I find a reading list is a lot like a menu plan.  I may not follow it exactly, but I always have a book title to choose from.  Here is a list of books I’d like to choose from to read in 2019.  (Note–I have no expectation to read all of these books; they’re just available for me to choose from, and I’ll likely also read books that aren’t on this list.)

I’d love recommendations from you, too.  What books did you read in 2018 that you loved?  What do you plan to read in 2019?


  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  • Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  • Cherry by Nico Walker
  • The Heart’s Invisible Fury by John Boyne
  • Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao
  • The Immortalist by Chloe Benjamin
  • Only Child by Rhiannon Navin
  • The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston
  • Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
  • The Outsider by Stephen King
  • The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub
  • The Long Walk by Stephen King

Historical Fiction

  • These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • If You Leave Me by Crystal Hana Kim

World War I Fiction

  • Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor
  • The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason

World War II Fiction

  • The Night Watch by Sarah Waters
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys*
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly*
  • The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  • When the Empire Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer
  • City of Thieves by David Benioff
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • Fall of Giants by Ken Follett*
  • The Book of Aron by Jim Shepherd
  • The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
  • The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalin
  • The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan


  • In Pieces by Sally Field
  • The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
  • Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon
  • Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien
  • The Electric Woman by Tessa Fontaine
  • All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung*
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
  • Dopesick by Beth Macy
  • High Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing by Ben Austen
  • Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration by Alfredo Corchado*
  • The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu*
  • Quiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Touching the Void:  The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Into the Storm by Tristram Korten

Historical Non-Fiction

  • My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray
  • America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray
  • Jefferson’s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison
  • Asperger’s Children by Edith Sheffer
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas
  • The Radium Girls by Kate Moore

What’s on your reading list this year?  How many books do you plan to read in 2019?



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