People That Can Read, Should

I have always been a reader, as long as I have vision, I always will be. I can’t walk past a sign and ignore it. I read t-shirts of people passing me on sidewalks and the titles on the back of books others are reading at the airport. Heck, I used to read the Dictionary! I read labels, news, books, cereal boxes and pretty much anything that is within my field of vision. People like me, that read even when we don’t have to, or especially when we aren’t required, are now the minority. That is sad, but hey, you are reading this so that gives us common ground. Yeah!

I started 2019 in three book clubs but then dropped to two. Later I added another and for a short period of time was in three clubs again before dropping out of two. One because the selections didn’t appeal to me and the other because an otherwise nice, former U.S. Marine thought his opinion was so special and insightful that he should do 90 percent of the talking. November rolled around and I joined another club that I am not sure about just yet. Of course, I like to read stuff other than book club selections so my reading time is never lacking of literature.

The best thing about book clubs is that it prompts you to read books you otherwise would not have considered. Granted, some of them suck, but you may just find another genre that you had previously discounted. For me it is memoirs.

I am going to share my 2019 reads and my rating of one to five stars, I would be excited to hear form you if you enjoyed some of the same books or if you disagree with my rating. Let’s talk about books! I also note that life is too short to read boring or poorly written books. I started many that I did not finish and have not included them in my list since it isn’t really fair to rate something that I didn’t complete.

Friend me on Good Reads to check out my reviews and we can share even more about the love of books.

My 2019 Book List

  • Ghosted Rosie Walsh *****
  • Fly Boys James Franco *****
  • The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini *****
  • The Guy Not Taken Jennifer Weiner **
  • Calling Me Home Julie Kibler ****
  • A Spark of Light Jodi Picoult ***
  • Duped Abby Ellin **
  • Who Do You Love Jennifer Weiner ***
  • Before She Was Found Heather Gudenkauf ***
  • After Anna Lisa Scottoline ****
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez *
  • No Shroud of Silence Sandi Keaton-Wilson ****
  • It’s Not About Me Max Lucado *****
  • Becoming Michelle Obama *****
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman ***
  • Little Bee Chris Cleave ***
  • Pie Sarah Weeks ***
  • Behind Closed Doors B.A. Paris ****
  • The River Witch Anne Griffin *****
  • The Good Daughter Karen Slaughter ****
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy Margot Livesay **
  • Lying Sam Harris ****
  • Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens *****
  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone Lori Gottlieb *****
  • Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate *****
  • Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth Sarah Smarsh *****
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo Taylor Jenkins Reid ****
  • The Last Mile David Baldcci ***
  • Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance ****
  • Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee **
  • An Anonymous Girl Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen ****
  • Song of Solomon Toni Morrison ***
  • Finally Wendy Mass ****
  • Grey Mountain John Grisham **
  • The Red Tent Anita Diamant ****
  • This Is Where It Ends Marieke Nijkam **
  • A Man Called Ove Fredik Backman *****
  • Mrs Everything Jennifer Weiner *****
  • All We Ever Wanted Emily Griffin ****
  • One Second After William R. Forstchen ****
  • Never Have I Ever Joshilyn Jackson ****
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz Heather Morris ****
  • The Bear and the Nightingale Katherine Arden **
  • Furiously Happy Jenny Lawson ***
  • Animal Farm George Orwell ****

That’s a lot of books to squeeze in between cereal boxes, blogs and everything else in print that lands in front of me! And just to be completely honest, about 1 in three were audio books. I am fortunate to have more reading time than some. I recommend all that I have given 4 or 5 stars but the five really think you should read are in bold.

Dear Millionaires, If you don’t have a bookcase in your home that opens into a secret room then consider this your wake up call and call a contractor….Now!!

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