My 2019 Year in Books

Chillin at the Phoenix Bookstore

2019 was an amazing reading year for me. I set a goal on the GoodReads app and got a good 20 books in. There were also a lot of short stories, picture books, unpublished online books, and a couple other novels that didn’t make the cut.  A lot of social screen time was sacrificed and in the end, it was totally worth it. Here’s my list of books from 2019, with a bonus list of children’s books I read to my boys.

  1. I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
  2. Blue Label by Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles, Paul Filev (Translator)
  3. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  4. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  6. Coreyography by Corey Feldman
  7. Calypso by David Sedaris
  8. The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie
  9. Crooked House by Agatha Christie
  10. Girl On a Plane by Miriam Moss
  11. Sold by Patricia McCormick
  12. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  13. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  14. The Cafe by the Sea by Jenny Colgan
  15. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  16. The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
  17. Careful What You Wish For by Hallie Ephron
  18. You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
  19. His Christmas Pearl by Renee Dahlia
  20. Beloved by Toni Morrison

In case you’re interested in upping your reading game in 2020 and are wondering how I was able to squeeze in so many books, the answer is simple. Every time I felt like picking up my phone and scrolling through social media, I opened up a reading app instead. I also got into the habit of reading every night before bed, and even in the middle of the night if I woke up and couldn’t sleep (which happens often with a baby). Almost all of these books were a digital version that I borrowed from the library or found online, the exception being Sold which the library was selling for $1.

Laredo Public Library has an awesome app called CloudLibrary where you use your library card to access ebooks. You check them out for two weeks and can renew or return them right from your phone or tablet. I also used Google Play Books which has a lot of classic books for free and others that can be purchased using the Google Reward system. Project Gutenberg has thousands of free ebooks that you can download right to your phone or tablet.

So what are you waiting for? Make 2020 your best reading year yet and join the legion of book-loving Laredoans. The library is your friend, and even better: Laredo finally has a gorgeous free-standing bookstore in a historic house–The Phoenix Bookstore. Don’t forget to let me know if you’re interested in joining our book club! There’s still plenty of time to grab a copy of our January pick, Wolf Boys by Dan Slater.

Bonus List: Children’s Books

  1. Pizza Pig by Diana Murray
  2. Music for Mister Moon by Philip C. Stead
  3. Prehistoric Pinkerton by Steven Kellogg
  4. Who’s the Grossest of Them All? by Susan McElroy Montanari
  5. Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes by Margie Palatini
  6. Calor by Juanita Alba
  7. The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney
  8. Paco and the Giant Chile Plant by Keith Polette
  9. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Jerry Pinkney
  10. Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
  11. Hello Ninja by N.D. Wilson
  12. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  13. Where Do Kisses Come From by Maria Fleming
  14. Star Wars: I Am A… by Little Golden Book Library

Originally posted 2 Jan 2020

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