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2019 Book Review: My Top Ten Picks

January 2, 2020
My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is

One of the very first articles I wrote for this blog was last year’s 2018 Top Ten Book Picks. I loved doing a “year in review” post and I was motivated to read even more books this year to make this top 10 list a hit! In 2019, I read 24 fiction and non-fiction books, 8 self-help books, 3 religious books, and 2 autobiographies. This year, I had to include 11 in my overall list. My number 11 pick did not make the top 10 because it was not a book I rushed through because I couldn’t put it down or because I loved the writing so very much, I simply think it’s a beautiful book about a topic that needs to be shared and I just can’t imagine not including it in my top ten list for the year.

Pass along to anyone who is looking for some good reads in 2020!

*A reminder that these are books I read in 2019, not books that were released in 2019.

11. This is How It Always Is

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
This is How It Always Is

The author, Laurie Frankel, wrote a story that hits close to home because she’s living it: Her own child was born a boy and now identifies as a girl. This book opened my eyes in ways I never thought possible and if I were ever in the same situation with one of my kids, I can only pray that I would react as gracefully as the parents did in this book. This is a book that absolutely needs to be read.

You can find it on Amazon here.

10. The Silent Patient

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
The Silent Patient

I am a total sucker for a mystery with a twist and this book has it. The Silent Patient is a psychological thriller of a woman’s act of violence against her husband—and of the therapist obsessed with uncovering her motive.

You can find it on Amazon here.

9. Daisy Jones & The Six

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
Daisy Jones & The Six

I became somewhat wary of Reese Witherspoon’s book club picks after my least 2 favorite books of the entire year: The Library Book and The Proposal were two of her consecutive picks last year. Wow, those were bad reads. Reese redeemed herself with her March Pick: Daisy Jones & The Six. You forget that this is a fictional story – read like a movie script or long interview – about a 70’s rockband’s rise to fame and the reason behind their infamous breakup.

You can find it on Amazon here.

8. The Escape Room

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
The Escape Room

This was a random book I stumbled upon whilst perusing the Costco book aisle… you know how it goes. I ended up loving it because it was a fast read, held my interest, and fell into the crime/mystery/twist category. Four high-powered Wallstreet execs are invited to participate in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise. All four directors quickly discover this is no ordinary competition: they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival.

You can find it on Amazon here.

7. The Night The Lights Went Out

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
The Night The Lights Went Out

This is a story about Merilee, a single, divorced mother who moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. When an anonymous local blog starts dishing about her failed marriage, Merilee finds some measure of peace in town matriarch Sugar Prescott. While Sugar has some secrets of her own, she falls loyal to Merilee, who is beginning to realize some friendships are not always what they seem.

You can find it on Amazon here.

6. Red Clocks

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
Red Clocks

Readers beware, this book will not be everyone’s cup of tea as it’s a little bizarre. However, I found it fascinating and very relevant in today’s world (much like The Handmaid’s Tale). In this story, abortion is illegal in America, in-vitro fertilization is banned, and the Personhood Amendment grants rights of life, liberty, and property to every embryo. In a small Oregon fishing town, five very different women navigate these new barriers alongside age-old questions surrounding motherhood, identity, and freedom.

You can find it on Amazon here.

5. The Storyteller’s Secret

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
The Storyteller’s Secret

This book bounces back and forth between the main character, Jaya, and her Grandmother, Amisha. Jaya, a journalist, is deeply saddened over the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage. Desperate to alleviate her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family’s past. This is a beautifully written book and an ode to women and how strong they are.

You can find it on Amazon here.

4. On The Island

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
On The Island

Oh this book, I could just kiss it! How had I not read it until this year?! This is the easiest beach read where you get completely engulfed in the two main characters and the slow progression of their relationship. An English teacher and her student survive a near-death experience and this is the story of how they survive on a desert island.

You can find it on Amazon here.

3. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Written by the same author as Daisy Jones & The Six, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is the story of Evelyn Hugo – a Hollywood legend – and Monique, a journalist, who listens in fascination as the actress tells her life story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950’s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80’s, and her seven husbands along the way.

You can find it on Amazon here.

2. Educated

My Top Ten Favorite Books from 2019: Happiness, Educated, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, On The Island, Red Clocks, The Storyteller's Secret, The Night The Lights Went Out, The Escape Room, Daisy Jones & The Six, The Silent Patient, and This is How it Always Is
Educated

It’s likely you heard about this book last year as it fell on every “Best Of 2018” list. And wow, this is a story! In this Memoir, Tara Westover writes about herself as a young girl who is kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family, and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Utterly fascinating and not for the faint of heart.

You can find it on Amazon here.

And for #1: Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After, A Memoir

#1: Happiness, A Memoir

Happiness was the very first book I read in 2019 and did not fall from my #1 spot the entire year! I never understood what people meant when they said “I will read a book slower if the writing is that good”. Harpham’s writing is that good. For anyone who has kids, this story is hard to digest but you never give up hope for the story of Heather, the mother, and Gracie, her daughter, who is diagnosed with a heart condition mere hours after her birth. Ultimately, it’s a story about love and happiness in the many crooked paths it takes to get there. Read. This. Book!

You can find it on Amazon here.

What were some of YOUR favorite reads from 2019?!

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