My Favorite Books of 2019

December 19, 2019

“Reading a good book is like taking a journey.”  Emma Gulliford

 I love looking back at my reading year and to see what books stood out and knocked my socks off.    During the reading year, I typically look at the books I have recommended based on personal experience and the ones I most often sent to clients and friends.

The process of actually choosing favorites is no easy task, but enjoyable to look back to see which I would read again.  I read 126 books in 2019 and narrowed it down to the following 35 that I would definitely re-read.    As I look over the years, my interest in audio books has increased and listened to 11 this year, but actually read more books overall (not including all the CPE books required for work) than 2018.   


What were your favorite books of 2019?    Would love to hear your list. 

Favorite Books of 2019

Non Fiction

  1. The Lost Art of Reading: Books and Resistance in a Troubled Time, David Ulin
  2. Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
  3. Reading People, Anne Bogel
  4. Greatest Minds of All Time, Will Durant
  5. North: Finding My Way While Running  The Appalachian Trail, Scott Jurek
  6. Sell It Like Serhant, Ryan Serhant
  7. A Philosophy of Walking, Frederic Gros
  8. Pedaling Home: One Woman’s Race Across the Arizona Trail, Sarah Ruth Jansen
  9. Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins
  10. Tip of the Iceberg, Mark Adams
  11. The Only Kayak: A Journey Into The Heart of Alaska, Kim Heacox
  12. Divide and Conquer: 2,731 Miles Out Living It On Two Wheels, Brent Goldstein
  13. Just Ride, Ty Hopkins
  14. Story Driven, Bernadette Jiwa
  15. Renegade Car Camping, Brian Snyder
  16. Characters on The Green, Peter Hoyer
  17. Keep Going, Austen Kleon
  18. The Nature Fix, Florence Williams
  19. The Patch, John Mcphee
  20. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  21. The British Are Coming: The War for America, Rick Atkinson
  22. Into The Furnace, Corry Reese
  23. Stillness Is The Key, Ryan Holliday
  24. In Search of Al Howie, Jared Beasley
  25. The Serving Mindset, Faroosh Brock
  26. Bill Belichick: The Making of The Greatest Football Coach of All Time, Ian O’Connor
  27. Theft By Finding: Diaries 1977-2002, David Sedaris
  28. Presidents Of War, Michael Beschloss
  29. Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport
  30. The Tiger, John Vaillant
  31. Range, David Epstein
  32. The Ride of A Lifetime, Robert Iger
  33. What It Takes, Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, Stephen Schwarzman


  1. The River, Peter Heller
  2. Racing In The Rain, Garth Stein
  3. This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger
  4. The Dutch House, Ann Patchett
  5. This Must Be The Place, Maggie O’Farrell
  6. That Month in Tuscan, Inglath Cooper
  7. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  8. The Price of Time, Tim Tigner
  9. Dead Mountain, Donnie Eichar
  10. Where The Forest Meets The Stars, Glendy Vandera


As the end of 2019 reading year approaches, I wish you the best reading adventures into the new decade!

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