My 2019 Reading List (& Some Books I Loved in 2018)

If you’re reading this post, you’re my people.

Either you’re a bonafide bookworm like me, or you’re trying to be, and either way -- I love ya. Good books are truly one of life’s simplest but deepest pleasures, and I’m so excited to jump in with both feet in 2019, and (hopefully) read some life-changing stuff! If you happened upon My Goals for 2019, you know that one of my top goals for the year is to read 30 books by January 1, 2020. This means I’ll be reading about two books a month, and the hope is that in place of mindless scrolling, meaningless tasks, or generally wasting time...I’d pick up a book instead!

Last year was a really slow reading year for me, and honestly, any time I don’t make a list or make intentional effort to read, it just won’t happen! (Isn’t that the case with most good habits?) So here’s to getting back on track, reading great books, and making better use of my time! Before I get into the books I hope to read this year, I do have a handful of books I read in 2018 that I highly recommend adding to yours…

  • Subversive Sabbath by AJ Swoboda - I mentioned this book in my last post, but AJ’s findings and insights on why we’ve lost the practice of Sabbath and how to find it again have been truly transformative for Reed and I. This book has caused us to step into the rest rhythms God calls us to -- which has changed our lives completely!

  • Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis - Rachel’s no-nonsense way of sharing her personal triumphs and failures while motivating the reader to take hold of her life was so refreshing! This was the pep talk and inspiration I needed halfway through the year to take my life seriously and really go for the things that God has put on my heart!

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman - By far the best fiction book I’ve read in awhile! This story is captivating, funny, and heartbreaking all at once. I also love a surprising ending and this one delivers.

  • Love Big, Be Well by Winn Collier - I kid you not when I say that nearly my entire copy of this book is underlined. A fictional compilation of letters written between a pastor of a small town church and the congregation itself had me in tears more than once. Every single person in church leadership needs to read this book.

  • The Gospel Comes with a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield - As someone who is deeply passionate about the power of hospitality, even I was challenged by Rosaria’s reflections on ‘laying our lives down’ for those we’d consider “other” and for the people in our surrounding communities. This book is next level stuff and not easy (but deeply necessary) reading for those who’d prefer to stay comfortable or keep their front door shut.

  • Homebody by Joanna Gaines - A fun, inspiring, and even therapeutic read! Though this is more of a coffee table book, amid the beautiful pictures of decorated homes, Joanna weave her unique and in-depth brilliance on creating a home you love. I have several pages bookmarked for future projects in my home!

  • Everybody, Always by Bob Goff - This book is contagious, humble, and simple, but left me completely awestruck. As Bob usually does. I wanted to reread this collection of stories as soon as it was over!

Now, onto books for this year...

My 2019 Reading List (All images are linked for your convenience and browsing pleasure!)

Mind you, I may add or take away as we go, but this is a list I comprised based on recent recommendations, books I’ve been eyeing for a while, and ones I think will pull me out of my comfort zone. I love that there is a great mix of nonfiction, poetry, fiction, and Christian nonfiction! I hope this list inspires you to get some reading done in 2019 too -- let me know in the comments what you plan on reading this year!

More grace,