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Books of 2019

My goal this year was to read 25 books. This was a very low number for me but in 2018 my migraines were so bad that I hardly read. That year I devoured true crime podcasts an arguably unhealthy amount. In 2019 I wanted to cut down on the gory murder and instead signed up for an Audible subscription. If I wasn’t going to read read books, I might as well spend my time listening to them. 

Now I fully understand that the majority of people who listen to audiobooks consider it to be the same thing as reading them, especially if you have a disability. For me, I don’t find myself putting in as much effort to take in a story while I listen to it as when I do while reading one. Along the same lines, I could arguably also count the hundreds of hours I spent listening to podcasts, right? Or the weird YouTube obsession I started around May where I couldn’t do my makeup or take a shower without listening to Tana Mongeau or Shane Dawson ramble. 

So my own prosperity’s sake, I’ve divided my list into two lists.

Books I Read in 2019

  1. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain (432 pages)
  2. Mercury and Me by Jim Hutton (211 pages)
  3. The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes (400 pages)
  4. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Marino Tamaki (289 pages)
  5. New Plant Parent: Learning the Ways of Plant Parenthood by Darryl Cheng (208 pages)
  6. Alone on the Wall by Alex Honnold (336 pages)
  7. Daydreams of Angels by Heather O’Neill (368 pages)
  8. A Breath of Snow and Ashes (Outlander #6) by Diana Gabaldon (992 pages)
  9. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (355 pages)
  10. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee (496 pages)
  11. Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family (304 pages)
  12. The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust #2) by Philip Pullman  (784 pages)
  13. Wicca: A Modern Guide to Witchcraft and Magic by Harmony Nice (240 pages)
  14. The Institute by Stephen King (576 pages)
  15. A Well-Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbiltsby Theresa Anne Fowler (560 pages)
  16. Clara’s Soldier: A Retelling of the Nutcracker by Brittany Fichter (164 pages)
  17. Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within by Juliet Diaz (243 pages)
  18. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (516 pages)
  19. Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge by Sheila Weller (416 pages)

Total Pages Read: 7,890

 

Books I Listened to in 2019

  1. Somebody to Love: The Life, Death, and Legacy of Freddie Mercury by Matt Richards
  2. Outlander by Diana Galbadon*
  3. Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
  4. Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister by Anne Choma
  5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King*
  6. 11/22/63 by Stephen King*
  7. Darling Days: A Memoir by iO Tillet Wright
  8. Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century by Sam Kashmir*
  9. The Real Wallis Simpson: A New History of the American Divorcee Who Became the Duchess of Windsor
  10. They Year of Less: How I Stopped Shopping, Gave Away My Belongings, and Discovered Life Is Worth More Than Anything You Can Buy In A Storeby Cait Flanders
  11. The Other Windsor Girl: A Novel of Princess Margaret, Royal Rebel by Georgie Balock
  12. The Glitter and the Gold by Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
  13. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern*
  14. On Writing by Stephen King (a second time) 

 

*means that I’ve already read these books in previous years but wanted to experience the audiobook.

 

As you can tell, this was the year of non-fiction, especially biographies. I lucked out and loved 95% of this list, mostly because I started and abandoned a lot of books this year. How did anyone keep track of what they read before GoodReads??

My goal for 2020 is to read 10,000 pages. I got into a year long writing program at a writing institute in Red Bank, NJ where the goal is to write a 50,000+ completed 1st draft of a new novel. Since the class requires 14 hours of writing per week on top of my regular 40 hours a week job, I’m not sure how much actual reading I’ll get done. I did join a book club though! So I’ll at least have to read 1 book a month. 

I have a stack of books I received as a gift or bought this year that haven’t been read yet and I plan on devouring them. The January book club pick was one I suggested actually, “The Ten Thousand Doors of January” by Alex E. Harrow so that will be the first read of 2020. After that I have “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern, “The Secrets We Kept” by Lara Prescott, and “David Bowie: A Life” by Dylan Jones taunting me from my nightstand. 

Here’s to good books and lots of writing in 2020!

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