2019 in Books

Every year, I take part in the Goodreads Reading Challenge. It began as a way to keep track of what I was reading, as I’d accidentally, repeatedly picked up library books I’d already read thinking they were new to me. The challenge is less about challenging myself to read- its harder for me not to read at this point, as I just adore books so deeply. But I enjoy seeing how much I’ve read each year, and my Year in Books is such a treat to look at and remind myself of what I read earlier in the year, books I loved, and books I had to work to finish.

I strive to review everything I read, but because book choices are so personal I try to not leave bad reviews. Just because I didn’t enjoy it doesn’t make it a bad book, it just makes it a poor fit for me.

I’m grateful for the public library, as that’s where I get most of my books. I also got a free trial of Kindle Unlimited, which gave me access to a few titles the library didn’t. I also love Prime First Reads, which gives me one free book per month from their list of upcoming releases.

Here are the titles I read in 2019. I admit I did push myself to hit 90, since I was so close at the end of December. My favorite books of the year are in bold:

  1. Beartown, Fredrik Backman
  2. As Close to Us as Breathing, Elizabeth Poliner
  3. The Husband’s Secret, Liane Moriarty
  4. What Alice Forgot, liane Moriarty
  5. The Hypnotist’s Love Story, Liane Moriarty
  6. Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty
  7. My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
  8. Nine Perfect Strangers, Liane Moriarty
  9. Instant Mom, Nia Vardolos
  10. Swimming Pool Sunday, Madeleine Wickham
  11. Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book, Jennifer Donnelly
  12. One Day, David Nicholls
  13. And Every Morning the Way Home gets Longer and Longer, Fredrik Backman
  14. One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, Jim Fergus
  15. Wishtree, Katherine Applegate
  16. Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
  17. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, Heather Harpham
  18. A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman
  19. We Were Liars, E. Lockhart
  20. The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon
  21. Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng
  22. A Spark of Light, Jodi Picoult
  23. The Proposal, Jasmine Guillory
  24. I Owe You One, Sophie Kinsella
  25. Paper Towns, John Green
  26. Rise of the Isle of the Lost, Melissa de la Cruz
  27. On the Come Up, Angie Thomas
  28. The Light We Lost, Jill Santopolo
  29. Lilac Girls, Martha Hall Kelly
  30. Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok
  31. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  32. Magic Hour, Kristin Hannah
  33. Educated, Tara Westover
  34. The Last Year of the War, Susan Meissner
  35. Everything I Never Told You, Celest Ng
  36. Barefoot Season, Susan Mallery
  37. Becoming Mrs. Lewis, Patti Callahan
  38. The Garden of Small Beginnings, Abbi Waxman
  39. Other People’s Houses, Abbi Waxman
  40. A Princess in Theory, Alyssa Cole
  41. The House on Tradd Street, Karen White
  42. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  43. The Opposite of Maybe, Maddie Dawson
  44. The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls, Anissa Gray
  45. Swimming for Sunlight, Allie Larkin
  46. One Day in December, Josie Silver
  47. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, Kim Michele Richardson
  48. The Almost Sisters, Joshilyn Jackson
  49. The Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende
  50. Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
  51. This is How it Always Is, Laurie Frankel
  52. Heart of Darkness, Spencer Quinn
  53. The Mothers, Britt Bennett
  54. The Alice Network, Kate Quinn
  55. The Power, Naomi Alderman
  56. The Dream Daughter, Diane Chamberlin
  57. The Golden Tresses of the Dead, Alan Bradley
  58. Dandelion Summer, Mary Ellen Bramwell
  59. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, Abbi Waxman
  60. Masterminds and Wingmen, Rosalind Wiseman
  61. The Shark Club, Ann Kidd Taylor
  62. What You Don’t Know About Charlie Outlaw, Leah Stewart
  63. Ghosted, Rosie Walsh
  64. Sunshine Beach, Wendy Wax
  65. One Good Thing, Wendy Wax
  66. A Bella Flora Christmas, Wendy Wax
  67. Best Beach Ever, Wendy Wax
  68. The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living, Louise Miller
  69. Miracle Creek, Angie Kim
  70. Never Have I Ever, Joshilyn Jackson
  71. While We Were Watching Downton Abbey, Wendy Wax
  72. Roar, Cecelia Ahern
  73. Room to Breathe, Liz Talley
  74. The Secrets We Kept, Lara Prescott
  75. When We Believed in Mermaids, Barbara O’Neal
  76. Things You Save in a Fire, Katherine Center
  77. On Folly Beach, Karen White
  78. Yellow Crocus, Laila Abrahim
  79. Holly Banks Full of Angst, Julie Valerie
  80. Inheritance, Dani Shapiro
  81. Ellie and the Harpmaker, Hazel Prior
  82. Out of Sorts, Sarah Bessey
  83. Matchmaking for Beginners, Maddie Dawson
  84. Christmas Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
  85. Where the Forest Meets the Stars, Glendy Vanderah
  86. The Littlest Bigfoot, Jennifer Weiner
  87. Little Bigfoot, Big City, Jennifer Weiner
  88. The Overdue Life of Amy Byler, Kelly Harms
  89. The Tyrant’s Tomb, Rick Riordan
  90. Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan

As you can see, when I find an author I love I read all of their work. Abbi Waxman is my favorite of the new to me authors I read this year.

What are some of your favorite books from this year?


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