2019 reading list

One of my 2019 goals is to read more. In the past few years, I have read here and there, mostly on bus rides to and from work, but aside from that broken up time, I fell out of the habit of reading regularly.

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Growing up, I loved to read! I would hide under the covers with my book light at night, quickly turning it off to pretend I was asleep when my parents came in the room (now I’m sure they knew all along) and even participated in Battle of the Books club in middle school. My reading slowed down when I got to college and, with all of the textbook reading for classes, no longer had (or made) as much time for reading outside-of-class materials. The biggest part of my problem is making time to read regularly, but even now that I have gotten back into the routine of reading at night, one issue that often breaks this routine is not having another book ready when I finish the first one. There are so many books, and so many book lists, that the excess of information can make it difficult to decide where to start. I’m almost done with my first book of the year, Becoming by Michelle Obama, and am trying to make a list of other books I want to read next.

I’m publishing this list with the caveat that I have no intention of finishing all of these this year, and may add books that aren’t on this list as they come out, but it is a good place to start! I also want to note that I love biographies and historical books (fiction and nonfiction), and have lots of business books I want to read at some point, so my list might not look the same as other lists full of fiction novels. I’d love to add some more fiction to the list, but have been paralyzed by where to start. There are so many that sound good, so if you have reviews or other suggestions, let me know in the comments!

2019 Reading List
Fiction
The Hopefuls – Jennifer Close
The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living – Louise Miller
Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
The Female Persuasion – Meg Wolitzer
The Knockoff – Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
Circe – Madeline Miller
All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Nonfiction
The Little Book of Hygge – Meik Wiking
What Happened – Hillary Clinton
In the Company of Women – Grace Bonney
Why Not Me? – Mindy Kaling
Educated – Tara Westover
Becoming – Michelle Obama
My Own Words – Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Whisky in a Teacup – Reese Witherspoon
Bossypants – Tina Fey

Business and Personal
Designing Your Life – Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Creative Confidence – Tom and David Kelley
168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think – Laura Vanderkam
What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast – Laura Vanderkam
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
The 4-Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
Find Your Why – Simon Sinek
The Defining Decade – Meg Jay
The Confidence Code – Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
Girl, Wash Your Face – Rachel Hollis
Body Love – Kelly LeVeque

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