My 2019 Reading Challenge book list (what I’ve read & what I plan to)

What’s up readers!  Ha ha.  Who am I right now?  As mentioned a few weeks ago, I’m a maniac in the book reading department these days.  And, since I’m loving reading so much, I’ve given myself a little reading challenge:  Read one book per week in 2019 (insert WTF face here).

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Now, here’s the thing.  I’m not holding myself to this reading challenge as strictly as it sounds.  I mean, I want to try to stick with it as best I can, but let’s get real.  I’m a work at home, stay at home Mom and there will probably be many weeks I can’t find enough time to read an entire book.  BUT, a reading challenge is just what I need to get myself back on track.  This past year or so, I haven’t read ONE. SINGLE. BOOK.   This past month?  I’ve read 3.5.

Let’s see if I can read 52 by New Years.


I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m on vacation when I’m 50 pages deep into a good book.  It’s the most magical escape (especially when you’re under a cozy blanket) and such a great way to unwind and give yourself a break from all the grown-up jobs.

Since I’ve got a bunch of people curious about what I’m reading and since I have the memory of a snail (do they have bad memories because in my mind they do), I thought I’d create a post with the books I’ve read and ones I plan to.  I’ll update as I go.

Reading challenge 2019 let’s go.


Okay, so here’s what I read so far…


This Will Only Hurt a Little (Busy Phillips) – I really loved this book.  I’m a fan of Busy Phillips and was excited to read her story.  If you were a teen in the ’90s, listened to Julianna Hatfield and know what a “kick-flip” is, you’ll totally love this book.  And, if you have no clue what any of that stuff is, but want to read a real, honest memoir from a strong woman who’s not afraid to go after what she wants, discuss mental health and speak her truth?  You’ll love this book.


Behind Closed Doors (BA Paris) – Recommended by a friend and definitely a disturbing, keep you on the edge of your seat read.

The Breakdown (BA Paris)– Recommended by a friend.  You so think you know what’s gonna happen, but….do you?

The Couple Next Door (Shari Lapena)– Recommended by a friend.  An easy read – after you get through the first few chapters and get used to the author’s writing style it gets prettttty crazytown.

Station Eleven (Emily St. John Mandel) Recommended by a friend.  I didn’t love this book.  I wanted to love this book so bad, but I just couldn’t connect with the charachters and there was a lot of bouncing around for me.  The plot was a good one though – I loved that it was post pandemic.

Why Not Me (Mindy Kaling):  Reading now!  I just love Mindy and this book is ALL of what you would expect from her.  Witty, sharp, funny and totally engaging.  Halfway through!


Okay, so here’s what I’m planning on reading.  Some of these are recommendations from friends, others I found on HelloGiggles (they have TONS of great ideas) the rest are titles, topics or genres I’m interested in and also possibly reading because Oprah says-so!

Non-Fiction, Essays, Memoirs

Becoming (Michelle Obama) It’s been on waitlist at the library foreverrrrrr.

Heaven is for Real (Thomas Nelson) A little boy dies in surgery and when he wakes up, claims he went to heaven.  It’s been out forever and I’ve always wanted to read the story.

Scoop the Poop (Meredith Masony of the That’s Innappriate blog):  I read an excerpt of her book on her Facebook page.  I couldn’t NOT buy it!

Thick: And Other Essays (Tressie McMillan Cottom) This is recommended by pretty much every book list in the universe right now. To say this collection is transgressive, provocative, and brilliant is simply to tell you the truth.” –Roxane Gay, author of Hunger and Bad Feminist

When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi):  I remember watching an interview of this guy’s wife years ago and couldn’t stop crying.  It’s about a neurosurgeon whe ends up being the patient. What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?


An Anonymous Girl (Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen):  Everybody’s talking about this book right now.  Apparently, if you read The Wife Between Us and loved it, you’ll love this one too.

Before I go (Colleen Oakley) This was a book club recommendation

Fifty Shades of Grey (EL James) Had this on my shelf since it came out.  Never got to it!

Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins) Everyone’s read it but me 🙂

The Girl in the Letter (Emily Gunnis)  Book club rec.

Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn) Everyone’s read it but me 🙂

The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood) LOVE this series.  Excited to read the book and see what’s different!

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)“A world where everyone can hear each other’s thoughts and there are no women—until one shows up” – Hellogiggles

The Wife Between Us (Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen)  These guys wrote An Anonymous Girl which is super on everyone’s rader right now when it comes to what to read.


Want in on this reading challenge?  Should we start a book club?

Drop the name of your latest (or current) book in the comments below! I’d love new book ideas and if we’ve read the same thing I wanna gossip about it!  Yey!



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