What I Read in 2019

Every year I keep track of what I’ve read. I personally have a goal to beat my previous year’s record of books read, though that didn’t happen last year.  This year I also had a goal to read more Young Adolescent (YA) books and more books by and about people of color, from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

I’ve very competitive with myself, so I like to look back and see how many books I’ve read over the last few years.

  • 2018: 55
  • 2017: 59
  • 2016: 69
  • 2015: 44

This year I read 89 books. It was quite a reading year for me! They break down as:

  • 48 fiction books
  • 29 nonfiction books
  • 12 YA books
  • Out of the above books, I read/listened to 13 of them as audiobooks

In the future, I want to keep better track of the gender and ethnicity of the authors, to continue to challenge myself to read more diversely.

Below is a list of what I read this year.  I put ** in front of some of my favorites. I blogged about these each month during my reading update posts.  The last four I read while on vacation at the end of December. (And when I first published this post, I forgot to add Onward, which I reread throughout this year for my monthly reflection).

  1. Killer Heat by Linda Fairstein
  2. The Path to Serendipity: Discover the Gifts Along Live’s Journey by Allyson Apsey
  3. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: An Oral History by Megan Mullaly and Nick Offerman [audiobook]
  4. Beautiful Lies by Lisa Unger
  5. The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss by Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt [audiobook]
  6. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education by Christopher Emdin
  7. Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  8. Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  9. Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond
  10. Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. by Brene Brown [audiobook]
  11. **The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
  12. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena
  13. The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris [audiobook]
  14. When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
  15. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus [audiobook]
  16. Past Tense by Lee Child
  17. A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena
  18. The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  19. From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein
  20. Bi-Normal by M.G. Higgins
  21. The Way He Lived by Emily Wing Smith
  22. Shoot First by Stuart Woods
  23. Fierce Conversations: Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time by Susan Scott –
  24. Fast & Loose by Stuart Woods
  25. Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods
  26. Learning Leadership: The Five Fundamentals of Becoming an Exemplary Leader by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
  27. **Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  28. **Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  29. The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  30. Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus [audiobook]
  31. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  32. Run Away by Harlan Coben
  33. **Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  34. It’s Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
  35. Quick and Dirty by Stuart Woods
  36. Naked Greed by Stuart Woods
  37. Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail by Michael Fullan
  38. In Pieces by Sally Field [audiobook]
  39. Time for Change: 4 Essential Skills for Transformational School and District Leaders by Anthony Muhammad and Luis F. Cruz
  40. P3H: Pilots, Passengers, Prisoners, & Hijackers: An Educator’s Guide to Handling Difficult People While Moving Forward by Trish Hatch, PhD
  41. Professional Learning Redefined: An Evidence-Based Guide by Isabel Sawyer and Marisa Ramirez Stukey
  42. Losing Quin: A journey of injustice and healing by Brian M. Murphy with contributions from Maria Galleher
  43. **The Banker’s Wife by Cristina Alger
  44. Nantucket Nights by Elin Hilderbrand
  45. The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
  46. Coach It Further: Using the Art of Coaching to Improve School Leadership by Peter M. DeWitt
  47. **The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  48. Unbound by Stuart Woods
  49. **A Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev
  50. Turbulence by Stuart Woods
  51. A Double Life by Flynn Berry
  52. Layover by Amy Adelson & Emily Meyer
  53. **The Madonnas of Leningrad by Debra Dean
  54. One Day in December by Josie Silver
  55. **Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  56. The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries by Zoe Weil
  57. Desperate Measures by Stuart Woods
  58. The Ethical Line: 10 Leadership Strategies for Effective Decision Making by Toni Faddis
  59. Tumble and Blue by Cassie Beasley [audiobook]
  60. **The Coach ADVenture: Building Powerful Instructional Leadership Skills that Impact Learning by Amy Illingworth [me!]
  61. Dear Adam: The Pen Pal Romance Series by Kelsie Stelting [audiobook]
  62. **The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah [half read/ half audiobook]
  63. The Sumer We Lost Her by Tish Cohen
  64. The Friends We Keep by Jane Green
  65. **Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  66. Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius by Katie Martin
  67. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
  68. Imagine Us Happy by Jennifer Yu [audiobook]
  69. A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods
  70. **Recursion by Blake Crouch
  71. I’ll Be There For You: The One about Friends by Kelsey Miller [audiobook]
  72. Big Girl: How I Gave up Dieting & Got a Life by Kelsey Miller
  73. **Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two by J.K.Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
  74. **After the Flood by Kassandra Montag
  75. The Gifted School by Bruce Holsinger
  76. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  77. Hope and Other Punch Lines by Julie Buxbaum
  78. Girls Like Us by Cristina Alger
  79. Burnout by Emily & Amelia Nagoski
  80. Sadie by Courtney Summers [audiobook]
  81. Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane
  82. Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
  83. Full Circle: From Hollywood to Real Life and Back Again by Andrea Barber [audiobook]
  84. Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
  85. The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
  86. Wild Card by Stuart Woods
  87. The Need by Helen Phillips
  88. Contraband by Stuart Woods
  89. **Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators by Elena Aguilar

About Amy's Reflections

Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Southern CA, taking time to reflect on leadership and learning
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