The books I read in 2019

...and my five favourites

Sam Radford

For the last few years, I’ve been tracking every book I read each year. It’s fun to look back and see what I’ve been reading!

This year—since I often get asked for it—I’m sharing the full list of books I’ve read.

But before that, I’m going to share my top five books of the year. To make it into this list they have to be books that have either significantly altered how I see the world or been books that I’ve not been able to shut up about with friends or family… Sorry, not sorry!

So, without further ado…

My top five books of 2019

  1. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

  2. The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

  3. The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

  4. Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

  5. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

Since it was so hard to get that list down to five, I’m going to allow myself two other notable mentions for books that could very easily have made it into the list above. These are:

  1. The Lost Message of Paul by Steve Chalke

  2. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

My full list of books I’ve read in 2019

  1. Falling Upward by Richard Rohr

  2. Becoming by Michelle Obama

  3. The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle

  4. Immortal Diamond by Richard Rohr

  5. The Shack by William P. Young

  6. The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr

  7. Deep Work by Cal Newport

  8. Breathing Under Water by Richard Rohr

  9. Love Worth Making by Stephen Snyder

  10. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman

  11. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

  12. The Reckoning by John Grisham

  13. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

  14. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante

  15. The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr

  16. Range by David Epstein

  17. Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

  18. Karomo by Karomo Brown

  19. Wolfpack by Abby Wamback

  20. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

  21. The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates

  22. Comedy Sex God by Pete Holmes

  23. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert

  24. Naturally Tan by Tan France

  25. Three Women by Lisa Taddeo

  26. Mindful Silence by Phileena Heuertz

  27. The Way of the Warrior by Erwin McManus

  28. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell

  29. The Nickel Boys by Colton Whitehead

  30. The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

  31. Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré

  32. Fair Play by Eve Rodsky

  33. The Lost Message of Paul by Steve Chalke

  34. Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout

  35. An Altar in the World by Barbara Taylor Brown

  36. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante

  37. Hollowed Out Lungs by Joel McKerrow and Zoe Boyle

What about you?

If you’ve had any favourite books you’ve read this year, I’d love to hear about them. They could well end up on my list for 2020. So let me know!

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