The new year means my excitement for books and reading is at it's highest! I always love planning and starting things. I am awful about follow through -- it's my biggest flaw as a person. I am trying to get better, though.
In 2018, I completely failed at my 18 in 2018 list. It's like I made the list and then completely forgot to ever look at it again. So this time, I was a little bit more thoughtful with my choices. I know that I want to read as many of the books off my shelves as possible, so I mostly picked physical books. I don't want to forget my Kindle books, though, so I made sure a few were on there. I decided to not pick audiobooks I own for this list -- I do want to get through as many of my Audible books as I can but I didn't want to double dip. I wanted this 19 in 2019 to be a challenge of its own.
I broke them up into different sections: 1) Book of the Month books 2) Nonfiction books 3) Kindle books 4) The books on my shelves I want to read the most
I didn't want to have a repeat from the 18 in 2018 list, but I also was very annoyed with myself that I didn't get around to The Chalk Man and Still Lives, so I decided to keep those on here. I also have been really wanting to read The Secret History -- I've heard such amazing things! My last two are not books I probably would have chosen initially. However, when my mother, sister and I were discussing our mother/daughter book club plans, we knew we had some BOTM books that we all ordered, so we decided our first two months would be Cross Her Heart and Sweet Little Lies. Since I was having a hard time picking two more BOTM books, I decided to go ahead and pick those.
Nonfiction is not something I tend to gravitate toward. I love memoirs, though, and was ecstatic when I won a Goodreads giveaway for Isaac Mizrahi’s memoir. The book is set to be released in February so I will be picking it up very soon. I also have 3 true crime books, two in book form and one in Kindle: In Cold Blood, Killers of the Flower Moon and The Fact of a Body. I decided for my last pick, I wanted something, not true crime related. Quiet is a book I have wanted to read for years. I look forward to picking it up later in 2019.
I don’t think anyone is surprised to hear that I have a lot of Kindle books. Definitely way more than I expected. I know that I want to lessen my ARCs this year, but I decided to not include those on this list – sans the memoir in the last section. Again, the ARCs are their own adventure that I will be working toward. ARC April will be happening — probably ARC August, as well. But, that’s not what this section is about. I spent the time to go through my 300+ selection of Kindle books and pick the ones that really stood out to me. I am a huge Mary Kubica fan and I can’t believe I still haven’t read When The Lights Go Out. I know that will probably be the first one from this section I will read. I have also heard so many good things about The Cabin at the End of the World and I was so thrilled to get it on a Kindle deal recently. I started It last year and would really like to finish it. And I rounded out this section with In The Vinesbecause it was one of my anticipated reads from last year, and it’s ridiculous that I haven’t read it yet!
For my last section, I literally stood in front of my bookshelf with my I Want To Read Now books and picked the ones that I have heard so many great things about. The Muralist was also on my 18 in 2018 last year — I read B.A. Shapiro’s The Art Forger a couple of years ago and it was a major fave! I look forward to checking out another book. I read my first Liz Nugent book last year and loved her writing style — Unraveling Oliver was the first one I grabbed off my shelf when coming up with this list. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is one of my most recent purchases. It was another book that I saw everywhere last year. The last two, Sometimes I Lie and The Flight Attendant are books I’ve also heard so many good things about — and I got both of these copies from a McKay’s trip last year!
And there it is! My 19 books I (hope!) to read in 2019. Do you have a list of books you want to tackle this year? Link it below! I’d love to see what books you want to read this year.