{reading life} 2019 in review

According to Goodreads, I read 18,009 pages and 60 books in 2019. I’m not totally sure if that’s accurate. I know that there are a handful that I started and abandoned and I’m not sure how they factor that in.

My Top Picks:

I’m not a huge non-fiction lover, but I’ve realized this year that if I’m going to read non-fiction the memoir is hands down my favorite thing to read. Or essays. My top picks from this year are from those categories. Basically , these are books that I would highly recommend, I have recommended and/or I would totally read again.

The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett. Basically, I just love Ann Patchett. I like her fiction, but I love her non-fiction voice even more. She writes like she is sitting next to you and I love that. Even more I love that one day I could actually walk into Parnassus in Nashville and run into her. One day.

A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle. This book satisfies my wander-lust. I’m realizing that I love the idea of traveling so, so much and the idea of living somewhere totally different and wild. But I don’t know that I’d ever actually do it.

The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet. This book just makes me want to be a better mother. One that is less full of fear and more wild and willing to take risks.

Fidelity by Wendell Berry. I do love Berry, but of the couple of his novels I’ve read, it was this collection of short stories that made me really love him. They are all really, really good, but the title story is amazing.

The Grapes of Wrath by Steinbeck. I just finished this one and I’m still processing. I had not read Steinbeck since high school and I really loved him then and this book reminded me why. This book was really eye opening to a facet of history that I really know nothing about (the time of the depression and Dust Bowl) and the characters were so, so rich and good.

Folklore of the Scottish Highlands by Anne Ross. I’m super, super, super slowly writing a book and I read this book as research for the novel I’m working on. It was super interesting – it does help that I’m partially Scottish too.

Abandoned Books of 2019:

I abandoned only 5 books this year. I think that’s a record. It’s funny how I’ve finally reached that point in my reading life where I feel like I can actually abandon a book. Sometimes it was because they were for homeschooling and we decided they weren’t working (or were lousy or weird or whatever) and sometimes it was because I just couldn’t take it (such as Flannery O’Conner…yes, yes I know. That’s another post though). I started Phantastes by MacDonald because it was Lewis’ favorite book, but it was totally odd and I couldn’t get into it so I gave up. The last book was about Hadrian’s Wall, which was actually interesting, but I had to return it to the library and just decided it wasn’t worth getting again.

If you want to see the list of all the books I read this year, you can check out my Goodreads Year in Review.

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