How I Read Two Books a Week in 2019

By Nate Johnson

This year. I read one hundred and four books. That’s two books a week. It wasn’t a goal I set out for. It was a culmination of habits and fun. Here are some lessons I took away.

Reading is a habit for me- I grew up going to the library. I read every “Nate the Great” book I could get my hands on. I remember my mom reading the Harry Potter series to me. I grew up in a house full of books. Reading is practically in my blood.

This wasn’t a goal and that made reading more enjoyable- In 2015, I made a goal of reading one hundred books. I accomplished the goal, but it became a chore. Reading wasn’t fun. This year, I didn’t think the goal was possible until November came. That made reading less pressured from myself.

I prioritized reading. I brought books to work to read during lunch. When I waited for an oil change, I read. I started each day by reading at least one chapter. Fifteen minutes here, twenty minutes there added up.

All that to say, I love reading. It is possible to read many books when you prioritize time and make reading a habit. Below is the list of the books I read in 2019.

2019 Reading List

Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado

Ashoka by E.K. Johnston

Leia Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray

Smuggler’s Run by Greg Rucka

The Weapon of  Jedi by Jason Fry

Ezra’s Duel with Danger by Michael Kogge

Defining Decade by Meg Jay

Where there’s Hope by Elizabeth Smart

It’s All Relative by A.J. Jacobs

Moving Target by Jason Fry

Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka

Choose Yourself by James Altucher

Fierce By Aly Raisman

Blog like a Boss by Amy Schmittauer

Reforesting Faith by Matthew Sleeth

Aftermath by Chuck Wendig

Crushing it by Gary Vaynerchuk

Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

Aftermath Life Debt by Chuck Wendig  

Aftermath Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig

A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson

The Light within me by Ainsley Earhardt

Bloodline by Claudia Gray

Return of the King by Brian Windhorst

Unthink by Erik Wahl

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston

We Chose You by Tony Dungy

The Little Things by Andy Andrews

Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

Minutes Matter by K.R. Mele

Phasma by Delilah Dawson

Awakenings the Early Days by Ryan Phillips

Socks for Christmas by Andy Andrews

Turtles  all the way down by Hank Green  

Welcome to Adulting by Jonathan Pokluda

From a Certain Point of View by Del Ray

Hearing God by Nathan Finochio

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn  

Addicted to Outrage by Glenn Beck

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins

Thrawn Treason by Timothy Zahn

Carson Chooses Forgiveness by Tony Dungy

Catalyst by James Luceno

The Dichotomy of Leadership By Jocko Willink

Lords of the Sith by Paul Kemp

May it be so by Justin McRoberts

Tarkin by James Luceno

Written out of History by Mike Lee  

Something Needs to Change by David Platt

A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller

When Nobody was Watching by Carli Lloyd

Liars by Glenn Beck

Groom’s Instruction Manual by Shandon Fowler

Life in Motion by Misty Copeland

Edge of the Galaxy by Jason Fry

Rebel in the Ranks by Jason Fry

Jesus in me by Anne Graham Lotz

You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

Raising Successful Teens by Jeffrey Dean

Be the Bridge by Latasha Morrison

Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco

Imperial Justice by Jason Fry

The Secret Academy by Jason Fry

Ballerina Body by Misty Copeland

Strong is the New Beautiful by Lindsey Vonn

Rules of the Game by Saladin Ahmed

The Wine in Dreams by Mira Grant

Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing by Rae Carson

The Ride by John Jackson Miller

Double Blessing by Mark Batterson

Spark of the Resistance by Justine Ireland

The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger

Pretty Intense by Danica Patrick

The Universe has your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Free to Believe by Luke Goodrich

Traveler’s Summit by Andy Andrews

Lando’s Luck by Justina Ireland

The Mamba Mentality by Kobe Bryant

The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple

Who Built That by Michelle Malkin

I can’t make this up by Kevin Hart

Pirate’s Price by Lou Anders

Resistance Reborn by Rebecca Roanhorse

Battlefront 2- Inferno Squad by Christie Golden

Cobalt Squadron by Elizabeth Wein

Battlefront Twilight Company by Alexander Freed

I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Han and Chewie Adventure by Cavan Scott

Luke and Leia Adventure by Cavan Scott

Obi-Wan and Anakin Adventure by Cavan Scott

Finn and Poe Adventure by Cavan Scott

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Robert May

Merry Christmas Mom and Dad by Mercer Mayer

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder

The Executive’s Guide to 21st Century Corporate Citizenship by Dave Stangis

Grit by Angela Duckworth

Black Spire by Delilah Dawson

To Love and Let Go by Rachel Brathen  

The Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway

Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

Stay Positive by Daniel Decker

Super Attractor by Gabrielle Bernstein 

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