2019 Books

2019 Book Review

Carolyn post here. Why am I writing about books on our travel blog? One of my goals for our year of travel is to allow more time to read and learn. Ever since I was a kid I've devoured books; it gets me out of my head and into a different time, a different culture, another world. Our local library has an extensive online collection of books that can be setup to go straight to your Kindle. If you haven't figured out how to set up digital borrowing yet, it's worth your time and effort.

Just for fun I decided to catalog all of the books I've read in 2019. Reviewing the list, I realized that I'm showing you a bit of my mind by the types of books I read, so be gentle. Apparently I love personal finance, science, self optimization, and science fiction. It crossed my mind to write a review for each of these, but given that apparently I read 68 books in 2019 (!), I don't have the energy for that. The list is below, organized by type and whether I loved the book (bold) or really do not recommend it (strikethrough).

Did you fall in love with a book last year? Tell me about it in the comments. I love recommendations.

Non-fiction books (25)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (SO GOOD)
The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins (HIGHLY RECOMMEND)
10 Years A Nomad by Matthew Kepnes (Perfect timing for our world adventure)
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Plant Paradox by Dr Gundry (Pseudoscience?)
A Full Life by Jimmy Carter
The Opposite of Spoiled by Ron Lieber 
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The Plant Paradox Cookbook by Dr Gundry
The Empath's Survival Guide by Judith Orloff (NOPE, NOPE)
Quit Like a Millionaire by Kristy Shen
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
Be Your Own Herbalist by Michelle Cook
Lotharingia by Simon Winder
Homegrown Pantry by Barbara Pleasant
A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
100 Days to Brave by Annie Downs
Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin
The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Girl, Wash your Face by Rachel Hollis
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*** by Mark Manson
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown 
The Oregon Trail by Rinker Buck

Fiction (43)

The Secret Sky by Atia Abawi 
The Historian by Elizabeth Costova
Seraphina By Rachel Hartman
Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Theft of Swords by Michael J Sullivan
The Rose and the Thorn by Michael J Sullivan
Age of Swords by Michael J Sullivan
Age of Myth by Michael J Sullivan
Rise of Empire by Michael J Sullivan
The Dead Mountaineer's Inn by Arkady Strugatsky
The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb 
Blood of Dragons by Robin Hobb
City of Dragons by Robin Hobb
Dragonhaven by Robin Hobb
Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb
The Soldier Son Trilogy by Robin Hobb (three book series)
Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Lions of Al-Rassan by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay
Guards! Guards! By Terry Pratchett (I couldn't get into it)
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs
The Difference Engine by William Gibson
The Crown Tower by Michael Sullivan
The Hallowed Hunt by Louie McMaster Bujold
The Dragon Riders of Pern by Ann McCafferty (three book series)
The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold
Dragon Blood by Patricia Briggs
The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury
The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher 
Brief Cases by Jim Butcher
Native Son by Richard Wright (I wanted to love this more)
The Black Dagger Brotherhood novels by J.R. Ward (4 books, plus others in this series that were ok)
The Secrets We Kept by Laura Prescott

Currently Reading:

Energy and Civilization by Vaclac Smil
Work Optional by Tanya Hester
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin


  1. Have you read anything by Brandon Sanderson? If you like Jim Butcher and Michael J. Sullivan, I recommend!

    1. Ohhh I love this suggestion, thank you! I've read the Mistborn trilogy but had forgotten about him - will add to my list. :)


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