5 stories
·
0 followers

100 Best Gifts for Men (2021) - Cool Gift Ideas for Him

1 Share

Let’s be real: Shopping is fun, but shopping for a guy isn’t always easy. Whether you’re looking for something to give a family member, like your dad or brother, or something for your boyfriend or your husband, for some reason trying to find gift ideas for a man is always a bit challenging. That’s why we took the time to round up not one, but 100 of the best gifts for men to help you out.

From stylish presents and outdoorsy ones, to thoughtful personalized gifts and cool, super-unique finds, we’ve compiled a list you’ll love. No matter if you have a big budget or a small one, we have the perfect present for the special guy in your life. Once you see a gift you like from our list of 100 best gifts for men, you’ll want to hold onto it for years to come to help you pick out the perfect gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas and more.

Check out all of the options below to see which of these best gifts for men catch your eye—you can’t go wrong with any of these ideas. Happy shopping!

Here at <a href="http://Parade.com" rel="nofollow">Parade.com</a>, we’re all about sharing products we love with our audience. When you make a purchase on an item seen on this page, we may earn a commission, however all picks are independently chosen unless otherwise mentioned. 

100 Best Gifts for Men

Read the whole story
richm
193 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ipjpaDyYnE" rel="nofollow">https...

8 Comments and 57 Shares

<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ipjpaDyYnE" rel="nofollow">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ipjpaDyYnE</a>

Read the whole story
richm
460 days ago
reply
Share this story
Delete
8 public comments
annecakes
213 days ago
reply
Modern Love Season 2: An Interview with Andrew Rannells

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/13/style/modern-love-episode-7-andrew-rannells.html
Alexjw
312 days ago
reply
Watch
Wigan
MenageAquad
525 days ago
reply
Google Adds RSS to Chrome for Mobile https://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=22642

Long live Google Reader??
sfkendrick
761 days ago
reply
this. If a in hi p
PCrapidy
993 days ago
reply
Robert Mueller's Corrupt History
https://youtu.be/1kOsl0bEjew
Kekistan, USA
Ferret
1051 days ago
reply
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2rIgsPlJd0
acdha
1120 days ago
reply
Classy
Washington, DC
jose5465
1129 days ago
reply
Descarga aquí la app de MARCA.com.
@elmundoes
https://itunes.apple.com/es/app/el-mundo-diario-online/id324300162?mt=8

We Dare You to Answer! 250 Most Revealing Truth or Dare Questions Ever

1 Comment

Truth or Dare is one of the all-time classic party games—and a great way to get to know your friends better. The premise is simple: Players take turns asking one another “truth or dare?” If they choose truth, they have to answer a question of the asker’s choosing. If they choose dare, the asker dares them to do something rather than make a confession.

The best truth or dare questions are thought-provoking, and some can elicit just as much of an adrenaline rush as doing a dare. The key to a good truth or dare question? Make it something that will catch the player somewhat off-guard and ask something the rest of the players would be generally interested in learning. You can have funny truth or dare questions, philosophical truth or dare questions or stick with the scandalous stuff you can all gossip about later. The key is to have fun with it!

If you don’t know your fellow players well enough to ask something super-specific about them or their lives, we’ve compiled a hefty list of the 250 best truth or dare questions that will get everyone talking (and sometimes blushing, laughing or cringing) at your next party. We dare you not to ask these.

1. What’s the last lie you told?

2. What was the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done on a date?

3. Have you ever accidentally hit something (or someone!) with your car?

4. Name someone you’ve pretended to like but actually couldn’t stand.

5. What’s your most bizarre nickname?

6. What’s been your most physically painful experience?

7. What bridges are you glad that you burned?

8. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done on public transportation?

9. If you met a genie, what would your three wishes be?

10. If you could write anyone on Earth in for President of the United States, who would it be and why?

11. What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever said to someone else?

12. Who was your worst kiss ever?

13. What’s one thing you’d do if you knew there no consequences?

14. What’s the craziest thing you’ve done in front of a mirror?

15. What’s the meanest thing you’ve ever said about someone else?

16. What’s something you love to do with your friends that you’d never do in front of your partner?

17. Who are you most jealous of?

18. What do your favorite pajamas look like?

19. Have you ever faked sick to get out of a party?

20. Who’s the oldest person you’ve dated?

21. How many selfies do you take a day?

22. Meatloaf says he’d do anything for love, but he won’t do “that.” What’s your “that?”

23. How many times a week do you wear the same pants?

24. Would you date your high school crush today?

25. Where are you ticklish?

26. Do you believe in any superstitions? If so, which ones?

27. What’s one movie you’re embarrassed to admit you enjoy?

28. What’s your most embarrassing grooming habit?

29. When’s the last time you apologized? What for?

30. How do you really feel about the Twilight saga?

RELATED: 101 Fun Facts

31. Where do most of your embarrassing odors come from?

32. Have you ever considered cheating on a partner?

33. Have you ever cheated on a partner?

34. Boxers or briefs?

35. Have you ever peed in a pool?

36. What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever grown hair?

37. If you were guaranteed to never get caught, who on Earth would you murder?

38. What’s the cheapest gift you’ve ever gotten for someone else?

39. What app do you waste the most time on?

40. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done on a plane?

41. Have you ever been nude in public?

42. How many gossip blogs do you read a day?

43. What is the youngest age partner you’d date?

44. Have you ever picked your nose in public?

45. Have you ever lied about your age?

46. If you had to delete one app from your phone, which one would it be?

47. What’s your most embarrassing late night purchase?

48. What’s the longest you’ve gone without showering?

49. Have you ever used a fake ID?

50. Who’s your hall pass?

RELATED: Would You Rather Questions

51. Be honest: Do you have a favorite child?

52. Which of your family members annoys you the most and why?

53. What is your greatest fear in a relationship?

54. What’s your biggest pet peeve about the person to your left?

55. What’s the most embarrassing text in your phone right now?

56. Have you ever seen a dead body?

57. What celebrity do you think is overrated?

58. Have you ever lied to your boss?

59. Have you ever stolen something from work?

60. What’s the longest you’ve gone without brushing your teeth?

61. What’s your biggest regret in life?

62. Who would you hate to see naked?

63. Describe the weirdest thing you’ve ever done while inebriated.

64. Have you ever regifted a present?

65. Would you break up with your partner for $1 million?

66. Have you ever had a crush on a coworker?

67. Do you still have feelings for any of your exes?

68. What’s the smallest tip you’ve ever left at a restaurant?

69. Have you ever regretted something you did to get a crush or partner’s attention?

70. What’s one job you could never do?

71. Have you ever ghosted a friend?

72. Have you ever ghosted a partner?

73. What’s the most scandalous photo in your cloud?

74. If you switched genders for a day, what would you do?

75. How many photo editing apps do you have on your phone?

Related: 250 Questions to Ask a Guy

76. How many pairs of granny panties do you own?

77. What are your favorite and least favorite of your body parts?

78. When’s the last time you got dumped?

79. What’s the most childish thing you still do?

80. When’s the last time you dumped someone?

81. If you had to pick someone in this room to be your partner on a game show, who would it be and why?

82. Would you date someone shorter than you?

83. Have you ever lied for a friend?

84. Name one thing you’d change about every person in this room.

85. When’s the last time you made someone else cry?

86. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done in front of a crowd?

87. If you could become invisible, what’s the worst thing you’d do?

88. After you’ve dropped a piece of food, what’s the longest time you’ve left it on the floor before eating it?

89. What’s one thing in your life you wish you could change?

90. If you could date two people at once, would you do it? If so, who?

91. What’s something that overwhelms you?

92. What was the greatest day of your life?

93. What’s one useless skill you’d love to learn anyway?

94. If I went through your cabinets, what’s the weirdest thing I’d find?

95. Have you ever farted and blamed it on someone else?

96. What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done at work?

97. How many people have you kissed?

98. What’s your number?

99. Have you ever gotten mad at a friend for posting an unflattering picture of you?

100. What’s your most absurd dealbreaker?

RELATED: 101 Knock-Knock Jokes

101. Who in this room would you list as your emergency contact?

102. What’s something you would die if your mom found out about?

103. What’s the scariest thing that’s ever happened to you?

104. If you could set anyone here up with your best friend, who would it be and why?

105. How often do you wash your sheets?

106. Have you ever farted in an elevator?

107. Who was your first love?

108. What’s the last purchase you regretted?

109. Have you ever sent a sext?

110. Have you ever sent a sext to the wrong person? Who?

111. What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?

112. Have you ever had a one-night stand?

113. Are you scared of getting old?

114. What do you want on your tombstone?

115. If you had one week to live and you had to marry someone in this room, who would it be?

116. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

117. List one positive and one negative thing about everyone in the room.

118. When was your first time?

119. Who was your first?

120. What’s the most sinful thing you’ve done in a house of worship?

121. Who would you call to help bury a body?

122. Who would call you to help bury a body? Would you do it?

123. When’s the last time you cried and why?

124. What’s your favorite possession?

125. Has anyone ever walked in on you in the bathroom?

126. Who in this group would you want to swap lives with for a week?

127. What was your biggest fear as a child?

128. What’s your biggest fear today?

129. What’s the most embarrassing thing your parents have caught you doing?

130. Name a band you only pretend to like.

131. What’s the last song that made you cry?

132. Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction?

133. What’s the last thing you Googled?

134. What is that one thing you would never do for all the money in the world?

135. Who is your favorite person in your immediate family?

136. If you could only hear one song for the rest of your life, what would it be?

137. When’s the last time your partner embarrassed you?

138. What’s the last YouTube video you watched?

139. What’s the hardest drug you’ve ever tried?

140. When’s the last time you peed your pants?

141. Who in this room would be your one phone call if you were in jail?

142. Who do you most often text on the toilet?

143. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done in a movie theater?

144. What’s the craziest thing that has happened to you in a mall?

145. How long was your longest relationship?

146. What’s your biggest insecurity?

147. Have you ever been arrested?

148. Who’s the most surprising person to ever slide into your DMs?

149. Where’s one place you’re dying to visit?

150. What word do you hate the most?

RELATED: Hilarious Quotes

151. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever posted on social media?

152. Have you ever kept a library book? For how long?

153. If you could hire someone to do one thing for you, what would it be?

154. Would you ever consider being a nudist?

155. Have you ever lied on your resume?

156. What’s the best lie you’ve ever told anyone?

157. Who’s the last person you lurked on social media?

158. What’s your most embarrassing childhood memory?

159. Have you ever pretended to not get a text to get out of doing something?

160. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done in a bathroom?

161. What’s the most insane thing you’ve done to get out of a speeding ticket?

162. Do you have any hidden talents? What are they?

163. When’s the last time you got caught in a lie?

164. How do you really feel about your mother-in-law?

165. What do you think happens when you die?

166. When’s the last time you watched an adult movie?

167. Have you ever been in a fight?

168. Would you marry someone rich even if you weren’t in love with them?

169. Have you ever been caught checking someone out?

170. What’s the worst advice you’ve ever given someone else?

171. What’s the worst advice someone else has ever given you?

172. Would you volunteer as tribute for anyone in this room in The Hunger Games?

173. Is there an ex with whom you’d consider reconciling?

174. What’s the weirdest thing you do while driving?

175. Who’s the last person who called you?

176. When’s the last time you wanted to hit somebody?

177. What’s the grossest smell that you secretly enjoy?

178. What’s the biggest prank you’ve ever played on someone?

179. What’s one thing about your partner that you find least attractive?

180. When was the last time you were really angry? Why?

181. What’s your least favorite memory from college?

182. What’s the grossest thing that you do alone?

183. Have you ever intentionally sabotaged a coworker?

184. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure song?

185. Would you ever get plastic surgery?

186. Have you ever had a near-death experience?

187. What’s a skill you wish you had?

188. Have you ever compromised your morals for money? How?

189. Who was the last person you said, “I love you” to?

190. What was your first heartbreak?

191. Have you ever broken someone’s heart?

192. Have you ever peed in the shower?

193. What’s the most bogus rumor you’ve ever heard about yourself?

194. What’s the most bogus rumor you’ve ever spread or heard about someone else?

195. When and where was your first kiss? Who was it with?

196. Do you think cheating can ever be justified? How?

197. Have you ever thrown up in public?

198. When’s the last time you got rejected?

199. What’s the most common misconception about you?

200. Have you ever seriously injured another person?

Related: 250 Never Have I Ever Questions

201. When did you stop believing in Santa Claus?

202. What’s one responsibility you wish you didn’t have?

203. Who is the best kisser you’ve ever had?

204. What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?

205. Have you ever had a paranormal experience?

206. Have you ever gotten blackout drunk?

207. Do you believe in aliens?

208. What’s the pettiest thing you’ve ever done?

209. What’s something you’ve done that you still feel guilty about?

210. Have you ever gone skinny dipping?

211. What is the worst date you’ve ever been on?

212. Do you secretly dislike any of your friends’ kids?

213. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever collected?

214. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever said to a stranger?

215. Who in this room do you trust the least?

216. What’s the most inappropriate time you’ve ever laughed?

217. What’s your best pickup line?

218. What’s your sleaziest pickup line?

219. What’s the weirdest place you’ve ever given or gotten someone’s number?

220. What’s the dumbest thing you’ve ever lied about?

221. Have you ever said, “I love you” and not really meant it? To whom?

222. What’s your least favorite memory from high school?

223. What’s the worst present someone has ever given you?

224. When’s the last time you shared a toothbrush with someone else?

225. Have you ever had a crush on a boss or teacher?

226. What’s the worst present you’ve ever given someone else?

227. What’s the weirdest thought you’ve had sitting on a toilet?

228. What song do you sing most in the shower?

229. Do you have a work spouse?

230. What’s the cruelest thing you’ve ever done or said to a romantic partner?

231. Who’s the person you most regret hooking up with?

232. What’s something you’re embarrassed that you’re good at?

233. What was your most humbling moment?

234. Who would you bring with you on a deserted island?

235. What’s the worst decision one of the other players has ever made?

236. Have you ever been fired from a job?

237. Have you ever let someone take the blame for something you did?

238. What’s the most ridiculous thing you have an emotional attachment to?

239. Have you ever pooped your pants as an adult?

240. What’s something you’ve done that you’d judge someone else for doing?

241. What’s something weird you do in your sleep?

242. How long have you had your oldest pair of underwear?

243. Who’s your hero?

244. What’s something you know you need to do but aren’t looking forward to at all?

245. What’s the biggest secret you’ve kept from your parents?

246. What’s the most offensive joke you’ve found funny?

247. What are you most proud of in your life?

248. When’s the last time you lurked an ex on social media?

249. Would you ever get a prenup?

250. If you were rescuing people from a burning building and you had to leave one person behind from this room, who would it be?

Still feeling inquisitive? Check out these 101 riddles (with answers).

Story by Jessica Sager.

Read the whole story
richm
689 days ago
reply
250 Truth or Dare Questions—Best Truth or Dare Questions
Share this story
Delete

Go Ahead and Toss out Your Old List—Here Are 300 Unique Baby Names From the Last Decade!

1 Comment

“What’s in a name?” Shakespeare infamously asked. True, a rose with any other name would still smell as sweet. But we wouldn’t dare say that to an expecting parent, eyeing the “Notes” section of their phone that’s filled with baby name ideas. What’s in a name, Will? We’d say a whole heck of a lot!

After all, naming babies is harder than one might think. The one at the top of your list could get an automatic veto from your partner. Deciding to share a choice with your mom or best friend might lead to strong opinions you weren’t anticipating. You could have the perfect combination, just to realize the initials would be less than ideal for the kid (no offense to those out there rocking “COW,” “MOP,” and “PEE”). And sometimes, it just feels like everything out there is overdone at this point. Well, toss out that deflated attitude and get ready to fill up on plenty of inspiration with these 300 unique baby names from the last decade!

Related: 300 Most Popular Baby Name Ideas for 2020—Plus Four Baby Naming Trends to Follow 

What are some unique baby names?

Even when you think you have your names all figured out, a close friend might share their baby announcement with the exact name you picked out (great minds, right?!). That’s why it can be so refreshing to come across an interesting moniker that you don’t necessarily see everywhere, but one that immediately strikes you. These 300 creative choices that have been used somewhat sparingly in the last 10 years are sure to help you with your mental list (or more like your detailed spreadsheet—who are we kidding?) of what you may want to call your child.

So get started on those birth announcements—here are 300 underused and amazing baby name options that will definitely leave an impression!

Unique Boy Names

1. Ledger — A twist on the Germanic name Leodegar, which is made up of two elements with the meanings of “people” and “spear.”

2. Colson — “People of victory,” and actually originally comes from the name Nicholas!

3. Genesis — What better term for a brand new life than “the beginning?” PS, this name has been growing on both the boy and girl charts!

4. Achilles — In Greek mythology, he was a hero of the Trojan War.

5. Axel — Have future generations in mind? Axel means “father of peace.”

6. Declan — This traditional Irish name has been popping up more frequently stateside in the last decade, meaning “man of prayer; full of goodness.”

7. Silas — “Of the forest” pretty much solidifies he’ll be an outdoor guy!

8. Kai — Hawaiian origin, meaning “sea.” Great choice for parents who feel at home at the beach!

9. Brantley — With the meaning “sword, fiery torch,” you may feel like he’s especially aptly named during his future tantrums!

10. Maverick — This “independent; nonconformist” will surely think for himself!

11. King — Comes from an Old English word for “tribal leader.”

12. Lathan — More traditionally seen as a last name referring to farming, this has similar vibes to Nathan, which means “he gave.”

13. Lyle — An English name representing “the island.”

14. Bishop — Originating from the English with the meaning “guardian.”

15. Kylen — A unisex moniker for those who play by the rules AKA “narrow, straight.”

16. Avi — This is a Hebrew name (short for Aviel or Avrum), which translates, “my God, father.”

17. Gatlin — A son is a friend for life! Of English origin, meaning “companion.”

18. Leif — A male name of Scandinavian origin, meaning “heir.”

19. Emmett — “Universal” or “truth,” a name adopted from the feminine Germanic Emma.

20. Tristian — An Arthurian Legend moniker indicating “outcry,” based on the Celtic Tristan.

21. Judson — A diminutive of Jordan: “Descender; flow down.”

22. Davian — A modern take on David, meaning “beloved.”

23. Foster — “One who keeps the forest,” another woodsy name of English origin.

24. Zayd — Of Arabic origin, it means “to prosper” or “abundance.”

25. Easton — “East-facing place,” of English origin.

26. Shepherd — Understandably depicted as a “herdsman” or “guardian of sheep,” this first name entered the top 1,000 baby boy names in America in 2016.

27. Nova — The Latin take on this name is “new,” and is used for both boys and girls.

28. Benton — Traditionally “settlement in a grassy place,” describing an area of land, this easily lends itself to the nickname Ben.

29. Wells — English origin, signifying “spring.”

30. Van — The Dutch depiction is “of, from,” and while it’s currently unique, it actually had its peak in the 1880s!

31. Blaise — It’s a French take on the Latin name “Blasesus,” and means “lisp.” Other variations include Blaze, Blayze, and Blaize.

32. Coen — A Germanic variant on the Dutch name Conrad, and was actually originally spelled Coenraad or Koenraad. Its meaning is “bold advisor.”

33. Ace — Perfect for completing a family, this Latin name means “one, unity.”

34. Brixton — The title of a South London district (hmm, we think T.Swift would fancy this choice!)

35. Wesson — A variant of “Weston” (meaning “from the western town”), this moniker showed up on the charts for the first time in 2010!

36. Jair — Hebrew for “he shines.” We believe it!

37. Coleman — Lending itself to the nickname Cole, this name traditionally meant either “servant to Nicholas,” or referred to an occupation involving burning charcoal. Is Dad’s name Nicholas? Perfect! (We kid, we kid…)

38. Caspian — This choice (#802 in 2018) was most likely inspired by the Caspian Sea—the world’s largest inland body of water.

39. Aydin — This is a clear contender, meaning “enlightened, bright, clear” in Turkish.

40. Miller — Meaning “grinder of grain,” this baby name has been the most popular in South Carolina.

41. Landry — A natural leader — this name of Anglo-Saxon origin translates “ruler.”

42. Thatcher — Comes from “roof thatcher,” as an English occupational title.

43. Dayton — While the English origin translates “place with a ditch,” it’s also a more specific location-based name as a city in Ohio!

44. Kenji — Is this your second boy? Of Japanese origin, this means “intelligent second son, strong.”

45. Vance — “Someone who lives near a marsh land,” this moniker is most likely gaining traction thanks to singer-songwriter Vance Joy (whose real name is actually James Gabriel Keogh!)

46. Bentlee — This was another first on the charts in 2010, but has spelling variations of Bentley, Bently, Bentlie, etc., and means “meadow with coarse grass.”

47. Darwin — The name means “dear friend,” and we’re already over here aww-ing.

48. Tadeo — This is the Spanish version of Thaddeus, expressing “to praise.” Possible nicknames include Teddy and Todd!

49. Brodie — “Little ridge,” is typically a geographic Scottish surname, and is often spelled Brody as well.

50. Merrick — You might be able to ride his coattails—this name means “fame, power.”

51. Bodie — A variant of the Scandinavian Boden, it means “shelter; one who brings news.”

52. Shiloh — Reaching the top 1,000 names for boys in 2015, this is a Hebrew name for “tranquil.”

53. Henrik — First entering the top 1,000 names in America in 2014, this Hungarian moniker (“ruler of the house”) is actually one of the most popular choices in Norway!

54. Anders — A classic Scandinavian name which means “strong, manly.” That’s an ego boost right there!

55. Gannon — Originated in Ireland, and means “fair-skinned.”

56. Graysen — Traditionally, it was a last name representing a son of a steward, but now it’s growing in popularity as a first name.

57. Kole — “Victory of the people,” of Slavic origin.

58. FlynnTangled may have had something to do with this unique name growing in popularity! It is an Irish name meaning “son of the red-haired one.”

59. Baylor — “One who delivers goods,” it’s also well-known by way of Fixer Upper, which films in Waco, Texas—the same town as Baylor University.

60. Dashiell — This Scottish name originated from an old French last name “de Chiel,” and allows for the nickname Dash!

61. Ridge — Old English origin, and this name means… you guessed it… “ridge.”

62. Grey — In 2018, this color-themed name’s popularity was #727 on the charts.

63. Brecken — An Irish alternative to the more frequent-used Beckham, its appearance-based meaning is “freckled.”

64. Crew — Originally a Welsh surname as well as Latin name meaning “chariot,” this moniker has spelling variations such as Cru, Crue, and Krew.

65. Rowan — A rowan tree produces small red berries, and the name as an Irish last name means “little redhead.”

66. Maxton — Reaching the top 1,000 boy names for the first time in 2011, this name of Latin origin means “greatest.”

67. Cairo — Besides the capital of Egypt, this name is of Arabic origin, meaning “victorious.”

68. Harlan — A German name depicting “rocky land.”

69. Zyaire — An African name meaning “river,” and a variant of Zaire (the name of a past Central African state).

70. Abbott — A Hebrew boy’s name meaning “father.”

71. Talon — Of English origin, it is based on the name of a bird of prey’s large claw.

72. Anakin — While some connect it to a certain Skywalker, it actually means “warrior,” and is of American origin.

73. Chaim — When bringing life into the world, consider this Hebrew name that actually means “life.”

74. Otto — A German name that was popular years ago, but much more rare today, the meaning is “wealthy.”

75. Jahdiel — This biblical name means “the unity of God.”

76. Casen — Without a clear meaning (think of it as a blank slate!), this name is of Celtic origin and in 2018, it was ranked at #660 for boy names.

77. Tripp — A newer variation of Trip, which was commonly used as a nickname for someone who was “the third” in their family (such as Henry III).

78. Alden — Kind of a Benjamin Button-esque moniker, since it means “old, wise friend.”

79. Crosby — Fans of Parenthood may already have this Irish-origin name (meaning “village with crosses”) on their radar.

80. Axton — “Sword stone” of English origin, it’s a different take on the similar-sounding Austin or Ashton.

81. Kellan — The Gaelic baby name meaning is “slender, slim.”

82. Titan — We shouldn’t need to remind you about this name-option (get it—Remember the Titans?), it stands out with its Greek mythology connection, and means “defender.”

83. Briggs — Bet this kid will be full of (Myers-Briggs) personality! This Old English name means “bridges.”

84. Colby — Surprisingly to some (or just me?) instead of having something to do with cheese, this actually means “coal town.”

85. Sincere — An American name meaning “honest,” and was ranked #591 in 2018.

86. Izaiah — The modern, Americanized spelling of the classic Isaiah—a major prophet in the Bible.

87. Niko — A diminutive of the Greek Nicodemus, meaning “victory of the people.”

88. Apollo — “Manly beauty” is the meaning of this Greek name (which comes from Greek mythology’s handsome god of music and medicine).

89. Brice — This name is of Scottish, Celtic origin meaning “speckled.”

90. Ryland — Traditionally “land where rye is grown” of Old English origin, this name (similar in ways to Ryan and Ryder) was rated #532 in 2018.

91. Angus — Comes from an Old Gaelic name Aonghus, and means “one strength.”

92. Aden — An Irish name meaning “little fire,” which is actually a pretty cute term of endearment, TBH.

93. Bradford — This name that peaked in popularity back in 1953 (and has been used sparingly since) means “wide river crossing,” and is of English origin.

94. Bruin — It’s a derivative of Bruno, but this Germanic/Scandinavian name means “bear; brown.”

95. Gibson — Meaning “son of Gilbert,” this specific title also brings to mind a certain guitar manufacturer (for you musicians out there).

96. Braylon — This moniker (combination of Brayden and Waylon or Lynn) was created relatively recently, and first appeared in the United States’ top 400 names in 2005.

97. Bowen — A name of Welsh origin meaning “son of Owen,” and entered the American top 1,000 in 2011.

98. Rocco — Meaning “rest,” we’re hoping that will also mean baby will be a good sleeper!

99. Dax — Based on a town in southwestern France, but most people connect this name to a Star Trek character or “Armchair Expert” Dax Shepard.

100. Kian — A variant of the Gaelic name Cian, this one means “ancient.”

101. Jonas — Is he one of the brothers? Just kidding. The Greek origin name is a great choice, meaning “dove.”

102. Lawson — AKA “Son of Lawrence,” this was ranked #380 in 2018.

103. Porter — A Latin occupational name meaning “gatekeeper, and was #417 in popularity last year.

104. Leland — This name of English origin means “meadow land,” and provides Lee as a fitting nickname option.

105. Finnegan — First hitting the top American charts in 2005, this name of Irish origin means “fair,” and gives you the opportunity to call him Finn for short.

106. Reed — While the name of English origin means “red-haired,” it also carries connotations of both nature and music.

107. Rory — This Gaelic classic moniker means “red king,” and while it is more popular as a boy’s name in America (#368 in 2018), it can be used for both genders (Think Gilmore).

108. Grady — “Noble, illustrious,” of Irish origin.

109. Dalton — It’s English with the meaning “valley farm.”

110. Leonel — Recognized as the Spanish equivalent of Lionel, this name of Latin and Greek origin means “young lion.” Can’t you see the cute themed outfits already?

111. Kash — A variant of Cash, which is an English name also representing money.

112. Kane — Meaning “warrior,” this is a mix of Welsh, Japanese, and Hawaiian origin.

113. Jenson — This name of Hebrew origin means “God is gracious,” and has yet to reach the top 1000 boy names in the United States—in 2018, it was at #1,215.

114. Major — This choice of Latin origin means “greater; military rank.” Although still a unique name, it has risen from #1,697 in 2008 to #350 in 2018.

115. Gage — A French boy’s name meaning “oath, pledge.”

116. Atlas — “To carry,” this Greek name represents significant strength.

117. Arlo — An Anglo-Saxon moniker meaning “fortified hill.”

118. Keegan — This Irish name that means “small” had a recent peak in 2014 at #238.

119. Jett — This name jumped up the charts in 2009, and means “black mineral.”

120. Lane — A choice for you of English origin meaning “a small roadway or path.”

121. Anderson — Unsurprisingly, this name typically relates to “the son of Anders.”

122. Iker — Consistently popular in Spain, this Basque name (meaning “visit”) has been spotted more frequently in America thanks to soccer player Iker Casillas, and especially climbed the charts throughout 2008-2015.

123. Tanner — “Leather worker” of English origin.

124. Archer — Giving you the chance to use the nickname of royalty (Archie), this moniker relates to a bowman (although it’s frequently associated with the TV show of the same name as well).

125. Clayton — “Place with good clay,” of English origin.

126. Holden — Infamous from The Catcher in the Rye, this option (meaning “kindly, gracious”) is well-recognized, but isn’t over-saturated in our society (it has yet to hit the top 100 names).

127. Griffin — A name of Latin origin, meaning “strong lord.”

128. Zander — “Protector of men,” of Greek origin.

129. Knox — Memorable as a name used by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, it means “round hill.”

130. Barrett — This name means “bear-like,” which will be perfect for your very own little snuggle-bear!

131. Beckett — In the last decade, this name meaning “stream” has jumped 254 spaces up the chart!

132. Myles — A variant of Miles, which is a Latin word meaning “soldier.”

133. Judah — A boy’s name of Hebrew origin that means “praised.”

134. Dawson — Are you picturing James Van Der Beek, too? This name means “son of David” and is of Welsh origin.

135. August — Derived from the Latin word for “great, magnificent.”

136. Jasper — Babies bring so much joy to families, and this Persian moniker is accurately described as “bringer of treasure.”

137. Graham — A name originally used as a location description (“gravelly homestead”).

138. Rhett — Connected to Gone with the Wind, this name of English, Dutch origin means “advice.”

139. Karter — A modernized spelling of Carter, which was typically an occupational surname used by a cart driver. The K-version was in the top 200 names for boys last year.

140. Waylon — Of English origin meaning “land beside the road”—sounds like this guy will be a traveler!

141. Ryker — This name of German origin means “rich.”

142. Roman — Quite literally meaning “citizen of Rome,” we’ll begin to see this name much more frequently—it’s been in the top 100 boy names for the last three years!

143. Asher — Inspirational in more ways than one, this Hebrew name means “fortunate, happy one.”

144. Lian — Only one letter off from Liam (the #1 most popular boy name from 2017-now), this name meaning “the graceful willow” (of Chinese origin) barely squeezed onto the top 1,000 boy names in 2018. This would be a wonderful way to utilize a similar look/sound, while still being super-original!

145. Boone — This name of French origin means “good, blessing.”

146. WilderAdded to the top 1,000 names in 2015, this English name has no solidified meaning, per se, but just the fact that it features “wild” proves it’s perfect for any boy!

147. HoustonWe (don’t) have a problem….using this location-based name! The meaning is “settlement on the hill,” and is also a well-known, large metropolis in Texas.

148. Aleric — A boy name of Old German origin, it means “noble ruler.”

149. Elian — This Hebrew name translates “God is family.”

150. Ronin — “Well-advised ruler,” this is of Germanic origin.

Unique Girl Names

151. Delta – Well, if you’re having your fourth child, this is spot-on—this name of Greek origin means “born fourth.”

152. Alora — With African origins, this moniker means “my dream,” and was just added to the top 1,000 girls’ names in 2018.

153. Marlowe — A girl’s name of English origin meaning “driftwood,” you can also switch up the spelling with Marlo and Marlow.

154. Valencia — Meaning “bravery,” this location-inspired option is beautiful and rare—it was listed at #1,692 in popularity in 2018.

155. Kinsley — “King’s meadow,” this is of English origin.

156. Brielle — This feminine choice is of French origin meaning “hunting grounds.”

157. Ivy — Short and sweet, the name of Old English origin refers to an ivy plant, but also represents fidelity.

158. Emery — A gender-neutral selection of German origin meaning “industrious.”

159. Athena — Known through Greek mythology as the daughter of Zeus, she was the goddess of wisdom, skill, and warfare.

160. Kataleya — A spelling variation of Cattleya (flower), this name jumped 164 spots between 2017-2018.

161. Saanvi — This name of Indian origin, seemingly synonymous with Hindu goddess Lakshmi, peaked in popularity at #846 eight years ago, in 2011.

162. Riya — A Hindu name meaning “singer” in Sanskrit, it was ranked at #904 on the list of the top 1,000 baby girl names in 2010.

163. Rainey — This is a name fit for a queen (“queen” is literally its meaning), and in the last 10 years, the highest ranking it ever ascended to was #2,803.

164. Emerald — Named after a green gemstone (of French origin), your daughter will have the perfect birthstone (even if she isn’t born in May!).

165. Egypt — This name is obviously the same as the country in Africa, and has been steadily on the rise in America since 2013 (it moved up 451 spots from that year until 2018!).

166. Ellison — Originally meaning “son of Ellis,” this name is also an alternative spelling of Allison, which is of Scottish origin meaning “noble.” The E-take on the name made it to the top 1,000 girl’s names when it hit #950 in 2013.

167. Magdalena — A name of Greek origin meaning “woman from Magdala.” It’s synonymous with the second half of Mary Magdalene‘s name—a biblical woman from the area of Magdala.

168. Oaklee — An outdoorsy girl, for sure—this name means “meadow of oak trees.”

169. Mylah — This is an English girl’s name meaning “soldier” (we’re getting Mulan vibes!).

170. Jaslynn — The meaning of this French and Persian-origin moniker is “jasmine” (another potential name choice!).

171. Bexley — Named after a suburb of Columbus, this was ranked at #903 in 2018.

172. Zion — A Hebrew name meaning “highest point,” this refers to a biblical location that can be used for girls and boys alike.

173. Selene — Less frequently used/heard than the Latin-variation Selena, this name of Greek origin means “moon goddess.”

174. Meilani — A name of American origin meaning “heavenly flower.” Other similar names include Milani and Leilani.

175. Luella — Due around the holidays? This moniker of Old English origin means “famous elf.” This is a great option if you like the popular Luna (currently at #10), but want something more one-of-a-kind.

176. Vienna — An elegant girl’s name of Latin origin, based on Austria’s capitol.

177. Emmaline — “Peaceful home” is the meaning of this variation that’s similar to names such as Emeline, Emily, Emma, Emmeline, etc.

178. Abril — This Spanish and Portuguese word for “Aprilhit its peak at #438(!) in 2007, and remained in the top 1,000 girls’ names throughout most of the last decade.

179. Paloma — “Dove,” of Spanish origin.

180. Aminah — This Arabic name that means “truthful” has been growing rather consistently in the United States throughout recent years and in 2017, it even reached #887 on the chart.

181. Chana — A variation of Channah and Hannah, this name means “moon; grace.”

182. Noor — A name of Arabic origin meaning “light.”

183. Danica — Wake-ups sound lovely with “the morning star,” which is of Slavic origin.

184. Reagan — Traditionally known as an Irish surname meaning “little ruler,” this is now a growing girls’ (and boys’) name—hovering inside and just outside of the top 100 girls’ names throughout the last 10 years. Other variations include Regan and Raegan.

185. Opal — A name of Hindu and Sanskrit origin meaning “gem, jewel,” this was extremely popular in the United States in the early 1900s and has been making major strides in its comeback every year since 2010.

186. Celia — “Heavenly,” of Latin origin.

187. Rayne — Unisex, but a variant of Raina and Rayna, meaning “counsel; song.”

188. Frankie — This has been in the top 1,000 girls’ names since 2015, meaning “from France,” and is a diminutive of Frances.

189. Paisleigh — Based on the Scottish-origin Paisley which means “church.”

190. Tinsley — Originally an English surname meaning “Tynni’s meadow,” this moniker joined the top 1,000 list in 2016 and has continued to grow in popularity ever since.

191. Milena — A name of Czech origin (and Mila Kunis‘ actual full first name!) meaning “love, warmth, grace.”

192. AubriellaConsidered a hybrid of Aubrey and Ella, this made it to #760 in 2018.

193. Sky — Darling for dreamers—exactly as it seems, this name of Scottish origin means “sky.”

194. Dalary — A modern-invented name, it popped up in 2014 and has been in the top 1,000 girls’ names since.

195. Calliope — This name of Greek origin means “beautiful voice,” and lends itself to the nickname Callie (Dr. Callie Torres ringing any bells, Grey’s Anatomy fans?).

196. Romina — The feminine, Latin origin take on “Roman.”

197. Rylan — An Irish name meaning “island meadow.”

198. Nala — This Disney-inspired name (from The Lion King) first popped up in prominence in the United States after the movie’s release in 1994, and since 2014, it has been in the top 1,000 names.

199. Ansley — “From the pasture land of the noble,” of English origin.

200. Meadow — A description of low-lying grassland, this nature-themed name has remained in the girls’ top 1,000 names since 2001.

201. Lyra — “Lyre” (a stringed instrument), of Greek origin.

202. Noa — A variant of Noah, this name of Hebrew origin means “rest, comfort.”

203. Briar — While its meaning is “a thorny patch,” many love using this name as a nod to Sleeping Beauty‘s alias Briar Rose.

204. Farren — “Adventurous,” of English origin.

205. Stevie — Related to the Greek name Stephanie, which means “garland, crown.”

206. Poppy — “Red flower,” of Latin origin.

207. Darby — This Irish, Norse origin name means “free from envy,” which represents a virtue that many hope their children will exhibit.

208. Lennox — A Scottish origin name meaning “elm grove,” it has been on the rise since 2010.

209. Yara — Drawing some similarities to Tara, Kara, or Sara, this precious name of Arabic and Brazilian origin means “small butterfly.”

210. Ariadne — “Most holy,” of Greek origin.

211. Jessamy — Rare to hear in the United States currently, this name meaning “jasmine flower” is a unique substitution for Jasmine and Jessica/Jessie.

212. Noemi — A variant of Naomi, this Latin take means “my delight,” which will for sure describe your baby girl!

213. Sariah — “Princess,” of Hebrew origin.

214. Tenley — A name of English origin meaning “burnt clearing.”

215. ClementineOh my darlin’, this three-syllable French and Latin name means “mild, merciful.”

216. HunterJumping 270 spots on the charts in 2013, this girls’ name denoting “one who hunts” has had a fairly steady presence, although it was originally more popular for boys.

217. Aniya — “Creative,” of Hebrew origin.

218. Zariyah — Believed to have three possible origins: The Arabic Zara, which means “flower;” the Hebrew Azaria, meaning “God has helped;” or the Russian Zaria, meaning “sunrise, dawn.”

219. Kadence — Related to the Latin name Cadence, this means “with rhythm.”

220. Kenna — An American, feminine take on the Irish name Kenneth, meaning “fire born; good-looking.”

221. Annika — A Swedish take on Anna, meaning “grace, favored.”

222. Royal — This reigning-themed moniker has so far hit its peak in 2016 at #628 on the American charts.

223. Laney — “Torch,” of English origin.

224. Khaleesi — Taken from the fictional language in Game of Thrones, this roughly means “queen” (the title of Daenerys Targaryen) and in 2018, was #549 for the top girls’ names.

225. Saige — The name is of Latin origin and means “wise.”

226. Wynter — A modern-take on this colder season, this spelling has been gaining popularity consistently since 2012.

227. Harlee — Updated from Harley, this name of English origin means “the long field.”

228. Sloane — Talk about girl power—this name of Irish origin means “raider.”

229. Remy — A French name depicting someone from the (also French) city of Rheims.

230. Sutton — “From the southern homestead,” of English origin. So charming!

231. Dallas — Not just a city in Texas, this is also an Irish origin moniker meaning “skilled” (and you bet she will be!).

232. Charli — The origin of this name (also spelled Charlie, Charley, Charlee, Charleigh, etc.) means “free man.”

233. Esme — A name of French, Persian origin meaning “esteemed, beloved.” And this can be used as the short-form of Esmeralda.

234. Kynlee — A spelling variant of Kinley, this means “fair haired viking” and is of Irish origin.

235. Mariam — This name is of Greek origin and means “beloved.” Want something similar? There’s also Miriam, Maryam, and Amelia.

236. Liberty — Meaning “freedom,” this patriotic option has been one of the top 600 baby girl names throughout the last ten years.

237. Nia — A name of Welsh origin meaning “purpose, bright.” We can’t think of a better description of what a baby brings to a parent!

238. Wren — This is actually a type of very small songbird!

239. Piper — A peppy-sounding name of English origin denoting a pipe player—this has been in the top 100 girls’ names since 2012!

240. Saylor — While this could easily be explained as a different spelling of the title “sailor,” it is also an occupational name of medieval German origin for “rope-maker.”

241. Emely — A modern respelling of the English name Emily, which means “rival” out of its Latin origin.

242. Amabel — The meaning of this name corresponds with how every parent tends to feel about their newborn—that they’re “beautiful and lovable.” Mabel is a shortening of this name.

243. Harlow — “Army,” of English origin (who run the world?).

244. Magnolia — This name of French origin means “from the flower.”

245. Zuri — A girl’s name of African, Kiswahili origin meaning “good, beautiful.”

246. Phoenix — This name of Greek origin means “dark red.”

247. Evie — This choice of Latin, Hebrew, and Norman origin has another super-relevant, lovely meaning: “Life.” It can also be short for Evelyn.

248. Alaska — This baby girl name of Native American origin means “great land,” which makes sense for the American state that shares its name.

249. Rylie — A feminine variant of the unisex name Riley, this name is of old Irish and Gaelic origins, meaning “courageous, valiant.”

250. Aspen — Named from aspen trees, this was one of the top 300 baby girl names in 2018.

251. Saffron — It means “yellow flower.”

252. Juniper — A name of Latin origin meaning “young”—may your little one always be young at heart!

253. Cleo — “Glory,” of English origin.

254. Talia — This moniker is of Hebrew origin meaning “gentle dew from heaven; by the water.”

255. Elsie — From the Hebrew Elisheba, this means “oath of God,” but it can also be a quirky, shortened version of Chelsea, Kelsey, etc.

256. Ember — The “smoldering remains of a fire,” this could also be a variation on Amber, which is a “reddish yellow gemstone.”

257. Cosette — We’re already obsessed with this choice, which means “little thing,” and was a nickname used in Victor Hugo‘s Les Miserables.

258. Vera — An option of Russian origin meaning “faith.”

259. Beatrix — This moniker means “she who brings happiness,” and while it’s come pretty close, it hasn’t made it to the top 1,000 baby girls’ names within the last decade.

260. River — A beautiful, nature-based choice—this has been in the top 300 names since 2016.

261. Thea — Meaning “goddess,” this potentially-shorter-form of Althea, Mathea, and/or Dorothea is of Greek origin.

262. Blakely — It means “dark wood or clearing”—we’re into the creative twist on Blake!

263. Gemma — “Precious stone,” this name of Latin origin can also be spelled Jemma.

264. Alivia — This unique spelling is still in the top 300 girls’ names, but it’s definitely less common than Olivia (meaning “olive tree”) which has held the #2 spot for years.

265. Sawyer — Another popular unisex name, this means “woodcutter.”

266. Parker — Originally known as “park keeper,” this was an occupational last name.

267. Presley — “Priest’s meadow,” of English origin.

268. Peyton — This name of English origin means “fighting-man’s estate” (we would add, “or fighting-woman’s).

269. Willa — A name of German origin that means “resolute protection.” Similar to the ever-growing name Willow.

270. Mina — This excellent option is of German origin, meaning “love.”

271. Julieta — A name of Spanish origin, similar to the English Juliet and French Juliette, meaning “youthful.”

272. Etta — A (super-jazzy!) French name meaning “keeper of the hearth,” it actually comes from the longer-form Henriette.

273. Lia — A Greek name meaning “bearer of good news,” it is a different spelling than the more-common Leah.

274. Collins — This was typically a surname derived from Nicholas or Colin, but it made huge leaps on the top girls’ names list around 2010-2011 and was charted at #514 in 2018.

275. Holland — Fittingly, this name of Dutch origin (that means “wooded land”), also represents two provinces in the Netherlands.

276. Sunny — It means “brilliant, of the sun.”

277. Davina — A girl’s name of Scottish and Hebrew origin meaning “beloved,” as the feminine form of David.

278. Siobhan — Pronounced “Sha-vonne,” this is a name of Irish origin meaning “gracious.”

279. Arlette — Small but mighty—this powerful moniker of French origin means “lion of God.”

280. Edie — It means “rich gift”—sounds about right!

281. Aubrianna — Seemingly a hybrid of Aubrey and Anna, this means “noble, gracious.”

282. Taya — A rare name of Japanese origin meaning “young; valley field,” this sweet moniker only made it onto the top 1,000 baby girls’ names twice in recent years, (#981 in 2015 and #945 in 2009).

283. Elin — Someone will probably be feelin’ good with this Welsh name’s meaning: “Most beautiful woman!”

284. Kensington — Suggestive of royalty, this English name is also a district in London.

285. Luz — A name of Spanish and Latin origin meaning “light.”

286. Dixie — Meaning “tenth,” or “from the south in the U.S.,” this cool chick name most recently peaked in 2011, charting at #848.

287. Marleigh — “Marshy meadow, pleasant wood,” this name can also look like Marley, Marlee, etc.

287. Giana — An Italian baby name meaning “God is gracious.”

288. Bryleigh — An Americanized combination (most likely of Bryan and Leigh), it means “gracious, strong.”

289. Aurelia — A feminine take on the Latin family name Aurelius, meaning “golden.”

290. Chaya — It means “life,” of Hebrew and Yiddish origin.

291. Lore — This beautiful name meaning “flower,” is extremely uncommon—its most recent peak was at #4,984 in 2010, and in 2017, it was all the way down to #20,220 on the charts.

292. Zoie — Another emphasis on “life,” (so appropriate with a newborn!), this one is of Greek origin. Similar spellings include Zoe and Zoey.

293. Addy — Technically termed “son of Adam,” it’s more likely to be a shortened-version of the feminine Addison or Adalynn).

294. Delaney — A rebel-type name of Gaelic origin, this means “descendant of the challenger.”

295. Birdie — Your own little bird would be helping this name land (or nest) on the top 1,000 list—it’s been getting closer and closer every year (#1,330 in 2018)!

296. Onyx — This black gemstone shows that your little lady can be strong and girly all at once!

297. Kira — You may need to treat her like a princess with this Russian origin name, meaning “throne!”

298. Stella — “Star,” of Latin origin.

299. Penelope — This four-syllable moniker is of Greek origin, and means “weaver.”

300. Erina — If you have Irish in your blood, or really love the country, this name of Gaelic origin actually means “Ireland!”

Craving even more inspiration? Here are 50 celebrity-inspired baby names that are predicted to be super-popular in 2020!

Read the whole story
richm
713 days ago
reply
300 Unique Baby Boy and Baby Girl Names (2019) — Unique Baby Names
Share this story
Delete

We're Calling It Right Now—These Are the 25 Best Books of 2019

1 Comment

It’s been a great year for bibliophiles, and as we head into 2020, we’re looking back at all of the must-read books we’ve tackled. Our reading lists have been topped with debut novelsfantastic fiction, unforgettable memoirs, books written by bestsellers and newcomers, and this year has promised no shortage of reading material. Looking back on an eventful 365 of page-turners, we’ve chosen 25 of the best books of 2019. Here they are:

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Set in the late sixties, this novel is full of sex, drugs, rock and roll and a girl suddenly noticed because of her enigmatic beauty and musical talent. When newly famous Daisy and seasoned performer Billy collide, an unforgettable musical legend is born in Daisy Jones & The Six.

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

The Night Tiger is the captivating story of two young people, Ji Lyn and Ren, whose lives change completely when they are both faced with a mysterious adventure. This Malaysian tale provides an interesting glimpse into a colorful and dramatic world that begins to fall apart—all because of a missing finger.

Related: The Ultimate Book Gift Guide—Books For Every Reader On Your List

Trust Exercise by Susan Choi

David and Sarah have fallen deeply in love, but unfortunately for them, every little thing begins to go awry. In Trust Exercise, the lives of several adolescents and adults are flipped upside down, revealing mind-bending truths that will affect them forever.

The World According to Fannie Davis by Bridgett M. Davis

In this beautiful tribute to her mother, Davis writes of a unique childhood growing up under the wing of the successful and clever Fannie M. Davis, an inspiring woman who would do anything to raise her children in a positive home, even in moments of tragedy.

City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

City of Girls explores the life of Vivian Morris, now 89-years-old and reflecting on her younger years in the world of New York theater. In order to fully understand where she is today, Vivian must relive the dramatic romances and dark scandals of her past.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

This is the thrilling story of wealthy and successful Alicia Berenson, who snapped one evening and murdered her seemingly perfect husband in cold blood. In a dramatic search for the truth, criminal psychotherapist Theo Faber becomes entrenched in the web of lies and dark secrets that surround Alicia and her crime.

Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

Maid is an insightful look at the life of accidental mother Stephanie Land: how she learned to provide for herself and her child while working a difficult job as a maid and going to school for writing. Land’s amazing nonfiction read provides important insight into the life of a mother living below the poverty line.

Related: For Fans of David Sedaris, 8 Hilarious Reads Guaranteed to Make You Laugh

How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

Winner of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for Nonfiction, Jones’coming-of-age memoir How We Fight For Our Lives showcases his life as a gay black man growing up in the South. It examines race, sexuality, family, the love a son has for his mother and the sacrifices people make to become their ideal selves.

Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me by Adrienne Brodeur

Adrienne Brodeur was 14 when she found out about her mother’s affair with Ben Souther, her stepfather’s best friend. A captivating memoir layered with detail, excitement and heartbreak, Brodeur’s Wild Game explores the consequences and corrosiveness of secrets.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

It seems as if Alex Stern’s life is thrown away—shady drug dealers, dead-end jobs, surviving an unsolved homicide. But in her hospital bed, she’s offered a second chance: to attend Yale. But why her? Part dark magic fantasy, part murder mystery, Alex is tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the Ivy League school’s secret societies.

Know my Name by Chanel Miller

In an extraordinary and eloquent memoir, Chanel Miller, known to the world as “Emily Doe” in the Brock Turner sexual assault case, comes forward to tell the dramatic aftermath of one night in January 2015. Miller reclaims her identity and exposes the brutal and lonely world that is sexual assault recovery, spotlighting the entitlement and bias toward sexual perpetrators and a system that so often fails its victims.

Related: Elton John, Prince, Rolling Stones and More! 10 New Books From Musical Greats

The Lost Man by Jane Harper

This suspenseful novel by Jane Harper tells the story of the mysterious death of Cameron, one of three brothers who lives in a remote area of the Australian Outback. His brothers set out to find their sibling’s killer in this thrilling tale of lies and family betrayal.

Related: The Best Gift for Your Literature-Loving Friends

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie Jenkins, a Jamaican-British woman living in London, has always struggled to preserve her identity as a woman of color in an all-white world. After a series of questionable decisions, Queenie must get her life back on track while learning where she truly belongs.

They All Fall Down by Rachel Howzell Hall

When seven strangers are invited to a beautiful and remote tropical vacation, it doesn’t take much for them to excitedly accept the mysterious offer. They All Fall Down is a novel full of unique characters who quickly learn they are trapped on a deserted island and left to reveal the dark secrets they are hiding.

The Light Years by Chris Rush

After a chance encounter with drugs, Rush starts a new life among the 1960s counterculture of Arizona. The Light Years is a memoir full of drug-infused tales and a man trying to face his lost childhood.

Related: Author Nic Sheff Opens Up on Family, Love Hope and A Beautiful Boy 

Honestly, We Meant Well by Grant Ginder

When Sue Ellen Wright realizes that her husband and son have been slowly destroying their family as a whole, she jumps at the opportunity to take them on a Grecian vacation. Honestly, We Meant Well is the hilarious tale of a family doing their best to air their dirty laundry and find compromise.

Fleishman Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Toby Fleishman is going through a bitter divorce from his wife, Rachel, who vanished one day and left their two kids with the newly single dad. Where has she gone, and why? Through the narrator, Toby’s friend, Libby, we examine the challenge of modern day marriage, communication and love/hate relationships.

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

A symbol of the rags-to-riches story, Cyril Conroy purchases a stunning 1920s mansion for his family. But after his death, his children would be thrown right back into the life of poverty he fought to get out of. In The Dutch House, two loyal siblings deal with the consequences of one traumatic event and the impact of holding a five-decade-long grudge.

Related: Everyone’s Favorite Author, Ann Patchett Talks The Dutch House, Broken Families—And Tom Hanks

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Lillian becomes the caretaker of an old friend Madison’s step-children. There’s only one problem: the kids combust into flames when they’re upset. In this hilarious read, Lillian and the kids find happiness in chaos and comfort in what was previously loneliness, proving how much they need one another.

The Yellow House by Sarah Broom

In her memoir The Yellow House, Sarah Broom spotlights the city and people of New Orleans who often go unnoticed. She delves into class, race, inequality and her own family history—100 years to be exact—to tell the story of a house that became a home.

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The 2019 winner of the Kirkus Award for Fiction & Literature, The Nickel Boys takes place during the Jim Crow era, following Elwood Curtis who makes one innocent mistake and is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, a vicious environment that informs the rest of his lives.

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Looking for meaty family drama? It’s all here. Ask Again, Yes is about the children of two neighboring families in a suburban town, family dynamics behind closed doors, and the consequences of tragedy and forgiveness over decades.

The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley

Dedicated to healing broken relationships, The Harmony Resort seems too good to be true. So do its owners, doctors Miles and Grace Markell. When two couples begin the resort’s therapy program, they realize something much darker is hidden behind this piece of paradise.

The Night Olivia Fell by Christina McDonald

Abi Knight learns her pregnant daughter is brain-dead after falling off a bridge, and she seeks to find the truth behind what the police have ruled as an “accident.” The Night Olivia Fell is a thrilling testament to the power of a mother’s love.

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

In this debut novel by Whitney Scharer, young apprentice Lee Miller is caught up in a tumultuous relationship with famous surrealist photographer Man Ray. This work of historical fiction explores the life of Miller, her journey of self-discovery  and her ambition to become a female artist.

Next, 30 great books everyone should read before they turn 30.

Read the whole story
richm
719 days ago
reply
25 Best Books of 2019—Must-Read Books of the Year
Share this story
Delete