Back in June this year, I wrote about the thirty two books that I read in the first half of the year. Now that we’re in mid-December and 2019 is coming to a close, I thought I’d write another update to share the books I read in the second half of the year.
Books Read in 2nd Half of 2019
From July 1 to December
15 29, I read twenty eight thirty books. Not bad considering that I was traveling frequently during this time period. I list them by author’s last name as follows:
- The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom.
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou.
- The Christmas Train, David Baldacci.
- The Suspect, Fiona Barton.
- The Life Lucy Knew, Karma Brown.
- The Favourite Game, Leonard Cohen.
- Little Beach Street Bakery, Jenny Colgan.
- The Bookshop on the Shore, Jenny Colgan.
- The Endless Beach, Jenny Colgan.
- The Moroccan Girl, Charles Cumming.
- Crimson Lake, Candice Fox.
- Less, Andrew Sean Greer.
- All Things Consoled, Elizabeth Hay.
- The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway.
- The Chai Factor, Farah Heron.
- Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, Gayle Honeyman.
- A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini.
- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini.
- And Then You Were Gone, RJ Jacobs.
- Elevation, Stephen King.
- The Matchmaker’s List, Sonya Lalli.
- Happy People Read & Drink Coffee, Agnes Martin Lugand.
- Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
- Full Disclosure, Beverley McLachlin.
- Becoming, Michelle Obama.
- Dual Citizens, Alix Ohlin.
- The Black Jersey, Jorge Zepeda Patterson.
- Kingdom of the Blind, Louise Penny.
- Call Me Evie, J.P. Pomare.
- The Vanishing Season, Joanna Schaffhaussen.
P.S. I updated the above image and the list of books on December 29, 2019 to include two additional books that I read between December 15 and 29 (The Chai Factor and The Matchmaker’s List).
My Reading Goal for 2019
My reading target was three books per month or 36 books in 2019. My actual reading was 62 books in 2019 (32 in the first half plus 30 in the second half of 2019). I’ve unexpectedly exceeded my reading goal (yay me!).
In case you’re looking for my “top picks”, it’s difficult for me to short list the books I’ve read this year. Each of the sixty two books that I read is a good read, many of them are award winners or bestsellers. The authors come from various countries around the world. Their bios, stories, and story settings are quite interesting.
Try Something New
I think reading choices, like music, depend on our mood. My suggestion is if you find one of the above book titles intriguing, look up the brief summary of the book on the internet and see if it appeals to you. Also be open to branching out from your usual book genres.
I’m thankful to have access to the excellent Toronto Public Library (TPL) system. I find the TPL 2019 Reading Challenge fun to do. The proposed categories introduce me to new book genres, new topics, and new authors. They make me read more widely. I look forward to reading more in the New Year.
What have you been reading in 2019?
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