Books Read in 2019

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

Christian Fiction:

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

Other fiction:

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?


See also:

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)

13 thoughts on “Books Read in 2019

  1. Pingback: My Top Ten Books of 2019 | Stray Thoughts

  2. 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

  3. 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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  5. 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?

  6. 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!!!

  7. 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?

  8. 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!

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