The first half of 2019: Book List

Hey friends, it’s been a while since I’ve come at you with some book reviews. I’ve taken on some heavy reading this year, favoring quality over quantity with just 19 books under my belt.

Summer is when authors often release their “beach reads” … otherwise known as books that don’t require much brainpower. I encourage you to take the road less traveled and read something that will make YOU better this summer.

I’m going to roll these out 5 at a time, so you have plenty of time to check out each book and each author. Leave a comment and let me know which books you’ve read and which ones make your wish list!

1. The Life of Elizabeth I by Alison Weir

Nothing like starting off the year with nearly 700 pages about the Virgin Queen. This took me nearly a month, and while I had some criticism of the writing style, it was still well worth the time and effort.

Check out my earlier review here:

2. The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman

After all the fun of Elizabeth I, I just couldn’t get enough of the Tudors. Learn more about their unusual eating, grooming, and medical habits. Turns out if you really wanted to get ahead in Tudor England, you need to be Groom of the Stool. (YUCK!)

3. On Being 40(ish) by Lindsey Mead

We went from Tudor England straight to the 21st century with this feminist trope. I primarily purchased this book because the first essay was by Meghan Daum . While we strongly disagree on politics, I’ve followed Meghan’s career and purchase every book she’s published. There aren’t many of us who trekked halfway across the country to live in the Midwest by choice, as an adult. If, by chance, you are also a Meghan Daum fan, I suggest you hold out for her book coming out later this fall. (And check out my FALL READING LIST coming soon …)

4. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport

This one is a life changer. Run, don’t walk, to buy it. I’ve permanently removed Facebook, Twitter, and all games from my phone. I don’t miss it, and neither will you. If you value your mental health, you will read this and do what he says.

5. At the Wolf’s Table: A Novel by Rosella Postorino

This book is based on the unbelievable TRUE STORY of the women who were Hitler’s food testers in the closing days of World Word II. It is a thrilling page-turner, loosely based on the life of Margot Woelk. After keeping the secret of being Hitler’s food tester a secret for almost seventy years, she finally shared her story at the age of 96!

And here is a link to an interview the real Margo Woelk gave shortly before her death:

There you have it folks … the first five books of 2019. Stay tuned for more to come. We’ll be talking about Thomas Jefferson (and his daughter), my life-changing discovery of Gretchen Rubin , and the long-anticipated Daisy Jones & the Six.

~Nicole Schlinger Nicole Schlinger

Nicole Schlinger is a business owner, book lover, and dog owner.