Another year coming to a close, another stack of books read…
At just 25 books high (see the full list here), 2019 has probably been my lowest reading year since I discovered words on paper.
Some part of me is slightly ashamed of that – and also aware that when I’m reading, I’m feeling balanced and well – but another part of me is actually happy that it’s a fraction of the books I’ve read in previous years.
I haven’t rushed anything. I’ve followed where my reading nose takes me and tumbled into new genres, authors, and writing styles.
I’ve read books at home, in coffee shops, on train journeys across the world, and on treks across the Arctic. And there have been some fantastic books in the mix.
1. The Sun is a Compass by Caroline Van Hemert – best travel & adventure book of 2019
I rated this a solid 5 / 5 on my reading list for good reason. It’s Caroline Van Hemert’s memoir of her 4000-mile human-powered adventure across Alaska with her husband, Pat, who grew up spending winters alone in remote cabins. It was perfect to read when I was in Greenland on my own adventure this summer, and it has quickly become one of my favourite adventure books.