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How I read 100 Books last year and My Top Books of the Year

If you have been following me on social media, you know that I read 101 books in a year for my Goodreads Challenge.

And if I’m going to be honest with you, I read more that I did not record. Yes, that means that on average, I read one to two books a week. 

A lot of you asked how did I do it? How do I  1. have time and 2. read that much? LOL

Here it is in a few words: I make it a priority. 

But in more practical terms, here is what I did( and have done for years) to read 100 books in a year.

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How I Read 100 Books in a Year

Make time for it.

I wake up at the crack of dawn ( 4 am) almost every morning. Part of my morning routine is to read. I read for 30-60 minutes every morning BEFORE I get started on my day. ( how long depends on what I have to do that morning) In that time, I can usually get in 1-5 chapters depending on the book or subject matter. But every day, that’s a must. I don’t even look at work-related stuff until I have read. 

Read different kinds of books:

I have about 5 books rotating at all times. Yes, I read more than one book at a time.  Currently, I am reading a romance, a YA Fantasy book, A self-help, a collection of short stories and a regular fiction. If I slow down or get bored with one, I move to the other. So I always have SOMETHING to read.  Having options keep you reading. 

I use Audible.

I hated the idea of Audible at first, just like I hated the idea of reading books on my Kindle. But having an audible membership has really helped me “read” more books. I listen in the car, when I  clean , while taking a bath, and while working out.  I tend to use audible for self-help books the most, but it’s another way for me to get a book in.  

My library Card is my Best Friend.

BOOKS ARE EXPENSIVE. Now I own a TON of books. But I also use my FREE library card.  I always have books on hold or books coming in. It’s FREE. And if I don’t like the book I don’t feel like I’ve wasted my money on the book! 

SO that’s how I read 100 books in a year( this year).

I’m trying to decide if I want to do the same next year or break it down to 50. Or a type of books etc. 

In the meantime, I thought I’d share my top 10 from this year. 

top 10 books of 2019

Top 10 Books I read in 2019

Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens


Atomic Habits By James Clear



My Sister, The Serial Killer By Oyinkan Braithwaite


A Blade So Black L.L. McKinney



Pride Prejudice and other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Daisy Jones and the Six By Taylor Jenkins Reid

Queenie By Candice Carty-Williams

The Yellow House By Sarah M Broom 


Monday’s Not Coming By Tiffany D Jackson

The Testaments By Margaret Atwood 



That’s it!  These 10 books all held my attention the most this year, even if I was mad while reading it ( looking at you Queenie!)

I already have a working list of books I want to read for next year and I think I’ll do 100 books again! ( or maybe 50 non-fiction books…we’ll see)

How many books did you read this year? What was your favorite?




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