2019: Year in Books
I don’t know what crazy vortex made it possible, but I read more books in 2018 than I ever have in a year (62 books). Nonethelss, I like to keep things reasonable, so this year, I’m challenging myself to 52 (one book per week) and will revise as the year progresses. No need to get crazy because there’s nothing I hate more that goals that go unfulfilled (well, maybe time wasted, but this comes in at a close second).
Click on the book title to grab your own copy (Amazon affiliate or Netgalley link), the Goodreads or Insta link to see my reaction/thoughts and if we aren’t already friends on Goodreads, let’s connect! I love learning about new authors, fantastic finds and classics I need to put on my “must-read” list from dear readers and friends!
Now, for some tips for you lovelies, because I know you love books, but you also love saving cash on your book habit (and sometimes those library hold times are *so* long!). As you can see from 2019’s list, there’s not a lot that I actually pay for (I think 1 so far this year), so don’t fret – – you can keep your book addiction fueled plenty of ways.
Tip for FREE e-books: If you are an Amazon Prime member (who isn’t?!), you also have access to Amazon First Reads which are a selection of 6 brand-new books selected by Amazon editors and available for free to Prime members pre-release! You can check out the selections from your Kindle e-reader or the Kindle app on your phone and download a brand new book every month. You’ll see that I download these every month and (usually) get through them quickly, so I’ll note when the book is an Amazon First Read.
Tip for Audiobook lovers for FREE audiobooks: If you love audiobooks (as I do), you’ll see that I include all of my audiobook reads in this list. Most of my books are from my Audible subscription with Amazon with some exceptions for library audiobooks (but the app is a bit clunky and doesn’t hold a candle to the Audible app, so I tend to stick with Audible unless I’m out of credits for the month). My tip? Audible subscribers, look for your 2 free Audible Originals each month! They’re just like Netflix Originals – – well-selected and performed content and FREE! Truthfully, I have found some real gems here, including the recent solo-performance by Carey Mulligan (Girls & Boys) and for my kids, who I’ve recently introduced to audiobooks (after reading some interesting articles about the benefits of listening to audiobooks together), I highly recommend Zero G by Dan Wells (an Audible Original).
Tip for physical book lovers for FREE BOOKS: I know, some of us still love physical books–the feel of the pages between your fingers is something that e-readers will never be able to simulate. So, my tip is this: Get on Goodreads and create your “To Read” list because (wait for it) . . . publishers regularly offer Goodreads Giveaways to faithful readers and you can read newly-released or to-be-released books before they come out! The way it works: Add books to your “To Read” list. Get an email about a book giveaway. Click through and sign up for the giveaway. Wait to get an email from the publisher if you’ve won. If you win (I’ve won 2 books in the last 4 months) the publisher will mail you a brand-spankin’ new copy of that book to the address you provided in the giveaway. YAY!
Without further ado, here is what I’m reading in 2019:
- Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs. 4 stars on my Goodreads profile. Library e-book. Finished January 2.
- The Forgotten Hours by Katrin Schumann. 5 stars on Goodreads Amazon First Read, January Selection. Finished January 6.
- House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. 3 stars on Goodreads. Consumed on Audible. Finished January 8.
- True Places by Sonya Yoerg. 5 stars on Goodreads and reviewed on Goodreads and here on the blog. Finished January 13. Amazon First Read, December Selection.
- The Home for Unwanted Girls by Joanna Goodman. 5 stars on Goodreads and reviewed on Instagram. Finished January 15.
- The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai. 2 stars on Goodreads. Library e-book. Finished January 28.
- The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict. A Goodreads Giveaways book sent by the publisher (Sourcebooks Landmark). 4.5 stars and reviewed on Goodreads. Finished January 30.
- The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali. ARC copy provided by NetGalley. Expected publish date, June 18, 2019. 3.5 stars on Goodreads. Reviewed on GR, Insta and here on the blog. Finished February 5.
- Less by Andrew Sean Greer. Library e-book. DNF’d on February 11, just could not get into this book, despite giving it over 100 pages.
- Golden Child by Claire Adam. ARC provided by NetGalley. 5 stars on Goodreads, reviewed HERE and on the blog. Expected publication date, January 29, 2019. Finished February 13.
- Daughter of Molokai by Alan Brennert. ARC copy provided by NetGalley. Expected pub date, February 19, 2019. 5 stars on Goodreads, reviewed HERE and on the blog. Finished February 17.
- Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao. Library e-book. 3 stars on Goodreads. Finished February 22
- Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard. Library e-book chosen in honor of Black History Month (February). 3 stars on Goodreads. Finished February 25.
- Woman 99 by Greer McAllister. ARC provided by NetGalley. Publication date, March 5, 2019. 3.5 stars, reviewed on Goodreads. Finished March 4.
- The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan. Audiobook on Audible. 4 stars on Audible. Finished March 7.
- My Daughter’s Secret by Nicole Trope. ARC provided by NetGalley. Expected publication date, March 19, 2019. 3.5 stars, reviewed on March 14 on NetGalley and Goodreads. Finished March 10.
- One Day in December by Josie Silver. Library e-book. 4 stars on Goodreads. Finished March 11.
- Little Darlings by Melanie Golding. ARC provided by NetGalley. Expected pub date, April 30, 2019. 3.5 stars, reviewed on NetGalley and Goodreads. Optioned for screen by Free Range Films. Finished March 21.
- People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann. Library e-book. 3 stars. Finished March 22.
- The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough. An Audible Original. 4 stars. Finished March 25.
- My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Library e-book. 4 stars. Finished March 28.
- Silent Sisters by Joanne Lee. ARC provided by NetGalley and Mirror Books. 3.5 stars, reviewed on NetGalley and Goodreads. Finished March 30. Expected pub date, April 18, 2019.
- How We Disappeared by Jing Jing Lee. ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin. 5 stars, reviewed on NetGalley and Goodreads. Finished April 9. Expected pub date, May 7, 2019.
- The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See. Audible selection. 5 stars. Finished April 10.
- Homes: A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah. Library e-book. Finished April 17. 4 stars.
- Everything Here is Beautiful by Mira T. Lee. Library e-book. Finished April 24. 5 stars–highly recommend!
- Girl Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. Library e-book. Finished April 18. 4 stars.
- When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger. Library e-book. Finished April 27. 4 stars.
- Whiskey When We’re Dry by John Larison. Library e-book. Finished May 5. 4 stars.
- An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks. Library e-book. Finished May 13. 4 stars.
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Audible. Finished May 15. 5 stars!
- Split-Level by Sande Bortiz Berger. ARC copy provided by NetGalley and She Writes Press. Finished May 17. Reviewed on Goodreads and NetGalley. 3 stars.
- Before She Knew Him by Peter Swanson. Audible. 3 stars. Finished May 22.
- Breach by Eliot Peper. ARC copy provided by NetGalley and 47North. Finished May 24. Reviewed on NetGalley and Goodreads. 5 stars–if you love Eliot Peper and The Analog Series, you’ll fly through this one!
- How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper. ARC provided by NetGalley and G.P. Putnam Son’s publishing. Finished May 28. Reviewed on NetGalley and Goodreads. 4 stars.
- The Book of Essie by Meghan MacLean Weir. Audible. Finished May 31. 5 stars, highly recommend!
- Waisted by Randy Susan Meyers. ARC copy provided by NetGalley and Atria Books. Expected publication date, May 21, 2019. Finished June 8. Reviewed on Goodreads and NetGalley. 2 stars. Do not recommend.
- Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood. ARC copy provided by NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press. Finished June 14. Reviewed on NetGalley and Goodreads. 3 stars. Not as good as her first novel. Pub date August 6.
- The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides. Library e-book. Finished Jne 21. 4 stars. Not sure I felt it lived up to all the buzz/hype.
- The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung. ARC provided by NetGalley and Ecco Publishing & HarpersCollins Publisher. Finished June 22. Pub date June 18. Reviewed on Amazon and NetGalley. 5 stars–highly recommend!
- Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple. Library e-book (now a film starring Cate Blanchett!). Finished June 22. 5 stars!
- Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan. Library e-book. Finished June 22. 4 stars. Had to see what all the 2018 buzz was about!
- The Lie: A Memoir of Two Marriages, Catfishing & Coming Out by William Dameron. Library e-book. Finished July 6. 4 stars.
- The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo. Library e-book. Finished July 16. Despite being a “Reece’s Club” pick, I just couldn’t drag myself through it fast enough. 3 stars (rounded up from 2.5) for literary effort and appreciation. I’ve read *a lot* of Asian fiction, but unfortunately this one just did not hit the mark for me.
- Fleishmann Is In Trouble by Taffy Brodnesser-Akner. Library e-book. Finished July 24. Came highly recommended and I love this author’s other work. 4 stars.
- I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. Library e-book, finished July 28. *C H-I-L-L-I-N-G* Since reading McNamara’s in-depth reporting and research novel on the GSK, I haven’t left my downstairs windows open overnight. If you live in California, or are interested in true crime, read this book. McNamara (wife of actor Patton Oswalt, who sadly died in 2018) is an outstanding researcher, meticulous with an eye for detail and a relentless spirit, does an amazing job presenting the story, the before, during and after of the GSK. 5 stars!
- The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) by Graeme Simsion. Library e-book finished *voraciously* July 30. Thank you JP for the great recommendation!
- Rust and Stardust by T. Greenwood. A Goodreads Giveaway book sent by the publisher (St. Martin’s Press). TBR
- Winter Loon by Susan Bernhard. Amazon First Read, November selection. TBR
- A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa and Risa Kobayashi. TBR. Amazon First Read, December selection.
- Smoke & Summons by Charlie N. Holmberg. TBR. Amazon First Reads, January Selection.
- A River of Stars by Vanessa Hua. ARC copy provided by NetGalley. Published date, August 14, 2018. TBR
- Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. TBR. Purchased physical book.
- Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris. TBR. Purchased physical book.