Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Books of 2019!

So.. here is the official list of books that I read in 2019... I didn't make 52... but I did read 40, which I think is still pretty great!  :)

Not ranked at all.. just the order I read them!

I love the variety of books that I was able to read.  I tried to do this post last night, but unfortunately the wine intake was greater than I thought... so I am adding a bit more about these books!  Ha!

I am also a part of book of the month club, so some of these are those books!  I love book of the month club!

#1  Becoming by Michelle Obama
I love her story, so much. She is one of those rare women that I think it is completely fine to open up our hearts to.  She just makes me want to be a better person!

#2  White Awake by Daniel Hill   Talk about eye opening!  Awesome book, this book truly opened my eyes to how I view the world through white eyes.

#3  How Dare the Sun Rise by Sandra Uwiringiyinoria   Wow!  Amazing story! Seriously an amazing book.  A story that needs to be read by everyone.

#4  One Day in December by Josie Silver   (book club)  This was one of my favorite cute little love stories!

#5  The Finnish Way by Katja Pantear     I want to move to Finland! Seriously... The Finnish way is just so amazing.  I need to get outside more!  One of my 2020 goals!

#6  The Nine of Us by Jean Kennedy Smith   Wow!  Awesome look into their life! It always intrigues me to learn more about Presidential families.

#7 Daring Greatly   by Brene Brown   Awesome book! I love Brene Brown... she just gets to my soul.  She helps me to find the strength inside to just live.  To be who I am supposed to be.

#8  Sisters First by Jenna and Barbara   They are the greatest!  Another great look into a Presidential Family!  So loved this book!

#9  Born Bright by C Nicole Mason  One of the best stories.  Please read this!

 #10  Beloved by Toni Morrison  This was my hardest read of the year.  It was so good, but it definitely took me on a journey.

#11  A Long Walk to Water by Sue Park  I always love stories that give me a perspective of a faraway place.  It helps me to realize just how easy my lie is.

#12  The War I Finally Won  by Bradley  This was good, and it was a Kid's book, but I did love the story for sure.

#13 The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo  She changed my life, and the stuff that I have in it.  I am still working on tidying things up, but I have a good start in this new year!

#14  Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarity  I love this author!  Every book I have read of hers is good, and this one was no different.

#15  Unsaid   by Neil Abramson   This was an interesting read.  It is not my usual genre, but it was good.  I wouldn't read it again though.

#16  Live from Cairo by Ian Bassinthwaigthe  I liked this book because it took me back to Egypt.  I loved reading about places that I was familiar with, and it reminded me of my year I spent there.

#17  The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines *** one of my favorites   Can I please have a marriage like Chip and Joanna?  They are just so great, and I love their story!  #goals

#18  Summer of '69  by Eline Hilderbrand    I loved this book and this author is one of my new favorites.  I think a lot of the appeal for this is taking place on the east coast.  Love those stories!

#19  Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson  This was a good book, one of those great mysteries!

#20  The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer    (book club)  A historical fiction book that I loved!

#21  Three Women  by Lisa Taddeo  Fabulous book!  I would suggest everyone read it.  I loved their stories, even though they were hard.

#22  Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis  One of the funniest authors I have ever read.  I love how real she is, and just how she touches the hearts of her readers.

#23  Golden Child  by Claire Adam   Great book- book club book.

#24  Well Met by Jen Deluca  One of the funniest and best love stories that I read.  It was hilarious!

#25  Beyond the Point  by Claire Gibson   LOVED this book so much.  So often we don't hear about the women at West Point, but this is the story.  Definitely worth the read.  Plus it helped me know more about West Point and life there.

#26  Mrs. Everything  by Jennifer Weiner  She's one of the best!  Loved this book.

#27  The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander  A book that once again made me think and helped me to understand more about the world I am living in, and what role I have to help change it.

#28  The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking   I'm in love with Hygge!  Goals:  bring more of it into my life.

#29  Those Who Knew by Idna Novey  Good, not my favorite.

#30  The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking   Yes, another great way of life to read about!

#31  Bringing Down the Duke  by Evie Dunmore  Another hilarious book!  Love story!  Loved it!  (book club)

#32  My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg  She is one of the best!  Please read this book about her life.....  I wish I could sit down and have coffee with her!

#33  Towelhead by Alicia Erian    This was a weird book, but a story that needed to be told.

#34  The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Septeys  This book was good, but hard to read.

#35  The Forgotten Girls by Owen Laukkanen  Yes, a great book.

#36  Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery    Oh... this book made me want to pack up my stuff and head out to the trail.  If only I didn't have bills to pay.  One of my favorites of the year!

#37  Wild by Cheryl Strayed  Always a favorite!  I love her!

#38  An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen   Good book, interesting book.

#39  The Glittering Hour by Ionia Grey  I loved this one!  It was such a good/cute love story.  (book club)

#40  Tracks by Robyn Davidson    This book was good, but not what I expected.  It made me want a camel!

Thankful for how each of these stories impacted me this year!

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