2019 Reading Challenge Books in Review and Recommended Reads

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I spent $38.35 on kindle books this year

My favorite books I read this year:

  • The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Stanley, Thomas J.
  • Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom? by Rieckens, Scott
  • Final Girls by Sager, Riley
  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Sethi, Ramit
  • The Last Time I Lied by Sager, Riley
  • Lock Every Door by Sager, Riley
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Cain, Susan
  • Your Money or Your Life by Robin, Vicki
  • Unofficial Guide to Disneyland 2019 (The Unofficial Guides) by Kubersky, Seth
  • Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Land, Stephanie
  • I Miss You When I Blink: Essays by Philpott, Mary Laura
  • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Gilbert, Elizabeth
  • Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Stone, Douglas
  • Nineteen Minutes by Picoult, Jodi
  • Where There’s Smoke by Picoult, Jodi
  • A Spark of Light by Picoult, Jodi
  • Red Glove (Curse Workers, #2) by Black, Holly
  • She’s Come Undone by Lamb, Wally
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Pink, Daniel H.
  • Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It by Wyner, Gabriel
  • You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Day, Felicia
  • Zero Waste Home: The Ultimate Guide to Simplifying Your Life by Reducing Your Waste by Johnson, Bea
  • Frat Girl by Roache, Kiley
  • All We Ever Wanted by Giffin, Emily
  • The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and our Health—and a Vision for Change by Leonard, Annie
  • The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
  • Educated by Westover, Tara

My favorite Indie books that I read this year:

  1. Prose Before Bros (Green Valley Library, #3) by Yardley, Cathy
  2. The Gospel According to St Rage by Eisenbrey, Karen
  3. Snow in Vietnam: A Novel by Le, Amy M.
  4. Santiago’s In Trouble by Bastedo, Victoria
  5. Ship of Fools (Fandom Hearts, #6) by Yardley, Cathy
  6. Kate Jones Thriller Books by Berkom, D.V.
  7. Love Songs, Detours, Et Cetera (Senior Year Sweethearts Book 1) by Huchton, Starla
  8. Spin by Farnham, K.J.
  9. The Triskaidek (Volume 1) by Sprig, Basil
  10. The Pirate’s Booty by Darroch, D.M.
  11. The Devil You Know by Huchton, S.A.
  12. Riches to Rags by Bond, Casey L.
  13. Playing Doctor (Fandom Hearts, #5) by Yardley, Cathy


Out of the 67 books that I read:

25 Indie Books

28 Nonfiction Books


The books I read this year:

I think I will make my challenge for next year the average books pledged for 2019: 64 books.

2015 Reading Challenge Books in Review


And the last four books of the year were…

2015 end of year books

I’m currently only reading Carry On by Rainbow Rowell



I have written over 100 reviews of Indie books this year and read over 200 books total.

I have spent my annual budget for books with a combination of Kindle Unlimited subscription, Patreon support of an author, GoFundMe of a bookstore, Kickstarter support of a book project, kindle downloads, and print books. I have gone to the following events to support authors and pick up new books: Marissa Meyer book signing in Tacoma for the Fairest Release, AFK I Heart Authors in February, an author signing at St. James, Author release party at the AFK, AFK Staycation author event, 2 author releases in North Bend, and a multi-author release party at UW Bellevue bookstore. What book events have you gone to this year?

2015 reading challenge popsugar

I completed 43/50 of the following Reading Challenges

The Challenge 2014 2015
1 A book with more than 500 pages Shift (Silo #2) by Hugh Howey (608) Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
2 A classic romance Wildest Dreams by Stefany Rattles  Shatterd & Scarred (The Sacred Hearts MC, #1) by AJ Downey
3 A book that became a movie The Fault in Our Stars by John Green  The Duff by Kody Keplinger
4 A book published this year Unseen by Stephanie Erickson Mina Cortez: From Bouquets to Bullets by Jeffrey Cook
5 A book with a number in the title 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
6 A book written by someone under 30 Deny the Moon by Melissa Graham  Silent Circle by Cassandra Larsen
7 A book with nonhuman characters Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce Cinder by Marissa Meyer
8 A funny book This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper Yes Please by Amy Pohler
9 A book by a female author The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede From the Wreckage by Michele G. Miller
10 A mystery or thriller Cache a Predator by M. Weidenbenner  Size 12 is Not Fat by Meg Cabot
11 A book with a one-word title Room by Emma Donoghue Cress by Marissa Meyer
12 A book of short stories Free-Flowing Stories by FVP authors  The Fierce Reads Anthology by Anna Banks
13 A book set in a different country The 100-Foot Journey by Richard Morais  Yassa: Genghis Khan’s Coming of Age Taley by Jo Michaels
14 A nonfiction book Rock Your Plot: A Simple System for Plotting Your Novel by Cathy Yardley You Are a Writer So Start Acting Like One by Jeff Goins
15 A popular author’s first book Looking for Alaska by John Green  The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
16 A book from an author you love that you hadn’t read yet Silo by Hugh Howy  The Stillness of the Sky by Starla Huchton
17 A book a friend recommended Heart of Africa by Loren Lockner  The Crossing Hour by Quoleena Sbrocca
18 A Pulitzer Prize-winning book X The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
19 A book based on a true story Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend by Susan Orlean  Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s “Learned” by Lena Dunham
20 A book at the bottom of your to-read list I, Robot by Isaac Asimov  The Road by Cormac McCarthy
21 A book your mom loves Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn  X
22 A book that scares you Brave New World by Aldous Huxley The Shining by Stephen King
23 A book more than 100 years old X  X
24 A book based entirely on its cover The Pickled Apocalypse of Pancake Island by Cameron Pierce Food Rules: An Eater’s manual by Michael Pollan
25 A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t NA NA
26 A memoir X  Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
27 A book you can finish in a day If I stay by Gayle Foreman The Encounter by Katherine Applegate
28 A book with antonyms in the title Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
29 A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit X  Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
30 A book that came out the year you were born X  X
31 A book with bad reviews Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
32 A trilogy Maze Runner by James Dashner The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
33 A book from your childhood The Enchanted Forest Chronicles (The Enchanted Forest by Patricia Wrede The Visitor by Katherine Applegate
34 A book with a love triangle The Thousand Year Curse (Curse Books, #1) by Taylor Lavati  Fallen (Fallen, #1) by Lauren Kate
35 A book set in the future The Maze Runner by James Dashner  Feed by M.T. Anderson
36 A book set in high school The Moment Before by Suzy Vitello The Duff by Kody Keplinger
37 A book with a color in the title Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
38 A book that made you cry Ghostwriter by Tyan Wyss  Don’t Call Me Kit Kat by K.J. Farnham
39 A book with magic Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs Sticks and Sontes by Shawn McGuire
40 A graphic novel X  X
41 A book by an author you’ve never read before Unseen by Stephanie Erickson Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich
42 A book you own but hadn’t read before X  The Truth About Mud by Christina L. Rozelle
43 A book that takes place in your hometown The Siren Suicides by Ksenia Anske  The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
44 A book that was originally written in a different language X  X
45 A book set during Christmas The French for Christmas by Fiona Valpy  Mr. Miracle by Debbie Macomber
46 A book written by an author with your same initials The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury  Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
47 A play X  X
48 A banned book Brave New World by Aldous Huxley  Speak by Laurie Anderson
49 A book based on or turned into a TV show X Animorphs by Katherine Applegate
50 A book you started but never finished A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess Choke by Chuck Pahlaniuk

The books I read this year so far:

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