Top Books to Read in 2019
Hey, hey, friends! I hope you have been having a great day so far. One of my goals this year was to read at least two books a month. As of today, I have read 11! That makes me just a little bit ahead of the game. Not that I’m competitive or anything. Ha!
I love reading and try to make time for it nightly. This was quite the variety of books, and most were borrowed from my local library! I put a poll up on my Instagram stories and was shocked how few people go to a library! Maybe they just don’t like reading. I, personally, love having so many book options without having to purchase them! There are very few books that I would want to read multiple times, so buying them is just not necessary. Also, living within walking distance is so nice!
Anyways, time for me to stop rambling. Here are eleven books I have read in 2019!
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Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Starting off with a book I bet everyone has heard of, and for good reason. I really enjoyed Girl, Wash Your Face! If you are looking for a bit of wisdom, without any condescension, then this book is for you. You cannot be offended easily though. Rachel Hollis details her life and the things she has learned along the way, in such a raw, open fashion and she doesn’t sugarcoat the hard parts. I can’t wait to read her latest book, Girl, Stop Apologizing!
Where the Moon Isn’t by Nathan Filer
I feel kind of neutral about Where the Moon Isn’t, although it has rave reviews! Maybe it’s because I read this after Girl, Wash Your Face, which I wholeheartedly loved and dove right into. Anyways, this book is about a relationship between brothers. It is told from the point of view of Matthew, a schizophrenic, recalling the death of his brother Simon, who had Down syndrome. Will he find out what happened that night?
A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
In general, I love everything Jodi Picoult touches. A Spark of Light is a politically charged novel, perfect for today’s issues. The storyline centers around violence at an abortion clinic, making this tough to read at some points. This is not my favorite by Picoult, but I still really enjoy her style of writing. As with any book that discusses polarizing topics, many love it and many hate it. If you read it, let me know what you think!
An Unsuitable Match by Joanna Trollope
Another book I just didn’t love. Sorry, friends! I promise I have great options for you off of this list! An Unsuitable Match is about an older, engaged couple, both of whom have been previously married, and how their families respond. A large aspect of the book is discussion around money within marriage, which was interesting in some aspects. I felt like this should have been a light, quick read, but it kind of just plodded along. It could have been about 100 less pages and still given me the same storyline.
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The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth
Okay, here’s a book I loved! This novel follows Anna, a young woman with a disease leading to memory loss, and the new relationships she is still able to develop despite her illness. Alongside this storyline, you follow Eve, a woman who suddenly becomes a single mother with little money to her name. I thought this book was similar too many of Jodi Picoult’s books. Hard decisions are made and morals questioned, but in the end it’s worth it. I would highly recommend you read this!
The Next Person You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Loved this book! I read The Five People You Meet in Heaven years ago and have been waiting for this sequel to release. If you have not read The Five People You Meet in Heaven, definitely read that first. This storyline is a continuation of one of the main characters and it is perfection! It’s a very quick read, so if you are looking for something short and sweet, this is wonderful!
Rosie Colored Glasses by Brianna Wolfson
Somehow I ended up reading a lot of books that involved mental illness or cognitive decline. This book follows the daughter of a divorced couple, who’s mother suffers with bipolar disorder. Rosie Colored Glasses was a very interesting read, but I can’t say that it was my favorite of 2019. Worth grabbing from your local library though!
For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt
This book had such an interesting plot! If your spouse asked you to help them murder someone, would you do it if it meant saving your family? For Better and Worse is told from the point of view of both the husband and wife, so if you are not a fan of this style of writing, I would skip over this one. If you are looking for a bit of mystery and suspense, along with complicated family dynamics, read this one!
The Reckoning by John Grisham
Okay, I was just not a fan of The Reckoning. I know so many people love John Grisham, so sorry if I am disappointing you! This was the first book of his that I have read, so maybe I just don’t like his writing style. I trudged through because a patient of mine had lent it to me. Otherwise, I probably would have stopped halfway through and I am not a quitter. The story takes place in the deep south and follows a war-hero turned murderer. Why did he do it? That’s what the book seeks to answer, but in my option, it just took way too long to do so.
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True Colors by Kristin Hannah
Another book that I loved! True Colors follows three sisters and their lives as someone close to them is charged with a horrific crime. Will they remain close or let emotions tear them apart? The plot has so many storylines, but Hannah made it very easy to follow all of the characters. I read this book very quickly and just grabbed another book by the same author to start soon!
Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand
I just finished this book yesterday and it was another great read! Silver Girl would actually be the perfect vacation read! It is a great mix of romance and mystery, along with drama! Silver Girl follows Meredith, a woman whose life is upturned when her husband is arrested for investment fraud. The book is set in Nantucket, which just gives me all of the dreamy, summer vibes. So needless to say, add this to your summer reading list!
Alright, that’s a wrap on the eleven books I have read in 2019! Have you read any of these? Have a different opinion than me? If you are reading a book now that you love, let me know! Be sure to check out some of the top books to read in 2019!