Books I Enjoyed in 2019 📚

Let’s talk about books! If you listen to the MTA Podcast you probably know that one of my other great loves, besides running, is reading books.

In 2019 I was able to read or listen to 268 books total.

-133 fiction

-135 non-fiction (16 running books)

-Highest volume month was January (31 total).

For those looking for some recommendations, here’s a list of the books (non-fiction and fiction) that I enjoyed the most in 2019.

Books I Enjoyed in 2019

Sixteen Running Books I Enjoyed:

  • Hanson’s Marathon Method by Luke Humphrey
  • Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
  • A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio
  • Run the Mile You’re In by Ryan Hall (podcast interview)
  • 26 Marathons by Meb Keflezighi (podcast interview)
  • To be a Runner by Martin Dugard (podcast interview)
  • The Long Run by Matt Long
  • You (Only Faster) by Greg McMillan
  • The Running Man by Orville Rogers
  • Run or Die by Kilian Jornet
  • Running- A Love Story by Jen A. Miller
  • 14 Minutes by Alberto Salazar
  • Running Outside Your Comfort Zone by Susan Lacke (podcast interview)
  • Running to the Edge by Matthew Futterman (podcast interview)
  • Rebound: Train Your Mind to Bounce Back Stronger From Sports Injuries by Cindy Kuzma and Carrie Jackson Cheadle
  • Kicksology by Brian Metzler (podcast interview)

28 Non-Fiction Books I Enjoyed

  • How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb
  • How to be Here by Rob Bell
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
  • Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Tribe by Sebastian Junger
  • Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein
  • Inheritance by Dani Shapiro
  • Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis
  • The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
  • American Wolf by Nate Blakeslee
  • Maid by Stephanie Land
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Half the Sky by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl Wu Dunn
  • Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics by Dan Harris
  • Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  • Cozy Minimalistic Home by Myquillyn Smith
  • Make Your Bed and Sea Stories by Admiral William H Mcraven
  • Running the Books by Avi Steinberg
  • The Vietnam War by Geoffrey C Ward
  • Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
  • Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
  • Strays by Britt Collins
  • Endurance by Scott Kelly
  • The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

13 Favorite Fiction Books I Enjoyed

  • Fools and Mortals by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo
  • Dark Matter & Recursion by Blake Crouch
  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Bonesetters Daughter by Amy Tan
  • The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
  • Revenger & Shadow Captain by Alastair Reynolds
  • The Revenant by Michael Punke
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

I’d love to hear what’s on your reading list! Leave a comment below.

5 Responses to Books I Enjoyed in 2019 📚

  1. Claire Fried January 9, 2020 at 5:59 pm #

    Yes! The Count of Monte Cristo! So many hours of listening for the money. I recommend any of Anthony Trollope’s books read by Timothy West. I download them from Audible. Nice and long and kind of soapy. Wonderful voice characterizations by Mr. West. Thank you for your recommendations. Claire

    • Angie Spencer January 22, 2020 at 12:01 am #

      Hey Claire, It’s so true that a good narrator can make a book so much better! I’ll check out the ones by Anthony Trollope.

  2. Joellen Shendy January 20, 2020 at 11:28 am #

    My favorite audiobooks of the year were:

    Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou
    The Rise of the Ultra Runners by Adharanand Finn
    Trailblazer: The Power of Business as the Greatest Platform for Change by Marc Benioff
    The Years that Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks us by Paul Tough
    Training for Ultra: Ultra Running Stories from the Middle of the Pack by Rob Steger

    Also loved the Goggins book and the Kicksology 🙂

    • Angie Spencer January 22, 2020 at 12:02 am #

      Hey Joellen, Those sound like some great reads! I thought you’d enjoy the Kicksology one since I remember you trying out lots of shoes and keeping detailed notes on them 🙂

  3. Scott Howell January 24, 2020 at 9:07 am #

    My favorites from 2019 were:

    Running is my Therapy – Scott Douglas
    Eat and Run – Scott Jurek
    Can’t Hurt Me – D. Goggin’s
    A House in the Sky – Amanda Lindhout
    Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela
    Talking to Strangers – Malcolm Gladwell
    The Revenant – Michael Punke
    The Water Dancer – Ta-Nehisi Coates

    I really enjoyed Meb’s book too.

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