2019 is, like, actually here! Some days I really didn’t think we were going to survive 2018, and then all of a sudden we’re a week in to this new year and I’m still working on my December to-do list. Oops.

I always try to post my yearly book lists in December because, Christmas gifts. There is nothing I love more than giving (or getting!) for Christmas than books. So ignore the fact that it is currently January (double oops), and think of all the books you can *exchange your other gifts for*. You’re welcome!

In 2017, I tried to read 30 books in a year – and I accidentally read 51 (I blame both insomnia and the Harry Potter series). This year I, once again, tried to read 30 – and I read TWENTY NINE AND A HALF. Triple oops. To be fair, if I included all my seminary books (which I included at the bottom!), I read way more. But I vowed to not count those and I don’t believe in cheating. In 2018 I also tried to read more work by both women and people of color. (It’s surprising how much of an effort you have to make to not read books by white males.) I think I did okay, but definitely want to continue that trend in 2019.

As always – let me know what you’re reading!! Send me a recommendation, let me know what’s on top of your list, tell me what was your favorite read of 2018. 2018 book list

Top Picks:

Other Highlights:

Best Novels: Fiction isn’t my forte, but I loved these!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
, Mary Ann Shaffer | This book is just F U N. Plus Netflix did an adaptation, which pairs so nicely.

  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead | Incredible all around!
  • Big Little Lies, Liane Moriarty | The best kind of beach read: suspenseful, funny, some heavy conversations, unable to put down. The HBO show is a little intense, but also pretty good.


For the Feminists…

Nerd Alert:

  • Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jeremy McCarter | If you, like me, have the whole soundtrack memorized – this book is a dream come true. It goes through the play song-by-song with little notes by Lin-Manuel, backstory on lyrics, AND has articles throughout about how Hamilton came to be. PLUS images of the original cast! I was engrossed.
  • The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships, Suzanne Stabile | For all you Enneagram-enthusiasts, I cannot recommend Stabile’s work enough. (Check out her podcast, too!)
  • Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice, Curtis Sittenfeld | I normally hate modern retellings of any classics – but this was a treat. Smart, witty, interesting in its own way (even when you know what’s coming) – I now want to read all of Sittenfeld’s work!

Books I simply can’t stop recommending:

Don’t believe the hype…

  • Sweetbitter, Stephanie Danler | I really, really disliked this one. I only finished it because I was on vacation and it was the one novel I brought with me.
  • Tell Me Lies, Carola Lovering | This was decently interesting, but not as well written as people made it seem to be – and also some pretty heavy conversations I think it severely mishandled (eating disorders, abusive relationships, yikes)
  • Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton | Overall this wasn’t bad – I think it was just seriously over-hyped. A pretty fun read in the beginning, it got a little predictably forced at the end in a way that was disappointing.

2018 book listFull list:

And, as promised, my seminary reading list! (just the ones I really, really enjoyed)

Currently Reading:

& Excited to Start…

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