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30 Books to Read in 2019

I LOVE to read. Like, a lot. I am a huge bookworm. However, sometimes I feel like I don’t live up to the name! The reason is, while I love to read, I don’t always have a great range of books that I read. I fall into this rut where I reread the books I own over and over again, and I never venture out into other areas!

For example, I just reread the Harry Potter series for… I couldn’t even tell you how many times it has been! While I’m not complaining, cause I am a huge fan, I do think it would probably be good to expand my horizons. I have several other books and even series that I will read over and over again, so I’m excited to find some new ones!

This last year my friend A and I exchanged a bunch of different books to read, and it was so great! I found a bunch of new ones that I really enjoyed. The only thing I didn’t like about the exchanging of the books was that I had to give them back… so I couldn’t reread them again, haha! This is what I am talking about. I will read the same books over and over again. Does anyone else do this????


I like many different genres, but one area that I have neglected is ‘classic’ books. There are a few that I have tried to read, but I have allowed myself to get distracted from them and I haven’t finished them! I am not the type to not finish a book, so that has always been something that really bothers me.

I also tend to stay away from non-fiction and ‘self-help’ books. Not necessarily because I dislike them, but I just don’t think to pick them for reading!

This year, I have decided to make myself a list of 30 books to read before the end of the year. I also plan on doing reviews for you!

I signed up for Goodreads and added all of the books to my reading list, and I plan on marking them off and reviewing them as I go. Goodreads has this feature where you can actually set a goal and mark the books off as you go, which I have done. I’m really looking forward to utilizing it!

The first 25 books on my list are for pleasure. I tried to pick books from a wide range of genres, from non-fiction/autobiographies to historical fiction, romance to mystery, and of course some classics. As I read and review each book I will try to tell you what genre it is along with the review, so maybe you will find some new books to try as well!

I made sure to include a few of those classics that I haven’t finished, and this year I plan on actually finishing them! I’ll admit, I did add a couple of books that I have read before. BUT, I promise they are ones I haven’t read a ton, and none of them have been recent reads! For example, I read Great Gatsby in school for English, so now I am looking forward to reading it for fun! It will be interesting to see the differences in how I look at it now compared to high school.

After my list of 25 books for pleasure reading, I made a list of 5 ‘self-help’ books that I want to read this year. Each is a different area that I hope to improve in my life, and I think and hope they will be beneficial to my over all well-being!

So, here are my 25 books for enjoyment:

  1. Watching You by Lisa Jewell (read my review here)
  2. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
  3. What She Saw by Gerard Stembridge
  4. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult (read my review here)
  5. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  6. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  7. Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  9. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  10. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  11. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  12. The Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis
  13. Daughters of the Lake by Wendy Webb
  14. Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak
  15. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  16. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  17. How She Died, How I lived by Mary Crockett
  18. A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult
  19. The Reckoning by John Grisham
  20. When She Was Bad by Tammy Cohen
  21. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  22. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  23. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  24. Educated by Tara Westover
  25. Bear Town by Fredrik Backman

I built this list with the following process: The first few I added were books I had at home but haven’t read yet. Next, I asked for recommendations from friends, and then I looked through my kindle and found some of the books I hadn’t finished! I also added a few that were recommended from family, and then I finished out the list by searching through Goodreads and reading several summaries until I found ones that I liked! I don’t have the list in any particular order, and I’m not sure what order I will read them in. I’ll probably start selecting some random books off of the lists and you’ll see the order as I post reviews! I just finished my first book on the list, Watching You, and will be posting my review soon!

Here are my 5 self-help books to read!

  1. Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  2. How Women Rise by Marshall Goldsmith and Sally Helgesen
  3. The More Of Less by Joshua Becker
  4. Satisfied by Rhona Epstein
  5. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

I formed this list similar to the other. The first was a recommendation from a friend, the second from my husband, as he’s heard the author speak and thought I would like it, the third based on a facebook challenge I’m going to participate in, and the last two were ones I researched and found interesting! Whew, that was a long sentence. I apologize.

Since I’ve finished Watching You, next I think I will read What She Saw, since that is one I own but haven’t read yet. I have a few others that I own, as you can see in my featured picture! Next, I’ll need to decide which books to download on my kindle, and which I want to actually order and own the hard copy of!

Overall, I am extremely excited to get to reading these books! I hope that reading all of these different genres will expand my interests and work my brain. Another goal for 2019 is to do more things that exercise my brain, but that’s another story!!

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  1. Helen L Lindhorst says:

    I love a good mystery and one of best series in this genre is by William Kent Krueger, starting with Iron Lake. They take place in the Midwest. If you like tea and its origins, try Laura Childs. Right now I am reading Jack Carr’s The Terminal List and I have to force myself to stop reading so I get some sleep! This book is about politics! I have read several on your list, especially enjoyed the classics.

    1. Megan says:

      Thank you so much for the suggestions! I love having more books to read!

  2. Tricia says:

    My new year resolution was to read at least a book a week. I don’t have a website but have been reviewing them on my Facebook page. In case you want or add to your list, these are both GREAT.
    “Hum If You Don’t Know the Words” by Bianca Marais
    “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

    1. That’s an awesome goal! I’m still on book 2 off my list for now… I plan on moving to the next soon though! What page are you doing the reviews on? Is it open to the public? Thanks for the recommendations!

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