My Year in Books ~ 2019

2019 Year in Books

2019 was the first year I actually recorded every book I read. I wish I had done this all along! Since I recorded everything, I can easily share my favorites with you as well as ALL 50 of the books I read! You’ll notice I like to read a lot of middle grade fiction, partly to preview books for my kids and partly because I enjoy it!

I added all of the books I read in 2019 to an Amazon Shop here so you could browse easily.Books I Read in 2019 Amazon

I am a distracted reader so if a book isn’t going to get at least 3 stars from me I normally stop reading it. This is why you’ll notice a majority of my ratings are 4 and 5 stars. I simply stop if it isn’t good. I don’t have time for books that bore me. A few of the 3 star books were difficult for me to get through, but if I make it halfway I will push through!

My Favorites

It was hard to narrow my favorites down but I wanted to highlight my five favorite books. Honestly most of my 5 star books could be in the top 5, but I did my best to choose five!

My Top 5 Books of 2019

  1. Running For My Life
  2. Before We Were Yours
  3. A Long Walk to Water
  4. The Night Diary
  5. Calling Me Home

My Other 5 Star Books

  1. Finding Gobi
  2. Bud Not Buddy
  3. Beyond the Bright Sea
  4. The Length of a String
  5. Esperanza Rising
  6. I Love You Michael Collins
  7. Race the Night
  8. Chains
  9. Stella By Starlight
  10. The Lions of Little Rock
  11. The Mighty Miss Malone
  12. Sylvia & Aki
  13. Unbroken
  14. Sugar

Books I Read Aloud With My Kids

Most of these are books I read to my daughter, who is 10 and in 5th grade – see her reading list here. She is an avid reader and reads tons on her own and we always have a book that we read together. I let her choose and we often have different opinions at the end of the book. She loves fantasy and I prefer realistic fiction, which is probably why!

I have a book I read aloud to both of my younger kids {5th and 8th grade currently} and it takes us longer to get through these since getting them together is difficult due to my son’s gymnastics schedule.

Books I Read Aloud To My Kids 2019

  1. A Long Walk to Water {read to both kids}
  2. Endling
  3. The Wild Robot Escapes
  4. Harry Potter #1
  5. Granted
  6. Wonderland
  7. Sing Down the Moon
  8. Still Reading – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind {reading to both kids}
  9. Still Reading – Harry Potter # 2

ALL of the Books I Read in 2019

You can browse my ratings for each book I read in 2019 on goodreads here. You will see 3, 4, and 5 star ratings because I stop reading if it won’t get at least a 3!

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Looking Ahead

You can follow along with my 2020 reading challenge here. I like to load up book ideas in goodreads so I always know what to read next. I use Libby to read books for free through my library and also check books out from the library. I prefer reading on my Kindle so if it’s on Libby I will choose to read the digital copy! See what is on my reading list here and see what I am currently reading here!



How To Make Your Own Visual Reading List

How to make your own visual reading list for your kids

We have been making visual reading lists for a few years now and they really help my kids. I spend the summer choosing books for each child and then compile the book covers on a page so they can choose throughout the year. Last summer I shared a video about these visual booklists, and why we love them! You can watch that here!

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In that video I offered to make a tutorial video and many of you asked me to do that! I finally got it done and hope many of you will be able to make your own visual book lists now!

Here is the video tutorial and below I will share basic written steps.

  1. Download the book cover image to your computer
  2. Add the image to a document in PowerPoint
  3. Resize the image by dragging the corners and moving the image around
  4. Align the book covers by using the align feature {align middle and distribute horizontally}

We print 2 copies of our book lists, one for the front of their grade level notebook, and one for the rating stickers. After a book is finished a colored dot sticker is placed on the book image with a 1-10 rating.

Our Book Lists

Downloads…

Here is a blank reading record for your child to write the title, author and rate the book 1-10 based on his/her opinion.

Here’s another reading log we have used. It is very similar to the one we are using now.

See our Book Lists Pinterest board here!

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    Easter Book Editable Library Checklist

    Print out our book checklist and get to the library to grab some Christ-Centered Easter books for your kids! Want to add more books to your list? Just edit the PDF and print it out after you add in the other books you want to grab!  Want to purchase some of these great Christ-Centered Easter books? See them all here on Amazon

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    Do you have a favorite Easter book for kids? Share in the comments please!

    Download your free EASTER  BOOK CHECKLIST here!

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    Spring is a fun theme to explore for Tot School, Preschool, Kindergarten and beyond! I still get out our spring theme books for my daughter who is in 4th grade!

    Looking for more spring theme fun for your classroom or homeschool? Give these posts a look:

    Soon I will be sharing lists for other fun spring themes – birds, rainbows, bugs, flowers, and more! If you are looking for ideas for those themes see the links below!

    Do you have a favorite spring book for kids? Share in the comments please!

    Download your free SPRING BOOK CHECKLIST here!

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    3rd Grade Reading List ~ Update

    As we close up our homeschool year I wanted to share the books my daughter, who just finished 3rd grade, ended up reading this year!  At the beginning of the year I shared this list with you, which was the list I created to launch from. In that post you can download her exact reading guide, shown in the photo below.

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    This girl loves to read. I can’t keep up with her. She chose to read MANY of the books on the list and MANY that weren’t on the list! Below you can see her final ratings of each book from the list! I have her put a dot sticker with her 1-10 rating when she finishes a book. We also kept a written list for books not pictured.

    Click each image to enlarge.

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    Books from a series are not all listed, these are the names in case I didn’t write it out above!

    • Wings of Fire
    • Sophie Mouse
    • Shelter Pet Squad
    • The Menagerie
    • Pet Rescue Club
    • Dog Diaries
    • Ranger in Time
    • Ragweed, Poppy, Poppy & Rye, Ereth’s Birthday, Poppy’s Return, Poppy & Ereth
    • Toys Go Out, Toys Come Home, Toy Dance Party
    • The Mouse & The Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, Ralph S. Mouse
    • Leila & Nugget Mystery
    • Dragon Keepers
    • Zoey & Sassafras

    Below you can see the books on Amazon {jump to blog if reading in email}