I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm. When I was a kid, I would much rather huddle near a source of warmth during winter and escape into the magical world of Harry Potter, than experience the magic outside our doorstep. Over the years, one thing in my life has always been a constant – books. No matter how much I’ve changed, the basic need to escape into narratives has stayed within me.
2019 was a pretty good reading year for me. I have set myself a challenge to read 50 books and managed to do so quite easily. I mostly managed to read that much because of my literary exam at university, which I had to read 75 books for. However, I also consider 2019 to be a good reading year because I read plenty of books that stayed with me for weeks to come.
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My Year in Books 2019
There’s one thing you might not yet know about me. I am an absolute lover of all things number, statistics, and graphs. Each year, around December, Goodreads releases a report called “Your Year in Books” including stats on how many pages, words, etc. you’ve read that year. And it’s one of my highlights of the year since 2012.
In 2019 I have read:
- 50 Books
- 13696 Pages
- Shortest Book: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- Longest Book: The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
- Most Popular Book: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Average Rating: 3.9 stars
Best Books of 2019
Educated is a gripping memoir of a young woman that was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Lacking any formal education, she began to educate herself and was admitted to University. Her quest for knowledge transformed her and made her question her life, family loyalty and education itself. Westover has written a powerful coming-of-age biography that offers an insight into her life in the mountains and quests to educate herself. I understand that the narrative in this book is to be taken with a pinch of salt, as Westover only retells the events as she remembers/perceived them. Hence, I tried not to become to invested in the story and put judgment upon any member of the family but simply read it as an uplifting and motivating tale that reads a lot like a typical American dream story.
Conversations with Friends is not action-packed, nor particularly gripping. In spite of that, it is absolutely amazing and unputdownable. It is a truly authentic, down-to-the-core narration of coming-of-age, friendship and love. Bobbi and Frances are ex-girlfriends turned best friends and encounter a married couple, Melissa and Nick, early on in the story. Much of the story is devoted to the interaction between the four of them in a very beautiful, sharp and true writing style. I absolutely love how complex, real and compelling Rooneys writing style is and couldn’t stop reading this.
Notes on a Nervous Planet is a collection of short essays, poems and -ahem- notes about how modern life feeds our anxiety, and how to live a better, more mindful life. I love Matt Haig as an author. Whenever I start one of his books I immediately feel understood and can see the rest of the world falling to a blur. By being upfront with his own struggles with panic disorder, depression and anxiety, Haig has become an advocate for mental health and mindfulness in this modern-day and age. Haig examines everything from broader phenomena like inequality, social media, and the news; to things closer to our daily lives, like how we sleep, how we exercise, and even the distinction we draw between our minds and our bodies. Therefore, I would recommend EVERYONE to read this at least once.
Other Books I’ve Loved in 2019
- The Tattooist of Auschwitz // Heather Morris
- Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind // Yuval Noah Harari
- The Couple Next Door // Shari Lapena
- Ask Again, Yes // Mary Beth Keane
- Normal People // Sally Rooney
- Becoming // Michelle Obama
- Was man von hier aus sehen kann // Mariana Leky
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