I started off 2019 with the goal of reading 100 books and I accomplished it!!
Here are some facts about the books I read this year:
- 111 books were completed.
- 83 were written by two authors.
- 9 were books I had read before.
- 7 different series were read.
- The majority of the books I’ve read this year I’ve actually listened to on audiobook.
- The majority of the books I’ve read this year were borrowed from the library (Thanks Libby App).
- The majority of the books I’ve read this year did not contribute to my life in any way other than entertainment.
This year I read/listened to 111 Books, plus a few partials that may get finished before the end of the year or may end up on my 2020 completed list.
After a conversation with my roommate this morning I realized that my Enneagram Nineness probably played a big role in the fact that I listened to a lot of books that were entertaining. They became my escape, my place to retreat and be in my own head and space without having to entertain anyone else. James Patterson and John Grisham wrote a lot of those books and I loved retreating into the worlds they create with their words. And while I love their books, they are not the ones I am going to share more about.
Here are the top 6 books I read this year:
6. Option B – Sheryl Sandberg
This is the second book I have read by Sheryl Sandberg and I am always encouraged by her words. This book resonated with me because the author explores her heart and journey in grief over losing her husband. I think this book really resonated with me as I have spent a lot of time over the last year learning and dealing with my own personal grief journey after losing my dad 2.5 years ago.
This book has 3.87 stars on Goodreads.
5. Kindred – Octavia E. Butler
I read this book for a book club meeting that is happening next week and it was so good! It’s a science fiction, which isn’t usually my jam, but it was also written by a black woman and is a combination of slave memoir/historical fiction mixed with science fiction.
This book gets 4.24 stars on Goodreads and I would encourage anyone who enjoys historical fiction to check it out!
4. Becoming – Michelle Obama
If you haven’t heard of this book, then please run and go get it! It was a great memoir from former First Lady, Michelle Obama, that helped me relate to her and see more of the experiences she has had, from childhood through her days in the White House. It was an incredibly inspiring story and I would recommend everyone to read.
This book get 4.58 stars on Goodreads
3. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
This is another book club book that I read this year and woah was I in love. This story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in France during World War II, was captivating and kept me turning pages.
This book has 4.33 stars on Goodreads.
2. Educated -Tara Westover
The memoir of life separated from mainstream society to jumping into formal education at the age of 17 was inspiring, challenging, and helped me reflect on my thankfulness of my education. So many people have read this book/heard of this book and I would recommend everyone read and let your perspective be challenged by Tara’s words.
This book has 4.48 stars on Goodreads.
1. Year of Less – Cait Flanders
I’ll be 100% honest and say that this isn’t necessarily the best book I read this year, but it is the book I read this year that has inspired and challenged me the most personally. This is a story documenting the life of a girl who is breaking the habits of consumerism. And while not a book that I think everyone will love, it is a book that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to make changes in their life. This book has inspired a lot of my goals for the new year (stay tuned as I will be blogging about this).
This book has 3.52 stars on Goodreads.
I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into my reading world from 2019. I can’t wait to share about my 2020 reads with you.
Did you have a book on your list this year that I need to read? I love book suggestions and would love for you to drop some in the comments below!
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