Well – 2019 is giving me a punch in the face due to various reasons, and that means it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a massive mug of tea and talk about books. We’re still at the dawn of this new year and I want to look ahead to the books I’m planning on getting to this year.
I didn’t read about half the books on my 2018 TBR, so I’m hoping to get through more of this list this year. There’s twelve books in total, and it going to be a year of finishing what I started … oooooooo!
The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Started in 2018, but not finished. I’ve picked it back up (after DNFing my first read of the year, sob!), and am enjoying it. Russian fairytale mixed with real history and there are some dynamic characters that are fascinating. Little difficult to follow sometimes – possibly because I’m knackered – which is why it’s taking me a while to get through. But definitely want to finish this year, and maybe look into the rest of the trilogy if I end up loving it.
Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness
NEED. TO. FINISH. TRILOGY. That’s … that’s it. The previous two books have left me with serious emotional scars of various shapes and sizes, so I need to be traumatised again. Also, the film is coming out this year, I think (still not sure about the casting…), so would be good to get this wrapped up before it’s out and I can judge it and compare it and irritate everyone no end by saying how the books were better ……..
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Didn’t read last year (for some ungodly reason), so need to read this year. I love these books so much and I don’t know why I kept putting it off. I need the joy and love and warmth and all-round beautiful ridiculousness of Locke and Jean again. Plus, book two ended on a cliffhanger. Seriously, why have I not read this yet???
Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
I was so excited to get the second of Schwab’s Villians duology and then just … haven’t read it yet. Since arriving on my doorstep, I haven’t been in the mood to pick it up, even though I’ve heard nothing but good things. But I will this year!
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee
I reread The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and was so happy to get the novella for pre-ordering Felicity’s novel. But, again, in the trend of this list, I just haven’t felt compelled to pick it up when it arrived. The end of last year when most of these exciting sequels dropped was pretty hectic and stressful for me, so that affected my reading a lot. Maybe by Spring I’ll be back on top of things!
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
Another trilogy to finish! I have enjoyed the Grisha books so far – nothing stand-out, but entertaining – so I’m interested to see the conclusion as I believe it has one of those divisive endings you either love or hate (no spoilers, please!). But once completed, I feel like I can move onto the universally adored Six of Crows duology. Also find it interesting that the both this trilogy and the duology have been picked up for an 8-episode series on Netflix. Should be good – I think it’ll translate really well on screen so long as Netflix throws enough money at it.
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
The third book is now out in this sci-fi series and I still haven’t read book two. But I will! I will …
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
It’s a very big book. Like, a very big book. And though reading the first one was a blast, the size of the sequel is somewhat overwhelming. Over 900 pages of overwhelming. But I freaking loved The Name of the Wind, so I must get to this soon.
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Moving away from finishing series now, this was a highly anticipated read last year for those who actually read The Book Thief before 2018. It is a very different story to Zusak’s well-loved novel, but I am hugely intrigued by the non-liner narrative, and am looking forward to the opportunity to sink into Zusak’s clear and brilliant prose. The more I am writing this, the more I need it in my brain …
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins-Reid
The hype was so real for this (and still is). It has snuck itself into the hearts of so many people, and I want to be one of them. Sassy, queer, former movie star relating her life story? Yes please.
The Ice by Laline Paull
How have I not read it yet? I adored The Bees and this has been sat on my shelf for far too long. Fear of high expectations not being met? Maybe, but I think this needs to be rectified soon. It’s getting pretty chilly around here, so maybe this is the perfect read to snuggle up to in January.
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
I bought it last year with the intention of reading it immediately. I think the fact it is on this list speaks to the result of that plan. It has become a modern classic, and I’m looking forward to finally reading it.
There are loads of other books on my TBR I could have added to this list, but my main focus for the year is definitely to get through some of the series that I started but haven’t finished yet – especially when I loved the first book/s!
And I’m hoping with my ban on buying any books this year that I will be more likely to lean towards these books, all of them staring at me with their beautiful unread faces. By having twelve, I also think if I try and read one of them a month, I am giving myself more of an incentive and structure to reading them.
That being said, I am such a mood reader and have no idea what I might end up reading! So we shall have to check-in later in the year and see how I’m getting on…
Do you have a yearly TBR? Let me know some books your desperate to read this year down below.