2019 Book List

Below is the books read during 2019. It is organized by genre and within that it is ranked by my favorite of the genre to least favorite.

Sports Books

Seabiscuit: An American Legend

I have written a full review of this here. Although nearly 20 years since it was written, it is still one of the best sports reads.

The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance by David Epstein

Read the full review here. Good for avid sports fans and science enthusiast. Quite technical with few exciting sports stories but a fascinating look of nature versus nurture in athletics.

The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created by Jane Leavy

Full review here. I did not like this book, it was erratically organized and focused too little on baseball.



Sons and Soldiers: The Untold Story of the Jews Who Escaped the Nazis and Returned with the U.S. Army to Fight Hitler by Bruce Henderson

The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century by Ian Mortimer

Saints: The Standard of Truth, 1815-1846 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

The Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt by Elizabeth Payne

In the Footsteps of Jesus: A Chronicle of His Life and the Origins of Christianity by Jean-Pierre Isbouts

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade


Educated by Tara Westover

Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape and the Making of Winston Churchill by Candice Miller

Stalin by Simon Sebag Montefiore

My Name Used to Be Muhammad: The True Story of a Muslim Who Became A Christian by Tito Momen

Frederick Douglass: A Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight


The Right Side of History: How Reason and Moral Purpose Made the West by Ben Shapiro

Debunking Utopia: Exposing the Myth of Nordic Socialism by Nima Sanandaji

White Guilt: How Blacks and Whites Together Destroyed the Promise of the Civil Rights Era by Shelby Steele

The New Geography of Jobs by Enrico Moretti

Trashing the Planet: How Science Can Help Us Deal with Acid Rain, Depletion of the Ozone and Nuclear Waste by Dixy Lee Ray


Faith of the Fatherless: The Psychology of Atheism by Paul C. Vitz

The Rise and the Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World by Stephen Brusatte

The Stars: A New Way to See Them by H.A. Rey


The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home by Susan Wise Bauer

Home Education by Charlotte Mason


Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Who Shall Be Able To Stand: Finding Personal Meaning In the Book of Revelations by S. Michael Wilcox

The Narnia Code: C.S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens by Michael Ward

The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis

Isaiah: Prophet, Seer, and Poet by Victor L. Ludlow

The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister

The Book of Revelations Made Easier by David J. Ridges

Twelve Ordinary Men by John F. MacArthur Jr.

Miracles by C.S. Lewis

The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church by Rod Bennett

Isaiah: In the Bible and the Book of Mormon by David J. Ridges

A Woman in Love: A Hope That Transforms by Katie Hartfiel


The Temperament God Gave Your Kids: Motivate, Discipline, and Love Your Children by Art and Laraine Bennett


The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell


Children’s Literature

The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin

The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Tania Zamorsky

Peter Pan by Sir. J.M. Barrie

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Beowulf: A New Telling by Robert Nye

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri d’Aulaire

Aesop’s Fables by Aesop

Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom by Janet Benge

Treasury of Egyptian Mythology by Donna Jo Napoli

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Rush Revere and the American Revolution by Rush Limbaugh

William Wilberforce: Take Up the Fight by Janet Benge

Rush Revere and the First Patriots by Rush Limbaugh

Davy Crockett: Ever Westward by Janet Benge

Viking Myths by Jacqueline Morley

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh

The Arabian Nights by Wafa’ Tarnowaska

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by Roald Dahl

Historical Fiction

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield

Circe by Madeline Miller

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton

The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict


A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy

Where Did You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple


Light of Eiden by Karen Hancock

The Shadow Within by Karen Hancock

Wizards First Rule by Terry Goodkind

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson

Return of the Guardian-King by Karen Hancock

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Stone of Tears by Terry Goodkind


A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Emma by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame by Victor Hugo

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen


The Land of Nod: And Other Poems for Children by Robert Louis Stevenson

*All italicized books marked had been read before.

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