Books that I read in 2019

Updated: Feb 7, 2020

It’s been another good year for reading. I guess that’s in part due to the fact that I don’t have a James to share my evenings with. Also because I spent a fair amount of time on Vancouver Island without any internet in my accommodation. In my opinion, internet is the enemy of books.


This year I've divided the books into broad categories:


Environment

It’s been a big year for climate change discussions, and I feel very strongly about the environment. While I am nowhere near perfect when it comes to minimising my environmental impact, I am trying and hope to continue to better myself.

  • The Ethical Carnivore – Louise Gray

  • This Is Not A Drill – Extinction Rebellion

  • No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference – Greta Thunberg

  • The Inner Life of Animals – Peter Wohlleben

Novel

Please recommend some good fantasy, romance or crime thriller novels to me!

  • Nod – Adrian Barnes

  • After You – Jojo Moyes

  • Still Me – Jojo Moyes

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman

  • The Testaments – Margaret Atwood

Memoir

This year I’ve been drawn to memoirs from bad-ass women! The only male author in this list is Chris Noble, but he curated a compilation of short memoirs from the top female climbers in North America, so it probably still fits the bracket of memoirs from bad-ass women. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all and fully intend for next year to be filled with similar inspiration.

  • Twelve Babies on a Bike – Dot May Dunn

  • Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram – Dot May Dunn

  • Everything I Know About Love – Dolly Alderton

  • Women Who Dare – Chris Noble

  • Rough Magic – Lara Prior-Palmer

  • Girl Hearts Girl – Lucy Sutcliffe

  • Overshare – Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton

  • Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come – Jessica Pan

Miscellaneous

This book doesn’t quite fit into a category this year. Girl Up is by the same author as Everyday Sexism, which I read last year and loved! I guess technically this book is self-improvement meets sociology.

  • Girl Up – Laura Bates

Wolves

The focal species of my PhD.

  • The Sea Wolves – Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read

  • Following the Last Wild Wolves – Ian McAllister

  • The Call of the Wild – Jack London

  • Never Cry Wolf – Farley Mowat

Hands down my favourite book this year was Rough Magic by Lara Prior-Palmer, and for so many reasons. Firstly, it was delivered to my door in physical form as an early Christmas present from Mum. Secondly, it features horses and I have a seriously large horse-shaped hole in my life at the moment. Thirdly, it’s the story of a 1000 km horse race across the Mongolian plains told by a girl of a similar age to me. What about that would make me want to stop reading? I couldn’t put it down for about three days!

Reading my favourite book of the year in my favourite moose pants from my favourite person.

I’ve got a few books on the go at the moment, so maybe they’ll get added to this post as edits.


Edits

I didn’t think I’d add to this so soon, but Adam Kay tempted me at the Kindle store!

  • ‘Twas The Nightshift Before Christmas - Adam Kay


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