2019 was a good one for our family: a trip to France, my sons starting their senior and freshman years, and my oldest son’s college acceptance into his first choice just to name a few. Mixed in between these great memories were lots of great books–76 in total. So many great books that I found it hard to narrow it down. I decided on these ten for two reasons: 1) I LOVED them and would tell anyone listening that they should read them, and 2) They have stuck with me long after I finished reading, a sign of a great book in my opinion. These are the books that will forever be on my bookshelf (even as I try to live a more minimal life…more on that later.)
I didn’t do it on purpose, but I love that my favorites ended up being such an eclectic mix: a memoir, essays, short stories, historical fiction, debut authors, and best sellers.
There were so many other books that I could have included, but I was trying my best to keep my stack to ten books. I highly recommend all of the above and if there are one or two that you haven’t read, why not start out 2020 with buying a few new books from your favorite independent bookstore. I really love Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon because they have such a great selection of used books and often you can find recent releases for a discounted price. I’ve even made it easy for you and linked all of the books directly to Powell’s. You’re welcome. (And no, I don’t get anything from your purchase. Just the peace of mind that you’re getting a great deal while supporting an independent bookstore at the same time.)
Want to see everything I read in 2019? Visit me over on Goodreads to check out all of my books and their ratings.