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The 48 Books I Read In 2019

The 48 Books I Read In 2019

A personal record for me: for 2019, I had initially set my Goodreads reading challenge to 25 books. When I reached this goal about four months in, I set myself a new challenge to read 40 by the end of the year. I can pat myself on the back, because I fully succeeded with an achievement just shy off 50. Here are the 48 books I read in 2019. 

All the books I read in 2019

Each listing contains title, author, general genre, and my rating on Goodreads. Listings in bold are books I would recommend, some with an additional short description/review.

Also check out my »2019 Goodreads reading challenge stats«

  1. Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen (comic) ★★★★
  2. The Worrier’s Guide To Life by Gemma Correll (comic) ★★
  3. The Life-changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo (non-fiction, lifestyle) ★★★★

    I found this a practical and welcome guide to decluttering. Most of it fitted in with my views on minimalism quite well, especially because Kondo doesn’t guilt-trip you about the stuff you own.

    Buy on The Book Depository.
  1. Book Love by Debbie Tung (comic) ★★★
  2. It by Alexa Chung (biography) ★★★
  3. Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (adult fiction) ★★★★

    What an adventure! The mysteries of Mr Penumbra’s intriguing book shop speak to the imagination in a way I find very little adult books do nowadays. An enjoyable read all the way through.

    Buy on The Book Depository.
  1. None Of The Above by I.W. Gregorio (young adult) ★★★
  2. Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously by Adam Ellis (comic) ★★★★
  3. Cat vs Human by Yasmine Surovec (comic) ★★
  4. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (biography) ★★★
  5. Emotions Explained with Buff Dudes by Andrew Tsyaston (comic) ★★★
  6. The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan (adult fiction) ★★★
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Wild by Cheryl Strayed

My travel reads: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes and Wild by Cheryl Strayed

  1. It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot (comic) ★★★
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs (children/young adult fiction) ★★★
  3. Inferior by Angela Saini (non-fiction) ★★★
  4. Breaking Cat News by Georgia Dunn (comic) ★★★
  5. Heart and Brain by Nick Seluk (comic) ★★★★
  6. Man, I Hate Cursive by Jim Benton (comic) ★★★★
  7. Business Cat by Tom Fonder (comic) ★★★
  8. What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera (young adult fiction) ★★
  9. Do What You Want by Ruby Tandoh (non-fiction) ★★★
  10. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (non-fiction) ★★★★
  11. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney (non-fiction) ★★★★

    This novel follows Irish Frances through a remarkable summer. A very interesting read similar to Call Me By Your Name, but with much darker tones. One of those books that is just really hard to put down once you’ve picked it up. I’ve grown very curious for Rooney’s other work!

    Buy on The Book Depository.
  1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio (non-fiction) ★★★★

    Tells the tale of 10 year old August, a boy with a facial deformity, starting a new school. This book teaches all the right values in a delightful non-clichéd manner. It is fun, adventurous and very endearing. It would be perfect to use in the classroom!

    Buy on The Book Depository.
101 Ways To Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg and The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton

New in 2019: 101 Ways To Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg and The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton

  1. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth (non-fiction) ★★★★
  2. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (adult fiction) ★★
  3. Maar je ziet er helemaal niet autistisch uit by Bianca Toeps (Dutch biography) ★★
  4. 101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg (non-fiction, lifestyle) ★★★★★

    Another lifestyle guide, with so many ideas for a more sustainable lifestyle you are bound to get something out of this. It does not only serve a practical purpose, but also helps you see things in a different light. An environment-friendly zero-waste light, if you will.

    Buy on The Book Depository.
  1. Persuasion by Jane Austen (classic fiction) ★★★★

    For someone who states Jane Austen as one of her favourite authors, I have read embarrassingly little by the 18th century author. Thus I vouched to read one book from my personal Austen collection every year. Persuasion was the thinnest option on my list, so I figured I’d ease myself into it with that. It was a delightful summer read and a good start for this new goal of mine!

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  1. Dit is een goede gids by Mariek Eyskoot (Dutch non-fiction, lifestyle) ★★★★

    An extensive guide to everything and anything sustainable you can apply to your life, also available in English. Personally, I found the fashion section most useful. Although I have yet to purchase a copy for myself, I highly recommend this for your bookshelf, as it makes a great reference guide. 

    Buy on The Book Depository.
  1. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (adult fiction) ★★★★
  2. A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen (biography) ★★★
  3. The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (young adult fiction) ★★
  4. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (biography) ★★★★
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (children/young adult fiction, fantasy, reread) ★★★★★
  6. Taal voor de leuk by Paulien Cornelisse (Dutch non-fiction, ebook) ★★★★
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson

Children’s literature: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson

  1. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary (adult fiction, romance) ★★★★

    You’d almost think this is your usual light-hearted chicklit, until you read on. Tiffy Moore’s background story digs a little deeper than your average romantic novel would, which makes this a much more interesting read. Don’t worry though, there’s still plenty of lovely soppiness.

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  1. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (classic fiction, reread) ★★★★
  2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (classic children’s fiction) ★★★★

    One of my best reading choices of the year. Absolutely adorable. Can’t believe it sat on my shelf unread all these years!

    Buy on The Book Depository.
  1. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Waterson (comic) ★★★★
  2. Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi (non-fiction, audiobook) ★★★
  3. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (adult fiction, romance) ★★★
  4. George by Alex Gino (children’s fiction, audiobook) ★★★
  5. Volwassen worden is optioneel by Marloes de Vries (Dutch comic) ★★★
  6. Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness (biography, audiobook) ★★★
  7. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (young adult fiction) ★★★★★

A year in the life of Aristotle, an American-Mexican teen battling loneliness. This was truly the cherry on top of my reading year! I loved nearly every piece of it, until I got to the ending, and then I deeply loved every piece of it. If you’re into character-based stories, this is a must-read.

Buy on The Book Depository.

  1. The Hormone Diaries by Hannah Witton (non-fiction) ★★★★
  2. Naturally Tan by Tan France (biography, audiobook) ★★★
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen

Classic literature: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and Persuasion by Jane Austen

Reading goals for 2020

I haven’t set my reading challenge for 2020 yet, but I will definitely opt for a lower number. Since I started my new job in September, I have been using my time differently, so I’m going through fewer books. I’m hoping to read at least 25 though!

Here are a couple of books I definitely want to read in 2020:

What was your 2019 reading year like? Leave a comment down below!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim
    January 9, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    Wow, that’s impressive! I didn’t finish any books last year which saddens me, as I used to love reading. So I’ve set myself a little goal of 12 books this year. This list has given me so much inspiration as the only one I’ve read before is Harry Potter. I’d like to give the Marie Kondo book a try.

    • Reply
      Laura
      January 11, 2020 at 12:24 PM

      Oh wow, that is sad! I hope you find the time to read this year and achieve your goal. I plan to read the second Marie Kondo book this year as well, as I’ve heard that one’s much better. Good luck with your reading journey!

  • Reply
    Iris Hinfelaar
    February 27, 2020 at 12:19 AM

    Some of my favorite books of last year (perks of still studying English Literature = reading a lot):
    1. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
    2. Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (was even a part of my BA thesis)
    3. Beloved by Toni Morrison (part of current MA thesis)
    4. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (also part of current MA thesis)
    5. Tell Me How It Ends by Valeria Luiselli
    6. Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
    7. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (autobiographical graphic novel)
    8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    9. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
    10. The Convent of Pleasure by Margaret Cavendish (not a book but a play from the 17th century, really good)

    • Reply
      Laura
      February 27, 2020 at 3:10 PM

      Wow so many suggestions! I’m going to look them all up, thanks!!

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