Contemporary Fiction:

  1. Embers, Sandor Marai
  2. The Parisian, Isabella Hammand
  3. Olive, Again, Elizabeth Strout
  4. There There, Tommy Orange
  5. Outline, Rachel Cusk
  6. A House for Mr. Biswas, V.S. Naipaul

Short Stories:

  1.  Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You, Alice Munro
  2. The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and Other Stories, Carson McCullers

Classic Literature:

  1. Last September, Elizabeth Bowen
  2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson

Non-Fiction:

  1.  Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, Yossi Klein Halevi
  2. Witness Tree, Lynda V. Mapes
  3. How to Change Your Mind, Michael Pollen
  4. The Body: A Guide for Occupants, Bill Bryson
  5. Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson
  6. Catch 67, Micah Goodman
  7. Stars in Our Pockets, Howard Axelrod
  8. Make Trouble, John Waters
  9. Here is New York, E.B. White
  10. This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay
  11. Good Prose, Tracy Kidder and Richard Todd

Essays:

  1. Where Have You Been: Selected Essays, Michael Hofmann
  2. Best American Essays: 2019, ed. Rebecca Solnit
  3. The Nearest Thing to Life, James Wood
  4. Cultural Cohesion, Clive James

Poetry/Drama:

  1. Where Your House is Now, Louis Jenkins
  2. Cairns, Bill Brown

Art/Architecture:

  1.  Keeping an Eye Open, Julian Barnes
  2. World’s Edge: The Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity , Thomas Joshua Cooper
  3. On Kawara, Glenstone

Science/Nature/Gardening:

  1.  Encounters with the Archdruid, John McPhee

Mysteries:

  1. Firebreak, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  2. Slow Horses, Mick Herron
  3. Maigret, Georges Simenon
  4. Ask the Parrot, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  5. Dirty Money, Richard Stark (aka Donald Westlake)
  6. A Small Town, Thomas Perry
  7. Trace Elements, Donna Leon