Books I’ve Read – 2019




Welcome to the book share page. If you’re looking for new book ideas, here are the books I’ve read this year and the list will continue to grow, so be sure to stop by! I post reviews and ratings on GoodReads, so if you’re looking for that sort of thing, feel free to connect with me there.

Happy reading to you and yours!



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Me, Myself, and Lies, by Jennifer Rothschild: Clean out your thought closet and like Pink says: make the voices in your head like you for change. Rothschild gives a raw account of how she went from self-loathing to self-love.

Winter in Paradise, by Elin Hilderbrand: Irene Steele lives a dream life in a lovely Victorian until one day her husband is killed in a plane crash. His death takes her to the island of St. John and what is revealed to Irene is a web of loose ends she did not expect.

The Person You Mean to Be, by Dolly Chugh: We all harbor prejudices, whether we acknowledge them or not. Dolly Chugh helps readers explore these so that we can better overcome them.

The Silent Patient, by Alex Michaelides: A phychologist encounters a patient who does not speak and what unfolds is a story you won’t want to miss.

Dumbing Us Down by John Taylor Gatto: Schools do not serve children. Schools do not educate children. If anything they celebrate mediocrity and conformity. Gatto, a teacher of 30 years shares his ideas and why he became an advocate for educational freedom.

Tess of the Durbervilles, by Thomas Hardy: A class tragic love story that explores the double standard society had (and still has) regarding men and women.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz, by Heather Morris: The story of how love grew in a concentration camp.

The Handmaid’s Tail, by Margaret Atwood: The world changed. Men and women were assigned roles with in society and the handmaid being one who were forced to bore children.

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance: Follow the life of Yale graduate, J.D. Vance from his family’s beginnings in the impoverished mining area of Eastern Kentucky.

An American Quilt by Rachel May: What can we learn from a quilt? How about a quilt with hidden messages and sales receipts from a family enmeshed in slaver holding and the northern textile industry? We like to think the north was not involved in slavery, but this book shines a light on that misconception.

Lot by Bryan Washington: Short stories of human interaction and how each person deals with his lot in life.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens: A beautiful story of how an abandoned young girl finds love and her footing in an unpredictable world.

Moss Gardening by George Schenk: For anyone who is interested in growing moss, or who appreciates miniature gardens, this book is chockfull of information.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple: Quirky, white, and unexpected, Bernadette and I would be good friends – doesn’t to the bowl cut and the strong dislike of most people. Just sayin’.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger: How much trouble can a guy get into? A lot, it seems.

Anne Sexton: The Complete Poems forward by Maxine Kumin: Anne Sexton’s collection of poetry is steeped in deep connection. She sees what many cannot.

Walden & Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau: As someone who spent a year in a cabin with no running water and only a fireplace for heat, this book resonated. Do we really need all we are told we need? Thoreau didn’t think so and neither do I.

How Not to Die Alone by Richard Roper: When a little lie becomes one man’s existence, he has to figure out a way to climb out of it.

One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey: What defines sanity? Kesey explores this and more in this gripping novel.

H Is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald: MacDonald takes her readers along with her as she heals from the death of her father.

Essays in Humanism by Albert Einstein: Einstein confronts important topics in our society from weapons of mass destruction to the possibility of history repeating itself.

All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy: Currently reading