2019 Summer Book List

I kid you not when I say that this is one of my favorite posts of the year! It’s my fifth installment of the iHateGreenBeans summer book list and I need your help gathering up all your favorite novels, authors, and secret indulgences so I can spend countless hours making the best reading list you’ve ever seen.

There’s only one stipulation: You have to send me the names of books that you love. That can be any genre you want. Never fear. That does include Young Adult. None of us are above Katniss Everdeen and may I reveal the GLORY known as “The Selection Series” is on my book shelf right now because so many of you recommended it to me last year. I divulged all five books in one big gulp.

Do you love classics? Send them my way. Was there a faith-based book that changed your life? I’d love to know about it. Is It’s a Love Story your favorite book of 2019 so far? I understand.

But Lincee, you don’t like mystery or thriller or scary or murder or war. What about those?

Send them to me. There are factions of bibliophiles who love that stuff and I will not exclude them because I can’t take a little bit of blood and gore.

The process is simple: I’ll collect the data (via comment section, email, or social media) and compile my findings into a grand list. That list will be distributed via email to anyone who wants it. FOR FREE! I’ll let you know when the new list is completed.

Let me remind you that I would not know the wonder that is Jamie Fraser without a previous iHateGreenBeans book list. It has been a GAME CHANGER through the years. 2019 DON’T FAIL ME NOW!

Are you ready? Let’s do this. FILL THE COMMENTS UP!


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Belinda Bertrand
Belinda Bertrand

Beach House series by Mary Alice Munroe
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
The Girls at 17 Swann Street
Sherwood by Meagan Spooner
Silent Patient
Kite Runner
the Christmas Sisters by Sarah Morgan
Beauty and the Beast Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly

Holly Sharp
Holly Sharp

Beyond the Point by Claire Gibson
The River by Peter Heller

Dawn F
Dawn F

Liane Moriarty – ALL of her books
Susan Mallery – (romances) multiple series, so lots of characters that overlap
Nora Roberts – (romances) Boonsboro Inn series was fun
Nancy Thayer – romances set in New England
Heather Morris – The Tattooist of Auschwitz (heavy, but good read)
Martha Hall Kelly – Lilac Girls (also heavy, but interesting)
Stephen King – 11/22/63: a novel (time travel to save JFK)
Laura Schroff – An Invisible Thread (similar TRUE story to The Blind Side)
When in doubt: Outlander series 🙂


Where to begin? There are so many:
Loving Frank by Nancy Horan
The Day the World Came to Town by Jim DeFede
Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Mrs. Kennedy & Me by Clint Hill
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
Mademoiselle Chanel by C.W. Gorter
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes
Killers of the Flower Moom by David Grann
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

And I am going to stop there. Each book I listed was read and discussed in great detail in my book club. Al fabulous, fascinating books! Most of them are true stories.


I just finished Sunset Beach by Mary Kay Andrews. I loved it!!

S. Stout
S. Stout

Running For My Life by Lopez Lamong
Redeeming Love
Same Kind or Different As Me
Mrs. Kennedy & Me


I JUST read Same Kind of Different as Me and LoVed it! So inspiring, heart warming, and convicting!


I’m trying to keep my list focused on newer books which is hard
Number One – Boom Town by Sam Anderson ( do not be put off by the topic- it’s the BEST!!)
The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain
The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
Where the Crawdads Sing


Where the Crawdads sing was good!


I’m reading all the Game of Thrones books hoping for an eventual better ending when Martin finishes the series

Nicole Susany
Nicole Susany

The Shoemakers Wife
Adriana Trigiani
It will make your heart swell and break.


Seven Stones to Stand or Fall – Diana Gabaldon- backstories and side note stories to some of the Outlander characters, way fun
Becoming – Michelle Obama
This is How it Always Is – Laurie Frankel
Anything by Howard Frank Mosher – they are older books, but oh my heavens what a beautiful, lyrical writer

Erica Cook
Erica Cook

The Royal We might be my favorite book of the last 5 years.
When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
Crazy Rich Asians trilogy was fun.


My 5 star reads since last summer’s list 🙂

The Selection series- Kiera Cass, YA
Humble Roots- Hanna Anderson, Christian nonfiction
Clara’s War- Clara Kramer, historical nonfiction
The Address- Fiona Davis, historical fiction


Alexander McCall Smith has so many series, with MANY books in each. You won’t run out forever! They are mostly lighthearted, very easy reading fiction.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series
44 Scotland Street series
Isabel Dalhousie/The Sunday Philosophy Club series
Also, the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear. These are a little heavier but SO GOOD.

Nancy R
Nancy R

Beneath a Scarlet Sky – Mark Sullivan
Where the Crawdads Sing – Delia Owens
Educated – Tara Westover
Bear Town & Us Against You (sequel) – Fredrick Backman
Before We Were Yours – Lisa Wingate
The Great Alone – Kristin Hannah
Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid
Harry’s Trees – Jon Cohen
Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah
All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
I Liked My Life – Abby Fabiaschi
Ghosted – Rosie Walsh
Love and Other Words – Christina Lauren
Songs of Willow Frost – Jamie Ford
The Lido – Libby Page
Crazy Rich Asians Trilogy – Kevin Kwan
The Women in the Castle – Jessica Shattuck
My Oxford Year – Julia Whelan


The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth
The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib
The Girl I Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood
The Last Man by Jane Harper (ALL of Jane Harper’s mysteries)
Roomies (Christina Lauren-Rated R)
Near From the Tree by Robin Benway
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center (love all of Katherine Center)