Everything I Read in 2019

Okay, not everything. (You can check out my Goodreads for that.) But I’m hoping that by the end of this post, you will get a sense of how the year has gone for me in literary terms.

By the numbers, I read 92 books this year. Originally, my goal was 75, because while I thought I would probably surpass that, I also wanted to give myself some breathing room. I wanted to push myself, but not so much that I was stressed about it. The compromise here ended up working pretty well for me.

Another note: I made a pact with myself about halfway through the year that I wouldn’t spend any money on books, partially because I don’t have any (lol college), and partially because there are libraries. Unless you live under a rock, there are some app gems out there, which means you can check out ebooks and audiobooks without even leaving your home. I am fortunate enough that I was gifted many of my hardcopy books by generous publishers and received audiobooks curtesy of my favorite company, libro.fm, but even without these people in my life, my no-spending goal still would have been totally doable.

This brings up another point: I listen to a lot of audiobooks. Audiobooks are, of course, of equal worth to their physical counterparts. Yes, I do feel that some books are better read on the page, but that is personal preference. Absolutely nothing is wrong with being a busy gal and needing to multitask or sneak in some listening on walks to class. Anyways, this is an argument I have made many times — the point is, if this list makes it look like I’m constantly reading, it’s because I am sneaky about fitting them in. Not all of these books were read by fireside with a mug of tea in hand, as bookstagram might have you believe.

SO, because I just love to complicate things, I’m going to give you a few different lists. First of all, my five-star reads. Self-explanatory, right? Second, my favorite reads. I know what you’re thinking — aren’t those the same thing? But see, there are some books that I just couldn’t give five stars to that are nonetheless still stuck in my heart, and they deserve a place. And, finally, for the sake of continuity, I’m going to do a Reading Superlatives list, because I really enjoyed it last year!


Five-Star Reads (in no particular order)

 

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins (2020 release)

  • Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

  • Blankets by Craig Thompson

  • The Museum of Modern Love by Heather Rose

  • The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

  • Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

  • Nasty Women by 404Ink

  • Dominicana by Angie Cruz

  • Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

  • Miracle Creek by Angie Kim

  • I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

  • The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

  • Heads of the Colored People by Nafissa Thompson-Spires

  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • The Queen of Bloody Everything by Joanna Nadir

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

  • Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

  • Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

  • The God Game by Danny Tobey (2020 release)

  • Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid


My Favorite Reads (in no particular order)

 

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

  • The Anatomy of Dreams by Chloe Benjamin

  • Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

  • I’ll Be Gone In the Dark by Michelle McNamara

  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  • Recursion by Blake Crouch

  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

  • King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

  • Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

  • Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

  • The God Game by Danny Tobey

  • The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick

So from this list I gather that I like biographical works, techy Black Mirror-type reads, and some good investigative journalism. Not all of these are five-star reads — some I might even have a lot of criticisms about — but they are still the most memorable reads that have immersed me, stuck with me, and made me think.


Reading Superlatives 2019

 

A Book That You Loved This Year by A Person of Color

Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

A Favorite Debut Novel You Read This Year

Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

A Book That Disappointed You This Year

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A Book That Made You Cry (or LOL)

Cry: Flush by Virginia Woolf

I was unaware of the tragic ending, okay?

LOL: The Captain and the Glory by Dave Eggers

Your Favorite 2019 Read

Not picking one. Gotcha!

An Underrated Book You Loved

Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales

I’m a sucker for a good YA.

Your 2019 Favorite Book Cover

 

Make It Scream Make It Burn by Leslie JamisonLittle Weirds by Jenny Slate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate or Make It Scream, Make It Burn by Leslie Jamison

 

A Book that Taught You Something

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Or also, any of the investigative journalism. Actually, wait, so many books. Like 70% of them, honestly. Learning things is fun!


Anyways, whoo! That was a lot! And hopefully all of it! Looking forward to another year of wonderful books!

Happy New Year,

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