2019: The Year of 100 Books

I read over 100 books this year. I didn’t start out the year with that goal in mind, but it happened naturally. Books are my main hobby. Much of my free time is spent reading books, discussing books, or researching my next read. I have been a voracious reader since childhood, but never imagined that I would reach the mythical milestone of reading 100 books in a single year.

In 2017, I read 33 books. In 2018, 61 books. And now in 2019, I’ve read 100+ books. Truthfully, this is the first year that I am no longer a student. But it is also encouraging to see progress and affirm that it is possible to become better at a habit you consistently choose to cultivate. A few years ago I joined Bookstagram (a special Instagram account to document my reading life, follow along @whatrachreads) and that has been a big part of encouraging my reading life. I also started a book club this year and found solidarity and connection with bookish friends in real life and online. It’s not about the numbers, but I’m glad to celebrate and document this small victory.

Since I read so many books, I’m often asked for recommendations and favorites. Any book lover can tell you that it’s almost impossible to narrow down one “best” or “favorite” book, so I’m not even going to try. Rather than giving you a Top 10 List or choosing one “Best Book of the Year”, I’ve decided to create my own literary award categories for the year. Hopefully this list will spark some interest in a new book or encourage you to read a book that you wouldn’t normally choose.

Fiction I’m Still Thinking About:

The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes.

A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza.

Beartown and Us Against You by Fredrik Backman.

Young Adult Fiction that Adults Will Love:

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. *not pictured*

There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.

Practical Theology: 

We Will Feast by Kendall Vanderslice.

You Are What You Love by James. K. A. Smith.

Books That I Cried While Reading: 

Assimilate or Go Home by D.L. Mayfield.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.

Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey.


Devotions by Mary Oliver.

Sorry for Your Troubles by Padraig O Tuama.

Books that Inspired Change in My Life: 

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport.

The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer.

Best Spiritual Memoirs: 

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans.

Placemaker by Christie Purifoy.

Series (on Audiobook!) that I Reread and Loved All Over Again:

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

And that’s only a quarter of all the books I read this year! There were many more titles that I’d love to recommend, but “so many books, so little time” holds true here. Happy reading, friends! Don’t forget to support your local library or bookstore. And best wishes for a fulfilling and enjoyable reading life in 2020!

P.S. Follow me on Goodreads for even more book reviews and recommendations! Rachel’s Goodreads 🙂

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