30 Must Read Books in 2019

I recently asked my social media community to share their all time favorite books and ya’ll did not disappoint! Take a look at the below list of must-reads! Have you read any?

Born on a Blue Day – story of Daniel Tamment and his incredible mind as an autistic savant. Just a fascinating, quick read! – Jared P.

How to Be Your Own Best Friend – I read this in high school, still think about it often! ☺️ – Angela R.

Jumper by Steven Gould is one I’ve loved for years. Probably read it 20+ times. If you’re really feeling dedicated, “The Great Book of Amber” (it’s 10 books put together) by Roger Zelazny is fantastic. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series are all great too. – Katy D.

Ficciones by Borges. It’s like a collection of short stories. They’re quick to read, but each one probably deserves reading it more than once. It’s imaginative, detailed, vivid, and approachable. – Mariah C.

Ha I have too many. Outlander series #1, Exit the Unicorn series by Cindy Brandner, Bregdan Chronicles – Didi N.

Not a single book, the In Death series by JD Robb. Futuristic murder mystery with a touch of romance thrown in. – Kim F.

Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides. It’s an American success story of Greek immigrants over the course of the 20th century—and begins something like, “I’m a hermaphrodite, but this isn’t just about that” – Rick F.

Criminal Zoo by Sean McDaniel. A neat look at the criminal system and the mind of a criminal. – Kaycee O.

How to win friends and influence people by Dale Carnegie is hands down a book that should even be required reading. – Amber F.

Dark Tower (7 book series) – Stephen King, Wild Cheryl Strayed, When Women were Birds, Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey (super interesting take on our public lands in the 60s)
The Things they Carried. The Stand by Stephen King 
To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedideah Jenkins (I have not read, but he is an amazing story teller and motivational speaker, on my list for this year) Sorry, I love reading! But I’ve loved all of these that I have read and am looking forward to the ones I have not yet. – Renee G.

One of my favorite books I read while on grad school (don’t worry it has nothing to do with architecture) was The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. He follows different methods of food production from the source to the table to see how our food has effected the world around us. While some of it was utterly disgusting, there was a lot that was eye opening and really made me think about how and what I’m eating and our consumer lifestyles. But then again, I am mostly just a foodie nerd at heart 😉 – Brittany T.

The Magic Kingdom Series by Terry Brooks
The Lost Years of Merlin Series by TA Barron
The Lord of the Rings Series by JRR Tolkien
Sabriel Series by Garth Nix
The Inheritance Series by Christopher Paolini 
Ender’s Game Series by Orson Scott Card
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien 
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield – Brandon F.

The Alchemist– Paulo Coelho – Betsy K.

Mine is the Outlander series. It is a multifaceted series. History, romance, intrigue – Danielle W.

The Taggerung by Brian Jacques. I read it in 7th or 8th for that Accelerated Reader program. I was just reading a big book to get alot of points but I still can remember the story line. He is a great author who writes fiction novels with his characters being woodland creatures. It’s kind of strange but reads great. Its several different books tied together so the first one to start with would be Martin of Great Wall. But it was a great read.  My second favorite would be A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. Pretty much the same as all of his other books except a slightly sadder ending. Similar to The Notebook. The Valley of Horses, People of the Mammoth, The Plains of Passage by Jean M. Auel. They are all scripted as prehistoric stories. Kind of just after the Cave Men but just before real civilization. There are some “steamy” or “graphic” passages so if you aren’t into it I would suggest against it. Any book by Louis Lamour. We read one a week. Garrett has a collection close to 200 books. – Allison M.

The Dragon Riders of Pern. It is actually trilogy. I read it in middle school and read it every couple of years. I just finished it again in November. It is in the Sci-Fi Fantasy genera. Imagine riding a fire breathing dragon that you communicate with telepathically. Imagine instantly teleporting any place you want. Imagine being able to instantly teleport through time as well. Favorite book from my favorite author. – Donn M.

The Pendragon Cycle!!! – Rachael D.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg – Brooke T.

The Martian by Andy weir quickly became my new favorite! I also liked Why Science Does Not Disprove God by Amir D. Aczel (for a non fiction choice)! – Melanie K.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, the secret history by Donna Tartt, the three musketeers my Dumas. 

Sinclair – a graphic description of the meat packing industry in early 1900s

Tartt– I love this book because you know from the beginning that someone dies and it’s like watching a train wreck waiting to see why

Dumas –history, romance, sword fights, royal intrigue – Kim L.

To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic – Anica S.

To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus Finch’s character is worth studying and aspiring toward. I will look for other recommendations, it’s a great question! – Kathy Z.

Oh my so many – Clan of the cave bear series, Outlander, dean koontz False Memory, lots more. For kids growing up… A wrinkle in time series, Lion, witch, and the wardrobe series, Secret Garden, Black Beauty, Wind in the Willows. I can keep going 😁 – Amy F.

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is still a favorite of mine. I don’t read many books multiple times or cry each time I do, but that is one of them. It’s a beautifully intricate love story with some whim in there. She is both an artist and an author and that really comes out in her writing. Her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry is also exquisite. For the same exact reason. 
To Kill a Mockingbird obviously. – Taylor R.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens should be on everyone’s list for 2019. It’s great. PS — there are too many good books for me to have 1 favorite. – Kelly R.

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates. – Lisa U.

Harry Potter, must read every year. – Leah O.

Tao of Pooh. The tattoo I have on my wrist is of the tao. It’s a Chinese word meaning “way”, but it’s an ancient philosophy about life & keeping an open mindset to both others and change. The Tao of Pooh explains it through Pooh bear characteristics and stories. – Bella M.

Stiff by Mary Roach. It explores all the uses for cadavers in a fun and fascinating way and explores the emotions humans have about death and corpses. It made me think a bout what I want done with my body when I die so that it can be useful and environmentally friendly. – Julie K.

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. It’s about alternative realities, schrodinger’s cat, and other quantum physics stuff haha. It’s fascinating to think about and has just stuck with me. It’s fiction and just an all around good story. – Dalton H.

Thank you for each of your submissions! If you need a 2019 reading list, here you go – happy reading!

Until next time,

xoxo, H

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