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12 Books To Read in 2019!

I understand this is quite late to be posted now that it’s near the end of January, but I kind decided that I want to tick off the books I complete from this list. I had started drafting this at the start of the year and intended to keep as a draft, but I though ‘why not?’. They are the books I want to prioritise this year because I was planning to read them last year but didn’t get around to them, or they’re books I’ve had for a long time and need to finally get to. I have no excuse for not have already read these, mainly just putting things off or simply didn’t have enough time last year. But if all goes well, all these books (or at least a majority) of these will be crossed off! When I review my reading in the middle of the year, we’ll see how I’ve done etc.

 

380879121/ VICIOUS by V. E. Schwab

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Want to read all V. E. Schwab’s published works
  • It’s V. E. f***ing Schwab!
  • Deals with power and whether it creates super heroes or villains
  • Fantastic reviews from other’s I trust
  • I’ve bought the exclusive editions of the duology so I have to read it!

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Shear laziness
  • Other books getting in the way
  • High expectations from author after loving ADSOM series

 

289541892/ SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Had it on my TBR for AGES!
  • Set in a world where we have conquered death so we need assigned killers to keep the population under control
  • Fantastic reviews

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Forgetting to get to it
  • Other books getting in the way

 

236773413/ WE ARE THE ANTS by Shaun David Hutchinson

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Fantastic reviews
  • Hard-hitting which deals with important issues
  • Been on TBR for over a year
  • Described as Donnie Darko with LGBT and aliens

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Intimidated by the fantastic reviews
  • Predicted 5 star read
  • Been trying to de-hype the book so my expectations aren’t too high

 

157436504/ THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Steifvater

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Popular and well-loved series
  • Got the entire series so able to binge through the entire thing
  • Been on TBR for over a year
  • I’m possibly the only person in history to have not read this series yet

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • I might not love it as much as everyone else does
  • I take ages getting through series
  • Intimidated by it’s popularity

 

254938535/ THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden *update* read: 5/5 stars

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Fantastic reviews
  • Based on Russian folklore
  • I love atmospheric books
  • Been on TBR for over a year

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Intimidated by the fantastic reviews
  • Predicted 5 star read
  • Waiting for the perfect time to pick this up (winter)
  • Been trying to de-hype the book so my expectations aren’t too high

 

358871816/ THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Fantastic reviews from those I trust
  • Military historical fiction set in China
  • A very dark, grim book
  • Has no romance

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Need to be in the right mood for it
  • Predicted 5 star read
  • Over 500 pages
  • Dense fantasy

 

357959877/ BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Honest and raw book about abusive relationships
  • Protagonist is looking in hindsight at the relationship turning sour
  • Unique premise, haven’t seen many books on abusive relationships
  • Can be relatable to personal experiences

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Want to read around February or Summer time
  • Predicted 5 star read
  • Can be relatable to personal experiences

 

306537198/ HUNTED by Meagan Spooner

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Been on my TBR for a very long time
  • Retelling of Beauty & The Beast, a favourite of mine
  • A standalone fantasy

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Polarising views
  • Prone to overlooking the book at times
  • Had on Kindle initially, but now got the Hardcover which means I should get to it quicker

 

339582309/ FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS by Julie C. Dao

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Been on my TBR for a very long time
  • East Asian reimagining of The Evil Queen
  • Dark book following an antagonist
  • Final book in duology released last year

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Polarising views
  • Prone to overlooking the book at times
  • Waiting for the best time to pick it up

 

1916185210/ THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Been on my TBR for a very long time
  • Fantastic reviews
  • Have the whole trilogy on my shelf
  • Interesting premise; post-apocalyptic mixed with fantasy

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Intimidated by reviews
  • Predicted 5 star book
  • Want to be in the right mood to pick it up

 

2974892511/ STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Fantastic reviews
  • Very popular
  • Interesting premise following a librarian searching for a forgotten city
  • Own both special edition books in the duology

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Did not enjoy Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  • Intimidated by popularity
  • Over 500 pages, in both books
  • Worried I won’t like it as much as everyone else

 

3518131412/ HEART OF IRON by Ashley Poston

Goodreads

Why I’m Prioritising:

  • Been wanting to read in 2018
  • Described as Anastasia in Space
  • A diverse read
  • Praised from reviewers with similar reading tastes

Why I’ve Put it Off:

  • Polarising views
  • Prone to overlooking the book at times
  • First in a series, second not released yet

 

 

So fingers crossed I get to these books this year at last! I really want to try and reduce the physical books on my TBR this year, and this would be one of the steps to take to do such that! Have any of you read these books? Any you recommend I get to first? I’d love to know!

 

THANKS FOR READING!

 

Abbie xxxx

4 thoughts on “12 Books To Read in 2019!

  1. I hope you enjoy these! I made a list of ten authors I should try in the near-ish future, but I’m trying not to put a time restriction on it. I never want my reading to feel like a chore.

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