Wednesday, January 1, 2020

A Year In Books ('19 & '20)

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This is probably my favorite list to make all year. Christmas lists are fun and all, but book lists are my jam! And this is my longest one yet!

I had another record-breaking reading year (for me) and enjoyed so many good books this year. Every year I think, how will I top this year in books? And somehow I do. Not just in quantity, but quality, challenges, book groups and discount sites...allll the fun book stuff. I love it all!

A Year In Books | The best and worst of my 2019 reads and what I hope to read in 2020.

Here's what I read this year....

1. What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
3. The Crimes of Grindelwald Screenplay by JK Rowling
4. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
5. When by Daniel H Pink
6. When I Pray For You by Matthew Paul Turner
7. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
8. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told by Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman
9. Fame, Fate and the First Kiss by Kasie West
10. Shasta of the Wolves by Olaf Baker
11. The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
12. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry
13. Outer Order Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin
14. Hello, I love You by Katie M Stout
15. One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
16. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
17. Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry
18. From Anxiety to Love by Corinne Zupko
19. Limelight by Amy Poeppel
20. Astrology Through a Psychics Eyes by Sylvia Browne
21. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise L Hay
22. Just Friends by Tiffany Pitcock
23. The Brain by David Eagleman
24. #famous by Jilly Gagnon
25. Life Will Be the Death of Me by Chelsea Handler
26. Whiskey In A Teacup by Reese Witherspoon
27. You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
28. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett
29. The Spirit Almanac by Emma Loewe
30. Educated by Tara Westover
31. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
32. Evidence of the Affair by Taylor Jenkins Reid
33. The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen
34. If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberly
35. The Upside of Falling Down by Rebekah Crane
36. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
37. Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum
38. Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan
39. Poke the Box by Seth Godin
40. The Deal of a Lifetime by Fredrik Backman
41. Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak
42. The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary
43. The Magic Path of Intuition by Florence Scovel Shinn
44. The Story of the Beauty and the Beast by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve
45. The UnHoneymooners by Christina Lauren
46. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg
47. Maybe This Time by Kasie West
48. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
49. Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud
50. All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover
51. Summer At Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan
52. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey
53. Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
54. Poems Selected for Young People by Edna St. Vincent Millay
55. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
56. Pumpkin Heads by Faith Erin Hicks
57. Pride and Prejudice (Great Illustrated Classics) by Jane Austen
58. A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
59. Whatever Life Throws At You by Julie Cross
60. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
61. Snow In Love by multiple authors
62. Pride, Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
63. One Day In December by Josie Silver
64. Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life by Karen Rouch Carter

And if you like numbers, that list is made up of 37 novels, 16 nonfiction, 4 children's lit, 5 short stories (or anthology of short stories), 1 graphic novel, and 1 screenplay. Of those, only 2 were ebooks, and only 1 was an audiobook.

my best reads of 2019

Favorite Reads of the Year
I made GoodReads shelves for all of my favorites from each year (you can see 2019's here), but the ones that REALLY stand out to me are Red, White and Royal Blue, The Flatshare, From Anxiety to Love, and The Unhoneymooners. One True Loves and Evidence of the Affair were also fantastic. I enjoyed many-many others! But those were the standouts, for sure.

Least Favorites
Just Friends was awful-awful. The worst of not only the year, but of many years. I also didn't like Fix Her Up or Truly, Madly Royally. Hot Dog Girl was super disappointing. And Where the Crawdads Sing was wildly overrated. Some of those books still got a decent rating out of me for a good ending, but I wouldn't re-read or recommend any of them.

Pleasant Surprise Pick(s)
I have to give it to two books: Whatever Life Throws At You (I thought it would be kind of a fluffy throw-away YA filler, but I was into it), and The Upside of Falling Down (which was a free Amazon Prime ebook that I didn't expect much from but absolutely loved!)

My Recommendations
Anything on my 2019 favs GoodReads shelf (you can't go wrong with any of those!) but I would say...for fiction go with Red, White & Royal Blue, The Flatshare, and Evidence of the Affair. For nonfiction, From Anxiety to Love & The Brain.

My Picks for 2020!

novels to read in the new year

I say this every year, but my lists never end up being what I want them to be. That's totally okay...because I usually trade my choices for new releases, but I'm going to try really hard to only read from my shelves and wait in the super long lines at the library to hit my reading goals this year.

I broke them up into categories to help me pick and prioritize better, as well as meet some personal goals. Overall, I'd like to read a minimum of 50 books. I always try to leave space for wiggle room....but there's A LOT I'd like to make time for next year! (The books with an asterisk are books I own and are patiently waiting on my shelves!)

spiritual and personal development books

Personal Development/Spiritual
1. A Course In Miracles by Helen Schucman*
2. The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim*
3. Atomic Habits by James Clear*
4. The Shift by Wayne W. Dyer*
5. Heal Your Family: Get Love and Life to Flow from Your Ancestors to You and Your Children by Magui Block*
6. Past Lives Future Healing by Sylvia Browne*
7. How to Uncover Your Past Lives by Ted Andrews*
8. Make Time by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky
9. Raise Your Vibration: 111 Practices to Increase Your Spiritual Connection by Kyle Gray

books on writing

10. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg*
11. Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly by Gail Carson Levine*
12. A Whack on the Side of the Head: How You Can Be More Creative by Roger Von Oec*
13. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

fiction books to read in 2020

14. American Royals by Katharine McGee
15. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
16. The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
17. Virtually Yours by Sarvenaz Tash
18. The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
19. Wild at Heart by K.A. Tucker
20. Say You Still Love Me by K.A. Tucker
21. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
22. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
23. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
24. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas
25. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things by Bryn Greenwood*
26. Anne + Henry by Dawn Ius*
27. The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick*
28. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
29. The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Kohen*
30. Through to You by Lauren Barnholdt*
31. Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren
32. The Babysitters Coven by Kate Williams
33. You'd Be Mine by Erin Hahn
34. Moment of Truth by Kasie West
35. Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno*
36. Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia*
37. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman*
38. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman*
39. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning*
40. Crosstalk by Connie Willis*
41. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw*
42. My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren*

43. The Book of the SubGenius by SubGenius Foundation, Ivan Stang
44. Millenneagram by Hannah Paasch
45. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro

In addition to alllll of that, I want to read a few books from my Children's literature list, and possibly sneak in some classics, too. I also tried to leave space for some spontaneous choices (I'm famous for getting distracted by new releases). Ambitious, I know....there just isn't enough time for all the books I want to read!

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