Books I Read In 2019

Here is a list of all the books I read this year. Those with asterisks beside them are the ones that made it into my annual Best Books of the Year lists.

  1. An Introduction to Counselling by John McLeod
  2. The Book of Vodou by Leah Gordon
  3. The Light in the Dark: A Winter Journal by Horatio Clare *
  4. Les Apéros de Trish by Trish Deseine
  5. The Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis
  6. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King *

  7. Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy by C.H. Patterson
  8. The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
  9. Standards and Ethics for Counselling in Action by Tim Bond *
  10. The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm
  11. Individual Therapy: A Handbook by Windy Dryden (ed.)
  12. A Kind of Freedom by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
  13. Nine Lives by Dan Baum

  14. Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  15. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl *
  16. Psychotherapy and Existentialism by Viktor Frankl *
  17. A novel which I’m not allowed to name because it’s not coming out until next year
  18. Your Guilty Secret by Rebecca Thornton
  19. Dangerous Families: Assessment and Treatment of Child Abuse by Peter Dale et al.
  20. After She’s Gone by Camilla Grebe
  21. Falling Angel by William Hjortsberg

  22. Animals Eat Each Other by Elle Nash
  23. Normal by Graeme Cameron
  24. The Dinner by Herman Koch
  25. Fallen Angel by Chris Brookmyre
  26. The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett
  27. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

  28. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  29. The Poison Artist by Jonathan Moore
  30. Burnt Paper Sky by Gilly MacMillan
  31. Heft by Liz Moore
  32. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara *
  33. Silence in the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge *
  34. The Secret History by Donna Tartt *
  35. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

  36. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  37. The Last Asylum by Barbara Taylor *
  38. Unicorns: The Myths, Legends and Lore by Skye Alexander
  39. The Therapeutic Relationship by Sheila Haugh & Stephen Paul
  40. An Elementary Textbook of Psychoanalysis by Charles Brenner
  41. The Secret History of Georgian London by Dan Cruikshank

  42. Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner
  43. Enchantments of the Clinic by Carl P. Ellerson
  44. The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister
  45. The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  46. Pieces of Her by Karin Slaughter
  47. One Day by David Nicholls
  48. Confessions of a Sociopath by M.E. Thomas
  49. Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris

  50. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide
  51. Tinkers by Paul Harding
  52. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck *
  53. Working Days: The Journals of ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ by John Steinbeck
  54. Gestalt Therapy Verbatim by Frederick Perls
  55. The Furies by Katie Lowe
  56. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

  57. Lullaby by Leïla Slimani
  58. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  59. I’ll Find You by Liz Lawler
  60. The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
  61. Dear Mrs. Bird by AJ Pearce
  62. Never Greener by Ruth Jones
  63. The Worlds of Existentialism by Maurice Friedman *

  64. Anthology of Fear by various authors
  65. Prince d’Orchestre par Metin Arditi
  66. The Partisan Heart by Gordon Kerr
  67. Inventing the Enemy by Umberto Eco
  68. In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin
  69. The New Orleans Voodoo Handbook by Kenaz Filan
  70. The Idiot by Elif Batuman *

  71. Comme un Enfant Perdu by Renaud Séchan *
  72. Iron in the Soul by Jean-Paul Sartre
  73. From the Tree to the Labyrinth by Umberto Eco
  74. The Night She Died by Jenny Blackhurst
  75. Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend by Matthew Green
  76. Behind Closed Doors by Elizabeth Haynes
  77. The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances

  78. The Horse Dancer by Jojo Moyes
  79. Never Tell by Lisa Gardner
  80. How to Write a Thesis by Umberto Eco
  81. Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti by Maya Deren
  82. The Gorilla Man and the Empress of Steak by Randy Fertel
  83. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  84. Empire of Sin by Gary Krist

  85. Haitian Vodou by Mambo Chita Tann
  86. The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman *
  87. Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston
  88. The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot by Louis Martinié & Sallie Ann Glassman
  89. Contes et Légendes d’Afrique d’Ouest en Est by Yves Pinguilly & Cathy Millet
  90. See You In The Morning by Mairead Case
  91. The First Slap by Tara K.

  92. Wilde About the Girl by Louise Pentland
  93. Voodoo In Haiti by Alfred Métraux
  94. Say You’re Sorry by Karen Rose
  95. How To Be Famous by Caitlin Moran
  96. Bed by David Whitehouse
  97. Tape by Steven Camden
  98. The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

  99. When All Is Said by Anne Griffin *
  100. Spirits of the Night: Vaudun Gods of Haiti by Selden Rodman & Carole Cleaver
  101. Complete Book of Tarot by Cassandra Eason
  102. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport *
  103. Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch *
  104. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  105. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

  106. A Good Enough Mother by Bev Thomas
  107. The Taking of Annie Thorne by CJ Tudor
  108. Five Moral Pieces by Umberto Eco
  109. A beta-read for a friend
  110. A sensitivity read for a client
  111. My novel, in order to edit it

  112. The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths
  113. The Book of Legendary Lands by Umberto Eco
  114. Indexing Books by Nancy C. Mulvany
  115. Loser Wins by Jean-Paul Sartre
  116. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
  117. The Wayward Girls by Amanda Mason
  118. An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
  119. Outsider by Stephen King

  120. The Secret Keeper by Susan Lewis
  121. A sensitivity read for a client
  122. Diary of a Witchcraft Shop by Trevor Jones & Liz Williams
  123. ‘Hysteria: The Elusive Neurosis’ (Monograph in Psychological Issues vol. XII) by Alan Krohn
  124. Hysteria: The History of a Disease by Ilza Veith
  125. Integration and Self-Healting: Affect – Trauma – Alexithymia by Henry Krystal *
  126. Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Bateman & Holmes

  127. Phantoms of the Clinic by Mikita Brottman
  128. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  129. Sex, Power, Money by Sara Pascoe
  130. Being a Witch and Other Things I Didn’t Ask For by (a different) Sara Pascoe
  131. Labyrinth by Burhan Sönmez
  132. The Wife by Meg Wolitzer

Next year I’d like to read more: during the last quarter of 2019 I barely read anything, which brought down my overall average. And I’d like to read some really good novels next year, because although I read a few very good ones, on the whole it wasn’t such a great year for fiction chez scar.

Previous years: 2018

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