Books I Read in 2019

  • These are the books I read in 2019.
  • They’re listed in the order of when I read them, newest at the top.
  • Clicking on a book title will take you to the individual book page where you can read my favorite quotes and, if you’re interested in buying it, follow an (affiliate) link to (my attempt to do my part in reducing Amazon usage).


  1. Kitchen Confidential—Anthony Bourdain
  2. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda—Becky Albertalli
  3. Sea Prayer—Khalid Hosseini
  4. The Other Einstein—Marie Benedict
  5. Wonder—R.J. Palacio. August is born with facial deformities which defines his very existence and experience of life. He starts public school for the first time at the beginning of middle school and has to tread water with forming relationships with people who initially struggle to accept him for his appearance—some of whom get their own point of view in the story to show why they make the choices they make and how they’re affected by having August in their lives. At the end of the book some older kids from a different school pick on him and several kids from his school, some of whom had previously bullied him, step in to stand up for him—and later on he wins his school’s award for being an upstanding person and standing with strength through his hardships.)
  6. P.S. I Still Love You—Jenny Han. Lara Jean and Peter are still dating and have defined their relationship as a more real thing rather than the fakery it began as. But Peter still seems hung up on his ex, Genevieve, and it ends up pushing Lara Jean into breaking up with him and rekindling feelings for an old friend, John, who had recently entered her life again. Lara Jean and John seem really good together, but Peter wants Lara Jean back and they end up being honest and realizing things about themselves and deciding to get back together and make their relationship work for real.

  7. 7. The Creative Habit—Twyla Tharp
    Read In: 2019

  8. Newspaper Blackout—Austin Kleon.

  9. 9. The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen—Lisa Gungor
    Read In: 2020 + 2019

  10. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy—Mackenzi Lee

  11. 11. The Library Book—Susan Orlean
    Read In: 2021 + 2019

  12. Wild—Cheryl Strayed

  13. Small Fry—Lisa Brennan-Jobs

  14. Educated—Tara Westover

  15. An Absolutely Remarkable Thing—Hank Green

  16. The Tattooist of Auschwitz—Heather Morris
  17. This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor—Adam Kay
  18. Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too—Jomny Sun
  19. Saving Alex: When I Was Fifteen I Told My Mormon Parents I Was Gay, and That’s When My Nightmare Began—Alex Cooper
  20. It’s Not Like It’s A Secret—Misa Sugiura
  21. Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids—Meghan Daum
  22. The Girl On The Train—Paula Hawkins
  23. How To Date Men When You Hate Men—Blythe Roberson
  24. I’m With The Band—Pamela Des Barres

  25. Crazy Rich Asians—Kevin Kwan

  26. Gay Girl, Good God: The Story of Who I Was, and Who God Has Always Been—Jackie Hill Perry

  27. Daily Rituals—Mason Currey

  28. Bird By Bird—Annie Lamott

  29. Manfried the Man: A Graphic Novel—Caitlin Major
  30. Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Book 3)—Jenny Han
  31. The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help—Amanda Palmer

  32. Keep Going—Austin Kleon

  33. Letters To A Young Poet—Rainer Maria Rilke

  34. Normal People—Sally Rooney

  35. The Mental Load—Emma

  36. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore—Robin Sloan

  37. Ajax Penumbra 1969—Robin Sloan

  38. Sourdough—Robin Sloan

  39. China Rich Girlfriend—Kevin Kwan

  40. Rich People Problems—Kevin Kwan

  41. To Kill A Mockingbird—Harper Lee

  42. We Are Never Meeting In Real Life—Samantha Irby

  43. Leaving The Witness: Exiting Religion and Finding a Life—Amber Scorah

  44. Calypso—Davis Sedaris

  45. An American Marriage—Tayari Jones

  46. East of Eden—John Steinbeck

  47. Little Fires Everywhere—Celeste Ng

  48. Conversations with Friends—Sally Rooney

  49. Matilda—Roald Dahl

  50. Pulp—Robin Talley

  51. Maid—Stephanie Land

  52. El Deafo—Cece Bell

  53. Practical Magic—Alice Hoffman

  54. Rich Dad, Poor Dad—Robert T. Kiyosaki

  55. The Great Alone—Kristin Hannah

  56. Shark Tales—Barbara Corcoran

57. Vox—Christina Dalcher

58. Bird Box—Josh Mallerman

59. Me Before You—JoJo Moyes
Read In: 2019

60. Animal Farm—George Orwell
Read In: 2019