In my experience, reading is one of the purest experiences there is. It’s you, a book, and an entire world that you get to enter, (mostly) free of charge. It’s how I calm my anxiety and quiet my mind and, hey, it’s also just plain fun. My 2019 reading list is pretty long, though I haven’t read quite as many books as I would have liked to or as other people. But that’s OK. As much as I cherish the experience of reading, I am also pretty protective of it. It frustrates me when people seem to think that you are only a real book lover if you read a certain type of book, or you finish 20 books a month. But reading is for everyone, and that’s probably exactly why I get so many questions about what exactly I’m reading.
I usually have anywhere from 2 to 7 books on my bedside table at all times, and though I don’t always finish them at hyperspeed, I always enjoy sharing the ones I like afterward. If you’re not into Goodreads (I post all my reads and short reviews there), here is a quick list of my favorite books I’ve read this year so far.
OK, I’m like… extremely late to the game on this one, I know. I put off reading this one for a while for some reason, but when I finally read it I wondered why I had waited so long. I loved every second of this book. I used to be loyal to historical fiction until I discovered mysteries and thrillers, but this book reminded me why I love the former genre. The writing is glorious (the last line is particularly lovely) and it made me flat-out weep. I was sad when it’s over. What more is there to say?
Two Can Keep A Secret
I read this one as part of a partnership with the book’s publishing company, so it came to me in a kind of different way. The book itself was enjoyable enough, but the reason I put it on this list is that I fully, 100 percent did not see the ending coming. As someone who consumes a lot of crime content (both fictional and otherwise), I can almost guess who is probably going to be the culprit. But this ending threw me through a loop, so I’m putting it on the list.
The F*ck It Diet: Eating Should Be Easy
I’ve talked about this one on my Instagram stories, so I’ll keep my thoughts here quick. But in summary: If you’ve ever had a weird relationship with food, dieting, or eating in general, this book is for you. It changed how I think completely, and I feel like a healthier person because I picked it up.
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search For The Golden State Killer
I’ve wanted to read this one for a while and man oh man, is it good. It’s definitely some of the best true crime I’ve read (a genre that I find too clinical sometimes), and the way the author’s own story is weaved in with that of the crimes and the killer is really remarkable. It definitely isn’t one I would suggest reading alone at night, but it is really good.