My Ten Favorite Books of 2019


It’s that time of the year again! You know, when you make New Year’s Resolutions you plan to keep but rarely do. How about making a resolution to read more this year?

In 1998 I made a New Year’s Resolution to read at least two books a month. That’s twenty-four a year. At the time I thought it would be nearly impossible. Twenty-two years later I have kept that resolution every year and this year I read 58 books. That’s a little more than one per week. In the last 22 years I’ve read 932 books.

This new habit has had a huge impact on my life. It has made me much more knowledgeable of history, literature, politics and many other subjects and has provided more entertainment value than anything I could watch on television or the internet. I have more resources for the classes I teach and more to add to social conversations. Last, but not least, it has added to my knowledge of healthcare which has enriched this blog.

So, to review the last year and whet your appetite for some good reading, I submit my ten most favorite books read in the last year. Some are new publications and some are old but all have blessed me this year with many hours of enjoyable reading.

My Ten Favorite Books of 2019

(in no particular order)

  1. The Point of It All– Charles Krauthammer

This last publication by the late, great Washington Post columnist was put together by his son, Daniel, after his death. It is filled with timeless stories and wisdom.

  1. A Land Remembered – Patrick Smith

If you live in Florida, as I do, it is a must for understanding and appreciating the arduous life of the early settlers of our great state and the progress the state has made in the last two hundred years from swamp land to one of the fastest growing states in the country.

  1. The Spy and the Traitor – Ben MacIntyre

The little-known story of Oleg Gordievsky, a Russian working as a spy for Great Britain in the last half of the 20th century. It is a riveting read and a testimony to the character of Gordievsky who only wanted to do the right thing.

  1. Sea Stories– William McRaven

A great read about the career of Admiral McRaven, the head of the Navy Seals and the man responsible for the taking down of Osama Bin Laden by Seal Team Six.

  1. Rocket Men – Craig Nelson

The story of the development of our space program and NASA from its infancy to the trip to the moon.

  1. The Case for Trump – Victor Davis Hanson

Stanford University professor Hanson gives a defense of Trump from a most unlikely source. He comes from a family of Democrats and works in an overwhelmingly liberal academic environment. His insights and thoughtful understanding of the current political situation are well worth reading regardless of your political persuasion.

  1. Hope Heals – Katharine & Jay Wolf

An incredible story of a young mother overcoming a devastating brain injury and the impact she and her husband have on the lives of those who care for her.

  1. In the Garden of Beasts – Erik Larson

The story of the U.S. ambassador to Germany in the 1930s during the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis and the impact of living under those circumstances on him and his family.

  1. Have a Little Faith – Mitch Albom

Detroit sportswriter Albom tells the story of his rabbi asking him to do his eulogy while still in good health and how getting to know him better changed Albom’s views on life and death.

   10.Saying It Well – Charles R. Swindoll

One of the greatest Bible teachers of all time tells how to be a better speaker, preacher, and teacher using his own life to pass along invaluable lessons learned. A great read for anyone who does public speaking.

One comment

  1. I have read #1 and 6 and agree that they are worth reading.

    Comment by David Godfrey on January 6, 2020 at 7:27 am