A Random List of 12 Books to Read This Year

This time of year, everyone is sharing their reading lists. It’s kinda trendy I guess.

Personally, I’ve never made an intentional book list before. I’ve always been a reader by nature. But, as can be expected, my reading has fallen by the wayside because *parenting*.

Pretty much no one debates the value of reading as a means of self-improvement. Everyone from Bill Gates to Oprah, to Barack Obama, to business and money gurus like Robert Kiyosaki and Hal Elrod credit reading as a key component in their success.

In 2018, my goal was to read at least one book per month as a way to combat smartphone addiction and do some self-care. I resolved to read only for pleasure. Escapist fiction was my bag.

I easily met my goal. Exceeded it even. It turns out, the simple act of writing things down made it possible to achieve more than I expected of myself. So this year, I’m upping the ante!

For 2019 I’ve made a List, people. Capital L.

It consists of some fiction I want to be sure and squeeze in. But also, in the interest of self-education, lots of other stuff.

It’s a mixed bag, really. A little of this and a little of that. And definitely subject to change. But it will give me a place a start and something to shoot for. Maybe a little ambitious, yes? We’ll see.


We’ll start with fiction and the one I’ve already finished:


The Handmaid and The Carpenter – Elizabeth Berg

Reading this now. It’s a fictionalized version of the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph. Elizabeth Berg is awesome, so when I saw it on the shelf at my local library, I impulsively snagged it and added it to my list.


Past Tense – Lee Child

I’ve been a Lee Child fan for years. Can’t miss it.


The Witch Elm – Tana French

I just finished this and am sorry to say I was disappointed. I’ve loved all of Tana French’s other thriller/mysteries. But this one is paced a little differently, and I didn’t care for the ending.



The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance; What Women Should Know

At this phase of my life, tackling new challenges and starting new creative endeavors, I often battle self-doubt. This one comes highly recommended.


The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters – Priya Parker

I love to gather people together to create community and connection. It’s one of my personal missions in life. This looks fascinating and I can’t wait to read it!


Atomic Habits – James Clear

I’ve been hearing about this book everywhere. Including on Paula Pant’s Afford Anything podcast. I totally believe that the ability to create good habits has the potential to change our life.


The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships – Suzanne Stabile

I read Suzanne’s first book, with Ian Morgan Cron, The Road Back To You, a few years ago and am fascinated by the enneagram. This follow-up about relationships is so exciting to me!


Placemaker: Cultivating Places of Comfort, Beauty, and Peace – Christie Purifoy

Christie Purifoy writes beautiful words. This book doesn’t release until March, but I’m determined to get my hands on it.


Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential – Amber Rae

As a person who struggles with anxiety, I’m always looking for more insight on how to overcome it and live my best life.


The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss – Dr. Jason Fung

I’m curious about intermittent fasting as a lifestyle, and for weight loss. But I want to do more reading before I give it a try. This is on my library hold list right now.


Belong: Find Your People, Create Community, and Live a More Connected Life – Radha Agrawal

Maybe I do have a theme after all? This is another book about authentic relationships, connection, and community.


Lost Without the River: A Memoir

Finally, because this is one of my favorite genres. A memoir of childhood.


This is by no means a complete list since I will certainly read many more than 12 books this year. I’ll throw in plenty of fiction as it presents itself. But these are the few that I intend to read (and finish!) for personal development.

A Happy New Year of reading to you!







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