about topics like: self-compassion, authenticity, cultivating calm and stillness, joy, gratitude and so on. I found it very inspiring and interesting, and her writing is so relaxing, I can’t explain it very well, but she remind me of one of my cousins, who has a very calming effect on people, do you know what I mean ? Amazing. Five stars

Last book is The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg, who is Pulitzer-prize winning American journalist and was a reporter for The New York Times. I have never questioned my self too much about habits, but when I came across this book I was intrigued. This book is so interesting, it approaches habits from a scientific and anthropological point of view, but it’s not “pure science” that can get a little bit heavy and hard to read. It’s very interesting, whatever you do in youf life, you can find something useful in here. The book talks about habits of individuals, of organizations, and of societies. This is the first non-fiction book that I started to write down note for while I was reading it. Deserved five stars.

If you are interested in getting to know more about my readings you can head over to my Goodreads account here:

Thanks for reading !

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