If you follow any authors, book bloggers, or publishers on social media, you’ve likely seen a lot of posts lately about what’s to come in 2019 and what needs to be added to your to-be-read pile. While I’ve given up hope of ever completely making it through my TBR list (it’s basically Hydra—I finish one book only to find three more I’d like to read), which means most new 2019 books won’t make it to the top of the list until at least 2020, I thought it might be fun to preview MY 2019 reads—or at least, those I hope to finish in 2019!
So far, it looks 2019 will be the year of the sequel. Archenemies, As She Ascends, Evermore, Legendary, Between Frost and Fury, The Burning World, and The Kingdom of Copper are all in my top 12 (and I have been setting the goal of reading at least twelve books per year) and they are all sequels to novels I’ve already enjoyed. I would also like to note that most of them are less than a year old (two of them aren’t even out yet!) so they have not spent that much time waiting on my TBR list. That’s at least some progress, right?
Also sandwiched in between all those sequels are Sea Witch and To Kill a Kingdom. Are mermaids the next trending creature? Maybe in my world.
2019 also looks like it could be the year I push my genre tastes a little bit further. I gave historical fiction more of a chance in 2018 with The Nightingale and Victoria, and I’d like to continue that trend with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and by finally borrowing the Poldark series from my mom.
What other books might 2019 bring? On the contemporary side, I’d love to give Ibi Zoboi’s Pride, a re-imagining of Pride & Prejudice set in modern-day Brooklyn, a try. Also near the top of my list is The Supervillain and Me by Danielle Banas.
Will I finish all these books in 2019? Will others elbow their way to the top of my pile instead? Does it actually matter so long as I have time to read something? Only time will tell.