Favorite Books of 2019

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.

The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

We Love Anderson Cooper by R.L. Maizes

Tell Me More by Kelly Corrigan

Inheritance by Dani Shapiro

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

The Editor by Steven Rowley

A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

Nothing To See Here by Kevin Wilson

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.


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