Reading, as you know, is one of my favorite pastimes. By my count, I read 76 books this year. I didn’t distinguish between Kindle, paper, or audiobooks. Most of the classics were audiobooks, but I usually looked up parts in a Kindle or library or online Gutenberg version. I think I had a good variety of fiction and nonfiction, old and new.
Here’s what I read this year:
84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn
The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott
King Lear by William Shakespeare
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
All the Way Home by Ann Tatlock
Among the Fair Magnolias by Dorothy Love, Tamera Alexander, Elizabeth Musser, and Shelley Gray
Annabel Lee by Mike Nappa
Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Susan May Warren.
Canteen Dreams by Cara Putnam
The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
Christmas Stitches: A Historical Romance Collection: 3 Stories of Women Sewing Hope and Love Through the Holidays by Judith Miller, Nancy Moser, and Stephanie Grace Whitson
Close to Home by Deborah Raney
The Christmas Heirloom by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade
A Constant Heart by Siri Mitchell
Every Secret Thing by Ann Tatlock
The Fashion Designer by Nancy Moser
A Flower in Bloom also by Siri Mitchell
Home at Last by Deborah Raney
I’ll Watch the Moon by Ann Tatlock
Jessie’s Hope by Jennifer Hallmark
Katie’s Dream by Leisha Kelly
Kill Order by Adam Blumer
A Place Called Morning by Ann Tatlock
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay
A Promise in Pieces by Emily T. Wierenga
Promises to Keep by Ann Tatlock
Rachel’s Prayer by Leisha Kelly
The Returning by Ann Tatlock
A Room of My Own by Ann Tatlock
Rorey’s Secret by Leisha Kelly
Sarah’s Promise by Leisha Kelly
Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke
She Makes It Look Easy by Marybeth Whalen
Steal Away Home: Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Johnson, Unlikely Friends on the Passage to Freedom by Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey
Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock
Till Morning Is Nigh: A Wortham Family Christmas by Leisha Kelly
Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock
Yuletide Treasure, two novellas by Lauraine Snelling and Jillian Hart
Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan
Marilla of Green Gables by Sarah McCoy
Murder in an English Village by Jessica Ellicot
The Other Alcott by Elise Hooper
Strange Planet by Nathan W. Pyle, review coming soon.
The Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me by Karen Swallow Prior
Buried Dreams, Planted Hope by Katie and Kevin Neufeld
Christians Publishing 101 by Ann Byle. A writer’s conference in book form.
Daily Light on the Daily Path compiled by Samuel Bagster, not reviewed, read yearly for decades now.
Engaging the Scripture: Encountering God in the Pages of His Word by Deborah Haddix
Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave by Joanna Gaines
Honey, I Don’t Have a Headache Tonight by Sheila Wray Gregoire
How to Understand and Apply the New Testament by Andrew David Naselli
I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel.
Journaling for the Soul: A Handbook of Journaling Methods by Deborah Haddix
Laura Ingall’s Wilder’s Fairy Poems, compiled by Stephen Hines
The Laura Ingalls Wilder Songbook compiled and edited by Eugenia Garson
The Little Women Treasury by Carolyn Strom Collins and Christina Wyss Eriksson
Love Is Not a Special Way of Feeling, a reprint of Charles G. Finney’s Attributes of Love
Loving People: How to Love and Be Loved by John Townsend
On the Way Home and The Road Back by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word by George H. Guthrie
Seasons of the Heart: A Year of Devotions from One Generation of Women to Another compiled by Donna Kelderman.
Suffering Is Never For Nothing by Elisabeth Elliot
There’s a Reason They Call It GRANDparenting by Michele Howe
In just a moment I’ll post my top ten books of the year.
Do you make a list of the books you read each year?
Why Read? Why Read Fiction? Why Read Christian Fiction?
Finding Time to Read
Why Listen to Audiobooks?
(Sharing with Senior Salon, Sherry, Hearth and Soul, Purposeful Faith, Happy Now, InstaEncouragement, Carole’s Books You Loved, Anchored Abode,
Worth Beyond Rubies, Booknificent, Grace and Truth)
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You read some excellent books this year. I’ve read most of the classics you listed but there is some interesting contemporary fiction I´ve made note of. #SeniSal
Barbara, I didn’t read nearly that many books this year! Have read all on your Classics list at one time or another and would love to reread some of them. Looking forward to your review of King Lear. #SeniSal
Nice blend of books. I didn’t read any classics this year, probably because I didn’t participate in any reading challenges. But I think for 2020 I’m ready to jump back into it. There are so many challenges available. Thanks for sharing this list. It’s always fun to see what my blogging friends are reading, especially since most of my in-person friends don’t read this much. ha.
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I love these lists, and some day, I”m going to do a post like this, too!
I love 84 Charing Cross Road, and read and reread it a lot. As a teenager, I set myself the target of reading each book Helene bought. I got there (with the help of my local lending libray) , apart for the one in Latin…. 🙂
Have you ever seen King Lear performed?
Suffering Is Never For Nothing by Betty Elliot is such a GREAT book!!! We have it on our roundup list for books we’ve loved on in 2019 that posts on Friday. I highly recommend it to anyone who is grieving or going through difficulty.
Thanks for linking up at InstaEncouragemetns and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
So many great books you have read this year..I mean last year (2019). I have managed to read about 5…I think maybe less maybe more. I must read more this year. #SeniSal
Wow! This is quite an impressive list. I love Elisabeth Elliot’s Passion and Purity and The Shaping of a Christian Family. Are you planning to top 76 books in 2020?
I try to keep a list on my website of the one that really spoke to me, but I am behind. Wow, you read a lot of books. I have scheduled it to my pinboard for future reference.
What great reading list inspiration! I must start keeping track of the books I read each year. I read Becoming Mrs Lewis, The Other Alcott, and Marilla of Green Gables as well this year. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party community, Barbara!
Wow! You did really well last year! I had a very slow reading year! Thanks for sharing this on Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com!