Reading Lately: Everything I Read in 2019

As the daughter of a librarian, I am a proud reader of fiction, memoir, poetry, non-fiction, YA and children’s books. In 2019, I surpassed my reading goal and in total read 56 books! I love seeing what other people have been reading, so I wanted to share my favorites of the year with you.

I chose to break this list into two categories (fiction and non-fiction), and rank them in order of my favorites, to my least favorites. Hard task, I know! To keep it shorter, I am not listing a description of each book, but Goodreads is a great resource to learn more about each book listed in this post.


  1. This Tender Land
  2. The Turn of the Key
  3. An Elderly Lady is Up to No Good
  4. Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself
  5. My Boyfriend is a Bear
  6. The Farm
  7. American Spy
  8. The Water Cure
  9. She Would Be King
  10. The Woman in Cabin 10
  11. The Lorax
  12. Whistle in the Dark
  13. City of Girls
  14. A Very Large Expanse of Sea
  15. Station Eleven
  16. Turbulence
  17. Fox 8
  18. The Good Girl
  19. The Girl on the Train
  20. Waiting for Unicorns
  21. Elevation
  22. Woman World
  23. Red at the Bone
  24. The Third Hotel
  25. Elsey Come Home
  26. The Only Story



  1. Bad Blood
  2. The Four Tendencies
  3. The Displaced
  4. Know My Name
  5. Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
  6. How to Be a Good Creature: A Memoire in Thirteen Animals
  7. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  8. Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness
  9. Becoming
  10. Educated
  11. Hygge & West Home: Design for a Cozy Life
  12. Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, and Baking Biscuits
  13. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
  14. A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea
  15. Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture
  16. Slow: Simple Living for a Frantic World
  17. What is Climate Change?
  18. Art Matters
  19. Advanced Love
  20. Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration
  21. The Art of Simple Living: 100 Daily Practices from a Japenese ZenMonk for a Lifetime of Calm and Joy
  22. How Not To Always Be Working
  23. Buddhism: An Introduction to the Buddha’s Life, Teachings, and Practices
  24. Why Don’t You Write My Eulogy Now So I Can Correct It?: A Mother’s Suggestion
  25. Little Victories: Perfect Rules for Imperfect Living

There you have it! On each list, I would say 1-10 are must-reads and the rest you could give a shot….or not. For 2020, I am two books in: Becoming (Michelle Obama) and Wild (Cheryl Strayed). Looking forward to another great year of reading. Share your favorites of 2019 with us below!

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