In 2019 I read more books than I read in the last 10 years! 71 books to be exact! Most of these books I actually listened to either on Audible or Overdrive. I hope you enjoy hearing about my favorite books of 2019!**This post contains affiliate links**
My Favorite Books:
- The Road Back to You– I had been hearing about the Enneagram for years, and now that I’ve read this I understand why! I feel like this book changed the way that I interact with people for the better! I love understanding my type, along with my family and friend’s numbers. If you’re totally clueless to what I’m talking about I still encourage you to read this!
- Same Kind of Different as Me– This was a sweet book that was a quick read. I love the perspectives and it teaches such a solid life lesson that I want my kids to read this one as well.
- The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek– I just read this one at the end of the year and it was a favorite! I also love that it is based off of facts about the first traveling librarians!
- The Lager Queen of Minnesota-I listened to this book on audiobook and couldn’t’ stop laughing at the realistic Minnesotan accents! The book had me sucked in and ended up being a tear jerker. So good!
- The Last Lecture– After reading this book I recommended it to my husband and he loved it too! Not only did I love Randy Pausch’s advice, but I loved the concept of a “last lecture” if you had the opportunity to share one.
- Evicted– This book was eye opening for me about how an Eviction had ruin a person’s life. I loved how it also shared the side of the landlords in Eviction cases. It poses the question, “Is safe housing an American right” and really got me thinking!
- Little Princes– This is a true story based off of the author’s work in Nepal. I loved his insights and perspective, and enjoyed the way that he told stories.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine– This book was super quirky and gave a good look at mental illness. It also had me laughing the entire way through. By the end I cared deeply for Eleanor and just wanted to give her a hug!
- The One in a Million Boy– I really loved this book and the different perspectives that it shared. As a mother it made me want to be more intentional. As a granddaughter it made me want to spend more time with my grandparents!
- Daring to Hope– This book had been recommended to me so many times and I’m so thankful I finally read it! It was such an encouragement to me and challenged me to dream and hope bigger!
- The Hiding Place– This is a classic but I had never read it! This book encouraged me in my faith and it’s one that I could read over and over again.
- The Girl with Seven Names– I really don’t know much about North Korea and this gave me a much better understanding of how life is there. It was different than any other book I’ve read and made me want to be more intentional about helping refugees.
- Where the Crawdads Sing– I know this is on everyone’s list for last year, but the reason why is because it’s SO good. This kept me up WAY too late reading and at one point I was even holding my breath. It really is SO SO good.
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet– This is such a sweet and endearing book and helped me understand the conflicts that took place in America during WWII. I loved the main character and the relationship that he had with his son thorughout the book.
- Still Alice– This book was heartwrenching, as my grandpa is dealing with dementia. It helped me better understand the mind of a person with memory loss and was really interesting.
- The Story of Beautiful Girl– This was such a sweet book about a relationship between two people with severe special needs. I just loved how the author showed their deep feelings that many looked past.
Books I Wish I’d Skipped:
- Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy– This book had an interesting story, but too many characters, places, and storylines.
- Maid– I HATED the perspective of this author. She seemed lazy and entitled and I could go on and on… I’ll just say that I’ve seen many people within my career at McDonalds and Target survive on minimum wage and better themselves by making good decisions. I hated how she acted like she was a victim, while she continued to make terrible choices.
- All the Pretty Horses– I really don’t understand how this is a classic?! It felt so slow, long, and drawn out.
I hope you enjoyed these lists! You also might like my favorite books of 2018 and my favorite books of 2017. Also I wrote this post about “How to Start a Book Club” if you that’s your goal for the New Year! I’d love to hear if you have any book suggestions for me?! Also, are we friends on Goodreads?!
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