Books I Read In 2019

If you know anything about the NYC subway system, you know that there aren’t any lines that travel straight from Point A: Prospect Park to Point B: Williamsburg. So, if you’re like me, trying to get from point A to point B, you know you’ll have to go into Manhattan to go back into Brooklyn (and vise versa), or, if the L is slow, just take two long subway rides throughout Brooklyn. 

What I’m trying to say is: subway rides can be long and in 2019, I spent a lot of time reading on these commutes. My work commute gave me the opportunity to read a lot of books, which I was thankful for. Then, slowly but surely, work got busy and I had less time for reading, writing, sleeping – hell, less time for myself. I didn’t know how to balance work and play. I missed reading to the point where I noticed my mental health was messy because I was reading less and writing less and not spending enough time just being present with something that meant something to me. Now, months later, I’m at a new job, and although my work commute is shorter, I’m still finding time to read. 

Out of all of the books I read in 2019, there was one that stood out to me the most, as a writer. Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. 

I finally read Call Me By Your Name for the first time (after watching the movie nearly 5 times [any more and my heart would hurt too much and any less wouldn’t be enough]) and let me just say… this is truly one of the best pieces of writing I’ve ever read. It was raw, unnerving, poetic, beautiful, and evidently so, so painful (if you know what it’s like to let go of someone you loved, then, well, you get it). There were so many times I had to put the book down and just take a deep breath because I thought *holy shit this is amazing writing.* Anyway, if you’ve considered reading this, just do it already. It’ll move you the way it was intended. It’ll make you feel heavy and thinking about the people you once loved. It’ll make you think about forgiveness or if that can even be possible with some people. It’ll make you wonder about time and if it really heals a hurting heart, and “if not later, when?”


So, what about the other books I read in 2019? Here’s a list: 

Normal People | Sally Rooney

The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides

The Lying Game | Ruth Ware

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology | Leah Remini

Behind Closed Doors | B.A. Paris

The Good Girl | Mary Kubica

Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid 

The Perfect Mother | Aimee Molloy

My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing

Final Girls | Riley Sager

This Is How We Lost Each Other | Karese Burrows 

No Exit | Taylor Adams

The Lost Vintage | Ann Mah


Today is December 31, 2019. Happy New Year’s Eve! I’m ready for 2020 to bring me more abundance, including more books and more time to read. For now, I’ll leave you this quote from CMBYN“He came. He left. Nothing else had changed. I had not changed. The world hadn’t changed. Yet nothing would be the same. All that remains is dream making and strange remembrance.” 

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