Month: December 2019

What I Read: 2019

I made reading a priority again in 2019, and I’m so glad I did. I read 42 full length books and I know they’ve helped me become a better writer! Here’s what I read at a glance:

Mr. & Mrs. American Pie by Juliet McDaniel
How to Tell Toledo From the Night Sky by Lydia Netzer
The Savage Instinct by Marjorie DeLuca
In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende
Lipstick Brigade by Cindy Gueli
*Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave
Little Children by Tom Perrotta
Inside the F.B.I. by John J. Floherty
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Time’s Magpie: A Walk in Prague by Myla Goldberg
The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
The O’Brien Book of Irish Fairy Tales by Una Levy and Susan Field
*Southernmost by Silas House
*The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
How to Not Always Be Working by Marlee Grace
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Necessary Errors 
by Caleb Crain
*Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
*My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
The Girl Who Never Read Noam Chomsky by Jana Casale
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Celia at 39 by Jason Pomerance
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez
A Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang
*The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle
The Happenstances at the Yellow County Community Swim and Raquet Club the Summer Before Last by Peter L. Harmon
*Migratory Animals by Mary Helen Sprecht
Deception!: A Writing Bloc Anthology
*City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert
China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
*The Phantom Forest by Liz Kerin
*The Library Book by Susan Orlean

*My top ten

This list of 35 fiction and 7 nonfiction books includes:

25 books with women authors

9 books by authors of color

6 books by LGBTQ authors

8 books by people I know

Next year, I want to read more books in all of these categories! What did you read in 2019? What are your reading goals for 2020?