Books I Read in 2019

Here it is, my once a year blog post. This year I read 38 books. I always aim for 52 books, but life happens.
I read more non fiction last year than I ever had in a year. I prefer fiction, but sometimes a really great non fiction book lands in your lap and you can’t pass it up! Most of the non fiction books were memoirs, and they were all insightful, heartbreaking, and beautifully written.

I usually do a star rating system similar to Goodreads. 1 star = crap, 5 stars = phenomenal

I’m going to mix it up by using genres this year, along with star ratings.

I hope you find a book you enjoy from my list.

And as always,

Happy Reading!

5 Stars

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (Tom Hanks does the Audio version of the books and it's beautiful.)

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell 

The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain 

4 Stars

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood  (This was very good, but I loved…

Books I Read in 2018

Hello! It's my once a year blog post! 😊  This year, as I do every year, I make a goal to read 52 books. This year I went above and beyond and read 56 books! I probably could've read more but I took the month of December off to watch Hallmark Christmas movies.
This is the first year in a long time, I didn't have a book that I absolutely loved. I really enjoyed a lot of books, but none of them wowed me. I also read quite a few okay books, and a couple boring books that did nothing for me.

I use the Goodreads star system to rate my books.  5 stars being the best, 1 being the worst.

5 Stars:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein
Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Forever by Heather Harpham
What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton
Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller
The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
Educated by Tara Westover
The Sun Does Shine: How I found Life a…

Books I Read in 2017

This year of reading was especially exciting because I hit my goal of reading 52 books! I read a lot of great books, many pretty good books, some just okay books and a couple of duds.  I usually have one book I read that stands out as the best of the year, but this year I didn't read anything that was so amazing that I had to share with the world. But I did read 14 books that I really enjoyed!I am going to do my usualGoodreads star ratings of books. 5 being the best, 1 being the worst. 
5 Stars
On Turpentine Lane by Elinor Lipman Beartown by Fredrik Backman Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery  The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Saints for All Occasions by J. Courtney Sullivan  The Polygamist's Daughter by Anna LeBaron* The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner* *These books were written by cousins. They didn't know each other until their books were published! They write about the same family, but from diffe…

Books I Read in 2016

Happy New Year!!! Last night was the first time in a really long time I stayed up until midnight. I was watching the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix. I had just finished two months of watching the Gilmore Girls series. It was strange going from 2007 Gilmores to 2016 Gilmores. But that could be a whole different blog post.

Books! My goal, as always, is to read 52 books. I read 39. I almost finished my 40th book, but really I was only half way through, so I couldn't count that. But 39 is pretty good! Considering I pretty much took November & December off from reading so I could watch GG. And I only read 16 books in 2015 So I would say, I did a pretty good job of reading books.

I think this year I will list my books by the Goodreads star method. And I'll highlight a few of my favorites.

5 Stars:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi ****** My favorite book this year! 
Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld **** I loved this modern day take on Pride & Prejudice! 

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Ka…

Someone is 4!

My not so little Deacon is 4 years old! I'm really having trouble with this one, because he was always my little guy. But now he is a big dude, going to preschool and totally into collecting Pokemon cards! We just love this happy, independent, smart, and silly guy so much!

9 Books

I have about 8 weeks left until the end of the year and I'm determined to read 8 books, 9 if I can be productive.
The problem is, I've jumped on the Gilmore Girls bandwagon. I've never watched and it's not really my favorite show ever, but now I'm sucked in.  This puts a slight glitch in my reading plan, but I'll dedicate time each night to reading. Promise.

1. Today Will be Different, Maria Semple

2. To the Bright Edge of the World, Eowyn Ivey

3. This was Not the Plan, Christina Alger

4. The Light Between Oceans, M.L. Stedman

5. The One-in-a-Million Boy, Monica Wood

6. The Wangs Vs. The World, Jade Chang

7. Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood

8. The Mothers, Brit Bennett

9. Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton

I already have three books lined up that I'm going to read after the New Year.

Commonwealth, Ann Patchett
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
A Good Time for Truth: Race in Minnesota

plus the other 200+ book on my Kindle and in my book bin.

Summer Reading List

I know I don't blog any more. I'm just not into it as much as I used to be. But in the effort to be productive in writing on my blog and talk about books and reading, I'm compiling my list of summer reading.

I have so many books to read, and so little time. July is almost here and I have two months to get through this list.

The Veins of the Ocean
Before the Fall
& Sons
Tell the Wolves I'm Home
The Girls
The Forgotten Garden
The Assistants
Truly Madly Guilty
The Knockoff
The Weekenders
Vinegar Girl
Simply Tuesday
Starvation Heights
All the Light We Cannot See
The Shoemaker's Wife
Small Great Things
The Beach House
Saving Abby
About the Night
Falling Together
Heir to the Glimmering World
Inside the O'Briens
At the Water's Edge
The Boston Girl
If You Left
Results May Vary
Miller's Valley
Before I Go to Sleep
The Book of Speculation
Everybody Rise
Barkskins (This is a really long epic novel, so this might turn into an Autumn book)

So th…