Literary Review: Books I Read in 2019

literary review of 2019

Snowflakes on the ground. A brisk chill in the air. Warm woolen mittens on chafed hands. Winter is here.

With 2019 ended, I want to share with you a literary review of my reading list for the past twelve months. You will notice a diverse mix of literature, from children’s fiction and biographies to mystery novels and self-development. I believe in reading whatever strikes your fancy. If you’re struggling to get through a book and you’re starting to lose your passion, set it down and find something else. Just never stop reading.

Before I begin, I want to quickly address my reading goal. I use Goodreads to track which books I’ve read, organize books I want to read, and follow some friends to see what they are reading.

I also set reading goals for myself every year. For 2019, I resolved to read 100 books. Some might think that’s a lofty goal, but I managed to read about 115 books in 2018, so I think 100 is reasonable. With 365 days in a year, that equals about 3 days per book … totally achievable, especially if you listen to audiobooks.

I started listening to audiobooks on commutes and while coloring, eating, cooking, cleaning, walking, and doing other routine tasks. By listening to them at 1.75 speed, I can finish several in one week.

Audiobook tip: choose light fiction, essays, short works, or poetry rather than long chapter books, biographies, textbooks and so on. That way, you don’t lose the storyline and become confused between commutes.

The Literary Review

You can also view my entire book list here.

read little britches
Little Britches Series by Ralph Moody
read outlaws of time
The Outlaws of Time Trilogy by N. D. Wilson
read winnie the pooh
Winnie-the-Pooh Series by A. A. Milne
literary all-of-a-kind family
All-of-a-Kind Family Books by Sydney Taylor
literary trouble
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
dr. jekyll mr. hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
frankenstein
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
health every size
Health at Every Size by Linda Bacon
storybook bible
The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones
peter rabbit
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrice Potter
read we are the gardeners
We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines
read the picture of dorian gray
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
read if you only knew
If You Only Knew by Jaime Ivey
read washed and waiting
Washed and Waiting by Wesley Hill
read fever 1793
Fever 1793
read huckleberry hill
Huckleberry Hill Series by Jennifer Beckstrand
read a bend in the road
A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks
read sorry i'm late
Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come by Jessica Pan
read crazy busy
Crazy Busy by Kevin Deyoung
read the princess bride
The Princess Bride by Mark Knopfler
read dun cow
The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin
read calico captive
Calico Captive by Elizabeth Speare
read becoming mrs. lewis
Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan
read kite runner
The Kite Runner by Khalad Hosseini
read your beautiful heart
Your Beautiful Heart by Lauren Scruggs
read a light so lovely
A Light So Lovely by Sarah Arthur
read fear not dream big execute
Fear Not, Dream Big, and Execute by Jeff Meyer
read ultimate sales machine
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
read hercule poirot
The Hercule Poirot Mystery Series by Agatha Christie
read daring to hope
Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
read as you wish
As You Wish by Cary Elwes
read the christian imagination
The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken
read the litigators
The Litigators by John Grisham
read the outsiders
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
read a farewell to arms
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
read 1984
1984 by George Orwell
The Dance of Anger by Harriet Lerner
read desiring god
Desiring God by John Piper
read grace not perfection
Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley
read a simplified life
A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
read less becomes more
When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley
read the green ember
The Green Ember Trilogy by S. D. Smith
Jesus, My Father, the CIA, and Me by Ian Morgan Cron
read looking for lovely
Looking for Lovely by Annie F. Downs
read the hobbit
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
read punishment she deserves
The Punishment She Deserves by Elizabeth George

Let me know in the comments below what books you read in 2019. Which were your favorites? I always love a good reading recommendation!

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