Favourite Books of 2019

I set a goal to read 50 books this year and I’ve read more than 75! I’ve loved reading a variety of books fiction and non-fiction from so many different genres.

I wanted to share with you my favourites from the year. I’ve kept a note of all the books I’ve read this year and these are the ones which I recommend without reservation. I hope you enjoy. If you’ve got any book recommendations for me, I’d love to hear from you in the comments!


The Girls from Corona del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

A story of friendship through time and the dramas of life as we grow up. The book takes a stark look at the way in which we view ourselves and others.


180 Seconds by Jessica Parks

A beautiful story of love and loss. Allison was in the foster system all through childhood. Finally adopted, growing up, losing her best friend, gaining her first love, and breaking down her walls all wrapped up in the good and the bad of social media.


Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker

A fascinating, science-based look into sleep. Really eye opening; a must read for everyone but particularly those who don’t realise the value of sleep (I was definitely one of those!)


The Gender Games: The Problem with Men and Women, From Someone Who Has Been Both by Juno Dawson

Phenomenal book about gender. What gender is, gender as a construct, the implications of labels and what the future may hold. Told through the autobiography of Juno Dawson, a transwoman. A must read for absolutely everyone.


Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

A truly enjoyable read; so so so well written. A story which is so much more than just apocalyptic. A story about love, connection and what it means to be alive. A difficult book to put down.


Roar: A Story for Every Woman by Cecelia Ahern

A collection of short stories about women. Focusing on issues of gender, sexuality and human rights. The stories are heart-breaking, thought-provoking, uplifting and everything in between.


Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

A story about friendship, sexuality, relationships, sex, love, mental health, physical health and everything in between. Sally has a way of delving into the most interesting aspects of life and depicting them beautifully and emotively on the page.


The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert

A magnificent book. The story of the life of a strong, intelligent woman set in the 1800s. Fascinating and beautiful, this book reaches deep inside you as it delved into the internal conflicts of being human.


Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig

A beautifully written book about the experience of living with depression and anxiety. A really great read for anyone who has experienced mental ill health or who knows someone who is. For a topic that can feel quite dark and heavy, Matt makes it accessible and injects the book with humour.


Poke the Box: When Was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time? By Seth Godin

A manifesto to get people to start things. If you’re self-employed, or feeling stuck, or just need a bit of a kick up the arse to get started on a project or an idea – read this book. Super motivational.


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2 thoughts on “Favourite Books of 2019

    1. thenutritionyogi 06/01/2020 — 10:55

      Glad you liked the recommendations.

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