2019 Wrap Up

I started incorporating monthly wrap-ups on my blog in 2018, with each month including what I’ve read and the events (bookish or otherwise) that have occurred over the course of the month. At the end of the year, I condense the post into one giant yearly wrap up- and here’s the wrap for 2019!

2019: A Summary

January

  1. Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson
  2. The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
  3. The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer
  4. The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. The Cassandra by Sharma Shields
  6. The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
  7. The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One by Amanda Lovelace
  8. Daisy Jones and The Six by Taylor Jenkins-Reid
  9. Useless Magic by Florence Welch
  10. Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
  11. The Perfect Couple by Erin Hilderbrand

Events to Note: Three Year Blogiversary!

February

  1. Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
  2. The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton
  3. The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Dictionary by Nancy Wagaman
  4. The Lost Prince: A Search for Pat Conroy by Michael Mewshaw
  5. Every Breath by Nicholas Sparks
  6. The Woman in the Window by AJ Finn
  7. Shoot the Moon by Billie Letts
  8. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer
  9. LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  10. The River by Peter Heller

Events to Note: Expanded blog to add more local literacy information- what is now the Literary Resources page. Also got a new blog logo. Additionally, met Delia Owens

March

  1. The Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard
  2. Moon Magic by Diane Ahlquist
  3. The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. Southernmost by Silas House
  5. Lies That Bind by Daniel Fox
  6. Cockpit Chronicles by KW Peery
  7. Peach by Wayne Barton
  8. The Humans by Matt Haig
  9. Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
  10. Sugar Run by Mesha Maren
  11. Joey by Jennifer Marshall Bleakley

Events to Note: Met Silas House! Reorganized blog links and pages. Met goal of 500 followers!

April

  1. The No Asshole Rule by Robert Sutton
  2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  3. The Invited by Jennifer McMahon
  4. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  5. When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
  6. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
  7. Good Boss, Bad Boss by Robert Sutton
  8. War Dogs by Laurie Frankel
  9. The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner
  10. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wall
  11. Out East by John Glynn
  12. One Hour Investor by Vishal Reddy

Events to Note: Reorganized blog links and pages (continued.) Started my Book Store Tour!

May

  1. Between You and These Bones by FD Soul
  2. Growing Influence by Ron Price and Stacy Ennis
  3. Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis
  4. Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman by Lindy West
  5. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
  6. A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum
  7. The Affairs of the Falcóns by Melissa Rivero
  8. The Girl Who Smiled Beads by Clemantine Wamariya
  9. Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman
  10. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver
  11. Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Events to Note: Met EL James! Reorganized blog links and pages (a series!)

June

  1. The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman
  2. The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  3. Miracle Creek by Angie Kim
  4. Live by Night by Denis Lehane
  5. The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver*
  6. Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben*
  7. Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier*
  8. Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew
  9. Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  10. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly
  11. The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

Events to Note: Reorganized blog links and pages (are you sensing a trend yet?) Did a book store tour stop in Cincinnati, and met some really amazing volunteers at the Cincinnati Friends Used Book Store at the Warehouse.

July

  1. It’s Always the Husband by Michelle Campbell
  2. Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
  3. The Broken Girls by Simone St. James
  4. The Unlikely Adventures of The Shergill Sisters by Balli Kaur Jaswal
  5. Everything Below the Waist by Jennifer Block
  6. Someone Who Will Love You In All Your Damaged Glory by Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  7. Dear Scott, Dearest Zelda by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Events to Note: Reformatting and cleaning up blog archives. Incorporated book recommendation lists.

August

  1. The Curious Dreamer’s Dream Essentials by Nancy Wagaman
  2. The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
  3. To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
  4. Marketing Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know by Vibrant Publishers
  5. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty
  6. The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  8. Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell & Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley
  9. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  11. Emma by Jane Austen
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Events to Note: Classic Literature Week (Sort of. It really happened the first week of September, but it was scheduled for August, and I did my best!) Partnered with Aluratek for a giveaway and product review. Did my first podcast interview with The Perks of Being a Book Lover! Had first local bookstagrammers meet-up/initial meeting!

September

  1. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
  2. The Whisper Man by Alex North
  3. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott
  4. Toil and Trouble: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs
  5. The Girl in the Letter by Emily Gunnis
  6. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  7. Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

Events to Note: Birthday Month! Also, upgraded to a Premium account and mixed up the color scheme of the blog. Started monetizing the blog (at no cost to the readers!) Added a Features and Collaborations page. Hit 600 followers!

October

  1. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  2. Whisper Network by Chandler Baker
  3. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  4. Chakras: Utilizing the Chakras… by Tori Hartman
  5. Janis: Her Life and Music by Holly George-Warren
  6. Beneath London’s Fog by Iona Caldwell
  7. Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
  8. Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
  9. Project Management Essentials… by Vibrant Publishers

Events to Note: Tried to go self hosted on WordPress.org. Held first local bookstagrammers event! Met Jojo Moyes! 

November

  1. The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West
  2. Palm Reading for Beginners by Richard Webster
  3. The City Where We Once Lived by Eric Barnes
  4. The Killer Across the Table by John Douglas
  5. The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
  6. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  7. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff & Georgia Hardstark

Events to Note: Initiated Author Spotlights. Added an affiliate shop. Got to discuss literacy (and a slew of other things) with the ladies of Talk Crooked Podcast!

December

  1. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  2. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  3. The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
  4. Essential Guide to Crystals by Simon & Sue Lilly
  5. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  6. Malnourished by Cinthia Ritchie
  7. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers
  8. Light Changes Everything by Nancy Turner

Events to Note: Happy Holidays!

 

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