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Best books of 2019 for the holidays

May 18, 2020 by v.dax

At the end of the year we like looking back to see what new titles have been published. Not only because we like reviewing literary achievements, but also because it's the time of the year when we can finally take some time off and read for pleasure. Of course teachers do lots of reading all through the term: reading course materials, student essays and tests. But let's admit it: it's not the same as curling up with a book we picked for fun (or some serious business!).

We have collected some of our favourite books from 2019, Which ones would you like to read during the holidays?


The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

The novel is set 15 years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale. It is narrated by Aunt Lydia, a character from the first novel; Agnes, who is June/Offred's first child and has been brought up by adoptive parents; and Daisy/Nicole, a young woman living in Toronto, Canada.

Doggerland by Ben Smith

Set in a not-too-distant future an old man and a boy live in a wind turbine in the North Sea. As the climate collapses they lose sight of the shore.

Young Adult

Chinglish by Sue Cheung 

Semi-autobiographical funny and moving story of Cheung's adolescence, growing up over her parents' Chinese takeway (Chinglish = Chinese English) in Coventry, England. Loved the cartoon elements!

Rapsodia in Blu by Andrea Serio

A young Jew is forced to leave Trieste when racial laws are enforced in Italy prior to the outbreak of World War 2. At the moment only available in Italian.


Horizon by Barry Lopez

The author of Arctic Dreams takes us on a journey to six regions of the world: Western Oregon to the High Arctic; from the Galápagos to the Kenyan desert; from Botany Bay in Australia to finally, unforgettably, the ice shelves of Antarctica.

A Cloud a Day by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

This books gives us a cloud a day, showing us that a few moments a day spent with our head in the clouds can contribute to our well-being. 


No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

A collection of Greta's history-making speeches to inspire the old and the young to start fighting for climate change.  

On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein

In her seventh book, Naomi Klein reports from the frontline of contemporary environmental crisis and shares an urgent message and impassioned case for a Green New Deal.

Children's Books


Small in the City by Sydney Smith

This story is set in a big city, where life can seem scary. It follows the steps of a child who has some good advice for a special friend in need.

Child of Glass by Beatrice Alemagna

This book is is about Gisele, a fragile and transparent girl. She is also very strong, and her story tells us about the journey we have need to take to become ourselves. 

The Boring Book by Shinsuke Yoshitake

This funny picture book tells us about the a bored boy, who discovers that boredom is actually fascinating.

A Velocity of Being edited by Maria Popova and Claudia Zoe Bedrick

In this collection of letters and illustrations, some of the most famous writers, artists and scientists of the moment reflect on the joys of reading and how books have affected their lives. There are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson. Some of the visual artists who have contributed are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman.

The Button Book by Sally Nicholls

What happens when you press the buttons in this book? A fun book for young children in the Munari tradition.

All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker

Beautiful story about an arty 12-year-old New Yorker learning to cope with her mum's depression after her father leaves.

Hidden Planet by Ben Rothery

Subtitled 'An Illustrators Love Letter to Planet Earth' this luscious illustrated natural history is a must for nature lovers young and old.

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