Top 10 Best Books Read in 2019

Top 10 Best Books Read in 2019 December 28, 2019

The following are the top ten best books I’ve read since this time last year–in alphabetical order by the author’s last name because agonizing over a precise order would take all the fun out of remembering these books:

  1. How Change Happens: Why Some Social Movements Succeed While Others Don’t by Leslie Crutchfield (2018)
  2. American Dharma: Buddhism Beyond Modernity by Ann Gleig (2019)
  3. Bullshit Jobs: A Theory by David Graeber (2019)
  4. How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram Kendi (2019)
  5. How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky (2019)
  6. In Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche (2019)
  7. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker (2018)
  8. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells (2019)
  9. The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World by Charles Mann (2018)
  10. The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli (2018)

Bonus: Although my reading habits currently trend heavily toward non-fiction, I did also love There There by Tommy Orange.


Previous Lists

Best Books Read in 2018

Best Books Read in 2017

Best Books Read in 2016

Best Books Read in 2015

Best Books Read in 2014

Best Books Read in 2013

Best Books Read in 2012

Best Books Read in 2011

Best Books Read in 2010


The Rev. Dr. Carl Gregg is a certified spiritual director, a D.Min. graduate of San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland. Follow him on Facebook ( and Twitter (@carlgregg).

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