Books of 2019

I love to read but, this year, I have decided to read less. By reading fewer books, I want to tackle more difficult, challenging tomes. Of course I will still read the latest must-read New York Times bestseller, however, I plan to take more time to delve in to some tough material.

(1) The Tattooist of Auschwitz – Heather Morris
(2) Gorilla and the Bird: A Memoir of Madness and a Mother’s Love – Zack McDermoff
(3) Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption – Bryan Stevenson
(4) The Girl with All the Gifts – M.R. Carey
(5) Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It – Chris Voss
(6) The Forgotten Hours – Katrin Schumann
(7) There There – Tommy Orange
(8) A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
(9) Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi
(10) Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman
(11) Less – Andrew San Greer (Pulitzer Prize Winner)
(12) Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry – Mildred Taylor
(13) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln – Doris Kearns Goodwin
(14) One Day in December – Jose Silver
(15) Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande
(16) Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
(17) Monster – Walter Dean Myers
(18) Small Frye – Lisa Brennan-Jobs
(19) This Is How It Always Is – Laurie Frankel (Fiction, Contemporary, LGBT)
(20) West Winging It – Pat Cunane (Audiobook, Non-fiction, Memoir)
(21) Behold the Dreamers – Imbolo Mbue (Fiction, Cultural, Oprah’s Book Club)\
(22) Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown (Non-fiction, Self-help)
(23) I Miss You When You Blink – Mary Laura PhilPott (Essays)
(24) Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic – Sam Quinones
(25) Homegoing – Yaa Gayasi (fiction; historical fiction; literary fiction; cultural)
(26) The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande (non-fiction; medicine; business; productivity; self-improvement)
(27) Charged – Emily Bazelon (non-fiction; law; social justice; race and racism)
(28) Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brene Brown
(29) Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
(30) Death of Innocence: The Story of the Hate Crime that Changed America – Mamie Till-Mobley (history; black history; race and racism; memoir; non-fiction)
(31) The Great Believers – Rebecca Makkai (fiction; historical fiction; LGBT)
(32) The Silent Patient – Alex Michaelides (fiction; mystery; suspense; thriller)
(33) So You Want to Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo (race and racism; non-fiction; social justice)
(34) Waiting for Tom Hanks – Kerry Winfrey (fiction; chick lit; romance)
(35) Three Women – Lisa Taddeo (non-fiction)
(36) Thrive – Arianna Huffington (self-improvement; personal development)
(37) The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brene Brown (non-fiction; self-improvement; personal development)
(38) WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Game – Abby Wamback (non-fiction; self-improvement; feminism; leadeship)
(39) White Fragility – Robin DiAngelo (non-fiction; race and racism; social justice)
(40) The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates (fiction; fantasty)
(41) How to be an Anti-Racist – Ibram X. Kendi (non-fiction; social justice
(42) Five Carat Soul – James McBride (fiction; short stories)
(43) Know My Name – Chanel Miller (Memoir; non-fiction; must-read)
(44) Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption – Jennifer Thompson-Cannino, Ronald Cotton, Erin Torneo (memoir; non-fiction; true crime; law)
(45) Mrs. Everything – Jennifer Weiner (fiction; chick lit)
(46) Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) – Chade-Meng Tan (self-improvement; personal development; mindfulness; meditation)
(47) Things You Save in the Fire – (fiction; chick lit)
(48) The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Reid (fiction)
(49) The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein (fiction; pet lit)
(50) The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World – Melinda Gates (non-fiction; feminism; must read)
(51) Shrill – Lindy West (feminism; essays; non-fiction; humor)
(52) The Mermaid’s Voice Returns in This One- Amanda Lovelace (poetry)