My 2019 Reading List

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Last year I challenged myself to read 18 books. As a self-proclaimed bibliophile I tend to take my reading life pretty seriously, but up until then I hadn’t set any sort of goal. But all of that changed with the GoodReads Reading Challenge. It was an opportunity to prove to myself that I could read more books than ever before and get a cool little badge on my profile in return. (Clearly I’m an adult.) And I did it!

So this year I’m doing it again, only this time my goal is 32 books. Too ambitious? We shall see. (Especially since I’ll be attempting this while finishing my own book.)

In an effort to hold myself accountable (and because I love talking about books), I am posting my reading list here so you can follow along. I’d love for you to join me! I have a wide range of interests when it comes to reading but they tend to fall into one of four categories: professional development, fiction, faith and food.

So here is my list in the order I plan to read them. If you’ve read any of these, leave your thoughts in the comments below. If you haven’t and want to join, I’d love to hear from you as well! Let’s do this.

JANUARY
Presence - Amy Cuddy
Still Life - Louise Penny
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption - Bryan Stevenson

FEBRUARY
Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table - Ruth Reichl
A Fatal Grace - Louise Penny
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World - Adam Grant

MARCH
The Middle Place - Kelly Corrigan
Learning to Walk in the Dark - Barbara Brown-Taylor
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - Barbara Kingsolver

APRIL
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft - Stephen King
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country - Helen Russell

MAY
Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Setbacks and Difficult People - Bob Goff
A Homemade Life - Molly Wizenberg

JUNE
Better Than Before - Gretchen Rubin
Delicious! - Ruth Reichl
Leaving Church - Barbara Brown-Taylor

JULY
The Sweet Life in Paris - David Lebovitz
Perennial Seller - The Art of Making and Marketing Work That Lasts - Ryan Holiday

AUGUST
The Woman in Cabin 10 - Ruth Ware
Inspired - Rachel Held Evans
The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead

SEPTEMBER
Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise - Ruth Reichl
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery - Ian Cron
The Magician’s Assistant - Anne Patchett

OCTOBER
Stranger Things: Worlds Turned Upside Down - Gina McIntyre
The Art of Memoir - Mary Carr
Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

NOVEMBER
Thirst: A Story of Redemption, Compassion and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World - Scott Harrison
An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace - Tamar Adler

DECEMBER
This is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say - Kelly Corrigan

Happy reading, everyone!

Caleb JohnsonComment