2019 in Books

2019 was a great reading year for me in that I didn’t feel like I read too many painful books. However, I am disappointed that I didn’t complete my Goodreads reading challenge, breaking my streak of exceeding my challenge 3 years in a row. Last year, I read 29 books and thought that, with my past pattern of exceeding my reading goal by a few books, I would be able to get to 30 this year. It seems that I may have plateaued at 29 for the time being, however, so I’ll need to re-evaluate how much reading time I have to achieve these goals.

Here are the books I read in 2019!


Some standouts from this year were:

  • Circe – Madeline Miller
  • The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  • The Calculating StarsMary Robinette Kowal
  • The Making of a Manager – Julie Zhuo
  • 10% Happier – Dan Harris
  • The Poisoned City – Anna Clark
  • The Only Plane in the Sky – Garrett M. Graff

It seems I make a habit of picking up a new book series every year or so. Last year, I started and finished The Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman. Past years included the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han and, of course, A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. If my library ends up stocking the books soon, I will likely be picking up the rest of the Grishaverse books by Leigh Bardugo because Netflix is adapting them into a show starring fave Ben Barnes.

I also was part of a book club that my friend invited me to when I moved to New York, although it has been considerably less active since one of the main organizers moved to London. Hopefully, we can get it started back up and that will help with the reading as well!

If you’re interested in seeing how I rated all the books I read in 2019, you can find me on Goodreads, where you can also see my year in books and other fun facts about how my reading is and has been going.

What books do you recommend I read in 2020?

What were your favorite reads in 2019?

Do you have any reading goals this year? I will be readjusting my goals for this year, since I really struggled to hit 29 even after padding the list out with a few graphic novels. It hurts my pride but I gotta be realistic about how much time I commit to reading. I also need to think about how much of my reading I’ll be doing while traveling, as in past years I relied a lot on planes and trains, but find myself mostly sleeping during those trips and unable to read on my frequent bus trips because it makes me carsick.

Previous years: 2018 | 2017 | 2016

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