I Read 160 Books In A Year: Here Is What I Recommend

This year I broke a personal record: I read 160 books in one year.  I use all sorts of tips and tricks to get through so many books, and you can read my book hacks here. Here is a list of all the books I found myself reading this year. If you are looking to read more in the new year, I can tell you which books to avoid and which ones deserve your time.

I Read 160 Books This Year : Here Is What I Recommend

I’ve separated all of my books in 5 categories:


Self Improvement

Memoirs/ Autobiographies


Other Non-fiction

In each section, I have ranked them from best to worst. I have also put a * next to books I highly recommend.


Fiction Books That Will Take You To Another World


Harry Potter(series)– J.K. Rowling*

Little Fires Everywhere– Celeste Ng*

Turtles All The Way Down– John Green*

Wonder– R.J. Palacio*

Auggie & Me– R.J. Palacio*

Cormoren Strike(series)- Robert Galbraith*

The Hate U Give– Angie Thomas*

The Help– Kathryn Stockett*

The Fault In Our Stars– John Green*

The Curious Incident of The Dog In the Night Time– Mark Haddon*

Peter Pan– J.M. Barrie*

The Great Gatsby– F. Scott Fitzgerald*

Animal Farm– George Orwell*

The Hunger Games(series)– Suzanne Collins

The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe– C.S. Lewis*

The Lightening Thief(series)- Rick Riordan

The Magician’s Nephew– C.S. Lewis

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower– Stephen Chbosky

A Man Called Ove– Fredrik Backman*

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before(series)– Jenny Han

The Color Purple– Alice Walker

Series of Unfortunate Events(series)- Lemony Snicket

Safe Haven– Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook– Nicholas Sparks

The Princess Bride- William Goldman

Prince Caspian– C.S. Lewis

Anne of Green Gables– L.M. Montgomery

Matilda– Roald Dahl

The Penderwicks- Jeanne Birdsall

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland– Lewis Carroll

Twilight Series– Stephanie Meyer

It’s Kind of a Funny Story– Ned Vizzini

Holding Up The Universe– Jennifer Niven

A Wrinkle In Time– Madeleine L’Engle

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children– Ransom Riggs

The Horse and His Boy– C.S. Lewis

Charlotte’s Web– E.B. White

The Alchemist– Paulo Coelho

A Study In Scarlet– Arthur Doyle

The Sign Of Four– Arthur Doyle

Water For Elephants- Sara Gruen

Dumplin’- Julie Murphy

Self Help Books That Will Actually Help

Self Improvement

You Are A Badass– Jen Sincero*

The Happiness Project– Gretchen Rubin*

Unfu*ck Yourself*

Girl, Wash Your Face– Rachel Hollis*

Tiny Beautiful Things– Cheryl Strayed*

Big Magic– Elizabeth Gilbert*

Present Over Perfect– Shauna Niequist*

The Power of Habit– Charles Duhigg*

The Gifts of Imperfection– Brene Brown*

The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying Up– Marie Kondo*

The 5 Love Languages– Gary Chapman*

How to Stop Feeling like Sh*t– Andrea Owen*

Rising Strong– Brene Brown

Daring Greatly- Brene Brown

How To Win Friends and Influence People- Dale Carnegie

Happier At Home- Gretchen Rubin

Boundaries- Henry Cloud

Judgment Detox- Gabrielle Bernstein

Better Than Before- Gretchen Rubin

You Are A Badass At Making Money- Jen Sincero

Only Love Today- Rachel Stafford

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck-Mark Manson

Smarter Faster Better- Charles Duhigg

Designing Your Life- Bill Burnett

How To Be A Friend To A Friend Who’s Sick- Letty Cottin

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff- Richard Carlson

10% Happier- Dan Harris

The Little Book of Hygge- Meik Wiking

Treating People Well- Lea Berman

Who Moved My Cheese?- Dr. Spencer Johnson

Memoirs That Will Change Your Perspective


Educated- Tara Westover*

A Long Way Home– Saroo Brierley*

Tuesdays With Morrie– Mitch Albom*

It’s Not Yet Dark– Simon Fitzmaurice*

Shockaholic– Carrie Fisher*

The Princess Diarist- Carrie Fisher

Wishful Drinking- Carrie Fisher

When Breath Becomes Air– Paul Kalanithi*

The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo- Amy Schumer

The Glass Castle– Jeannette Walls*

Wild- Cheryl Strayed

Why Not Me?- Mindy Kaling

Believe Me- Yolanda Hadid

Everything Happens For A Reason- Kate Bowler

Troublemaker- Leah Remini

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told- Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally

As You Wish- Cary Elwes

Seriously… I’m Kidding- Ellen Degeneres

The Magnolia Story- Chip & Joanna Gaines

The Bright Hour– Nina Riggs*

Salt & Light– Michelle Young*

When They Call You A Terrorist- Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Talking As Fast As I Can- Lauren Graham

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?- Mindy Kaling

Hunger- Roxane Gay

What I Know For Sure- Oprah Winfrey

It’s Not Okay- Andi Dorfman

Yes Please-Amy Poehler

Whiskey In A Teacup- Reese Witherspoon

What I Know Now- Ellyn Spragins

Where Am I Now?- Mara Wilson

Christian Books To Add To Your Reading List


Mere Christianity– C.S. Lewis*

Love Does– Bob Goff*

When Bad Things Happen To Good People- Harold Kushner

Think Better, Live Better- Joel Olsteen

Have A Little Faith- Mitch Albom

Miracles For Friends- Karen Kingsbury

Non-fiction Books That You Will Love

Other Non-Fiction

The Body Keeps Score*

Seinfeldia– Jennifer Armstrong*

Asking For It– Kate Harding*

Food– Jim Gaffigan*

Thirst- Scott Harrison

The Library Book- Susan Orlean

#Donotdisurb- Jedidiah Bila

We Should All Be Feminists- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’ll Be There For You- Kelsey Miller

His Needs, Her Needs– Willard Harley

Bachelor Nation- Amy Kaufman*

Dad Is Fat– Jim Gaffigan

Adnan’s Story- Rabia Chaundry

Making Space- Thich Hanh

For Better:The Science of a Good Marriage- Tara Parker-Pope

Of Mouse and Men- Nicklaus Hopkins

It Takes One To Tango- Winifred Reilly

The All Or Nothing Marriage- Eli Finkel

The Five Love Languages Of Apology- Gary Chapman

Mandela’s Way- Richard Stengel

Triggers- Marshall Goldsmith

Chicken Soup For The Women’s Soul


I am gearing up for another great year of reading. Let me know what you recommend for my 2019 reading challenge!

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    1. Thank you! It has been fun to read so many beautiful memoirs and magical stories. 🙂

    1. I’m writing a post about it. It’ll be up on Friday but I did read Cold Mountain this year and it is my all time favorite book now. I can’t wait to read Charles Frazier’s other books.

    2. Awesome! Can’t wait to read it:) I’m gonna add Cold Mountain to my list

  1. Wow. All in one year? That’s amazing!
    I wish I could do the same. 😄
    But anyway, check out my latest read, review on my blog. It was an amazing book I got on hold of.
    Thank you for sharing this with us. 😌

    1. Love your suggestions! I’m gonna add The Four Agreements to my list. I have heard really good things about it!

  2. Thanks for this amazing list!
    You are an intrepid reader and I applaud your courage to venture into such an array of subjects!
    Keep reading! Keep sharing!
    And Happy New Year! ❤️

  3. Congrats to you for reading 160 books. Leisurely reading is actually one of my goals. Since becoming a student, I don’t read as much. I’ve already purchased a book and started reading. At my current place in life, I love anything Christian/self improvement.

  4. What a great list! I’m getting ready to read Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World (nonfiction) with my students this January. You should definitely add it to your 2019 list if you haven’t read it yet.

  5. I am so impressed by 160 books! My 2017 resolution was to read 1 book per month and I felt really good about myself that I read 20 by the end of the year. Then I had a baby in February 2018, and I’ve probably read 2 books this whole year…unless you count kids books. I was thinking of making another goal for 2019, so maybe I’ll start with some from this list!

  6. wow! I need to catch up and add what I haven’t read from your list. This is a solid reading list.

  7. I LOVE to read. Thus, I’m always looking for my next “fix.” I was glad to see some on your list that I’ve already read (like the HP series). I’m bookmarking this post and will be set for 2019!

    1. That’s great! Let me know which ones you end up reading:) I will read Harry Potter again this year, no doubt;)

    1. WOW! That is incredible! What was your favorite book from last year?

  8. Choosing just one favorite book from over 300 is impossible, but I’d narrow it down to Ten Days in a Mad House by Nelly Bly and the Paper Magician series by Charlie N. Holmberg.

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