Our Team’s Picks For The Best Books Of 2019

We’re big readers here at Glitter Guide. From our monthly book lists to our own personal reading challenges, we know the value of getting lost in a good book. Even though they may not all be new releases, these were the best books our team read in 2019.

One Day in December

“I’m a total Anglophile and a hopeless romantic so this (albeit sort of cheesy) love story was right up my street! I actually listened to the audiobook version and highly recommend it.” – Taylor

Where the Crawdads Sing

“This murder mystery and coming-of-age book is beautifully written and had me feeling so many different emotions. Reese Witherspoon recommended this book for one of her book club picks, and it did not disappoint.” – Nicole

The Girl He Used To Know

“I didn’t think I’d like this one as much as I did. It’s a love story, but not in a cheesy way. By the time I got to the final 1/4 of the book I was crying and smiling with each page. It definitely wasn’t what I expected.” – Sam

Call Me By Your Name

“This isn’t a new book, but it was new to me this year. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since falling madly in love with the film adaptation. The book was even better! I read it in one day. It grabs you and honestly it never lets go.” – Taylor

Do Less: A Revolutionary Approach to Time and Energy Management for Busy Moms

“You’ve read the title, need I say more? I am not a working mom, but I found this book very useful because I related to so many of the time and energy examples. As a busy woman, I’ll take any help I can get.” – Wendy

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

A lot of people loved this book this year, but to be honest, it took me a few chapters to get into it and the main character. However, once I got further into it I started to really enjoy it and couldn’t put it down.” – Taylor

In the Unlikely Event

“I actually got to meet Judy Blume back when this book first came out, but I put the book aside and didn’t pick it up until recently. I seriously can’t believe I waited so long to read it, though. Once I picked it up, I couldn’t put it down! I think this book is especially interesting because it references and describes events that Blume herself experienced in the early 1950s.” – Nicole

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

“I actually just finished this book last night, so it didn’t have time to make it into my 2019 book list, but it totally would have. This book is stunning, and incredibly hard to read. The way the author, Ocean Vuong, wrote this heartbreaking and raw letter to his Vietnamese mother who can’t read, knowing she’d never read it, only makes it more poetic.” – Sam

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I’m Still Here: Black Dignity In A World Made For Whiteness

“I’m always trying to learn more and expand my knowledge of other races and cultures. I love this book because it’s not meant to comfort white people. If we truly want to make the world equal and free for everyone, we have to understand what they’ve gone through and start making reparations. Highly recommend this one.” – Sam


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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram