It’s no secret that my love of reading books knows no bounds. Somehow, though, it’s been well over a year since I wrote this post about all of the books I was reading. And I only have the one post about one specific book I read since then.
Last year, I set out to read one book per week and accomplished that goal plus two more! This year, I once again set out to read at least 52 books, but exceeded my goal and then some. I’ve read 86 books in 2019, and the year still has a few days left. ARE YOU NOT IMPRESSED?! That number is so high because I’m counting audiobooks, which I just started listening to this year. If you’ve been wondering where I’ve been on this blog, I was probably busy reading.
When it comes to reading and picking what you should read next, Goodreads is a godsend! It’s probably the most used app on my phone. I have an ever growing list of what I want to read next and seeing what friends with similar taste in literature rated books can be helpful in deciding if a book is worth my time. Goodreads is also where I keep my reading goals and yearly accomplishments nice and organized.
Since I read sooooooo much this year, I’m breaking it all down into a few different categories; the good, the bad, and everything in between.
BEST FICTION 2019
- A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
- Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton
- Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
- My Year Of Rest and Relaxation by Otessa Moshfegh
- Normal People by Sally Rooney
BEST NONFICTION 2019
- My Friend Anna by Rachel DeLoache Williams
- I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
- Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan Jobs
- Maid by Stephanie Land
BEST GUILTY PLEASURE BOOKS 2019
- Crazy Rich Asians Series by Kevin Kwan (the first one was just okay, but I loved the second book and just downloaded book 3)
- Matilda by Roald Dahl (this is a children’s book, but there are chapters so it totally counts as one of my 86)
- Still Me by Jojo Moyes (ughhhhhhh hate how much I love these books)
- Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham (I especially loved hearing all about Gilmore Girls)
- The Better Sister by Alafair Burke (I love me a good whodunnit)
BEST REREADS OF 2019
- A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (this book is definitely in my top five favorites of all time and it was even better the second time around)
- Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris (because David Sedaris)
WORST BOOKS OF 2019
Some were boring, some were poorly written, all were bad.
- American Heroin by Melissa Love (just bad)
- A Spark Of Light by Jodi Picoult (missed the mark on what could have been a good book by making it cheesy AF)
- Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi (how the hell was this a best seller?! I’m all for symbolism, but i didn’t understand what the fuck was going on for almost all of the book)
- Circe by Madeline Miller (I loved Song Of Achilles, but Circe was boring)
- The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen (this could have been part of my list of Guilty Pleasure books, but it was anticlimactic and overall stupid)
As far as next year is concerned, I’ll probably up the ante and set my goal at 75 books. I’ve never read Stephen King, so his books are at the top of my list. If I could give you a bit of unsolicited reading advice, it’s that autobiographies are better as audiobooks- especially when the author is the one reading them. Libby is how I get free audiobooks from the library, in case you’re wondering.
I also have big plans to restart writing my own book in 2020, wish me luck.