For as long as I can remember I’ve been reading. But for the last four years, I’ve kept a record of all the books I’ve completed (and even some of the ones abandoned part-way through; life is too short to finish unfulfilling books). Here is a shortlist of my favourites from each year…


Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More DoneLaura Vanderkam
EducatedTara Westover
UnbrokenLaura Hillenbrand
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running Haruki Murakami
NorthScott Jurek
A Mother’s Reckoning Sue Klebold
French Children Eat EverythingKaren Le Billon
Lessons from Madame ChicJennifer L. Scott
Eat and RunScott Jurek
Finding UltraRich Roll
BecomingMichelle Obama
Picnic in ProvenceElizabeth Bard
The Glass CastleJeanette Walls
A Year of Biblical WomanhoodRachel Held Evans
I’ll Be Gone in the DarkMichelle McNamara
Home: A Memoir of My Early YearsJulie Andrews
What The World EatsPeter Menzel
Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours…Nick Littlehales
The Library BookSusan Orlean
Material WorldPeter Menzel
Pollyanna Eleanor Porter
In Praise of Wasting TimeAlan Lightman
Happier at HomeGretchen Rubin
No Happy EndingsNora McInerny
Outer Order, Inner Calm Gretchen Rubin
All-of-a-Kind FamilySydney Taylor
In 2018/2019 I “loved” 26/102 books. Special mention goes to Troublemaker by Leah Remini; Tolstoy and the Purple Chair by Nina Sankovitch; The Sound of Music Story by Tom Santopietro


The Pursuit of EnduranceJennifer Pharr Davis
Because of Winn-DixieKate DiCamillo
The Wizard of OzL. Frank Baum
My Year of Running DangerouslyTom Foreman
All-of-a-Kind Family DowntownSydney Taylor
Maybe You Should Talk to SomeoneLori Gottlieb
Everything is Figureoutable (*language alert)Marie Forleo
All Joy No FunJennifer Senior
From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. FrankweilerE.L Konigsburg
Atomic HabitsJames Clear
Little House in the Big WoodsLaura Ingalls Wilder
I “loved” 11/51 books this year. Special mention goes to Half-Broke Horses by Jeanette Walls; Once More We Saw Stars by Jayson Greene; 24/6 by Matthew Sleeth; The Gratitude Diaries by Janice Kaplan; Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly; Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder; Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art by Various contributors

2020/2021 (*ongoing)

Why We SleepMatthew Walker
On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftStephen King
A Gentleman in MoscowAmor Towles
How to Make Disease DisappearRangan Chatterjee
The World of The Trapp FamilyWilliam Anderson
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North KoreaBarbara Demick
The Stress SolutionRangan Chatterjee
Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl
WonderR. J Palicio
Managing Worry and AnxietyJean Holthaus
The Dutch HouseAnn Patchett
A Christmas CarolCharles Dickens (F)
A Tale of Two CitiesCharles Dickens (F)
Harry Potter and the Philosophers StoneJ.K. Rowling (YA; F)
Great ExpectationsCharles Dickens (F)
Off the Clock (re-read from 2018)Laura Vanderkam
Station ElevenEmily St. John (F)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanJ.K Rowling (YA; F)
A Promised LandBarack Obama
Grit: The Power of Passion and PerseveranceAngela Duckworth
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood PrinceJ.K Rowling (YA; F)
Transcendent KingdomYaa Hyasi (F)
The Gospel of RuthCarolyn Curtis James
Tribe of MentorsTim Ferris
I “loved” XX/XX books this year. Special mention goes to The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter, Matilda by Roald Dahl, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz, Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist, Daily Rituals by Mason Currey.