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. The Creative Habit—Twyla Tharp
  8. Newspaper Blackout—Austin Kleon.

  9. The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen—Lisa Gungor

  10. The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy—Mackenzi Lee
  11. The Library Book—Susan Orlean
  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
  60. Animal Farm—George Orwell