It’s that time of year again: my humble brag of a list where I record all the books I read in the past year. Much to my surprise, I was able to read the most amount of books I’ve ever read, with my total coming to 104. I set my goodreads goal at 75, so I wasn’t aiming too high, as this is (generally) my motto for life; aim low and you’ll always be pleased with the results! It’s worked for me so far…

Continuing with my reading strategy of 2018, I was able to fit in significantly more reading than I ever have, which I’m quite proud of; all those early mornings are worth it! I also have the tome Ducks, Newburyport on the go, which I’l most likely be reading over the next month or so, so that didn’t make it on the list for 2019. Once again I completed the Short Story Advent Calendar, but didn’t make a daily post about it because I found it too stressful in previous years-December is busy enough with two young kids, ammiright?

This past year also marked the death of Smokey, the beloved ‘model’ in most of my book pictures, including the cover photo on this post. You’ll notice 2019 begins with lots of pictures of her posing next to my books, but this comes to an end shortly after April. I love the idea of her living on in this blog, and I truly appreciated everyone’s kind comments when she passed. As I think about what’s in store for my blog in 2020, I can’t help that worry it’s a bit strange or confusing to my new readers that there’s a cat in my logo, but no sign of cats further to that. If you have any suggestions about this conundrum, dear reader, please let me know.

Thank you to everyone who follows along in my reading journey on this blog, I SO appreciate those who visit regularly and comment, I’ve come to think of you all as close friends! And to those who drop in every once in awhile, you are always welcome anytime you like, please join us as often as you can. I’m wishing you all lots of cozy reading time with a hot cuppa and a sweet little chocolate treat for the year 2020.

My Favourite Book of the Year: Autopsy of a Boring Wife by Marie-Renee Lavoie

My Least Favourite Book of the Year: Lampedusa by Steven Price

The Book I Recommended Most: Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Most Popular 2019 Review posted: Homes, A Refugee Story by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung

Below is the full list of books I’ve read, with links to my reviews if available. Some books I don’t review on this blog because I’ve read them for a specific organization/event, or had the review published in a separate media outlet. So without further ado…

  1. Thirteen by Steve Cavanagh
  2. the sun and her flowers by Rupi Kaur
  3. Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield
  4. Homes by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung
  5. This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
  6. The Boy on the Beach by Tima Kurdi
  7. The Stranger on the Ice by Bernadette Calonego
  8. Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale
  9. Little Green by Tish Cohen
  10. House of Dreams, The Life of L.M. Montgomery by Liz Rosenberg, illustrations by Julie Morstad
  11. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  12. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
  13. The Homecoming by Andrew Pyper
  14. Our Animal Hearts by Dania Tomlinson
  15. The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre
  16. Once More With Feeling by Meira Cook
  17. The Golden Tresses of the Dead by Alan Bradley
  18. The Unforgotten by Laura Powell
  19. There, There by Tommy Orange
  20. Transcription by Kate Atkinson
  21. Nobody Cares by Anne T. Donahue
  22. Heat Wave by Maureen Jennings
  23. The Western Alienation Merit Badge by Nancy Jo Cullen
  24. Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller
  25. Dear Evelyn by Kathy Page
  26. The Last by Hanna Jameson
  27. The Strays by Emily Bitto
  28. The Plotters by Un-Su Kim
  29. The Last Resort by Marissa Stapley
  30. The Amateurs by Liz Harmer
  31. Do This For Me by Eliza Kennedy
  32. I’m Fine and Neither Are You by Camille Pagan
  33. To Me You Seem Giant by Greg Rhyno
  34. A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas
  35. Self-Help by Al Snow
  36. What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About-Edited by Michele Filgate
  37. French Exit by Patrick deWitt
  38. The Huntress by Kate Quinn
  39. Lipstick Voodoo by Kristi Charish
  40. Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
  41. Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss by Rajeev Balasubramanyam
  42. The Storm by Arif Anwar
  43. Alice & Oliver by Charles Bock
  44. Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark
  45. Dream Sequence by Adam Foulds
  46. Stay Up With Hugo Best by Erin Somers
  47. There’s a Word For That by Sloane Tanen
  48. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
  49. The Starter Wife by Nina Laurin
  50. Autopsy of a Boring Wife by Marie-Renee Lavoie
  51. Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
  52. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  53. You Belong to Me by Colin Harrison
  54. Vantage Point by Scott Thornley
  55. The Art of Being Lewis by Daniel Goodwin
  56. Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig
  57. The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron
  58. Elevator Pitch by Linwood Barclay
  59. The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie
  60. Sleepless Night by Margriet de Moor
  61. Social Misconduct by S.J. Maher
  62. The Home for Wayward Parrots by Darusha Wehm
  63. Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
  64. Every Little Piece of Me by Amy Jones
  65. Aria by Nazanine Hozar
  66. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  67. The World that We Knew by Alice Hoffman
  68. High School by Tegan and Sara
  69. I’ll Never Tell by Catherine McKenzie
  70. Lampedusa by Steven Price
  71. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  72. Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta
  73. The Institute by Stephen King
  74. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  75. Toil & Trouble by Augusten Burroughs
  76. No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
  77. Daughter of Family G by Ami McKay
  78. Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty
  79. Attraction by Ruby Porter
  80. Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  81. I Become a Delight to my Enemies by Sara Peters
  82. The Waiting Hours by Shandi Mitchell
  83. Bellini and the Sphinx by Tony Bellotto
  84. A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Evardsson
  85. The Enchanted Hour by Meghan Cox Gurdon
  86. The Moment Before Drowning by James Brydon
  87. Agnes, Murderess by Sarah Leavitt
  88. Reproduction by Ian Williams
  89. Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles
  90. The Innocents by Michael Crummey
  91. Dual Citizens by Alix Ohlin
  92. Calgary Through the Eyes of Writers by Shaun Hunter
  93. The Reality Bubble by Ziya Tong
  94. White Elephant by Trish Harnetiaux
  95. 24/6 by Tiffany Shlain
  96. Elegance by Megan Hess
  97. Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor
  98. The Jackass Whisperer by Scott & Alison Stratten
  99. From the Ashes by Jesse Thistle
  100. The Nanny by Gilly Macmillan*
  101. Tiny Lights for Travellers by Naomi K. Lewis*
  102. The Vagina Bible by Dr. Jen Gunter*
  103. The Help by Helen Phillips*
  104. Clifford by Harold R. Johnson*

*Review to Come!

So how did your year of reading go? Were you surprised with how much you managed to read or do you hope to fit in more next year? Tell me below in the comments!!!

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