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My Recent Book List

Rebecca's book list of recent science fiction, fantasy, horror, and nonfiction reads. Here's what she reads in a year.

Rebecca's Book List of Recent Reads

2019 is almost over and I’m happy to share my book list from the year.

Not only did some epic debuts come out (Gideon the Ninth), there were short story collections (Exhalation and Out of Water) and a whole list of much anticipated books from established authors (Anyone, Wanderers, The Light Brigade, The Winter of the Witch).

Additionally, indie bookstores are back, movies based on books continued to pour into theaters, and, over here in my neck of the woods, my bookshelves are finally alphabetized the way I like them.

I’m going to post my reading list from 2019 below (minus a few I probably forgot). I read 44+ books; about a book a week which is a comfortable pace for me. I’ve never counted up the books I’ve read in a year before but I finally signed up for Goodreads, so next year should be more complete if I log correctly. I’ve also never set reading goals; it’s not a chore for me and I keep my TBR pile fun and manageable. Since having kids, I don’t force myself to finish books I dislike–there’s not enough time to spend on something that doesn’t excite me.

Let me know what ended up on our book list. If some of our tastes line up, you might find a few more you’d like. I’ll put an * by the ones Nicole and I reviewed on our YouTube channel

Science Fiction


Papergirls by Brian K Vaughn and Cliff Chiang*

Exhalation by Ted Chiang*

The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley*

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley

Imminent Dawn by RR Campbell

Fall, or Dodge in Hell by Neil Stephenson*


The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie*

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman*

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir*

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden

Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James*

Blood Calling by Joshua Grover-David Patterson

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Harry Potter 1-4 by JK Rowling and Jim Kay (I’M COLLECTING THE ILLUSTRATED VERSIONS NOW)

Speculative Fiction

After the Flood by Kassandra Montag

Green Valley by Louis Greenberg*

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig* (MY FAVORITE BOOK THIS YEAR!)


Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt (GAVE ME & NICOLE NIGHTMARES)

The Bone Weaver’s Orchard by Sarah Read

Out of Water by Sarah Read

Other Fiction

The Overdue Life of Amy Byler by Kelly Harms (I MET THE AUTHOR)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

The Mutual Admiration Society by Lesley Kagen

The Waco Variations by Rhonda Rizzo

The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Truly Madly Guilty Liane Moriarty


The kick-ass writer: 1001 ways to write great fiction, get published, and earn your audience by Chuck Wendig

The Craft & Business of Writing: essential tools for writing success from the editors of Writer’s Digest Books* (HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR WRITERS)

Essentialism: the disciplined pursuit of less by Greg McKeown

Rich20something: ditch your average job, start an epic business, and score the life you want by Daniel DiPiazza

Be a free range human: escape the 9 to 5, create a life you love and still pay the bills by Marianne Cantwell

Other Nonfiction

The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang (MY CITY’S BOOK CHOICE FOR 2020)

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations by Chad Lewis & Terry Fisk

Midwestern Strange: hunting monsters, Martians, and the weird in flyover country by BJ Hollars

A Settler’s Year: pioneer life through the seasons by Kathleen Ernst

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