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Here is a list of the 113 books I read in 2019. I've rated each book in the post so you know which to try and which to avoid for yourself!

It took me approximately 100 years to get this list of books I read in 2019 written up for y’all …. gonna go start my 2020 list NOW.

If you’re a listener of my podcast, or you follow me on Instagram, you KNOW that I’m a mega-bookworm. Ever since I learned how to read, I’ve devoured book after book, and after going through a dry spell where I just wasn’t feel reading, I decided to keep track of how many books I actually read in order to get back into it.

That was 2018, and my goal for the year was to read 26 books. I ended up actually reading 107 books. You can check out that list over in this blog post.

I kept it up and kept track of all the books I read in 2019 as well.

For 2019, I decided to aim a little higher, and I set my goal at 120. I didn’t quite meet the goal, but because we moved across the country and lived in major limbo for about 4 months of this year, I’m okay with it. I’m working towards 120 again for 2020 though, and you can follow along with me over on Goodreads if you’d like.

And yes, because I’ve been asked this before — I have in fact actually read all of these books. Like, with my eyeballs. I don’t really like audiobooks. Now, without further adieu, here are the 113 books I read in 2019!

And now, without further adieu, here are the 113 books I read in 2019!

January

  1. “Capital Gaines” by Chip Gaines Rating: 5 Stars
  2. “All We Ever Wanted” by Emily Giffin Rating: Honestly, I can’t give one, because here we are a year later and I can’t even remember what happened in this novel – even with looking at the description on Amazon. Whoops.
  3. “The Lying Game” by Ruth Ware Rating: 5 Stars
  4. “Porch Lights” by Dorothea Benton Frank Rating: 3 Stars
  5. “Mindset” by Carol S. Dweck, Ph. D. Rating: 4 Stars
  6. “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris Rating: 5 Stars
  7. “You are a Badass Everyday” by Jen Sincero Rating: 2 Stars
  8. “The Last Original Wife” by Dorothea Benton Frank Rating: 3 Stars
  9. “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch Rating: 5 Stars
  10. “The Host” by Stephanie Meyer Rating: 5 Stars

February

  1. “Clockwork” by Mike Michalowicz Rating: 4 Stars
  2. “The Marriage Bureau” by Penrose Halson Rating: 3 Stars
  3. “Once and for All” by Sarah Dessen Rating: 4 Stars
  4. “That Summer” by Sarah Dessen Rating: 4 Stars
  5. “Every Breath” by Nicholas Sparks Rating: 3 Stars
  6. “Taking the Work Out of Networking” by Karen Wickre Rating: 3 Stars
  7. “The Hurricane Sisters” by Dorothea Benton Frank Rating: 3 Stars
  8. “Behind Closed Doors” by B.A. Paris Rating: 5 Stars
  9. “Save the Date” by Morgan Matson Rating: 4 Stars
  10. “The Winter of the Witch” by Katherine Arden Rating: 4 Stars

March

  1. “Scythe” by Neal Shusterman Rating: 5 Stars
  2. “Two Can Keep a Secret” by Karen M. McManus Rating: 5 Stars
  3. “Influencer” by Brittany Hennessy Rating: 3 Stars
  4. “Girl, Stop Apologizing” by Rachel Hollis Rating: 2 Stars
  5. “Launch” by Jeff Walker Rating: 4 Stars
  6. “Free to Focus” by Michael Hyatt Rating: 4 Stars
  7. “All the Single Ladies” by Dorothea Benton Frank Rating: 3 Stars
  8. “The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin Rating: 5 Stars
  9. “The Obelisk Gate” by N.K. Jemisin Rating: 1 Star
  10. “The Similars” by Rebecca Hanover Rating: 5 Stars

April

  1. “Thunderhead” by Neal Shusterman Rating: 5 Stars
  2. “Impostors” by Scott Westerfeld Rating:
  3. “The Stone Sky” by N.K. Jemisin Rating: 0 Stars
  4. “The Great Alone” by Kristin Hannah Rating: 5 Stars
  5. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas Rating: 5 Stars
  6. “What Alice Forgot” by Liane Moriarty Rating: 5 Stars
  7. “A Stranger in the House” by Shari Lapena Rating:
  8. “Dare to Lead” by Brene Brown Rating: 4 Stars
  9. “This is Me” by Chrissy Metz Rating: 3 Stars

May

  1. “Fairest of All” by Serena Valentino Rating: 3 Stars
  2. “Keep Showing Up” by Karen Ehman Rating: 4 Stars
  3. “#GirlBoss” by Sophia Amoruso Rating: 3 Stars
  4. “I’ve Got My Eyes on You” by Mary Higgins Clark Rating: 4 Stars
  5. “On Mystic Lake” by Kristin Hannah Rating: 3 Stars
  6. “The 12 Week Year” by Brian P. Moran Rating: 2 Stars
  7. “It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way” by Lysa TerKeurst Rating: 3 Stars
  8. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins Rating: 5 Stars
  9. This is Marketing” by Seth Godin Rating: 3 Stars
  10. “Holding Up the Universe” by Jennifer Niven Rating: 4 Stars
  11. “Sticky Faith” by Dr. Kara Powell and Dr. Chap Clark Rating: 5 Stars
  12. “Home Again” by Kristin Hannah Rating: 5 Stars

June

  1. “An Anonymous Girl” by Greer Hendricks Rating: 3 Stars
  2. “Crazy Rich Asians” by Kevin Kwan Rating: 5 Stars
  3. “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel Rating: 5 Stars
  4. “Watch Me Disappear” by Janelle Brown Rating: 4 Stars
  5. “The Light We Lost” by Jill Santopolo Rating: 4 Stars
  6. “Hardwired for Entrepreneurship” by James Wedmore Rating: 3 Stars

July

  1. “Girl in the Blue Coat” by Monica Hesse Rating: 5 Stars
  2. “Before She Knew Him” by Peter Swanson Rating: 4 Stars
  3. “Dear Evan Hansen” by Val Emmich Rating: 4 Stars
  4. “The Art of Gathering” by Priya Parker Rating: 4 Stars
  5. “Peak Performance” by Brad Stalberg Rating: 3 Stars
  6. “By Invitation Only” by Dorothea Benton Frank Rating: 3 Stars
  7. “A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab Rating: 4 Stars
  8. “China Rich Girlfriend” by Kevin Kwan Rating: 4 Stars
  9. “Rich People Problems” by Kevin Kwan Rating: 4 Stars

August

  1. “Uninvited” by Lysa TerKeurst Rating: 4 Stars
  2. “A Gathering of Shadows” by V.E. Schwab Rating: 4 Stars
  3. “The Wife Between Us” by Greer Hendricks Rating: 2 Stars
  4. “A Conjuring of Light” by V.E. Schwab Rating: 4 Stars
  5. “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks Rating: 5 Stars
  6. “LA Candy” by Lauren Conrad Rating: 4 Stars
  7. “Love Does” by Bob Goff Rating: 5 Stars
  8. “Sweet Little Lies” by Lauren Conrad Rating: 4 Stars

September

  1. “Sugar and Spice” by Lauren Conrad Rating: 4 Stars
  2. “Everything Happens for a Reason” by Kate Bowler Rating: 3 Stars
  3. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens Rating: 5 Stars
  4. “Believe Me” by JP Delaney Rating: 3 Stars
  5. “The Perfect Girlfriend” by Karen Hamilton Rating: 4 Stars
  6. “You” by Caroline Kepnes Rating: 5 Stars
  7. “Unwind” by Neal Shusterman Rating: 5 Stars
  8. “Chillpreneur” by Denise Duffield Thomas Rating: 5 Stars
  9. “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer Rating: 3 Stars
  10. “The Minimalist Home” by Joshua Becker Rating: 4 Stars
  11. “UnWholly” by Neal Shusterman Rating: 5 Stars

October

  1. “Lightly” by Francine Jay Rating: 4 Stars
  2. “UnSouled” by Neal Shusterman Rating: 5 Stars
  3. “UnDivided” by Neal Shusterman Rating: 5 Stars
  4. “Something in the Water” by Catherine Steadman Rating: 4 Stars
  5. “The Perfect Nanny” by Leila Slimani Rating: 3 Stars
  6. “Small Great Things” by Jodi Piccoult Rating: 5 Stars
  7. “Here’s to Us” by Elin Hilderbrand Rating: 2 Stars
  8. “Profit First” by Mike Michalowicz Rating: 5 Stars
  9. “You Will Know Me” by Megan Abbot Rating: 4 Stars
  10. “The Perfect Wife” by JP Delaney Rating: 5 Stars
  11. “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport Rating: 5 Stars
  12. “Cilka’s Journey” by Heather Morris Rating: 5 Stars

November

  1. “The Flight Attendant” by Chris Bohjalian Rating: 4 Stars
  2. “The Identicals” by Elin Hilderbrand Rating: 3 Stars
  3. “Atomic Habits” by James Clear Rating: 4 Stars
  4. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood Rating: 4 Stars
  5. “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood Rating: 3 Stars
  6. “Luckiest Girl Alive” by Jessica Knoll Rating: 3 Stars

December

  1. “The Favorite Sister” by Jessica Knoll Rating: 3 Stars
  2. Baby Proof” by Emily Giffin Rating: 4 Stars
  3. “Everything is Figureoutable” by Marie Forleo Rating: 4 Stars
  4. “What on Earth Am I Here for?” by Rick Warren Rating: 3 Stars
  5. “Picture Perfect” by Jodi Picoult Rating: 4 Stars
  6. “Subversive Sabbath” by A.J. Swoboda Rating: 4 Stars
  7. “Circe” by Madeline Miller Rating: 5 Stars
  8. “The Girl He Used to Know” by Tracey Garvis Graves Rating: 5 Stars
  9. “Outfox” by Sandra Brown Rating: 3 Stars
  10. “Make it Happen” by Lara Casey Rating: 5 Stars

2019 Superlatives

Best Read: “Chillpreneur” by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Best Series: The Scythe Series by Neal Shusterman

Don’t Waste Your Time With: The Broken Earth Series by N.K. Jemisin

Biggest Surprise: “The Girl He Used to Know” by Tracey Garvis Graves

Couldn’t Put it Down: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel


What was the number 1 book that you read in 2019? I’d love to hear it, and add it to my list if I haven’t already! Be sure to tune into the Chasing Simple Podcast each week to hear my weekly recommendations!

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