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Top 10 Book Reviews in 2019

I love reading and would prefer to do that than watch TV, go to the gym, floss my teeth, pay bills, or do the laundry. I review a lot of the books I read, usually received from NetGalley or the library, but I also buy quite a few. I collect my writing book reviews here and my education ones here. When I read, I choose thrillers, historical fiction, education (for my other passion), and then anything else.

Here are my ten favorite books read in 2019 (in alphabetic order):

  1. A Dog’s Journey by W. Bruce Cameron
  2. Agular (the Shad Cain series–an Old West mountain man) by Lou Bradshaw
  3. All Out War by Sam Parnell
  4. Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story by Sally Cronin
  5. The Jess Williams series (an Old West bounty hunter) by Robert Thomas
  6. The New Girl (the Gabriel Allon series) by Daniel Silva
  7. US Marshall Shorty Thomas series by Paul Thompson
  8. William Johnstone’s many Old West series
  9. Winter World: The Ingenuity of Animal Survival by Bernd Heinrich
  10. Wolf Pack (Joe Pickett series) by C.J. Box

I read 224 books according to Goodreads. This included a whole lot of Indie and blogging efriend books. Here’s an image of all 224 books. Any you like or have also read?

But that isn’t always what you (my readers) are most interested in. Here are my top ten reviews from 2019 (in statistical order):

  1. Book Review: The Gate (Staci Troilo)
  2. 2 More How-to-Write Books (including books from Kate Johnston and Kathy Steinemann)
  3. Have children? Here are two great books (including books by Bette Stevens and Robbie Cheadle)
  4. 3 Excellent Other-world Books (Ronel Janse van Vuuren, Deborah Jay, Jina Bazzar)
  5. Book Review: Amanda in Holland (Darlene Foster)
  6. Indie Authors–2 Great YA Books (Grace Allison, Sharon CassanoLochman)
  7. 2 Great ebooks from Damyanti Biswas and Robbie Cheadle
  8. Book Review: Ender’s Game (Orson Scott Card)
  9. Book Review: Badlands (C.J. Box)
  10. Book Review: The Path (Chet Raymo)

Oh–one more thing. I don’t have enough social media followers. If you would follow me, I’ll follow you back! Here’re my handles:

Twitter: @worddreams

Instagram: JacquiMurrayWriter

LinkedIn: Jacqui Murray

Since I read about three books a week, I’m always eager for new material. What’s your favorite book from 2019?


Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the Man vs. Nature saga. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice,  a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Against All Odds, Fall 2020. You can find her tech ed books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning

66 thoughts on “Top 10 Book Reviews in 2019

  1. A lot of canines on your titles, Jacqui. I don’t have instagram, but I follow you on twitter. I’ll give you a follow on linked in.
    And btw, I have my eyes on Staci book, The gate.
    I should do a top ten too, but I probably won’t. Great post!

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    • Thanks, Jina. I do like dogs and horses. I have them both in my upcoming WIP. I liked your post, on your blog, about failure and success as an Indie author.

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      • Yes, I admit I was a little skeptical because he has so many books out there, I wondered how good they could be. But I really liked Back of Beyond and thought it was an excellent plot. I also watched a few YouTube videos of interviews and really liked the way he presented himself.

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