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!


Fiction

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 The Handmaid's Tale More.)

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood (The Netflix Series is really good too!)

The Other Woman by Sandie Jones

The Lightkeeper's Daughter by Jean Pendziwol 

Watching You by Lisa Jewell 

The Island of Sea Woman by Lisa See

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Good Riddance by Elinor Lipman

One Day in December by Josie Silver



3 Stars

The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

The Farm by Joanne Ramos

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang



Classics



Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery 
(5 stars)

Anne of Windy Poplars by L.M. Montgomery 
(4 Stars)

Anne of The Island by L.M. Montgomery 
(3 Stars)





Non Fiction 


Memoirs

Leaving the Witness by Amber Scorah 
(5 stars)


Save Me the Plums by Ruth Reichl 
(5 stars)

The Less People Know About Us by Axton Betz-Hamilton 

(4 stars)



Unshattered by Carol Decker 
(4 stars)



God Land by Lyz Lenz
(4 stars)



The Size of Everything by Erin Cole
(4 stars)



Tasting Grace by Melissa d'Arabian
(4 stars)


Historical Non Fiction

The Library Book by Susan Orlean 
(4 stars) 



Self Help\Spiritual Guidance

Beholding and Becoming: The Act of Everyday Worship by Ruth Chou Simons 
(5 Stars) 

Introverted Mom by Jamie Martin

(4 stars)

Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger
(4 stars)

The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith 
(4 Stars)

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
(3 stars)







Hobbies\Crafts\Gardening

The Pottery Gardener by Arthur Parkinson 
(5 Stars)

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