Books I read in 2019

What have you been reading this year? I try to keep a record of the books I’ve read throughout the year to keep track and to be conscious of my reading life.

As usual, I read almost everything else but what I’d planned to read this year. I’m not counting books I worked on or read as scripts. Neither have I counted Children’s books. My list shows major flaws which I wish to improve on next year, especially on reading Swahili works.

Novels & Novellas

  1. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Marquez
  2. Flying Under Bridges – Sandi Toksvig
  3. My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
  4. I, The Divine: A Novel in First Chapters by Rabih Alameddine 
  5. The Guy from Eastlands by Corney Gichuki
  6. The Caravans by James Michener
  7. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy
  8. Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga
  9. The Color Purple by Alice Walker (re-read)
  10. Adultery by Paulo Coelho
  11. The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho
  12. Just This Once by Jennie Marima
  13. A Reliable wife by Robert Goolrick
  14. The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander Mc Smith
  15. Silence Once Begun by Jesse Ball
  16. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  17. How to be Good by Nick Hornby


  1. The Gods are not to Blame by Ola Rotimi
  2. The Trial of Dedan Kimathi by Ngugi & Micere Mugo
  3. Dedan Kimathi by Kenneth Watene
  1. The Return of Mgofu by Francis Imbuga
  2. Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka
  3. A Shadow in the Sun by Vincent Ogoti
  4. The Roses of Sir Kenyapesacus by K.W. Wamitila


      25. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

      26. Beautiful Shards of the Maiden Pot by Evelyne Ongogo Okoth

      26. Milk and honey by Rupi Kaur

       27. Rumi: The Book of Love by Coleman Barks

      28.  A Curve of Darkness by Munira Hussein

      29. All the Things I Never Said by Mae Krell 

Christian/ Motivational/ Inspirational

   30. You and Me Forever – Francis and Lisa Chan

  1. Love yourself like your Life Depends on it by Kamal Ravikant 
  2. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom (Fam book club re-read)
  3. A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
  4. Marriage Rules by Harriet Lerner
  5. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
  6. Redeeming weddings by Joseph Okoth
  7. Why is God Laughing by Deepak Chopra
  8. Chicken Soup for a Woman’s Soul
  9. The Shack by William Paul Young

Memoirs/Autobiographies/ Biographies

     40. Dreams in a Time of War by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

  1. Scary Close by Donald Miller
  2. Things I’ve been Silent About by Azar Nafisi

Self Help

      43. Managing your Finances God’s Way by Gladys Juma

       44. Wanting Sex Again by Laurie Watson


        45. Morning Yet on Creation Day by Chinua Achebe

        46. Wedding Cake for Breakfast by Kim Perel and Wendy Sherman

         47. Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou

         48. Coming of Age: Strides in African Publishing – Essays in Honour of Dr Henry Chakava


       49. Politics of Betrayal by Joe Khamisi

       50. The Writing Life by William Zinsser

       51    Planning your Novel: Ideas and Structure

       52. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (Fam Book Club)

Audio Books

     53. In Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer


Books I started but didn’t finish or haven’t finished/

December reads

Mtambo wa Mauti by Ben Mtobwa

The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren

Dead Aid by Dambisa Moyo

Breaking Down by Eunniah Mbabazi

Looters and Grabbers by Joe Khamisi

Three Men and a Bottle by Anthony Onugba

Yesterday I cried by Iyanla

7 Habits of Highly Successful People (Fam Book Club)

Ways of Dying by Zakes Mda


Please do share your list (or the titles you remember)