Celebrity picks: Jeff Kinney's favorite reads of 2019

Seira Wilson on November 15, 2019
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Kinney_Jeff_Photo_byFilipWollak_225W.jpgJeff Kinney continues to win over new readers, and even those who've been with him since he first introduced us to the mind and diary of Greg Heffley back in 2007 can't help but pick up his latest.

Wrecking Ball is the 14th installment of Kinney's bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and the topic is one parents can relate to: the blessing/curse combo of home improvement.  An inheritance gives way to the Heffley family making some major changes at home--and what kid hasn't imagined their dream bedroom at some point? Expectations go awry but you can always count on Kinney to give the reader a lot to laugh about.

We asked this beloved author what books have grabbed his attention this year, and Kinney's choices below are a delightful mix of nonfiction and graphic novels.


Jeff Kinney's favorite reads of 2019


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White Bird: A Wonder Story by R. J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio’s graphic novel expands the Wonder universe in an unexpected way. Set during the Holocaust, White Bird illustrates the importance of kindness when the stakes are life and death. A classic.


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The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson explored the wonders of the universe in The Short History of Nearly Everything, and now he turns his journalist gaze to the human body. Funny and insightful, this is the perfect book for anyone who’s curious about the machinery inside our earthly vessels.


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Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David J. Epstein

The author of The Sports Gene upends the notion that expertise can only be acquired by following a narrow, focused path, and the writer extols the benefits of acquiring a breadth of experiences.


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Guts by Raina Telgemeier

Telgemeier is a supernova in the world of kids’ lit, and her latest graphic novel shows why she’s a master of the form. Guts is an intimate, accessible memoir about childhood anxiety, and it will help kids understand their own feelings, and the feelings of their peers, more deeply.



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Judd Apatow
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David Baldacci
David Baldacci
Mark Bittman
Mark Bittman
Karamo Brown
Karamo Brown

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
Eva Chen
Eva Chen
Ani DiFranco
Ani DiFranco
Ree Drummond
Ree Drummond

Janet Evanovich
Janet Evanovich
Jimmy Fallon
Jimmy Fallon
Flea
Flea
Tan France
Tan France

Elizabeth Gilbert
Elizabeth Gilbert
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis
Bob Iger
Robert Iger

Elton John
Elton John
Stephen King
Stephen King
Jeff Kinney
Jeff Kinney
Hoda Kotb
Hoda Kotb

Debbie Macomber
Debbie Macomber
Admiral McRaven
Admiral McRaven
Erin Morgenstern
Erin Morgenstern
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Nyong'o

Delia Owens
Delia Owens
James Patterson
James Patterson
Louise Penny
Louise Penny
Dav Pilkey
Dav Pilkey

Antoni Porowski
Antoni Porowski
Rachel Ray
Rachael Ray
Jason Reynolds
Jason Reynolds
Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan

Adam Rippon
Adam Rippon
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie
Drew Scott
Drew Scott
Jonathan Scott
Jonathan Scott

Ryan Serhant
Ryan Serhant
Carly Simon
Carly Simon
Simon Sinek
Simon Sinek
Gloria Steinem
Gloria Steinem

John Waters
John Waters
Lindy West
Lindy West
Ali Wong
Ali Wong


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