2019 Books I Read

One of my goals last year was to read 50 books. The year before I used a “book challenge” list and read all kinds of different books. This year, I didn’t put any parameters on what type of books, just said I would read 50 books. But because of the book challenge the year before, I did find I picked up several books I wouldn’t have picked up previous to that challenge-so I’m really glad I did it. I tried to incorporate some nonfiction along with the fiction, since novels are what I gravitate towards naturally. I’ve learned I do better if I keep a nonfiction going at the same time as my fiction, so I just don’t get “stuck” and quit reading altogether. Here is my 2019 list, complete with some notes about the books that really stuck out to me…or the ones I didn’t care for:

  1. True Colors by Kristin Hannah (I love everything by Kristin Hannah)
  2. The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (I really liked this one.)
  3. The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey (I think every parent in the world needs to read this book!)
  4. Code Red by Martha Wells
  5. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan (Such a fun series)
  6. Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall (Not as good as the other I’d read by him)
  7. The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (Fascinating book written by a 13 year old non verbal child on the austim spectrum)
  8. Artificial Condition by Martha Wells
  9. Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee (Not as good as To Kill a Mockingbird,  but I really liked it and couldn’t believe I hadn’t read it before)
  10. Them by Ben Sasse (I wish this guy would run for president-I would vote for him)
  11. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Wow. Intriguing read)
  12. Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells
  13. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Discovered this was a book after I watched the movie-the book was better, of course)
  14. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Such a fluff novel, but I’ve really enjoyed this cheesy little series.)
  15. Simply Classical by Cheryl Swope (This had a lot of good teaching tips.)
  16. Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield
  17. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  18. Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (Didn’t like this one as much as Dragon Teeth, but it was still really good).
  19. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (I’m a sucker for WWII books. This one was really well written.)
  20. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger  (Meh.)
  21. Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (written differently than a lot of books; had some foul language, but kept me intrigued throughout)
  22. Atomic Habits by James Clear (Really liked this one!)
  23. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (rated R for sure!)
  24. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah (not my top favorite of hers, but up there!-lots of based in WWII)
  25. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng (this one was great!) 
  26. Distant Shores by Kristin Hannah (pretty good; slower than some of her others)
  27. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (Excellent-read it in a day!)
  28. House Rules by Jodi Picoult
  29. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
  30. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (So good!)
  31. The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman (Invisible Library Series) 
  32. Mathematical Mindsets by Jo Boaler (For school, really good read)
  33. Recursion by Blake Crouch (This was even better than Dark Matter!) 
  34. The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell (a thriller-so good)
  35. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood (R rated, but captivating story
  36. You Just Can’t Teach That! By Kenneth D. Taylor (Psychology of running book)
  37. Beartown by Fredrick Backman (Liked this better than  A Man Called Ove) 
  38. Sold On a Monday by Kristina McMorris
  39. The Woman in Cabin Ten by Ruth Ware (Really good!)
  40. After You by JoJo Moyes (2nd in a trilogy)
  41. After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
  42. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (super cute/quirky romance book, has some sexual content)
  43. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks (predictable as always, but a fun, easy read, with a bit of twist at the end)
  44. Summer of 69 by Elin Hilderbrand (not as “fluffy” as a lot of her books-it was really good)
  45. Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul David Tripp
  46. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly (World War II, told France the perspective of three different girls-a German doctor in charge of a concentration camp, a Polish girl sent to that camp, and a girl living in America giving aid to the French people during the war)
  47. Love Came Down at Christmas by Sinclair B. Ferguson (advent readings) 
  48. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides (very weird murder mystery with a twist)
  49. Grace, Not Perfection by Emily Ley (non fiction, self help kind of book…some good nuggets of truth, even if I didn’t totally agree with all of it)
  50. Where the Forest Meets the Stars by Glendy Vanderah (compelling story that I didn’t want to put down!)

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