This year I decided to make more time for reading. I grew up reading a lot of books and getting lost in the different worlds and I wanted to get back into the hobby that I enjoy so much. I set a goal of reading 50 books this year and today I finished my 54th book.
Shortest book: Elevation by Stephen King – 146 pages
Longest book: The Stand by Stephen King – 1153 pages
Least favorite books: The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grames and The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh
Favorite books: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah, Where’d you go Bernadette by Maria Semple, and Beartown by Fredrik Backman
Favorite books broken down by genre:
General fiction – Beartown by Fredrik Backman and The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Fantasy – After the Flood – Kassandra Montag
Mystery/thriller – The Whisper Man by Alex North
Horror – The Institute by Stephen King and Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chobsky
Memoir – Know My Name by Chanel Miller, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, and Educated by Tara Westover
Young adult – Tell me three things by Julie Buxbaum
Science fiction – Recursion by Blake Crouch
Romance – Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, Unhoneymooners by Christian Lauren, and Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory
Historical fiction – The Huntress by Kate Quinn and Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
True crime – I’ll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Detection fiction – The Cuckcoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Debut Novel – Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
Some of the other books I read this year: Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult, Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman, The Night Oliva Fell by Christina McDonald, Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, Bad Blood by John Carreyrou, The Other Woman by Sandie Jones, Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty, One Day in December by Josie Silver, River by Peter Heller, The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, and Three Women by Lisa Taddeo.
It felt good to set a goal this year and meet and exceed it. I plan to continue reading in 2020 and have set a goal for 55 books next year. Some books on my to be read list include China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan, The Wedding Party by Jasmine Guillory, Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren, Children of Vengeance and Virtue by Tomi Adeyemi, and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown.