In 2019 I read a total of 48 books, so close to 50 which is my goal each year. Maybe a can squeeze in two more before the end of the month. Out of those 48 books these were my top ten favorite books of 2019. It was a hard list to write, because there were more then 10 books that I really enjoyed.
I wish that I started this blog earlier and had full reviews of all these books to share with you. For now my mini reviews are below. I also want to point out that these books weren’t all released in 2019, that is just the time period when I read them.
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My Favorite Fiction Books
Wonder by R.J Palacio. I think this is considered a YA book, but I loved it. It such an inspirational story of a boy who has to deal with people’s assumptions and prejudice because of his appearance. It would be a great story to read to children, to teach them how their words and actions have an impact on others. It was also made into a movie in 2017.
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. This was a very interesting book about fate. Four siblings are told by a psychic when they would die. The story follows each sibling and the choices they make through their lives that lead to their deaths. The question throughout the novel is, did the psychic predict their death, or did the prediction influence them and cause their deaths?
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris is a powerful story about the journey of one man during WWII as a prisoner in Auschwitz. It is a story of survival, and the fact that it is true makes it even more heartbreaking and amazing.
The Hate you Give by Angie Thomas. This is one of those books that you have trouble putting down. Not only was it a great story, but it manages to touch on some very important issues about racial barriers and attitudes, but does it in fresh and honest way. It really made me think about the world from the perspective of African-Americans.
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides is a about a psychiatrist who goes out of his way to try and help a women who hasn’t spoken a word since the murder of her husband. At first this book seemed like every other mystery thriller I’ve read, but has a twist that I did not see coming.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. This book is on my list because I love stories that are original and have a new idea. This book reminded me of a Agatha Christie novel. It is a murder mystery, where the events leading up to the murder are played over and over again by the same person, but each time he starts over, he is in the body of a different person.
My Favorite Non-Fiction
The Collapse of Parenting by Leonard Sax. I learned so much from this book. It an informational parenting book, that looks at parenting behaviour from the past to current day, and tries to find out what has changed that has lead to so many issues in the current generation. It is filled with interesting statistics and facts, and touches on issues like obesity, ADHD, emotional inelegance, and the school system.
Boss Bitch by Nicole Lapin. I don’t read a lot of self help books. I often find that they just reinforce what I already know. This book was different, Nicole went through her career from beginning to end and wasn’t afraid to give very specific examples of where she went wrong and also where she went right. One of her ideas I really liked was creating a personal brand for yourself, including a motto, colours, and adjective to describe you. She made me think about things like my elevator pitch and my untapped skills.
Educated Tara Westover. This is one of those books that everyone was talking about. The whole time I read this book I was completely shocked that this happened for real, and she is the same age as me. The fact that she survived and managed to achieve so much, just shows that perseverance, and will power mean so much.
How to Talk so Little Kids will Listen by Joanna Faber and Julie King. I would recommend this book to any parent who needs tips on how to deal with their toddler. It had so much great advice that I use all the time. The one I use the most is making sure I validate my daughter’s feelings and name her emotions when she is upset. ” It made you very upset when I turned off the TV”.