Before we get to the list of my (42) favourite books of the year, I want to clarify that a few of these were not published in 2019, but made it to the top of my pile this year. While several books I read were abandoned, or I finished them but would not recommend, this is a comprehensive list of the titles I enjoyed and feel others will too!

To keep up with my book recommendations, follow me on Instagram (I share books I love in my stories) and keep up with This Mom Loves: the Podcast, as I have moved from Favourite Things posts to sharing my fave things on the show (don’t worry; there are always links in the shownotes if you’re not yet a podcast person).

Did you know that I also just launched the This Mom Loves Virtual Book Club Facebook group? Our January 2020 pick is The Gift of Failure by Jessica Lahey – come on over and join us!


The Suspect by Fiona Barton

The Temp by Michelle Frances

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

The Perfect Girlfriend by Karen Hamilton

Someone We Know by Shari Lapena

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Wherever She Goes by K. L. Armstrong

The Night Before by Wendy Walker

Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks

The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda

Saving Meghan by DJ Palmer

A Mother’s Secret by TJ Stimson

My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle

General Fiction

The Tattooist of Auschwitz: A Novel by Heather Morris

You’ve Been Volunteered by Laurie Gelman

The Braid by Laetitia Colombani

The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding by Jennifer Robson

The Girl you Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

After the End by Clare Mackintosh


Happy Go Money: Spend Smart, Save Right and Enjoy Life  by Melissa Leong

Better by Amy Robach

Lightly: How To Live a Simple, Serene and Stress-Free Life by Francine Jay

Happy Parents, Happy Kids by Ann Douglas

Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals by Rachel Hollis

The 5 Love Languages of Children by Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell

Maid by Stephanie Land

The Valedictorian of Being Dead by Heather B. Armstrong

You are Awesome by Neil Pasricha

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self by Manoush Zomorodi

Help Me: My Perfectly Disastrous Journey Through the World of Self-Help by Marianne Power

The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking

Indigenous Relations: Insights, Tips and Suggestions to Make Reconciliation a Reality by Bob Joseph with Cynthia Joseph

Forty Fathers: Men Talk About Parenting as told to Tessa Lloyd

Feeding My Mother: Comfort and Laughter in the Kitchen as My Mom Lives with Memory Loss by Jann Arden

A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose by Samra Zafar

The Conscious Closet by Elizabeth Cline

Fed Up: Emotional Labor, Woman and the Way Forward by Gemma Hartley

The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook 

The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book

The Downton Abbey Coloring Book

Own Your Anxiety: 99 Simple Ways To Channel Your Secret Edge by Julian Brass

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