Reading Recap from 2019

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My New Year’s resolution for 2019 was to read more. And thanks to the more than 30,000 miles I put behind the wheel this year, I did read more.

Here’s my final reading list for 2019. This does not include books I referenced, homeschool books or all the kids and I read. I ranked them by stars (5 being best).

Top 5 Books I Read in 2019

This is my list of the top five books I read in 2019:

  1. These Is My Words by Nancy Turner.
  2. Call the Midwife 1-3 by Jennifer Worth.
  3. Cold Rock River by Jackie Lee Miles.
  4. The Nightingale by Kristyn Hannah.

All the Books I Read and a Few Comments

Here are all of the books I read with ratings and a few comments on each book.

  1. Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce (5 stars): Fun, fresh, and historically interesting.
  2. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (5 stars): Gritty, underestimated, still a favorite (my second time to read); the movie does not match up.
  3. These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine by Nancy Turner (5 stars)One of the best love stories I’ve ever read. Gritty depiction of struggle with faith and loss.
  4. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (5 stars): Haunting, a look at the real struggle of war. I still want to change the ending.
  5. Educated by Tara Westover (4 stars): Eye-opening, convicting, too long (why I gave it 4 stars), familiar.
  6. The Midwife of Hope River by Patricia Harmon (4 stars): Excellent look at life during the Depression, beautiful from a setting perspective, really good story by a first-time novelist.
  7. The Reluctant Midwife: A Hope River Novel by Patricia Harmon: This was my favorite of this series, gritty, great characters and plot. It’s too bad the third was such a bomb. I really wanted to finish this series, but the author started struggling with the dialogue and agenda. I could tell that she either had a different editor or a ghostwriter.
  8. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (4 stars): A great book, beautifully written and developed characters, a few awkward scenes. Luke’s character was memorable.
  9. Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy and Hard Times by Jennifer Worth (5 stars): Such a good book, much better than the show, characters are not the same as the show, historically fascinating.
  10. Call the Midwife: Shadows of the Workhouse by Jennifer Worth (5 stars): Sad, gritty, lovely.
  11. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (4 stars): Not my usual taste, but it was real and refreshing.
  12. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (5 stars): Such a good book, raw, honest, fascinating.
  13. The River (a Hatchet Novel) by Gary Pauslen (4 stars): Almost as good as the original. Loved listening to this with Man Cub.
  14. On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. (5 stars) Real, beautifully set, listened to it while driving through the setting with the kids which was awesome.
  15. By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder. (5 stars) I really enjoyed this one. It was a bit over the kids’ heads. Drove through the area while listening.
  16. Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder (5 stars) Still one of my favorite books.
  17. Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh. (4 stars) Better than I expected. We listened to this as a family. Great for 8+.
  18. Lots of Magic Treehouse by Mary Pope Osborne (4 stars). Little One is obsessed. I’m impressed with the history and culture packed into these books.
  19. Lots of I Survived by Lauren TarshisA little agenda, but good books for kids to learn the context of historical events. Not quite as good as the Hatchet series.
  20. Brides of Culdee Creek 1-3 by Kathleen Morgan (3 stars)I liked the Colorado setting and the story was good and a little forced at times. Better than most Christian fiction. I like to read these as easy reads when I’m sick or need a break.
  21. Cold Rock River by Jackie Lee MitchellThis book was so good. It surprised me. It’s a story of Southern culture, but it’s respectful and captures the complication of the cultures of the past.
  22. Wild Things: The Art of Nurturing Boys by Stephen James and David Thomas. This book was so good for understanding my boy. A little psychological, but well-done.

Books I Did Not Finish and Why

These are the books I put down:

  • The Book Thief – It dragged.
  • All the Light We Cannot See – I think I was just too busy. Going to revisit this one.
  • The Other Boleyn Girl – It just got trashy and shallow.
  • Once a Midwife – The author was trying too hard to push an agenda.
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – I just could not get into this one.
  • Crime and Punishment – I couldn’t keep
    the characters straight in the audiobook. I’m going to try this again with my Kindle.
  • It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way – I took a year off from most nonfiction and this one is very deep. I’m going to pick it back up.

Bible I Read This Year

Genesis, Exodus, Mark, Romans, most of John, I Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, some of Psalms

What I Plan to Read in 2020:

Call the Midwife
Mere Christianity
The Great Divorce
Suffering Is Never for Nothing
The Yearling
The Small Town Series
When You Come Home
The Insanity of God
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Where the Crawdads Sing
The Screwtape Letters
Crime and Punishment
The Pursuit of God

What did you read? I need ideas for fiction. Tell me about your reads in the comments.

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