As y’all know, I created an online book club over on Facebook called the Hello Gorgeous Book Club. I read the monthly picks along with the group most months, but the months that we choose a book that is not available on audio, I don’t get to participate. At this point in my life, I rarely find the time to sit down with enough quiet in my house to actually read a book. I have to listen to my books either on speaker while cooking or driving, or with headphones while working or cleaning the house.
In 2019, I set a personal goal of 50 books. Sadly, I didn’t hit my goal. In fact, I didn’t get anywhere near my goal. I completed 34 of my 50 book goal, which is decent considering the year we had.
I keep track of the books I read on Goodreads, which is also where I find the books I want to add to my “To Read” list. Goodreads is awesome because I can see what other readers thought about books, rated them and what else they recommend.
what I read in 2019
If you want to see what I rated each book, you can check out my Goodreads account. I’ll round up my top five favorite books I read from 2019 instead of reviewing all 34.
- The Things We Cannot Say. It’s no secret that my favorite books are WWII novels. This is probably the best one I’ve read. I find myself guessing (correctly) the ending of books early on, so nothing makes me happier than a curve ball I didn’t see coming.
- Where the Crawdads Sing. We read this one in the book club and I totally devoured it. Talk about a twist at the end! Incredible writing and storytelling in one book. You won’t be able to put this one down.
- To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before Collection. Okay, I’m cheating here. This is actually a three book set, but I can’t pick just one, they’re all three so good! They’re technically YA books, but I think any woman could enjoy these easy reads. Jenny Han has become one of my favorite authors. I also read, “The Summer I Turned Pretty” series and really enjoyed them too. Book one was difficult for me to get through, but books two and three were really good.
- A Wedding in December. I love reading Christmas novels near the holidays, but I never have high expectations since they don’t tend to be well written. This book was the exception. It was well written and a fun story I hadn’t heard before in every Hallmark Christmas movie. It felt like it was written by Emily Giffin.
- Before We Were Yours. I didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did. It was another page turner for me. I feel like I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at first, but then couldn’t stop reading. *Warning: there are some terrible child related scenarios in this book so if you are sensitive (who isn’t?) to this topic, you may not be able to handle this book.
what about you?
What was the best book that you read in 2019? Any genre, any topic, any book is welcomed! I love hearing your suggestions!
The Hush Hush book series I completely devoured, twice. Lol. I even purchased it as I HAD to have it on my bookcase. Also, The Kiss Quotient was an amazing read, too!
I’ve had The Kiss Quotient on my to read list forever now!
My favorite series (and a series I usually reread just about every year or two) is the “Weekday Bride“ series by Catherine Bybee. I love just about everything by her for the most part. Also loved the “Stay” series by Jennifer Probst. Reading is my way to escape from my day-to-day life and it’s such a huge love of mine! Love the idea of keeping track of the books! I wish I had done that. Probably would’ve been well over 50!
I’ve never heard of this series, I’m going to check them out!
I loved where the crawdads sing too! Also loved Daisy Jones and the Six I could not put it down!
I haven’t heard of that book! I need to look it up!
I see you read The Nightingale… that was my absolute favorite. I’m curious what you thought of it??
I loved The Great Alone too. Kristin Hannah is my new favorite author 😊
I did! It was good, but not my favorite. There are about a million other books I’d rather see turned into a movie before it!
Thanks for the tips!! I love books.
Not sure if they’re released in the US, but you have to read Lucinda Riley’s Seven Sisters series.
They are sooooooooo good! I am currently reading book #4, can not put it down
I’ve never heard of that series before, I’ll look it up!
Really great choices. A series I’ve been loving is The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. She’s an Irish author and I sent her first book to my relative in the US and she loved it. Really interesting series, I think you’d like it.
You’re the second girl to suggest this series! I gotta check it out!
34 books is amazing, that’s almost 3 per month!!!!
I just got “Where the Crawdads Sing” for Christmas and am SO excited to start it!
It’s SO good!!
Isn’t We Were the Lucky Ones just purely amazing?! So sad yet so good at the same time. For such a terrible time it was almost refreshing to hear how one family survived. I can’t believe their stories, each individual person, especially the little girl! Heartbreaking but I couldn’t put it down.
It was a great book!
I really enjoyed The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield! It’s Setterfield’s first published work, and it reminds me of Daphne du Maurier’s style, which I love so much. It’s a story within a story, and keeps you guessing about not only what’s going to happen, but also about when the story takes place. I read somewhere that it’s purposely ambiguous about the time it’s set in (second half of the 20th century, but otherwise unclear), which I kind of liked about it. It made me feel more isolated with the story like the main characters were in their respective places.
That sounds so interesting!
I also read Where the Crawdads sing in 2019!! such a good book, and the ending was a little surprising but I sort of saw it coming.
I hae also read All the Light We Cannot See, a few years ago, another really good book.
I too am into World War IIand Holocaust novels. in 2019 I read
The Tattooist of Auschwitz (I am actually going to the Auschwitz Exhibit, Not Long Ago, Not Far Away at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC next week with a friend from work.) which I know you read, it was so good.
Lilac Girls, which if you haven’t read, should. It follows the lives of three women during WWII, a NY socialite (a real person although some of the story about her is fictionalized) who helped Polish women known as the Ravensbruck Rabbits, who were experimented on at the Ravensbruck women’s concentration camp. The German Doctor Hereto Oberheuser (also a real figure) who conducted the experiments, and a woman named Kasia (fictionalized) who was experimented on at the camp.
The Room on Rue Amelie, had an ending I was not expecting!! I sobbed at the end of this book! it was so good though.
Another great book that I read was The Fall of Marigolds, following a woman in 1911 working as a nurse on Ellis Island, and a widow in 2011 whose husband died on 9/11 and how she has dealt and how these two women’s lives are connected even though it was 100 years apart. I also sobbed with this book but it too was so good!
I also read a book by Liane Moriarty called What Alice Forgot! I could not put this down, such a page turner.
I added “The Room on Rue Amelie” and “A Fall of Marigolds” to my to be read list! Thank you for suggesting!
My favorite, favorite book of 2019 was “While We’re Far Apart.” It’s a WWII book, but is set primarily in the United States. It has both Christian and Jewish characters and the book jumps between a few points of view showing how the characters rely on their faith to see them through the hardships of the Holocaust. It was a lot less heavy than some other WWII reads.
Also- “The Hiding Place” by Corrie ten Boom is exceptional!!
I’m a huge Lynn Austin fan! I read that book back in 2015 and loved it. 🙂
“The Hiding Place” was required reading in high school and I didn’t appreciate it then like I would now.
I LOVE BEING APART OF THE BOOK CLUB!!! I’ve read so many books I didn’t expect or wouldn’t read in the first place its’s so much fun!!
Yay!! That makes me SO happy to hear!!
Way to go on 34 books! That’s amazing! I really love Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly! I read it first in sixth grade, but it’s such a good read about first love and growing up.
I need to look up that tile on Goodreads!!
Let me know if you read it!