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Your Ultimate 2019 Reading List notebook, Lioness top (similar), L'Agence jeans

This will be the year I finally get into a good habit of reading. I tend to put it off in favor of magazines, blogs, articles, even the news (depressing)… and I miss a good book in my life. I feel like if we all scrolled through Instagram for 20 minutes less per day, we could finish a few more books a year. Whose with me? Anyone want to start a virtual book club?

Finding book reviews can be overwhelming so I asked all of YOU for your favorite recommendations. Bookmark this post so you can refer back to it! Below is the grand list.



Smart Women Finish Rich – David Bach

How to Get Shit Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything – Erin Falconer

You Are a Badass – Jen Sincero

The Happiness Advantage: Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance – Shawn Achor

Big Magic:  Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert

Principles – Ray Dalio


The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah (Tons of you recommended this!)

The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah

Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens (A Reese Witherspoon book club pick)

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

Little Fires Everywhere – Celeste Ng

Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy – Kevin Kwan (I loved the movie, so I should probably read ALL these..)

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

Luckiest Girl Alive – Jessica Knoll (Fans of Gone Girl book/movie will love this too!)

Paris For One – Jojo Moyes (Called a “good old fashioned, feel-good love story.” Yes please)

An American Marriage – Tayari Jones (On Oprah’s list)

The Lilac Girls – Martha Hall Kelly

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simison

The Nest – Cynthia Daprix Sweeney (Soon to be a major movie!)

The Alice Network – Kate Quinn (an NPR best book of the year)

A Place For Us – Fatima Farheen Mirza

On Beauty – Zadie Smith

White Teeth – Zadie Smith

Truly Madly Guilty – Liane Moriarty

All Your Perfects – Colleen Hoover (an instant NYTimes Bestseller)

The Dinner List – Rebecca Serle

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho (a classic – and I actually haven’t read it yet)

Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



The Girls – Emma Cline

The Woman in the Window – A.J. Finn

The Cuckoos Calling – Robert Galbraith (this is actually written by J.K. Rowling! It’s a murder mystery series penned under a fake name)

The Lying Game  – Ruth Ware

The Woman in Cabin 10 – Ruth Ware

The Couple Next Door – Shari Lapena

The Sympathizer – Viet Thanh Nguyen (Pulitzer Prize for fiction)

A Visit from the Goon Squad – Jennifer Egan

The Light We Lost – Jill Santopolo (Another Reese Witherspoon favorite)

Nonfiction & Biography

Becoming – Michelle Obama (I loved this book so much – her story is incredible. Whatever your politics, this is a MUST.)

Just Kids – Patti Smith and M Train – Patti Smith (Both follow the singer’s life)

Educated – Tara Westover (New York Times called it a 10 best of the year)

Note to Self – Connor Franta

The Library Book – Susan Orlean

The Rational Optimist – Matt Ridley

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery (this one looks really interesting)

I am I am I am: Seventeen Brushes with Death – Maggie O’Farrell

A House in The Sky – Amanda Lindhout & Sarah Corbett

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson

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