Best Fiction Books of 2019 – recommended by The CEO Library community

When you think of books to improve your professional life, you don’t normally think of fiction books. That’s a mistake, though.

I love reading fiction. Especially Science-Fiction. And mystery books. And detective books. And fantasy books.

Fiction helps my imagination go wild. It gives my brain a different type of “medicine”. It rests the “professional” side of the brain and it helps with my sleep, as well. I feel that not reading fiction is not good for you, no matter how much non-fiction you read. Bill Gates, as an example, recommends a lot of fiction books in his reading lists.

If you want to see how we got this list, go to the bigger list of non-fiction books:

If you want to see just the books published in 2019, go here:

A Gentleman in Moscow - Amor Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow

I promote range and diversity. Thus, I recommend readers to expose themselves to as many different topics as possible. I usually have 2-4 books I refer back to at any given time. They range in topics from management, art, spirituality and philosophy. Trying to get the engineering thing going but don't much of a mind for science.
Henry Medine
Co-Founder/Space Jam Data
My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One

My Brilliant Friend: Neapolitan Novels, Book One

I think Elena Ferrante writes brilliantly about the challenges of motherhood and building something for yourself. In the Neapolitan Novels she talks about her character breaking out of her poor, restrictive, mafia background through reading and learning. She breaks her boundaries and becomes an accomplished writer. In the third book particularly, Elena speaks fluently about the envy we feel of the accomplishments of others, the insecure we feel even in the traits that others so admire about us. The frustrations of motherhood and how it can impinge professional accomplishments whether we want it to or not. A powerful book.
Flora Pringle
Owner/Cracked Candy
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

There was a moment where I was on a quest for self-discovery. I felt lost and wasn't sure if I was who I was because I made the decision to be me, or if my identity was programmed by culture, society and setting. Because of that, I started reading self-help books to reconstruct identity and mold who I wanted to be. This book helped me.
Ola Olusoga
Co-founder/Populum
Black Soul

Black Soul

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
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City of Thieves: A Novel

City of Thieves: A Novel

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
Reader
Fear

Fear

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
Reader
More Than This

More Than This

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
Reader
Honor

Honor

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
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The Bell Jar: A Novel

The Bell Jar: A Novel

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
Reader
We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

We Need to Talk About Kevin: A Novel

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
Reader
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

One of the best 3 books I've read in 2019

The CEO Library Community (through anonymous form)
Reader

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