Reading Round Up | The Books of 2019

2019 year in review books

What a year! I felt very ambitious with my goal of 52 books on the year. Originally, I wanted to actually complete one book per week, but it didn’t quite work out that way. Thanks to some travel, there were a few weeks where I read more than one and others where a book took me a little bit longer.

In 2019, I read 54 books.

Here’s my breakdown of the books that I read this year. Now, I only re-read three books this year. Origin by Dan Brown, and Harry Potter 6 and 7. I had just finished quite a few new books back to back, and needed a little reprieve of something I could read without really having to pay attention to it. Hell, C. S. Lewis says that, if you won’t go back to a book, it wasn’t worth your time in the first place.

My Favorite Books of 2019

The greatest books of 2019. Some were new, some were old, but I loved them all dearly. If you’re looking for a recommendation for a gift or something to pick up at the library, start here.

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
The Perfect Child by Lucinda Berry
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
You Are A Badass Every Day by Jen Sincero
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
Oil & Marble by Stephanie Storey
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Artemis by Andy Weir
P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern
When She Returned by Lucinda Berry
The Better Liar by Tanen Jones – Publishes January 14, 2020!
Recursion by Blake Crouch
Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

The Good Books of 2019

These are my 3 and 4 star reads, for the most part. I snuck a few four star books into my top reads because they were just that good. It just so happened that they were being compared to better books. They kept me entertained and I enjoyed reading them, but I liked a few others better.

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Defending Jacob by William Landay – My first audiobook!
The River Widow by Ann Howard Creel
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
Something in the Water by Paula Hawkins
Educated by Tara Westover
The Snow Gypsy by Lindsay Ashford
The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
After the End by Claire Mackintosh
Paper Towns by John Green
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
This Little Dark Place by A.S. Hatch
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Murder List by Hank Phillipi Ryan
The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
Mosaic by John R. Maxim
The Crowns of Croswald Book II by D.E. Night
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
The Sentence is Death by Anthony Horowitz
The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

Not the Best Books of 2019

Some of these books I really disliked. Some just aren’t the best for the masses. No affiliate links here. If you buy any of these books, you do it at your own risk.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. I actually rated this as three stars on Goodreads, but I’m not really sure why. Please don’t read this book. Read my review if you want to know why.
Gretel and The Dark by Eliza Granville
The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George. Now, I actually enjoyed this book, but I definitely don’t think it’s for the masses.
The Bear by Andrew Krivak
How to Win Friends in the Digital Age by Dale Carnegie
The Fireman’s Fair by Josephine Humphreys
The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

That’s it! That’s a wrap on my books of 2019. A large portion of them were new, which is good. However, I think I might shake that up a bit in 2020. Stay tuned!

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