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Books I Read in 2019

Posted on: January 13, 2020


“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

I joined the Goodreads Challenge last year and set my goal at 30 books. I was pleased to end the year having read 34. Many bloggers have listed the books they read in 2019, so I decided to do the same. I’ve included links to Goodreads where I’ve left a review for most of them. There may be some you´d like to read.

  1. Notes from a Small Dog by Sue Vincent 
  2. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield 
  3. Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl by Marian Longnecker Beaman
  4. The Magic Carpet by Jessica Norrie 
  5. The Pilates Class by Stevie Turner
  6. Philomena by Christene A. Browne
  7. The Road by Cormack MacArthy
  8. Baggage by Wendy Phillips 
  9. The Emissary 2:To Love Somebody by Marcia Meara
  10. Where or When by Anita Shreve
  11. The Coldest December: A Short Story Collection to Remember the Halifax Explosion
  12. Broken Mould by B. J. Darling
  13. Shooting Caterpillars in Spain by Alex Browning
  14. The Bonesetter’s Daughter by Amy Tan 
  15. The Emissary: A Riverbend Spinoff Novella by Marcia Meara
  16. The Storyteller Speaks by Annika Perry
  17. Coffin for Cash by Nic Morton
  18. All the Better Part of Me by Molly Ringle
  19. Partners in Time by Stevie Turner
  20. Understanding:An Anthology of True and Significant Life Events complied by Stevie Turner
  21. The Rise of Winter by Alex Lyttle
  22. The Moon is Wearing a Tutu by Joy Lennick and Eric Lennick
  23. From Ant to Eagle by Alex Lyttle
  24. Girl of Kosovo by Alice Mead
  25. The Gathering by Anne Enright
  26. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  27. Roam by C. H. Armstrong
  28. The Poet’s Dog by Patricha MacLaughlin
  29. Fire in the Vineyard by Christa Polkinhorne
  30. The Mystery of Shadow Hills by Carrie Cross
  31. The Big Book of If by Evelyn McFarlane
  32. Pure Trash by Bette A- Stevens
  33. Winter Draws On: Short stories by members of Writer´s Ink
  34. Amanda in Holland: Missing in Action by Darlene Foster

In 2019 I read many great books and a good variety. It´s hard to say which was my favorite but the top three would be, Becoming, Baggage and The Bonesetter´s Daughter. It´s just a coincidence they all start with B.

So many books, so little time

My goal for next year is 40. I will not live long enough to complete my TBR pile but I sure want to make a dent in it in 2020. Wish me luck.

Happy reading to all of you!!

79 Responses to "Books I Read in 2019"

Thanks for sharing your list, Darlene! My own TBR list is already way too long, but now you’ve given me a few more to add to it!

There are some good ones there. I hope you enjoy them. Juggling reading and writing can be a challenge. xo

I’ve set my own Goodreads Challenge at 52, though I think I’ll do more! I can’t create a list like you have done however, I tend to pick several in January then to feed off associated recommended books on Amazon or by the same author.

52 is a good amount. I will be surprised if I make 40. I could never make a list of what I plan to read, only what I have read. Like you, I often read books recommended or that I stumble upon in a charity shop. Although my own shelves are sagging with books I plan to read, eventually. Perhaps I should be more disciplined.

That’s quite a list, Darlene! Err – the only one I recognised was ‘Amanda in Holland’! I know – I should get out more… 🙂

I hesitated to put my book on the list but I have read it, many times! I was pleased it was the one you recognized.

Wow, that’s an impressive list. I managed about 9 last year, aiming for about 10 – 15 this year.. I struggle with time,

NIne is much better than none. I have had years when I only read a couple of books.I’m retired now, so I should be able to get more reading in. Alas, time is always an issue.

Thanks Darlene, life can be so busy!

Terrific list – nice mix, and as always, you support your bellow bloggers! Bravo and here’s to an exciting 2020!

Thanks, John. I do try to mix it up and I love to support my fellow bloggers as they support me.

Thanks so much for sharing your list! I have only read two of the ones you have. Thanks for other titles for me to look into!

PLeased I was able to give you some ideas. Happy reading.

I have Steven Pressfield’s book on my Kindle. Loved several of his others.

My publisher sent it to me as a Christmas gift. It was perfect and came just at the right time. A book every writer needs. I know you will like it.

Noble goal – kudos from reaching reading (and writing) goals. I’m putting some of these books on my to-read list. Thanks, Darlene!

I was pleased that I met my goal. The year before I only read 28 books. I was happy to be able to put your book on the list. Happy Reading in 2020. xo

I’ve read a few of those on your list. Good to see you read your own book. 😉 Isn’t it a thrill to actually turn the pages of our own books? Nothing like it.

I hesitated to add my book, although Goodreads did. But then I decided I did read it, many times over the year, so it should count. In fact, I probably have it memorized!

Such a great list! Thanks for sharing! So many I need to add to my list.

Thanks, there are some good ones on the list. I got some off of your list too. Now to carve out some time to read more.

The Coldest Winter caught my eye. When I was researching my grandmother’s Dalhousie University education, I learned that she was in Halifax on the day of the explosion and held tend to the injured. The book is now on my TBR!

There are some excellent stories in the book. You will like it. I can’t imagine being there. Bless her for tending to the injured.

Yes, she was one who rolled up her sleeves and did what needed to be done when others needed help. She nursed her older brother when his lungs were damaged by gas in WWI.

She sounds like an amazing woman and part of your DNA.

A very impressive list Darlene , thanks for all the recommendations.

Thanks. I hope there are some in there for you yo enjoy.

Well done, Darlene. It is quite a satisfying feeling to reach a goal. I’ve been on an exercise kick the past couple of years. I hate running every time, but I have this small period of satisfaction after I’m done.

Always satisfying to reach a goal! Well done for keeping up with the running.

Darlene, I feel like I’ve been in a bookshop this morning, browsing through the books you’ve read this year! 😀 A wonderful eclectic selection and thank you, so lovely to come across my book. Wow! I am in awe of all your reviews and links to the books and I’ve definitely got some new ones for next year. The Bonesetters Daughter looks fascinating and I’m intrigued by The Gathering. Becoming was one of my favourite books of the year as well … and one I could easily read again! Happy Reading in 2020! 😀📖

So pleased you enjoyed browsing the books. I really did enjoy your book. You will not be disappointed by The Bonesetters Daughter and The Gathering, both about families. I love reading books recommended by others.

I really liked Becoming and the Bonesetter’s Daughter too!

They are excellent books. xo

I enjoy reading the list of books you have read and enjoyed. We have some similarities on our book list. I should add more non-fiction to my TBR list, but I get so immersed in fiction. ;-0 Happy reading in 2020!

Like you, I tend to read more fiction. Yes, we do have some of the same books on our lists. Great minds and all that! Enjoy that TBR list (which never gets shorter. What´s with that?) xo

That’s an impressive list, Darlene. I hope you enjoy your 2020 reads.

Thanks, Anne. Looking back over the year, I did read some great books.

An impressive list, Darlene. Good luck with your new goal.

Thanks, Cath. I just wish I could read faster!

I’ve heard Michelle Obama’s book is good. I’d be interested in the Mennonite daughter one as well. I’m not familiar with any of the rest of these. I know what you mean about never finishing our TBR list–but that just means we always have something to look forward to. 🙂 My books read in 2019 is here: https://barbarah.wordpress.com/2019/12/30/books-read-in-2019/. Visiting from Senior Salon.

Thanks for stopping in Barbara. You read some amazing books last year as well. I wish I could read faster but am happy with the 34 I’ve read. You would enjoy the Mennonite Daughter book. It is always good to learn about books you haven’t heard of. xo

I have read many on your list, including “Becoming”, which was the last book I finished. I liked it too! Thanks for all of the good recommendations. I am always looking for more books to read. I think I have to add the Mennonite Daughter to my list. Many of my neighbors are Mennonites here in Lancaster County, PA.

You will love Mennonite Daughter and may even recognize some names. I’m pleased I gave you some ideas. Wasn’t “Becoming” great.

Yes, I really liked it!

Wow. What an amazing list of books, Darlene. And I’m so proud you read one of my books as well. Thank you!!

It is a good mix of books and I loved yours!

Great list of books, Darlene!

Hi, Darlene – I am also a Goodreads fan. Our mutual book from your list is ‘Becoming”. I loved it! Right after that, I read ‘Catch and Kill’ by Ronan Farrow. I was enthralled all of the way through. I highly recommend it!

Thank you for the recommendation. Happy Reading.

Well done Darlene. I surpassed my last year number of books read too. I’m aiming to do it again. ❤

THat´s great! I´m sure you will do it again. xo

Holiday reading afford a good catch up! 🙂 x

Becoming has been on my list for a while now. I tend to read mostly nonfiction, but lately it seems I have been reading fewer and fewer each year. My kids’ books make up the majority of our Goodreads list. 😂 Thank you so much for sharing. Have a great week. ♥️

Becoming is a great nonfiction book. You would love it. I read children´s books too and love them.

I giggle that you included your own new book, Darlene. We do read them many times over, don’t we? I see you read Michelle Obama’s book. I’ve seen a few reviews for that book.

I felt it deserved a mention. If it had not been for reading it over and over before the final publication, I probably would have read another 10 books! Becoming is a very good book, more about family than politics. You would like it.

Great list of books…I feel like a slacker…15 books for me this year. Love the challenge! Thanks for sharing this Darlene!

I’ve had years like that as well. In fact, 15 books is still a good amount!

Congrats on meeting your goal, Darlene! I barely made mine for 2019 – I also might have cheated a tad and read several novellas the last few days of the year – but that still counts. Happy reading for this year!

Novella’s count! I even included my own book as I certainly read it a number of times. Enjoy your reading for 2020 as well.

I am impressed by your broad variety of books. Good luck making a dent in your 2020 TBR! I’ve read a couple of shorter books so far this year, and I’m currently reading The House on Cold Hill by Peter James. I’m enjoying its contemporary Gothic feel. (Eerie!)

It’s great to start the year with a couple of good books, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by. Have fun reading in 2020. xo

Thanks for reading and reviewing my book, Darlene!

My pleasure. You will see that you are on the list three times, twice for your books and once for compiling Understanding. xo

Your reading list is impressive. I don’t read as much as I once did but I do enjoy learning what other people read. It gives me a few ideas & a glimpse into what makes someone who they are. Good luck with your reading goal in 2020.

It is good to see what others read. Have you ever visited someone’s home and looked at the books on their shelves. Also a good way to learn more about a person. Thanks for your best wishes.

Darlene this is good for me to see from such a prolific writer as yourself. Each year I vow that I will read more. Thanks for ever inspiring and for the suggestions in this extensive list.

There are some good ones on the list. I have to make a conscious effort to stop writing and read. But by reading a variety of books, it expands my writing ideas. Happy reading!

Every book is an adventure.

So true and I had many adventures last year!!

I can’t believe that you had time to read so many books, write and blog…amazing!

I am retired so I have no excuse not to. I think I actually read more when I worked full time. Commuting by bus gave me 2 hours a day reading time!

Very impressive list, Darlene. Love the Dr. Seuss quote. 🙂

It was a good mix. Dr. Seuss always has the perfect quote!

I find it interesting (and wonderful) that so many good quotes are from children’s authors.

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