Sunday 8 December 2019

Books of 2019

Hello world.  How is everyone getting along this December?  I am finding slices of time to just slow down and enjoy the little things in life.  I am looking forward to having a break from work, 10 more teaching days.  I love my job but as you have  probably noticed with my inconsistency on here, it's been taking a good chunk of my time and energy.  Anyway, today I am reflecting on my 2019 goal of reading one book a month.  I killed it in the first 8 months of the year and then this last while has been a struggle but I reached my goal.  I love reading.  It calms me.  It grounds me.  It allows my brain to rest and put my life on hold for just a little while.  I feel it's similar to what people describe yoga does for them.  

Here is  my quick review of the books I've read in 2019.  

 BOOK of the YEAR!!!

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Educated by Tara Westover  Hands down, without hesitation, my favorite book of 2019.  This book blew my mind.  I can’t believe what Tara went through as a child and my mind was blown to know that this type of lifestyle is still so prevalent in some parts of the country.  Tara is “home schooled” but really not until she is 18 at which point she enters college, having worked her butt off to pass the SAT’s.  She now has a PHD but no high school diploma.  READ this book!  It’ll test your outlook of families, your understanding of love, forgiveness and family bonds that are so strong even if other believe they aren’t what’s best for you.  Incredible and a story that has left a lifelong impact on me.


⭐⭐⭐⭐A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout  WOW!  Just wow!  This is a hard book to critique because it’s someones experience.  I can’t imagine anything like this happening to me and being able to survive it both physically and emotionally is difficult to imagine.  The book is about a young, aspiring journalist, Amanda, that after years of entering war-torn countries, ends up being kidnapped  and kept for over a year.  On the one hand I felt like, “what are you doing!!!!!  Everyone is telling you this is dangerous situtation to be put yourself in, especially not being affiliated with an actual newspaper or station.”  On the other hand she stays very honest and also takes responsibility for her actions throughout the story.  A hard but good read.  I would recommend it but it does move very slow at times.


⭐⭐⭐⭐ I, Witness by Niki Mackay  Mystery.  Suspense.  Murder or not?    This one had it all!  Super good and a quick read.  Also, my husband really liked it and that’s a WIN.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty  YES!  YES! YES!  Are you looking for an easy, I can’t put this book down, this is it.  I read it over the summer and it was the best.  The characters are all interesting, they are complex and the plot is a page turner.  I liked it so much that I immediately went to Netflix to watch it on their with a star studded cast with Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern.

⭐⭐⭐ The Singles Game by Lauren Weisberger  Another easy ready.  Follow a young tennis player as she figures out how to balance the love and determination of being the best, while having a real life and relationships that are based on more than the game.  Beach read.

⭐⭐⭐⭐Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery
  Another beach read to add to your list.  A lovely read about two sisters, their relationship with their each other, with their mother and with lovers.  I liked it and it was the perfect read on a beach in Mexico.  


⭐⭐ After You by Jojo Moyes  I wanted to like this book because  I loved Me Before You but it just didn't happen.  I don’t think I’ll end up picking up the last book in the installment to be honest.  Skip.

⭐⭐⭐Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis  I felt it was very similar to Girl Wash Your Face.  Good messages overall but I felt if you read the other one you can skip this one, or vice versa.

⭐⭐⭐ House of Sand and Fog by Andree Dubus III  I half read it, half listened to it.  Hmmmm.  It’s a story in which you don’t know who to root for.  All the characters are tragic, and the story ends in tragedy.  I don’t think I’d read it again, but it was one that I was conflicted during reading and it kept me reflecting. 

 ⭐⭐A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick  A strange novel.  I’ll leave it at that.

⭐⭐Inheritance by Dani Shapiro   I wanted to love it.  In fact I rallied for it with my book club group and then it was not that good.  The writing and the story just didn’t grab or sustain my interest, so I say SKIP it.

I am currently wrapping up 2019 with another easy, beach read, Summer of '69 by Elin Hilderbrant.  

Tell me, what should I read in 2020!


  1. I'm so with you on the books to skip.
    & I cant believe I've never read Educated yet. GASP - I KNOW

    1. Sometimes it's not that I hate the book but overall it didn't keep my interest, or I didn't learn anything, or I just didn't connect. Skip! 😆

  2. I need to read some new books. Great review. Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays :)

    1. Thanks. I live reading, I just wish I had more time to sit and just emerse myself into it.

  3. I completely agree that Educated was the best book I read this year-- hands down!! I love those beach reads too; normally anything by Nancy Thayer or Elin Hilderbrand is pretty good.

    1. I was so fascinated by the story, her life, the family connections that are impossible to break even when they are harmful to us. All of it. I need to look up this author Nancy Thayer. Thanks.

  4. I am so glad to see this post. Have Educated uploaded/downloaded - whatever - on my Kindle. Will move it up on my to-read list.
    I really liked The Mother-in-Law, The Girls on 17 Swann Street, Ask Again, Yes. Just started a fun read - and bargain - The Weekend by Suzy England.

    1. I need to add these to my list, thank you! As we go into holiday break from school, one of my favorite ways to unwind and just relax is to read a lot. Oh, that sounds heavenly, sitting by the tree, with my favorite candle reading. Thanks for the book list.

  5. My Goodreads goal was to read 40 books this year. I'm way behind my goal and have only read half of that. Educated is probably my favorite from this year too! I also was disappointed with After You. I'm adding I, Witness to my reading list!

    Jill- Doused in Pink

    Jill - Doused in Pink

    1. You are still doing better thank me! I live Reading but I enjoy having a consistent time to actually read and right now that time is just not attainable, so when I have a break, I binge read. Hahaha.

  6. Book is always useful every time and everyplace to every people.

  7. An amazing thing happens when you admit what your wildest dreams are - somehow a few actually come true.

  8. Thanks for the recommendations.