Last week in my post on Simple and Meaningful Goal Planning For 2019, I talked about how one of my relaxation goals is to spend more time reading books. However, with a three year old who never wants to sleep – she is the rockstar party girl in our house – finding time to wind down and read at night has been a huge challenge.
I also struggle to find books to read. There are just so many out there! Where does one even start?
This year I am vowing to do things differently. Since I love list making and organizing so much, I decided to make a list of books I want to read in 2019. Having my list ready helps me in a couple ways:
- I won’t have to spend time searching for books I want to read.
- I can request books from the library ahead of time – the hold list for popular books can be such a long wait!
While I love buying new books, lately I have been trying to find most of them at the library, unless I think it is something I will read again. Total money saver!
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Favorite Books of 2018
So here in no particular order are my top picks for 2019:
An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. An American Marriage was Oprah’s Book Club 2018 selection.
The Last Mrs. Parish , by Liv Constantine. One of Reese Witherspoon’s Sunshine Book Club picks in 2018. Just finished this one and it was SO GOOD! Could not put it down!
You Think It I’ll Say It, by Curtis Sittenfeld. The title of this one totally sucked me in! Named one of the best books of the year by USA Today and Washington Post. Hoping it lives up to the hype.
2019 Book List
The Women in the Castle, by Jessica Shattuck. Story about three widows living in a Bavarian castle at the end of WWII.
The 7 Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Buzzfeed described this one as “Riveting, heart-wrenching, and full of Old Hollywood glamour.” How can I resist that??
The Kitchen House, by Kathleen Grissom
Swapping Lives, by Jane Green. This one sounds like a good beach or vacation read!
The Lost Girls of Paris, by Pam Jenoff. Will be released on January 29th. Of course I already have it on hold at the library!
Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
Practical Magic, by Alice Hoffman
The Rules of Magic, by Alice Hoffman
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. Another Reese Witherspoon book club pick. I’ve walked by this so many times at Costco – time to finally read it!
The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn. Ever since I read Beneath A Scarlett Sky last year, I have been hooked on books about WWI and WWII. Especially ones with courageous female characters.
All We Ever Wanted, by Emily Giffin
When Life Gives You Lululemons, by Lauren Weisberger. Another book I just love the title of!
The Dinner List, by Rebeca Serle. I have seen this on so many booklists. Can’t wait to read it!
Happiness For Beginners, by Katherine Center
The Wife Between Us, by Grerr Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen. Sounds like this one will be a page turner!
A Nantucket Wedding, by Nancy Thayer.
The Little Bookshop on the Seine, by Rebecca Raisin
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, by Bryn Greenwood
Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction, by David Sheff. I’ve wanted to read this book since I saw it at Costco several months ago. As a parent of three I have a feeling that this is going to be a tough read emotionally.
Building Resilience in Children and Teens, by Kenneth R. Ginsburg. Building resilience in our kids is something that my husband and I talk about quite often. Excited to read this one and hopefully learn some new tips to help guide my kiddos.
First We Make the Beast Beautiful, by Sarah Wilson. This book on living with anxiety came highly recommended by another blogger.
Several of these books were just sitting on my Goodreads “want to read” list, and others I found looking at a few booklists online. Asking friends, family or even a shout out on Facebook are other great ways to find book recommendations as well.
What are some books that you recommend I add to my reading list this year?