If you consider yourself a dedicated individual, pulled in many directions for many worthy causes, you likely have trouble finding time to read. Time is valuable, after all, and after hours and hours running around in service to others, whether at work or volunteering, it’s much easier to relax on the couch with a good movie than to open a book.

In 2019, though, I decided to rededicate myself to books. After graduate school, I initially went all in, but quickly found myself reabsorbed into the many events and activities in Sheridan. So, in 2020, while it’s not really a resolution, I’ve re-engaged in a concentrated effort to read more.

With shelves full of titles, here are just a few I look forward to tackling in 2020.

• “Educated” — This one has been on the bestseller list for so long, I couldn’t help but pick up a copy. The author, Tara Westover, tells the story of her own education. She was born to survivalists in Idaho and didn’t step foot into a classroom until she was 17 years old.

• “The Nightingale” — As a sucker for historical fiction, I actually accidentally bought this book by Kristin Hannah twice. The novel follows two sisters as they navigate World War II in German-occupied France. Goodreads recognized this book as best historical novel of the year in 2019.

• “A Secret History of Witches” — Again with the historical fiction, this saga by Louisa Morgan traces five generations of women who enjoy certain special gifts.

• “On Trails: An Exploration” — Robert Moor, while through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, began wondering how trails are formed and how some fade while others improve over time. I read a description of this book once that said, “Moor has the essayist’s gift for making new connections, the adventurer’s love for paths untaken, and the philosopher’s knack for asking big questions.” I couldn’t help but add this one to the shopping cart.

I did tackle a couple of books in 2019 that I’d recommend. Some are quick reads, some take a little more effort.

• “Dark Places” — Gillian Flynn has proven herself to be a master of mysteries. This one tells the story of a woman whose family was killed when she was just a girl. You can’t exactly “like” the main character, but you still find yourself engrossed in her story.

• “The Wild Inside” — You can tell I found myself on a mystery novel kick for a bit, because this one by Christine Carbo tracks a man investigating a murder involving a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park.

• “Where the Crawdads Sing” — This novel has appeared on the bestseller list for some time, and I have to say, it matched the hype. Grab a copy and maybe take a few days off to soak in the beauty of the story written by Delia Owens.

As always, I hope you’ll also share your favorite books from 2019 and those you look forward to consuming in 2020. Send recommendations to editor@thesheridanpress.com.