My Reading List for 2019

1226 to read pile
Click here to see the 204 books I read in 2019. Every year I list my challenge goal on Goodreads.com as 111 books because I’m too lazy to determine a more meaningful goal. I usually make it. In 2019 I almost doubled it.

Not all were books. Some short stories (as short as a single page) which I read in order to vote intelligently for the 2019 Hugo Awards. Well, I read what I voted on. I also read at least two works not listed, one of them over 300 pages long. The shorter was “‘No Pagan ever loved his god’: Tolkien, Thompson, and the beautification of the Gods,” by Megan Fontenot, available here. The longer was the unpublisher (yet) The Girl in the Wall by Dr. Helen Foster, which she honored me by requesting to beta read. A great, based-on-real-events story about World War Two spies and … if I tell you more I’ll spoil it. Hopefully, you’ll have the opportunity to read it someday.

This year’s list was swelled by my straight-through reading of Ellis Peter‘s twenty Chronicles of Brother Cadfael. I read history, biography, science fiction and fantasy. I found several good works analyzing the work of J.R.R. Tolkien, each reviewed separately.

I am grateful to live at a time and place where I can read pretty much whatever I want. It wasn’t always so; it may not always be so.

1 thought on “My Reading List for 2019

  1. Let’s hope people will always have the freedom to read what they wish. Over my lifetime, I’ve delved into a variety of genres, starting with my parent’s big bookcases before starting school where I read assigned books, and discovered books on my own. Moving on to college and grad school, more books. And books for the years beyond.

    Yes, we are very fortunate. Very. Thanks for this post. Great way to end the year and the decade!

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