2019 Reading List

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Inspired by Sarah K. Peck I kept track of the books I read in 2019.  Why did I keep track?  To be more conscious of what is making its way into my psyche and to encourage me to read more.

>> The top three stand out books for me were:

1. Ok, the first one is not one book, but actually seven and it was the seven autobiographies of Maya Angelou.  She’s an incredibly poetic, raw, honest writer.  Because her life experiences were so far off of my own I feel her writing opened my mind and heart in profound ways and further inspired my own anti-racist work.

2. Sober Curious by Ruby Warrington.  AA, NA and 12 step work doesn’t resonate with me.  Never really has.  I honor that it works for many people, but it’s not my jam.  I don’t consider myself an addict, but I’ve used and abused plenty of alcohol and drugs in my life and have been very curious about full and partial sobriety for over ten years.  Ruby’s insight into sobriety spoke to me and I highly recommend this book to anyone curious about sobriety.

3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.  OMG… how did I only this past year read this book?!  It took me months to get through the first 50 pages.  I found it boring, but I know so many people who love this book, so I trudged through the first 50 pages and read the remaining 600 pages in a few days.  I stayed up way too late reading this book.  I’m now watching the Netflix series and it’s such rich, gorgeous story telling.  I’m hooked.

Y’all… before I had my daughter five years ago I only read about 4 books a year.  After I had my daughter I read about 20 books a year and after I got sober in 2018 I started reading even more.  So, don’t feel bad if you read like 2 books a year.  And if you want to read more, get sober.  Or don’t.  Just sayin’.  😉

In the interest of being mindful about whose perspectives are going into my brain, I tracked this data:

  • Total number of authors: 19
  • Total number of book: 44
  • Women Authors: 43 (98%) 
  • POC (People of Color) Authors: 10 (23%) 

My goal for this year is to read a higher percentage of POC authors.  I’m also loving reading multiple books by the same author, so I’ll most likely keep doing that.

So, here’s my full list.  I debated whether or not to include the Ramona Quimby books, but decided to, because they’re iconic and whatever, this is my list.  Also, I’m SO in love with my daughter being down with me reading books without pictures to her.  I read exactly half of these books out loud to her.

  1. Goose Girl – Shannon Hale
  2. Lady Long Rider – Bernice Ende
  3. Braving the Wilderness – Brene Brown
  4. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  5. Body Full of Stars – Molly Caro May
  6. Drop the Ball – Tiffany Dufu
  7. Gift from the Sea – Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  8. Anne of Avonlea – L.M. Montgomery
  9. Anne of the Island – L.M. Montgomery
  10. Enna Burning – Shannon Hale
  11. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
  12. Gather Together in My Name – Maya Angelou
  13. Belonging – Michelle Obama
  14. Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas – Maya Angelou
  15. The Heart of a Woman – Maya Angelou
  16. All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes – Maya Angelou
  17. A Song Flung Up to Heaven – Maya Angelou
  18. Mom & Me & Mom – Maya Angelou
  19. The Surrender Experiment – Michael Singer
  20. Little House in the Big Woods – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  21. Farmer Boy – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  22. Little House on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  23. By the Banks of Plum Creek – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  24. On the Shores of Silver Lake – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  25. The Long Winter – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  26. Little Town on the Prairie – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  27. These Happy Golden Years – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  28. The First Four Years – Laura Ingalls Wilder
  29. Woman Code – Alisa Vitti
  30. Sober Curious – Ruby Warrington
  31. Ramona and Beezus – Beverly Cleary
  32. Ramona the Pest – Beverly Cleary
  33. Ramona the Brave – Beverly Cleary
  34. Ramona and Her Father – Beverly Cleary
  35. Ramona and Her Mother – Beverly Cleary
  36. Ramona Quimby, Age 8 – Beverly Cleary
  37. Ramona Forever – Beverly Cleary
  38. Ramona’s World – Beverly Cleary
  39. Emergent Strategy – adrienne marie brown
  40. Pussy – Regena Tomashauer
  41. Up Island – Anne Rivers Siddons
  42. A Lady’s Ranch Life in Montana – Isabell Randall
  43. Outlander – Diana Gabaldon
  44. Educated – Tara Westover

What are you reading?  Do you have any book recommendations for me, especially POC authors and books my daughter and I would enjoy reading together?  Reach out HERE and let me know!  Happy reading friends.

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