Here are a few of my fav’s if you are interested in joining the wave of “I must read more books in 2019”! I’ve been known to have a large library of self-improvement books over the years. Too the point a few years after my divorce, I woke up one morning, packed the entire collection into a box and dropped off at our local used book store. That hasn’t stopped me from downloading on Audible over the years or still reading as many as I can. So this year – I’ve decided on Fiction and Memoirs! Look at me changing 🙂
Instagram has been a huge inspiration for choosing some of these books. A few ladies in town have started a book club and we read one book a month – an easy goal I think! So here are my picks for the best books to read for 2019!
- EDUCATED by Tara Westover
This is the first pick for the 2019 book club!! Woohoo!! Interesting memoir on a family that survived in the mountains of Idaho. Most of the 6 children literally didn’t exist as they were born at home and had no birth certificate. Tara is the youngest and first steps foot in a classroom at 17!
2. CIRCE by Madeline Miller
Circe is a daughter born into the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans. She is a strange child, not powerful like her father. She turns to the world of Mortals for companionship and discovers she does possess power. This historical fiction is out of my comfort zone so I’m excited to dive in!
3. GOLDEN CHILD by Claire Adam
Based in rural Trinidad, a family with twin boys quietly survives in the bush. The father, Clyde, works long exhausting shifts and one afternoon one of the 13 year old twins, Paul, doesn’t come home after school. As hours turn to days, Clyde begins to understand Paul’s fate and his world shatters.
4. ELEANOR OLIPHANT is completely fine by Gail Honeyman
Eleanor struggles with social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. She meets bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy Raymond at her office. Her and Raymond save an elderly gentleman named Sammy who has fallen on the sidewalk and the three becomes the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have been living.
Soon to be a major motion picture too!
5. THE BOOK OF JOY by Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
You seriously thought I could list 5 books and not include a self-help? Ha! I purchased this one on Audible and I’m enjoying it. Two spiritual giants. Five Days. One timeless question. How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?
Alrighty! There is officially my first five books of 2019! Dive in! Whether you are curling up by a fire with a blanket or lounging on a beach chair on the hot sandy beaches – reading is important. It’s how we discover new things and new information. Hope you enjoy!