Continued Success: Every Book I Read in 2019

In 2018, I resolved to read MORE. I don’t know how many books I read in 2017, but it was less than what I completed in 2018. In 2019, I managed to find time for 34 books (the same number as 2018). I’m happy with that number.

I used BookBuddy to track my reading in 2019.

Certainly, there are people who read more and there are those who read less. I don’t really care how much or little anyone else reads. My commitment to finding time for books is deeply personal.

Stories are gateways to past, present, future, and all destinations imagined and real. There is no requirement for travel other than the ability to read and a library card. This portal to all worlds and vast amounts of knowledge is for EVERYONE. I think that’s part of why I’m so in love with the magic of books (and literacy).

Good books are good for many reasons. It could be the writing, or it could be the story—or both. It could be the author’s ability to  bend, pull, and push the reader to thinking beyond what is known or believed. Or it could be super steamy sex at just the right moment. Just saying.

My tastes are vast and varied… and at the same time… somewhat particular. What can I say? I’m a bit of a contradiction as a reader. I like it all, yet… I have standards. IDK… it’s complicated.

People ask me all the time if I’ve read anything good lately. Sometimes the answer is, “YES!” Sometimes the answer is, “Not lately.”

Below you will find my 2019 READ list. They are listed by title, author, and my rating—5 being the highest rating I give.

13COATES-ITEM1-articleLargeJust like last year, I’ll tell you, some of them I listened to instead of reading from the page. I absolutely LOVED listening to The Water Dancer. The audio performance is pure art.


There aren’t any 1 ratings. I just can’t do that to anyone who has the guts to publish their words for others to read. If it got a 2, I didn’t think much of it. On the other hand, anything with a 3 or 4 I thought was good and very good (respectively). And a 5, well, that means I either LOVED it or it made me dig deep into my own thoughts, feelings, and beliefs—challenging me to thoughtfully consider a different perspective.

You may agree or disagree with my ratings. To each their own. No matter the rating, I don’t believe a single moment of 2019 was wasted while reading. Here’s to finding more time to “travel the page” in 2020!

Mating in Captivity Esther Perel 3
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell 4
WOLFPACK Abby Wambach 4
The Giver of Stars Jojo Moyes 5
The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben 3
The Fortune Teller Gwendolyn Womack 3.5
Talking to Strangers Malcolm Gladwell 4.5
Sarah’s Quilt Nancy E. Turner 3
The Water Dancer Ta-Nehisi Coates 5
The Infinite Game Simon Sinek 5
These is My Words Nancy Turner 4
Awake at Dawn C. C. Hunter 2
Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens 4
The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell Robert Dugoni 4
Shadow of Night Deborah Harkness 3
The Ragged Edge of Night Olivia Hawker 5
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine Gail Honeyman 4.5
The Magic of Ordinary Days Ann Howard Creel 3
A Second Chance Marcia Whitaker 3
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane Katherine Howe 2
Lilac Girls Martha Hall Kelly 3.5
The Storyteller Antonia Michaelis 2
The River Peter Heller 2.5
Un#@%! Yourself Gary John Bishop 3
Born at Midnight C. C. Hunter 3
The Lost Queen Signe Pike 5
Section 130 Katrinka Mannelly 3
Brave New World Aldous Huxley 3
Boy on Wooden Box Leon Leyson 3
The Song of Achilles Madeline Miller 4.5
Becoming Michelle Obama 4.5
Grant Ron Chernow 4
The Things We Cannot Say Kelly Rimmer 5
My Own Words Ruth Bader Ginsburg 3