My Must Read Books of 2019

So one of my goals for 2019 was to read at least one book a month. Now I realize that probably sounds ridiculous to any of you avid readers, but the truth is reading isn’t something I’ve had much time for over these past few years. This season of life is pretty busy with raising three little ones, so there isn’t a lot of extra time in my day for hobbies. But reading has always been something I enjoy, so I made it my goal to set aside time each week to sit down and read. And I have to say, it’s been awesome. It’s been so good for me and I’ve discovered some really great books in the process. So today I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorites of 2019 so far!

Now before I get into sharing my favorites books of the year, I have to give a little disclaimer here: I LOVE SELF-HELP BOOKS. I know that sounds cheesy as all heck, but it’s true. If I’m going to make time in my busy day to read, I want to read something that will improve the way I think, live, act, etc. I love learning more about my faith or finding news ways to look at life from a fresh perspective. That is my JAM, so those are the kind of books I usually read. Ok, enough rambling–let’s get into it!

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero: This was the first book I read in 2019 and it truly changed my perspective on SO many things. I think this book was the exact kick-in-the-pants I needed to start the new year and I’m still practicing many of the things I learned in this book. Sometimes the language is a bit rough, but overall this book is a must-read if you are someone that struggles with doubting yourself or any other ridiculous self-sabatoging beliefs. I LOVED it.

GIRL STOP APOLOGIZINGby Rachel Hollis: Oh my goodness, this book was awesome. I honestly liked it so much more than Girl, Wash Your Face and I found it to be so inspiring, particularly as a blogger/entrepreneur. This book has tons of really practice and useful tips for owning your life, chasing your dreams, and working hard for what you want without feeling guilty about it. Highly recommend!

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey: I don’t know what kind of rock I’ve been living under, but I just discovered this book last month. I know it’s super popular and many of you have probably read it, but I was slow to come around to this one. But I’m SO glad I did. I like to think of this as the guidebook for living your best life with tons of really practical strategies.

Draw the Circle–The 40 Day Prayer Challenge by Mark Batterson: My mom actually recommended this book to me and I LOVE it. It’s like a daily devotional, but more in-depth. Each chapter has inspiring stories and prayer prompts that encouraged me to pray more boldly and more passionately. It honestly changed the way I look at prayer and I definitely want to re-read this one again before the end of the year!

Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst: I have to be honest, this book sat on my shelf for a LONG time before I finally picked it up. I don’t know why exactly, but I just didn’t know if this book was for me. But oh boy, I was so wrong. This book made me realize just how much of a people pleaser I am and how I desperately need to put less value on what other people think of me. It reminded me that God is truly the only one that matters and I know HE has my story perfectly mapped out. I underlined and highlighted so many passages in this book. This one was such a comfort to my soul and I loved it.

Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley: This is the kind of book that I feel like every women needs to read. I found it SO inspiring because the author talks a lot about finding happiness and purpose during every season of life, but especially those in-between times that can often leave us feeling frustrated or overwhelmed. So much goodness in this book!

Well that’s it for my favorites of 2019 so far. I’d love to hear what books you’ve been loving lately! I have a running list of books I want to read, so let me know what I should read next!

Welcome!! I’m Sarah-- mama to three kiddos + wife to my high school sweetheart. I'm usually over-caffeinated, browsing Amazon + running on lots of grace. Grab a snack + get comfy!

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  1. 9.4.19
    Jo said:

    A book a month? Change to audio books. So addicting. You can listen in the car, just before bed (Very soothing), exercising, while your crafting or painting. I’m a crafter and I listen while I knit and crochet or paint. I fly through at least a book a week! My local library has audio books so no spending guilt. And I also LOVED the Badass Series. All of her books are great. I’m heading over to my library app to check out the ones you have listed. Funny I was under that same rock with the 7 Habits book. It is in my list of audio books. I’ll have to move it up the cue! Thanks for a great and cheerful blog. I always look forward to it.

    • 9.5.19
      Sarah said:

      Well maybe I should do that, Jo! You’ve convinced me I should give audio books a try. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. 9.4.19
    Andrea said:

    Hi Sarah!
    Like you, I underline and highlight sooo many passages that stand out for me, so I truly enjoy being able to read an actual book! There are a couple in your list that I’ve actually been wanting to read, so I’m going to try and use your recommendations to get busy reading! I currently just started Overcomer, which I’d like to finish before I go and see the movie.

    Thanks Sarah for a wonderful blog!

  3. 9.4.19
    Sharon said:

    Hi Sarah-
    You have several books on your list that I have started but have yet to finish. Now I really need to get myself in gear and get them finished. Lysa Terkuerst’s books are some of my favorite. I am currently reading her book, It’s not supposed to be this way. As you mentioned with these types of books there is a lot of highlighting, underlining and note taking while reading through each one.

    Thank you for your recommendations as well as the push to finish what I have started. 😊 I always look forward to your IG and blog posts.

    • 9.5.19
      Sarah said:

      Oh I need to read that book–I’ve heard great things about it! Thanks for stopping by Sharon. xo

  4. 9.6.19
    Cheryl Atkinson said:

    Thank you for the recommendations! I don’t know which one to start with. They all sound wonderful and definitely exactly what i need. Going through changes in my life at 55. I’m at a point in my life that I am not taking care of anyone but me and I am not use to this. I have dreams now and i craft. Trying this furniture painting side hustle ( I work full time) and I struggle with fear of failure. Will they like what i create? How can i do this when i don’t feel confident? So yea, your blog was perfect timing. Thank you!

  5. 9.6.19
    Brigette Raffels said:

    I also love reading motivation books so I’m over the moon with your selection. I just finished “Less is More by Domonique Bertolucci” . I really enjoyed it and it was a quick read.

    • 11.6.20
      Redewaan Josias said:

      Hi, glad you enjoyed it.

  6. 9.6.19
    Rosemary said:

    Thank you for your book list…