Happy New Year everyone! In 2018 I read 105 books. I enjoyed reading books across many different genres from YA to historical fiction to romance. In 2019 I want to read more books from my unread shelf. I have so many books that have been waiting patiently for my attention, many of them classics, and this is the year that I want to get stuck into them.
Last year I set myself the challenge of reading 60 books and ended up blowing that goal out of the water. But classics take me a bit more time to read than modern books. For that reason I’m going to set my goal at 70 books this year so I don’t feel too much pressure.
Books that are on my to be read pile in 2019 include:
Classics on my shelf that I want to read
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte
- Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
- Nineteen-Eighty Four by George Orwell (re-read)
- The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (re-read)
- Middlemarch by George Eliot
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (re-read)
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
- Persuasion by Jane Austen (re-read)
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (re-read)
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (re-read)
- Emma by Jane Austen (re-read)
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen (re-read)
- Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
- The Iliad by Homer (re-read)
- The Odyssey by Homer (re-read)
- My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier
- The Loving Spirit by Daphne du Maurier
- The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
- The Scapegoat by Daphne du Maurier
- Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier (re-read)
Fiction & Crime fiction on my shelf that I want to read
The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
- The Last Anniversary by Liane Moriarty
- Day Shift by Charlaine Harris
- The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries by Charlaine Harris (11 books in the series!)
- The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes
- Night Music by Jojo Moyes
- The Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
- Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
- The One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (re-read)
- Crimson Lake by Candice Fox
- The Cuckoos Calling by Robert Galbraith (and the next few books if I like this one)
- The Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keyes (re-read)
- The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes (re-read)
- The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes (re-read)
- Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
- The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
YA fiction on my shelf that I still need to read
- Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Beast: A Tale of Love and Revenge
- The Rift by Rachael Craw
- Dry by Neal Shusterman
Books from my husband’s shelf that I might read
- Misery by Stephen King
- Carrie by Stephen King
- The Shining by Stephen King
- The Outsider by Stephen King
- Elevation by Stephen King
There are a lot more books but I’ll see how I go! There are only so many weeks in a year!
Books I want to get (even though I already have so many books to read)
- The Wicked King by Holly Black (the sequel to The Cruel Prince)
- 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne (I loved The Hating Game so really want to get this when it comes out at the end of January).
- An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks (I enjoyed The Wife Between Us so look forward to getting this book some time soon).
- Becoming by Michelle Obama (I’m hoping to get my hands on this biography and devour it).
- Mythos by Stephen Fry and Heroes by Stephen Fry (I love Greek mythology and have had my eye on these books for a while. Maybe this is the year I get them!)
- The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (This book looks so intriguing and I’m seeing it everywhere. I’ll keep my eye out for an inexpensive copy).
- The Wedding Date and The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (These books are all over bookstagram and look like the perfect, frothy holiday reads. I might get them ahead of my holiday in March).
- Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (This is a New York Times #1 bestseller that I’m seeing everywhere. It looks like a powerful book so I’m hoping to grab a copy at some stage).
I’ll leave my list here for now. I’m going to try very hard to read books that I already own but I’m an impulsive reader who is easily swayed by what other booklovers are reading. So I’m not going to be too hard on myself if I buy too many new books. Still, I will give this list my best shot.
What about you? What are your bookish resolutions for 2019? I’d love to hear them.