How many books have you read so far?

For those who haven’t read my previous post about the tips to make reading a hobby, it’s here

So let me ask something to all those bookworm out there. Once you finished reading a book what’s the very next thing you do? Want to know mine? I open my Goodreads account, then I change the book from “ currently doing” to “read”. Check the goodreads account in here if you want to know what I am talking about.

Choosing the Right Book

You know how hard it is to choose a new book to read? Thousands of books are published every month all over the world. Have a look at this screenshot from Goodreads. It shows the books published in January 2019.

How long do you think it will take you to decide which books to read? Remember, this is just in one month. How about millions of books from last year and the year before? Most of the books I am reading are published in the 1990s. In short, how many yet to finish! “So many books, and so little time“.

Choosing a book is a bit of a process. In today’s post, my aim is to help you along the way. I have come up with a list of 15 books to read in 2019. All of them are fiction and easy to read. For those you might have read these books already can expect a new list soon.

I have listed the books in the order of complexity of language and writing style. In other words, the book in the 15th position would be an easy read compared to the one on 5th. My definition of easy read is simple in writing style, metaphors and themes. Most of the books are from different years and from different authors. However, you may find more than one book from the same author.

Just have a quick look at what other things the list has:

  • Date of publishing:  When you know the year you can guess the writing style.
  • Number of pages: I can’t tell you how this made reading easier and faster for me. While commuting, a book under 200 page is better than a book over 1000 pages.
  • Goodreads rating: These days reviews are the key, don’t you think? From clothing to home appliances, we all spend time going through a plethora of them and eventually choose the one we think is the best. Same rule applies for your books.
  • Recommended versions of the book: Nowadays the choices are plenty. You can choose among ebooks, audiobooks or paper books. For me I never liked e-books. I am more of a paper book-audiobook person. You can find the link to FREE AUDIOBOOK websites in the post. My two favorite FREE AUDIOBOOK websites are lit2go and in LibriVox. Audible is another well-known website for audiobooks with professional narrators. Therefore you have to pay a lot more for books. The only time you regret about your choice of FREE AUDIOBOOKS is listening to a boring narration…It’s always hard to find good narrators in these websites. But guess what, I have included the audiobooks with the best narrators!

Now let’s get into the books!

15. The Adventures of Johnny Chuck: Thornton W. Burgess

Burgess wrote a series of books featuring the dwellers of the green forest, mother west wind and so many other characters. His stories are a flashback of our childhood. In this book you will accompany Mr Chuck in his wanderings.

I grew up reading more Indian folklore stories so these stories were a treat for me. Anyone who love to go back to your childhood this would be a great option.

Published in :1995

Total pages: 96 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.10

Recommended: audiobook in librivox


14. Whitefoot the Woodmouse: Thornton W. Burgess

In this book, Burgess introduces you to Mr Whitefoot the Woodmouse and some of his friends. You may find the same characters in all of these stories but the beauty of Burgess books is that you won’t miss out any parts of the story even if you haven’t read previous book. Be ready to follow tiny Whitefoot his journey.

A fun read for me. Let me know what was it for you!

Published in :1912

Total pages:84 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.18

Recommended: audiobook in lit2go


13. Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter: Beatrix potter

This includes the stories of our hero Peter rabbit. Nobody is as curious as him. You should see how he beckons the danger, it’s kind of dangerous yet funny. I adore his cheerfulness. In addition to the books ,don’t forget to watch the movie after reading this book. (OK I know, it’s not really bookwormish of me to ask you to watch a movie, but I really hope you enjoy the animated characters. I do enjoy watching them on screen especially the cute little animal like Peter.)

Published in: 1992

Total pages: 256 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.20

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover

12. Matilda: Roald Dahl

The story of a little girl who is too good for the world. A smart and intelligent little girl. One of the world’s bestselling author introduces you to the lovely Matilda.

She enjoys the Dickens in the same way as she enjoys solving the mathematical problems. She is one of a kind, don’t you think. Mathematics and books? I mean, really?

Published in :1998

Total pages: 240 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.30

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover

11. The Cake Shop In The Garden: Carole Matthews

This is the story of Fay Merryweather and her delicious cakes and scones at the cake shop. Her life is not so enjoyable as her baking. She has lots of responsibilities. Be ready to be on an emotional yet exciting journey of Fay with a piece of cake and tea.

I always enjoy reading chick-lit and Carole Matthews in one of my favourite writers. Are you a fan of chick-lits?

Published in: 2015

Total pages: 432 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.13

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover

10. Black beauty: Anna Sewell

The beauty of this book is a horse. He loves his master and makes many friends. But circumstances are not always in his favour. Black beauty will narrate his story to you. You get to know how sometimes people don’t really have an emotional bond with horses. As a bonus you may also find some tips on horse riding.

For those who think we are not really into horse riding, try reading it anyway! I am sure you will enjoy the story.

Published in : 2003

Total pages: 245 pages

Goodreads rating: 3.95

Recommended: audiobook in lit2go


9. Attachments: Rainbow Rowell

Will you discuss your personal life in your work email if you knew that someone monitors your email? That’s what Beth and Jennifer do. You are surely going to enjoy reading the witty emails of them. On the other hand, you will be sympathetic towards Lincoln who is supposed to monitor all of those uncountable emails. Rowell narrates a subtle love story in her first novel.

I am curious to know your thoughts on this modern love plot.

Published in: 2011

Total pages:323 pages

Goodreads rating: 3.92

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover


8. A place to call home: Carole Matthews

The author narrates the story of Ayesha and her daughter Sabrina, who leave behind years of miserable life and decide to start a new life yet again. Matthews unfolds a tad complex plot. A captivating yet emotional read.

This book is more than a chick lit.

Published in: 2014

Total pages: 448 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.20

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover


7. The waiting game: Bernice Rubens

We all know that living in an old age home is anything but joyful. However, at “The Hollyhocks” things are a bit different. The residents at this old age home have a lot more things to discuss than their own lives. The story revolves around the wittiest and intriguing characters. Be sure to get an extra cup of tea just before the ending.

A hilarious read and the best part is the unexpected ending! Do give it a read!

Published in :1997

Total pages: 256 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.11

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover

6. The good mother: Sinéad Moriarty

This is the heart- breaking story of Kate and her three children. Unexpected events in life shook kate to the core. But she still strives for her children’s lives. When her second child, twelve-year-old Jessica was diagnosed with cancer Kate is utterly devastated.

I am pretty sure that you won’t be able to put this book down for a minute. An intriguing yet emotive read.

Published in : 2017

Total pages:464 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.33

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover


5. The Secret Garden: Frances Hodgson Burnett

“Mistress Mary quite contrary”! If Mary Lennox heard you singing this, you are surely in trouble, because the boys from her neighbourhood sang the song to tease her which eventually irritated her. This is a story of a disagreeable and solitary child, Mary. The book takes you along with her pursuit of finding the secret of the garden. One of the best children’s classics.

Some books are classics for a reason.

Published in : 1911

Total pages: 331 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.12

Recommended: audiobook in lit2go

4. A Little princess: Frances Hodgson Burnet

Sara Crewe was leading a life of a princess at Miss Minchin’s select seminary for the young ladies, until her indulgent and wealthy father died. the life wasn’t the same for her ever since. six-year-old always remained as a warm-hearted and affectionate soul. Read the story to find out how caring Sara finds her fortune again. A must read in children’s classics.

I enjoyed every bit of this book. There is something about the books from 1900’s that I can never stop reading them.

Published in :1905

Total pages: 324

Goodreads rating: 4.19

Recommended: audiobook in lit2go

3. Anne of Green Gables: L.M Montgomery

Anne Shirley was an orphan who never liked anything about her including her own name. But she may be happy if you make sure that you call her Anne with an E. When she arrives at Green Gables to live with the Cuthberts she hopes that they will never send her back to the orphanage. Join the expedition of Anne Shirley, the highly imaginative soul of Green Gables.

Anne is a true entertainer in every way. In short, you should start reading the book now.

Published in: 1908

Total pages:320 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.24

Recommended: audiobook in lit2go


2. To kill a mockingbird: Harper Lee

The Goodreads prize-winning, Goodreads American novel is set in Alabama. The story revolves around six-year-old Jean Louise Finch(Scout), her brother Jeremy and widowed father Atticus Finch, a lawyer. The book handles complex themes like Southern caste system and racial injustice. You will find yourself totally engaged in the mischiefs of Scout and her brother along with the brilliance of Lee’s story telling.

I never knew how to describe this book. Many times I was in Alabama with Scout and Jeremy accompanying them in their mischiefs.

Published in: 1960

Total pages: 324 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.27

Recommended: Paperback/ Hardcover

1. Little women: Louisa May Alcott

Meet the four March sisters of Louisa May Alcott’s popular novel. The kind-hearted Meg.The protagonist, the tomboy and the writer Josephine aka Jo. The third sister, virtuous Beth. The artist and the youngest Amy. You will surely going to fall in love with the characters of this book.

Out of these four, Jo is my all time favorite. this book has everything in it, love, friendship, family. Hence, I describe it as the bible for relationships.

Published in : 1868

Total pages: 524 pages

Goodreads rating: 4.05

Recommended: audiobook in lit2go


Final thoughts:

These are my recommendations for YOU. I really hope the little descriptions of the books have served you well at some point. All these books are amazing in their own way. For that reason, read all of them if possible.

Time for YOUR action:

There something I would like you to do if you haven’t yet done.


Step 1: Create a Goodreads account, it’s FREE. You may refer mine.

Step 2: Add all these books into your account.

Step 3: Start Reading them!

Let me know your questions or thought. Leave me a comment or email me at yourbosomfriendblog@gmail.com.

Happy Reading!

Your bosom friend.

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