Books of 2019

I love to read.  I love to read more than I like to sleep.  I love to read more than I like to eat.  In 2019, I had the privilege of reading 51 books and writing reviews for some of them that I’ve posted at the end of this blog.  One significant change in 2019 is that I read a lot more fiction books than usual and chose not to write reviews for some non-fiction books that I read just for fun or to learn something new. I realize that reading is a HUGE privilege and it’s not anything that I take for granted.   My mom is to thank for instilling a love of reading in all three of her kids from a very early age.  I’ve written on this blog a number of times how I feel about reading and the way that reading shapes the influence that you have.  I’ve heard it said that you can tell a lot about a person by the people that they hang out with and the books that they read.  Words matter.

Here are some links to the books I’ve intentionally documented the last several years…

Books from 2010 41 books
Books from 2011 63 books
Books from 2012 78 books
Books from 2013 43 books
Books from 2014 32 books
Books from 2015 41 books
Books from 2016 54 books
Books from 2017 40 books
Books from 2018 51 books

From 2010-2019: 494 books

The most important reading that I have done this year is to read through the Bible completely. When I turned the last page on Revelation 22 early this morning, there was no feeling of relief. No sense that I had “checked that off the list.” Instead, I’m eager to pick up God’s word tomorrow morning and start a new reading plan for 2020. What a PRIVILEGE it is to be able to draw near to the Lord by reading His word. Can I be honest with you? I haven’t always felt that way. Even as a Christian for 25 years, I haven’t always chosen to study God’s Word. And…I missed out and had to learn that the hard way. The last several years, I have intentionally chosen to read and study God’s Word and to ask Him to read and study me. And I have been stretched in so many delightful ways. The last few years, I’ve been doing the M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan. I posted a little about that last year and will paste that below…

  • 5 Good Reasons to Use the Robert M. M’Cheyne Bible Reading Plan (The Gospel Coalition)
  • HERE is the actual plan.  I printed a copy and keep it inside my Bible.  That kept me from having to automatically go to my phone to look up that day’s reading.  I love the electronic access our generation has to the Bible, but nothing will ever beat turning the pages and discovering the treasures of God’s word!

Below I have posted the books that I read in 2019. I keep the totals for each month and can see how our schedule as a family and with my school tend to cause my reading to ebb and flow. I definitely didn’t read as much over the summer as I normally would, but this summer I found myself taking a walk almost every single day. That hour was well spent!

I’m already starting on my 2020 booklist and would love to hear any suggestions that you’d have for me to include. Again, I’m so grateful for the ability to read and to live in a time when books and great thoughts are so readily available. Here’s to more reading in 2020!

January 2019 (10)

February (2)

March (3)

April (5)

May (4)

June (3)

July (3)

August (1)

September (6)

October (5)

  • The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron
  • How to Lead in a World of Distraction by Clay Scroggins
  • Upstairs at the White House My Life with the First Ladies J. B. West with Mary Lynn Kotz
  • The Matriarch: Barbara Bush by Susan Page**
  • That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stephanie Spielman Story by Chris Spielman**

November (2)

December (7)

**No Review, just read for fun to learn something new 
51 books

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