If there is one thing I love almost as much as I love traveling, it is reading. I’ve found that books are the best way to travel without really traveling – they can transport you to new worlds and kickstart new adventures almost as easily as an airplane, and they are far less expensive. Since 2011, I’ve had an annual goal of reading 50 books each year. And while I’ve regularly fallen a bit short of this goal (thanks, over the years, to grad school, starting a new job, and, you know, life), that goal has motivated me to read – and read a lot. Even when I don’t hit 50, I’m still cruising through books all year.

If you need ideas for books, I’m here to help!

Check out what I’m reading this year (below), or go back to the archives to see my reading lists from 20182017 and 2016!

Have something I should definitely read? Let me know in the comments! I love suggestions!

1. My Squirrel Days by Ellie Kemper

2. Dare To Lead by Brene Brown

3. Thirst by Scott Harrison

4. Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao

5. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

6. A Spark of Light by Jodi Piccoult

7. Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

8. Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

9. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

10. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

11. Dopesick by Beth Macy

12. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

13. The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

14. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed

15. The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker

16. To Shake The Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins

17. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

18. Eat Cake. Be Brave. by Melissa Radke

19. Garden City by John Mark Comer

20. Shortest Way Home by Pete Buttigieg

21. Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer

22. The River by Pete Heller

23. Here Now by Kate Merrick

24. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

25. Remember God by Annie F. Downs

26. It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried

27. The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin

28. Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

29. Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuestion

30. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

31. Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist

32. Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

33. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

34. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

35. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

36. Beginner’s Pluck by Liz Bohannon

37. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

38. The Cactus by Sarah Haywood

39. Think Like a Freak by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

40. The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer

41. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

42. Something Needs to Change by David Platt

43. Miracles and Other Reasonable Things by Sarah Bessey 

44. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

45. To Stop a Warlord by Shannon Sedgwick Davis

46. Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory 




4 thoughts on “Books

  1. Jill says:

    I agree…..loved Light Between Oceans….was so torn who to root for!
    Have you read Bel Canto by Ann Patchett? One of my favorites….so well written.


  2. Jessica says:

    Hey Allison,

    You should check out:

    Jenny Simmon’s book The Road to Becoming
    The book thief by Mark Zusak
    The single woman: Life, love and a dash of sass by Mandy Hale

    Let me know if you read any and what you think!



  3. John Courtright says:

    The Prince of India or Why Constantinople Fell (Volume 1)
    by Lew Wallace
    1893. This novel from Wallace, the writer of Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (another book I would highly recommend; much, much better than the movie), recounts events leading to the fall of Constantinople to the Turks in 1453. The legendary wandering jew, in the guise of a Prince of India aids in bringing about the downfall of the city and its empire by aiding and advising the Turkish Sultan Mehmed II. What an adventure! Wonderful writing! I was certainly transported to another place and time!


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