50 Books for 50 Years

During the last week of December I turned 50. At the beginning of the year I was thinking about how to mark this milestone in my life. When my husband turned 50, he celebrated by going skydiving. I’m not a fan of thrill-seeking and wanted to find something that reflected me to honor the occasion.

After some thought, I settled on the perfect thing for me. I decided that over the course of the year, I would read 50 books in time for my 50th birthday. I love books and reading. And I knew if I wasn’t intentional about it, I wouldn’t achieve 50 books.

50 Books

Some of these books were given to me, some were purchased, some borrowed. Some of the books had been sitting on my shelf for quite a while waiting to be picked up. Most were physical copies, but some were read on my kindle. The majority are non-fiction, but I devoured some fiction just for fun as well. Usually I was in the middle of several books at a time. Most of the titles I would read again, but there were a few that I wasn’t a fan of.

50 books I read in 2019:

  1. Thirteeners by Dan Prosser 1/3/19
  2. The Message of You by Judy Carter 1/2019
  3. Evergreen by Noah Fleming 1/2019
  4. The Diary of Anne Frank 2/10/19
  5. Storytelling Made Easy by Michael Hague 2/11/19
  6. Sell Yourself Without Saying a Word by Russell Trahan 2/13/19
  7. Night by Elie Wiesel 2/17/19
  8. The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom 2/25/19
  9. The Power of Human Connection by Kody Bateman 3/8/19
  10. Thoughts to Die For by C G Rousing 3/9/19
  11. Emily by Jack Weyland 3/10/19
  12. It’s not Magic by Mike Toy 3/15/19
  13. Wonder by R J Palacio 3/21/19
  14. Stop Global Boring by Kathy McAfee 4/2/19
  15. No Horizon is so Far by Liv Arnesen, Ann Bancroft, with Cheryl Dahle
  16. Don’t Tell Me To Relax! By Sophie Riegel. 4/8/19
  17. Lead with Levity by Karyn Buxman. 4/15/19
  18. True Purpose by Tim Kelley 5/1/19
  19. The Science of Service by Mark Colgate 5/8/19
  20. Wealth Through Workshops by Callan Rush 5/15/19
  21. Silent Souls Weeping by Jane Clayson Johnson 5/24/19
  22. Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis 5/25/19
  23. Becoming by Michelle Obama 6/11/19
  24. The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney 7/4/19
  25. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks 7/15/19
  26. The Architecture of All Abundance by Lenedra J Carroll 7/24/19
  27. A Happy Pocket Full of Money by David Cameron Gikandi 8/10/19
  28. The Magic by Rhonda Byrne 8/28/19
  29. A Christlike Heart by Derek Squire and Ryan Squire 9/9/19
  30. Selling Value by Don Hutson 9/10/19
  31. The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer 9/16/18
  32. The Art of Prospecting by Steve Kloyda 9/18/19
  33. Essentialism by Greg McKeown 10/4/19
  34. More Sales, Less Time by Jill Konrath 10/10/19
  35. My Story by Elizabeth Smart 10/11/19
  36. The One Thing by Gary Keller 10/16/19
  37. A Man Called Ove by Fredrick 10/18/19
  38. Sharpening Your Point by Leesa Wallace & Kathy McAfee 10/24/19
  39. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 10/28/19
  40. Insights from a Prophet’s Life: Russell M. Nelson by Sheri Dew 11/5/19
  41. Wise Child by Monica Furlong 11/11/19
  42. The Book of Mormon 11/12/19
  43. The Next Right Thing by Emily P. Freeman 11/1/19
  44. The Heavens are Open by Wendy W. Nelson 12/3/19
  45. The New Testament 12/18/19
  46. Bill Marriott: Success is Never Final by Dale Van Atta 12/26/19 
  47. Callings by Gregg Levoy 12/27/19
  48. Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein 12/28/19
  49. The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino 12/29/19
  50. Forever 50 and Other Negotiations by Judith Viorst 12/29/19

Are You a Reader?

I once had a professor tell our class that there is one question you can ask to see if someone is a reader. The question is not, “What are you reading right now?” nor is it, “What book have you most recently finished.” The question to ask is, “What book are you reading next?” I received three new books for my 50th birthday: Thank & Grow Rich by Pam Grout, Start With Why by Simon Sinek and Learned Optimism by Martin E. P. Seligman. Those books as well as re-reading The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho are on the top of my list moving forward.

Some fun facts:

  • I have met 11 of the authors.
  • Seven of the books I had read before.
  • Four of the books were read on Kindle.
  • Nine of the books were borrowed from others.
  • 16 of the books were given to me.

I would love to hear from you. Are you a reader? What are your favorite books? Have you done anything interesting to celebrate a milestone birthday? Share in the comments below.


  1. Love this list. I run a book club for professional development so I’ll suggest a few of the titles you’ve read. Do you know Russel Trahan? I didn’t know he’d written a book, was it good, would you recommend it?

    • Yes! Russell Trahan is one of the authors I met in person. It is a quick read with good advice from his expertise.

  2. Great book list, Deb! I celebrated my 40th year by running a half marathon, though I think I like your book idea more

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