Reading lists are usually filled with new books but mine is a bit different. Now that 2018 has come to a close I have a new list of fantastic books I plan to read in 2019! I do not read books based off of best seller lists or even what is new at the time. I usually go to a book store, read the excerpts and back cover and buy books that I find interesting. So some of them may not be new releases or even published In this year. Reading has always been a hobby of mine, but I tend to go in spells. Sometimes I read non-stop and can finish multiple books in a week. Other times it takes me forever to finish a book and then I don’t read one for a while after.
One of my goals for this year was to read more books. So I started stockpiling books in November for my 2019 reading list. I purchased most of them, but a few of these books were gifted to me by friends or family members. The books on my list range from self-help to memoirs, I think this diverse selection will help keep me interested and on track to complete my 2019 reading goal.
My 2019 Reading List:
Everybody Lies – Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
In this groundbreaking work, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz , A Harvard trained economist, former google data scientist, and New York Times writer, argues that much of what we thought about people has been dead wrong. The Reason? People lie, to friends, lovers, doctors, surveys–and themselves.
Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
Fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed fifty dollars from his father and launched a company with one simple mission: import high-quality, low-cost running shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the trunk of his car in 1963, Knight grossed eight thousand dollars that first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion.
The Alchemist – Paulo Coehlo
Paulo Coelho’s masterpiece tells the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories can, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life’s path, and, above all, following our dreams.
The Motivation Manifesto – Brendon Burchard
The Motivation Manifesto is a poetic and powerful call to reclaim our lives and find our own personal freedom. It’s a triumphant work that transcends the title, lifting the reader from mere motivation into a soaringly purposeful and meaningful life.
We’re going to need more wine – Gabrielle Union
a powerful collection of essays about gender, sexuality, race, beauty, Hollywood, and what it means to be a modern woman. Throughout, she compels us to be ethical and empathetic, and reminds us of the importance of confidence, self-awareness, and the power of sharing truth, laughter, and support.
The Namesake – Jhumpa Lahiri
In The Namesake, the Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri brilliantly illuminates the immigrant experience and the tangled ties between generations.
Half of a Yellow Sun – Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s.
Quiet, the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking – Susan Cain
In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.
Kite Runner – Khalid Hosseini
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, caught in the tragic sweep of history, The Kite Runner transports readers to Afghanistan at a tense and crucial moment of change and destruction.
Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking – Malcolm Gladwell
Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that seem to be made in an instant-in the blink of an eye-that actually aren’t as simple as they seem. Why are some people brilliant decision makers, while others are consistently inept?
The Spy – Paulo Coehlo
Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price.
If I go M.I.A I’m probably curled up reading one of the books on this list. Will you be adding any of these to your list? If you’ve read any of the books feel free to comment or shoot me a message so we can discuss. This is not a complete list of books I will be reading this year, I did not have a few in my possesion at the time of writing this post.
*Excerpts are taken from each book and do not belong to me.