10 Books I Read in 2019

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I have always loved to read. When I was in elementary and middle school, my book bag used to be so heavy with books. I used to read around 2-3 at a time! Once I got to high school and college though, everything changed. I had a laptop and a cell phone, who needed a book?

This is something I have always regretted.

Well now, I’m trying to get back on track and read as much as I can. Luckily, I married a man that loves to read also. We’ll have bookstore dates and bond over the books that we read which is so special to me.

Books can be so expensive

One of my favorite bookstore dates was to Book by the Pound.  It’s located in Lawerenceville, Georgia, right outside of Atlanta and just like the name, you buy books by the pound. If you’re ever in the area, this is a must visit place.

Other places that I like to get books from are:

Thrift Books

2nd & Charles

The local library


I am all about saving money and I hate to pay full price for a book. Plus, for me, books are so much better used. Someone else read that book and experienced what you’re currently experiencing. That’s kind of special.

Good Reads

Good Reads has been my best friend recently. I joined it in 2014 but I have not read as many books as I’ve wanted to until now.Good Reads is perfect for anyone that wants to read a book. Whether you’re a book snob or someone that’s trying to get back to reading.

You’re able to have “shelves”, so mine are books “I’ve read” and “want to read”. It’s easy to keep track of your books through their app.

I currently have 30 books that I want to read, which is a lot but I am so excited. You can read all the reviews for every genre of book you can imagine. If you check out Good Reads and make a profile, add me, Nicole Nanney.

This past summer, from May – October, I read 11 books! My goal for 2019 was 10, so I am extremely proud. But for 2020, I’m making my goal 20.

Check out the books I read in 2019 below.

The Books I’ve Read in 2019

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The Book of Ruth The Book of Ruth – “This exquisite book confronts real-life issues of alienation and violence  from which the author creates a stunning testament  to the human capacity for mercy, compassion and love.”

The Book of AronThe Book of Aron – “Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution. He and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by scuttling around the ghetto to smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of keeping their fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police, not to mention the Gestapo.”

Year of WondersYear of Wonders – “Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history.”

And Then There Were NoneAnd Then There were None – “First, there were ten—a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they’re unwilling to reveal—and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

The ReaderThe Reader – “Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany.

The StrangerThe Stranger – “Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed “the nakedness of man faced with the absurd.”

Bolívar: American LiberatorBolivar – “It is astonishing that Simon Bolívar, the great Liberator of South America, is not better known in the United States. He freed six countries from Spanish rule, traveled more than 75,000 miles on horseback to do so, and became the greatest figure in Latin American history. His life is epic, heroic, straight out of Hollywood–he fought battle after battle in punishing terrain, forged uncertain coalitions of competing forces and races, lost his beautiful wife soon after they married and never remarried (although he did have a succession of mistresses, including one who held up the revolution and another who saved his life), and he died relatively young, uncertain whether his achievements would endure.

The Great DivorceThe Great Divorce – “In “The Great Divorce, ” C.S. Lewis’s classic vision of the Afterworld, the narrator boards a bus on a drizzly English afternoon and embarks on an incredible voyage through Heaven and Hell. He meets a host of supernatural beings far removed from his expectations, and comes to some significant realizations about the nature of good and evil.

Image result for the infinite planThe Infinite Plan – “Selling more than 65,000 copies and topping bestseller lists around the world–including Spain, Germany, Italy, and Latin America–this novel tells the engrossing story of one man’s quest for love and for his soul.”Allende is one of the most important novelists to emerge from Latin America in the past decade.” “–Boston Globe””

Maya's NotebookMaya’s Notebook – “Isabel Allende’s latest novel, set in the present day (a new departure for the author), tells the story of a 19-year-old American girl who finds refuge on a remote island off the coast of Chile after falling into a life of drugs, crime, and prostitution. There, in the company of a torture survivor, a lame dog, and other unforgettable characters, Maya Vidal writes her story, which includes pursuit by a gang of assassins, the police, the FBI, and Interpol. In the process, she unveils a terrible family secret, comes to understand the meaning of love and loyalty, and initiates the greatest adventure of her life: the journey into her own soul.”

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451 – “Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

What books did you read? I’d love to hear all about them. Thank you so much for reading 10 Books I Read in 2019.

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  1. Some lovely choices – always enjoy a good Isabelle Allende and her beautiful capacity for magical realism, I also really enjoyed “The Reader”! I’ll absolutely check out your other recommendations. Thank you!

    1. Isabel Allende is my absolute favorite! The Reader was an unexpected read, I fell in love with it. Thank you for reading!

  2. Sounds like you had some great reads this year! If you liked Fahrenheit 451, I’d highly recommend you take a look at Ray Bradbury’s short stories—thought-provoking and timeless!

    1. I have looked into his other stories, I will sure to look into them. Thank you so much!

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