Book list of 2019: What I read and what I thought about it

We are now one full week into 2020, so I figure I should wrap up my 2019 posts. This posting is a little later than intended, but it’s better late than never!

For those of you who don’t know, I am a reader. I love to read, but haven’t had as much time for it as I would like. While this last year has been busy I did find some time to sit back with some books. Without further ado, here is my reading list from 2019.

As you may have noticed, I didn’t include authors because this is more of a personal list that I use to make sure that I am reading. I actually own (or have owned) all the books on my list, so if you would like the author’s name for any of these don’t hesitate to ask.

As for my final thoughts, I’ll just do a Q/A session for the most common questions people ask.

Q: Why these books?

A: These are all books that looked interesting, were written by an author I like, or are books I’ve read a long time ago but don’t remember the details of.

Q: Where did I pick most of these books up?

A: About 99% of these books came from thrift shops or a second-hand book store. I rarely buy new books because I enjoy the thrill of finding buried treasure in an unorganized mess. That being said, I will buy new books to complete a series, or if it is written by an author I love.

Q: What was my favorite book I read in 2019?

A: This is a tough one, but I’ll have to go with Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. In short, this book is hilarious. The humor can be a little graphically gory or offensive to some, so if you are sensitive I would not recommend it. If you do enjoy blunt humor and stream-of-conscious style story-telling, I highly recommend it.

Q: What was my least favorite book of 2019?

A: This is another hard one, but I’ll have to go with The Friday Night Knitting Club. This is just my opinion, but I feel like the book started strong with interesting inter-locking story lines and engaging character, but the ending felt unrealistic and forced. If the final chapter was re-written, I’d rank it somewhere in the middle of my list.

Q: Do you have a TBR list?

A: Sometimes I make a TBR (to be read) list, but I almost never stick to it. My answer is “yes, but not really”.

Q: When do I do most of my reading?

A: Like most people I do most of my reading before bed. Sometimes I read on break at work, but my office can get pretty loud and distracting.

Q: Am I happy with my reading choices?

A: Yes. I don’t feel like any of the books I read were bad or a waste of time. If I don’t like a book, I just stop reading it (unless I have to for class).

Q: What’s my 2020 reading goal?

A: I want to read more in 2020. Now that I’ve graduated and have more free time I don’t have an excuse not to read. My goal for 2020 is to read 50 books. This should be manageable since I read 27 this year, and used to read 100+ books in high school.

Hopefully this Q/A style answered any questions you might have. If you do want to know anything else, comment or message me and I’ll be happy to answer. Thanks for reading my final 2019 related post!

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