All the Books I Read in 2019

I feel like reading for me in 2019 was similar to 2018. I was super ambitious in the beginning by wanting to read 25 books, but ended up changing my reading challenge on Goodreads to 10. I’m glad I surpassed it by reading 11 books, but it was not nearly as many as I truly wanted to read. But that’s okay – it happens! Plus, there is always this year! A new decade to conquer the world of reading since there is so much to consume. I’m currently writing this after I spent my Barnes & Noble gift cards on two new books. So, hopefully they get me in the reading mood this year.

WHAT I READ IN 2019 (in order):

1 | Make Yourself at Home: Design Your Space to Discover Your True Self by Moorea Seal

Recommend? Yes.
I wrote a small blurb about this book here.

2 | The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Recommend? Maybe.
I wrote a small blurb about this book here.

3 | Glow: The Nutritional Approach to Naturally Gorgeous Skin by Nadia Neumann

Recommend? Yes.
I wrote a small blurb about this book here.

4 | Styled: Secrets for Arranging Rooms, from Tabletops to Bookshelves by Emily Henderson

Recommend? Yes.
I wrote a small blurb about this book here.

5| Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together by Erin Lowry

Recommend? Yes.
I wrote a small blurb about this book here.

6 | Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves by Glory Edim

Recommend? Yes.
This was a quick and easy read from various black female writers telling their own account of how they got into writing, or becoming a creative in general. As a creative black woman myself, it was very interesting to hear how their lives intertwined with the work they created.

7 | Love Style Life by Garance Doré

Recommend? No.
Unless you’re into everything French living, you’ll be just as lost as I was most of this book. But some of the simple style concepts were nice that’s why I went for 3 out of 5 stars.

8 | Eat Beautiful: Nourish Your Skin from the Inside Out by Wendy Rowe

Recommend? Yes.
This is technically a cookbook, but there is a lot of guidance on how different foods interact with your body. I was very intrigued by different foods and their purpose beyond taste. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the recipes.

9 | An Edited Life: Simple Steps to Streamlining Your Life, at Work and at Home by Anna Newton

Recommend? Yes!
Anna is one of the first bloggers whose blog I read and continue to read to this day. I love that she broke down how she orchestrates her own version of living life simply with intention. There are so many valuable tips in this book from how to plan your day to day to budgeting.

10 | The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey

Recommend? Maybe.
Dave Ramsey’s style is definitely not for everyone. But I wanted to get more into financial books this past year and I plan to continue it this year. He has a very radical approach when it comes to finances and debt. I thought this book would explain more of his process, but it didn’t. I guess that’s why he wants you to purchase his course. Instead this book is more about other people doing his plan. If that motivates you to save, pay off debt, or begin a financial journey then you may like this book.

11 | Whole New You: How Real Food Transforms Your Life, for a Healthier, More Gorgeous You by Tia Mowry

Recommend? Maybe.
I love Tia. So when I found out she had a cookbook, I wanted to check it out. This book is very text heavy with not many recipes. It is more focused on her journey with a health issue and how she’s used food to control it. There were some interesting tidbits in this book, but unless you’re into women’s health – this may be a pass.

Want to see what I read in previous years?

All the Books I Read in 2018
All the Books I Read in 2017

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Livie Rose
Livie Rose
9 months ago

Maybe Financial Peace has more of Ramsey’s steps? (I read in 15+ years ago as a young, not very receptive . . . apparently . . . teen). I read Total Money Makeover and I Will Teach You to Be Rich (Ramit Sethi) last year, and while I know many money choices are the same but packaged different, Sethi is definitely more my style and mindset. Although he comes from a super expensive area and Ramsey is closer to Midwest/South, so some of the rent vs buy stuff has a different look depending where you live. I ended up buying the new edition of I Will Teach You to Be Rich and am sort of trying to work through it like a workbook, so highly recommend although his tone isn’t for everyone (but I found him hilarious on his blog, so I enjoyed it).

Felicia Renee
9 months ago
Reply to  Livie Rose

I just finished Ramit’s second version and I completely agree with you! His style is wayyyy more mine too and he comes across as more practical/relatable. I stopped buying books as well, but I just went out and purchased a hard copy of it for future reference. I really enjoyed it.