What I Read in 2019

30 Dec

Another year over. It’s not been a great one, to be honest with you. Anyway, we’re here for the books! A total of 42. My favourites are bolded.

You’ll notice I read a few ‘work’ books this year. Just trying to boost my skills a bit! Mostly, I really loved history this year.

1. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki

2. Launch by Jeff Walker

3. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben – fascinating non-fiction

4. The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

5. The Wicked King by Holly Black – book 2 of a gripping YA series

6. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

7. Agile Product Management with Scrum by Roman Pilcher

8. Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron – beautiful YA with a touch of fantasy to pull on the heartstrings

9. Citizen Clem by John Bew

10. Vengeful by V E Schwab

11. The Hazards of Time Travel by Joyce Carol Oates

12. The Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff – if we spoke this year I already raved about this historical non-fic. Think you know The Crucible? Think again.

13. Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeanette Ng

14. Louis and Louise by Julie Cohen

15. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

16. La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

17. Borderland: A Journey Through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid

18. Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor

19. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

20. Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

21. How to Own the Room by Viv Groskop

22. The Postman by Charles Bukowski

23. The Nix by Nathan Hill

24. The Black Earth by Philip Kazan

25. The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer – feminism, legacy and women’s compromises

26. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik – lush YA fantasy with three awesome heroines

27. Bolivar by Marie Arana – again, I probably already bored you to death with snippets from this book. Loved finding out about this magnetic but divisive historical figure!

28. Swan Song by Kelleigh Greenberg-Jephcott – voice and how to do it

29. The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

30. American Eden: David Hosack, Botany and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic by Victoria Johnson – I came to this via the Bowery Boys podcast, one of my favourites.

31. Shadowscent: The Darkest Bloom by PM Freestone

32. Lost Connections by Johann Hari

33. Ponti by Sharlene Teo

34. Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-50 by Agnes Poirier 

35. Socrates in Love by Armand D’Angour

36. City of Brass by S A Chakraborty

37. Methods of Persuasion by Nick Kolenda – psychological studies collected and presented in a very readable format

38. The General in his Labyrinth by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

39. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black 

40. This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El – Mohtar and Max Gladstone

41. Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards

42. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – magical secret societies and ghosts at Yale. Yes.


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