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The Best Books I Read in 2019

Updated: Sep 16



I began the year with a wonderful journal from Amy Tangerine called Craft a Life You Love. Like Amy, I used to love scrapbooking! In high school I made them for family and friends. In college I created mixed media digital art. (I used to love creating mix CD covers!) I picked up this book because I wanted to remind myself that creativity can be sparked in so many different ways. It doesn’t always have to be from behind the camera.

Digging into the roots of my creative soul will help make me a better photographer and better artist!

Moving on to the list, here are other books I tackled in 2019!

  1. Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty

  2. An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones

  3. There There, by Tommy Orange

  4. Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan

  5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid

  6. The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah

  7. Where The Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens – This was by far my favorite book of the year!

  8. The Power, by Naomi Alderman – I only made it about half-way through this book. I let myself give it up because it wasn’t holding my attention. It was taking me too long to read.

  9. A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amore Towles

  10. Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

  11. The Flight Attendant, by Chris Bohjalian

  12. The Boy Between Worlds, by Annejet van der Zijl

  13. Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

  14. Where’d You Go, Bernadette, by Maria Semple

  15. My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante – I picked this one back up and somehow really enjoyed it much more than I had when I initially tried to start reading it in 2018.

  16. The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn

  17. Surprise Me, by Sophie Kinsella

  18. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson

  19. My Lovely Wife, by Samantha Downing

I did also get in a few audiobooks, heading to and from school shoots!

  1. Becoming, by Michelle Obama

  2. This is Marketing, by Seth Godin

  3. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman

What books did you read in 2019? What were your favorite books? Were there any you couldn’t quite get through? What’s on your reading list for 2020? Please share with me and leave a comment!

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