One of my reading goals for 2019 is to read more classics. Last year I planned to read a huge pile of classics but unfortunately only ended up reading a handful of books in this category. This year I’m determined to read as many of my classics as I can. The Hounds of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle is my second classic novel of the year. It features the wonderfully eccentric, brilliant Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr Watson. Continue reading
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.
My husband bought me a whole stack of Daphne du Maurier books for my birthday. Over the years I’ve read Rebecca, Jamaica Inn and Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier. But I wanted to read more of her books. The King’s General is set in 17th century Cornwall during the time of the English Civil War. Even though this book is called The King’s General, and he features as a character in the novel, the story is told from the point-of-view of Honor Harris.
When Honor is eighteen she is passionate, beautiful, reckless and the spoiled youngest daughter of a large family. She reminded me a bit of Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With the Wind. Honor meets Sir Richard Grenville, a soldier who cares only for fighting and not about the feelings of those around him. Richard is a bit like Rhett Butler, only meaner, and he is dedicated to fighting for his king. He’s really not a likeable person but is a brilliant soldier. When Richard meets Honor something clicks. Her family is against any match between them and sends Honor home. Richard follows her and they meet in secret and eventually become engaged.
But then tragedy strikes days before their wedding and Honor sends Richard away. I won’t tell you what the tragedy is but it’s a good twist and changes Honor’s life forever. It’s rare to find a novel told from the point-of-view of a person in her situation. Continue reading