Another year has gone by and it feels like it was yesterday when I was writing All the Books I Read in 2018.
The year 2019 was a strange year, so many things happened, both planned and unplanned. I moved to another country, had surgery, went on multiple vacations, moved back and somehow found time to read.
In 2019 I took my time to discover new authors and re-read some of the old favorites and in total, I read 50 books.
I discovered some amazing new authors like Charlie Jane Anders, S. A. Chakraborty, Ann Leckie, and Liu Cixin. I also re-read The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan and The Lord of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien.
Here are 50 books I read in 2019 listed in chronological order:
January – 9 books
Traditionally January is the month when I read most books. This year I read 9 books during January which is 18% of all the books I read in 2019.
- Scythe – Neal Shusterman
- I’ll Give You the Sun – Jandy Nelson
- The Bookshop of Yesterdays – Amy Meyerson
- Sleeping Giants – Sylvain Neuvel
- Gemina – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Waking Gods – Sylvain Neuvel
- All the Birds in the Sky – Charlie Jane Anders
- Only Human – Sylvain Neuvel
- The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty
February – 3 books
The book that I really enjoyed in February was Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal. It’s a quirky retelling of Pride and Prejudice set in Pakistan, filled with witty humor and mouth-watering food descriptions.
- Garfield comic – Jim Davis
- Unmarriageable – Soniah Kamal
- The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life – Bernard Roth
March – 6 books
- The Kingdom of Copper – S. A. Chakraborty
- Two Can Keep a Secret – Karen McManus
- The Star-Touched Queen – Rokshani Chokshi
- Death and Night – Rokshani Chokshi
- Infinity Gauntlet: Preludium – Jim Starlin
- Infinity Gauntlet – Jim Starlin
April – 5 books
April is my favorite month because it’s my birth month. This April I re-read Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. It was just as good if not even better than the first time I read it. I can’t wait for new Kevin Kwan’s book.
- The Infinity War – Jim Starlin
- Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan
- China Rich Girlfriend – Kevin Kwan
- Rich People Problems – Kevin Kwan
- Britt-Marie Was Here – Frederik Backman
May – 1 book
May was the month I had my surgery and therefore I didn’t have time for reading. The only book I manage to read (actually re-read) shortly before I was admitted to the hospital was The Alchemist.
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
June – 3 books
The beginning of June means that we are entering the summer. It also means that I am preparing for my hibernations in the mountains. Every summer I go there for 2-3 months to escape the heat of the city and reap the delicious fruits of the season.
- Obsidio – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- The Raven Boys – Maggie Stiefvater
- The Dream Thieves – Maggie Stiefvater
July – 2 books
July was a blur of spending days outside, cooking and collecting fresh fruits and veggies. Traditionally for me, July is the worst reading month because I mostly spend all my time with my family and friend.
August – 6 books
The month of August I spent at the seaside and in Switzerland. It was a great reading month, I finished The Raven Cycle and read one of my new favorite books, Ancillary Justice. Another amazing book I read this month was the Scandinavian thriller The Caveman.
- I Owe You One – Sophie Kinsella
- Ancillary Justice – Ann Leckie
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue – Maggie Stiefvater
- The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
- The Caveman – Jørn Lier Horst
- Ancillary Sword – Ann Leckie
September – 3 books
I spent September finishing Imperial Radch and re-discovering some old favorites, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. When I was a kid and latter teenager I used to re-read LOTR every year. It’s been 9 years since my last re-read and I was really scared if I was going to like LOTR as much as I used to. It turns out I now loved them even more.
- Ancillary Mercy – Ann Leckie
- The Fellowship of the Ring – J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Two Towers – J. R. R. Tolkien
October – 3 books
October was a cozy month, spent in re-reading and autumn walks.
- The Return of the King – J. R. R. Tolkien
- A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J. Maas
- A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
November – 5 books
November was such a glorious month. I spent all of it in Switzerland mostly reading and walking through Alpine villages. I was also inspired to read books about bookshops, The Diary of a Bookseller, The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and The Bookshop on the Shore. The best book I read in November was amazing Chinese sci-fi The Three-Body Problem.
- Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World – Tim Marshall
- The Three-Body Problem – Liu Cixin
- The Diary of a Bookseller – Shaun Bythell
- The Bookshop on the Shore – Jenny Colgan
- The Bookish Life of Nina Hill – Abbi Waxman
December – 4 books
And now we are coming to the end of the year 2019 Melmoth by Sarah Perry was my favorite book I read in December. I finished the reading in 2019 with a cute YA book set in Victorian London, Stalking Jack the Ripper.
- Melmoth – Sarah Perry
- Ikke bestått – Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt
- The Man Who Watched Women – Michael Hjorth and Hans Rosenfeldt
- Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerri Maniscalco
Overall 2019 was a great reading year. In the first half of the year, I read 27 books and in the second half of the year 23 books.
I liked all the books I read and many of them became my new favorites. How was your reading year? Did you find some new favorite? Tell me all in the comments below.