Monday, December 30, 2019

What Have I Read in 2019

It was a good year of reading.  I have an-hour plus most days on my commute to read, I like to read on airline flights and long train rides.  All but a couple of these were read on my trusty Kindle.  I have bought a couple of books that I didn't read, abandoned one or two that I started and found to be terrible.  I didn't include on this list a couple of food books that I read, and a couple of short books that I read. All in all, I passed the goal of a book a week.  
  1. It's A Long Story: My Life, Willie Nelson
  2. Present Over Perfect, Shauna Niequist
  3. What We Keep, Bill Shapiro and Naomi Wax
  4. Famous Last Words, by Ray Robinson
  5. The One Thing, Gary Keller et al. 
  6. The Incomplete Book of Running, Peter Sagal 
  7. The Gifts of Imperfection, Brene Brown
  8. The Best American Food Writing 2018, Ruth Reichl 
  9. What you are getting wrong about Appalachia, Elizabeth Cattle
  10. Trauma and Recovery, Judith Herman
  11. The Joy of Drinking, Barbara Holland
  12. Becoming Trauma Informed, Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves 
  13. Attachment: 60 Trauma Informed Assessments and Interventions, Christine Reese
  14. New Times Roman, Martha Miller
  15. 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions, Linda Curran 
  16. The Book of Forgiving, Desmond Tutu et al
  17. Here's Johny!, Ed McMahon
  18. Save Me the Plums, Ruth Reichel
  19. See you in the Piazza, Francis Mayes
  20. Your Life Calling: Re imaging the Rest of Your Life, Jane Pauley
  21. The Reluctant Hotelkeeper: A Memoir, John Searnacke 
  22. Flaneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris,  Federico Castigliano
  23. Poutine in the Orient Express, Marcel Strignerger
  24.  Restless: Memoir of an Incurable Traveler, Heather Hackett (miserable book)
  25. How to Win Medicare Appeals, David Mullens 
  26. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates 
  27. An Olive Grove at the Edge of the World, Jared Gulian
  28. Make Your Bed, William McRaven 
  29. The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
  30. The Quiet Rise of Introverts, Brenda Knowles (don't bother.) 
  31. Retirement Italiano, Terrance Coen
  32. Hillbilly Elegy, JD Vance
  33. Monsieur Mediocre, John von Sothen
  34. Why Don't You Write my Eulogy Now So I Can Correct it, Patricia Marx (a waste of paper and ink, and I read it on my Kindle.) 
  35. Immoveable Feast, John Baxter
  36. The Reluctant Expat: Part One, Alan Laycock 
  37. Educated, Tara Westover (terrifying book)
  38. Five Nights in Paris, John Baxter
  39. The Male Brain, Louann Brizendine
  40. Everything is Happening at Once, Jonathan Marcus 
  41. The Power of Storytelling, Ty Bennett
  42. Everything is Fucked, Mark Manson (great book) 
  43. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Monroe
  44. CFI! The Book of Satirical Aviation Comedy, Alex Stone
  45. I'll Take the 18: The Story of Beech 18 Freight Flying, Scott Gloodt
  46.  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  47. Mr. Know-It-All, John Waters
  48. The Way I Heard It, Mike Row
  49. How To Live Forever, Kimberly Best
  50. The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine
  51. Hauling Checks, Alex Stone
  52. Me, Elton John
  53. An Elderly Lady Is Up To No Good, Helene Tursten
  54. Northland; A 4000 mile Journey Along America, Porter Fox
  55. Dirty Letters, Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward 
  56. Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life, Twyla Tharp 
  57. The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin 
  58. The Call of the Wild, Jack London
  59. Preserving Italy, Domenica Marchetti
  60. Antoni in the Kitchen, Antoni Porowski
  61. Easy Sausage Making, Will Budiaman 
What have you been reading? 


  1. Anonymous12/30/2019

    For someone who used to devour books, I have not read much over the last year. My 'faithful' first Kindle died and last year I was bought a new one, which is so much better, but even it has contretemps at times.

    Skimming through your list, The Joy of Drinking grabbed my attention, and I have read the great book, The Call of the Wild.

    1. "The Joy" was a suggestion from another blogger. Very well written.

  2. Thanks for sharing your long and varied list. I will definitely use it as reference for my future readings.

    1. There are a few good books on there, I tried to note the ones that are not worth reading.

  3. Wow! Just reading your list gave me a headache :) These days I read for pure escapism. I'm not interested in enriching my mind anymore.

    1. You might enjoy Dirty Letters.

  4. Oh, your list puts me to shame! I've only read two of them -- the Hitchhiker's Guide and the Call of the Wild.

    1. Reading is someplace between a habit and an addiction.

  5. Did you enjoy Hitchhiker's Guide?