I set a goal of reading 12 books in 2019 and I read 19—how about that! There's a shelf view, then some ramblings on what I liked, then a list view and lastly, a how-to, if you want to make a book page, too.
See here for 2021, here for 2020
I read more Fiction than I have in many years combined! I enjoyed it, too. I really liked Sally Rooney's Normal People; I was sucked into the world she built and learned some handy Irish slang. Fleishman Is in Trouble, ruined me emotionally for two days (worth it).
Despite venturing away from Non-Fiction more often this year I still enjoyed some great tales of history: The Professor and the Madman is the story of how the Oxford English Dictionary came to be and goes places you wouldn't expect; King Cnut and the Viking Conquest of England is about Cnut, the first Danish King of England, and with this book I started the year true to my love for all this story touches (Denmark! Vikings! Medieval England!); the last book I read this year, The Library Book, tells the story of 1986 fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, the investigation, the restoration and the incredible and inner workings of a library.
I loved The Art Detective because I love the BBC show Fake or Fortune and this book, by one of the hosts, Philip Mould, is the same sort of detective, restoration, and history tales as the show—which, tragically, I wasn't able to find the latest season of unofficially on YouTube this year.
I read my first Science Fiction books this year! Exhalation was beautiful and thought provoking. Ancillary Justice created an atmosphere that spilled into real life and merged with the music I was listening to on my commutes at the time.
I re-read The Course of Love by School of Life's Alain de Botton. And I'd read it again! It uses the story of a fictional couple's marriage over the years to talk about the psychology of relationships and ourselves. Love is a service. I read a few more books from the School of Life, too. And I'll read more!
No. Title Author Read Category Pages
The Library Book Orlean, Susan 12/31/2019 Non Fiction 317
Exhalation Chiang, Ted 12/29/2019 Fiction 352
The Art Detective Mould, Philip 12/20/2019 Non Fiction 274
The Dutch House Patchett, Ann 12/9/2019 Fcition 337
How to Overcome Your Childhood School of Life, The 12/1/2019 Non Fiction 91
Heartbreak School of Life, The 11/30/2019 Non Fiction 43
On Being Nice School of Life, The 11/22/2019 Non Fiction 124
Atomic Habits Clear, James 10/20/2019 Non Fiction 319
Fleishman Is in Trouble Brodesser-Akner, Taffy 12/25/2019 Fiction 384
Too Much and Not the Mood Chew-Bose, Durga 09/16/2019 Non Fiction 221
Calypso Sedaris, David 07/14/2019 Non Fiction 273
Ancillary Justice Leckie, Ann 07/10/2019 Fiction 386
The Course of Love de Botton, Alain 06/03/2019 Fiction 241
Conversations with Friends Rooney, Sally 05/26/2019 Fiction 304
Normal People Rooney, Sally 05/21/2019 Fiction 268
The Witch Elm French, Tana 05/17/2019 Fiction 528
Becoming Michelle Obama 04/13/2019 Non Fiction 428
The Professor and the Madman Winchester, Simon 03/23/2019 Non Fiction 242
King Cnut Bartlett, W.B. 03/04/2019 Non Fiction 336
|The Library Book||Orlean, Susan||12/31/2019||Non Fiction||317|
|The Art Detective||Mould, Philip||12/20/2019||Non Fiction||274|
|The Dutch House||Patchett, Ann||12/9/2019||Fcition||337|
|How to Overcome Your Childhood||School of Life, The||12/1/2019||Non Fiction||91|
|Heartbreak||School of Life, The||11/30/2019||Non Fiction||43|
|On Being Nice||School of Life, The||11/22/2019||Non Fiction||124|
|Atomic Habits||Clear, James||10/20/2019||Non Fiction||319|
|Fleishman Is in Trouble||Brodesser-Akner, Taffy||12/25/2019||Fiction||384|
|Too Much and Not the Mood||Chew-Bose, Durga||09/16/2019||Non Fiction||221|
|Calypso||Sedaris, David||07/14/2019||Non Fiction||273|
|Ancillary Justice||Leckie, Ann||07/10/2019||Fiction||386|
|The Course of Love||de Botton, Alain||06/03/2019||Fiction||241|
|Conversations with Friends||Rooney, Sally||05/26/2019||Fiction||304|
|Normal People||Rooney, Sally||05/21/2019||Fiction||268|
|The Witch Elm||French, Tana||05/17/2019||Fiction||528|
|Becoming||Michelle Obama||04/13/2019||Non Fiction||428|
|The Professor and the Madman||Winchester, Simon||03/23/2019||Non Fiction||242|
|King Cnut||Bartlett, W.B.||03/04/2019||Non Fiction||336|