Happy New Year! It’s another year, which means another year full of good books (hopefully) and lots of time to read.
This year, I decided to continue my tradition of setting a yearly TBR for myself. Yet again, I’ve chosen five fiction and five nonfiction books for my TBR. I am excited to read every single one of these books. Even better? They’re all books I already own, so I have absolutely no excuse not to read them.
Here are the top ten books I’m planning on reading in 2019:
The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. I’ll admit I was initially attracted to this book because of the cover. But I’ve since heard some amazing things about this book. It ended up on quite a few favorite lists at the end of 2018, and I’m hoping I’ll love it, too.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. I meant to read this last year, but never got around to it. I’ve heard amazing things, and seeing it on Obama’s favorite books list is made me want to read this even more. I’m planning on getting to this one early in the year.
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. While I didn’t love The Secret History as much as everyone else seems to, I did enjoy it quite a bit. I’ve been putting off reading The Goldfinch, but people keep recommending it to me, and I finally picked up a copy, so I need to read it.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This is another book I’ve been seeing everywhere. I finally read the synopsis, and decided to pick up a copy. It just sounds like a lovely, cozy read. And I’ve learned my lesson about putting off reading books, so I do want to read this one before the film adaptation is released.
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Yes, I know. I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one, either. I have heard great things about this book, and I think I’ll really enjoy it. I’m looking forward to finding out.
Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson. I don’t read a ton of biographies (they tend to be really long and dense), but I absolutely loved Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci when I read it last year. This year, I’d really like to get to his biography of Albert Einstein, because Einstein is another figure I am extremely interested in. I’m planning on listening to the audiobook because 1. I can’t find my copy in the giant stacks of books everywhere, and 2. it’s narrated by Edward Herrmann, aka Richard Gilmore.
Botanical Shakespeare: An Illustrated Compendium by Gerit Quealy. I am planning on finishing my read-through of the complete works of Shakespeare this year, so I figured it would be a good time to read this one.
Becoming by Michelle Obama. I meant to read this right when it came out a few months ago, but didn’t get around to it (the end of the year was kind of crazy). But I love Michelle Obama, and I am really excited about this book! I’m really hoping to get to it in the next month or two.
The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness by Sy Montgomery. I keep hearing amazing things about this book. I’ve been meaning to read more nonfiction about nature, and I am particularly fascinated by octopuses (yes, that’s the correct plural, I looked it up). I think they’re smarter than most people realize, and I would definitely like to find out more.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is another book that’s been on my TBR for a while. I picked up a copy last year in the big Barnes & Noble sale, and would really like to read it soon. I’m continuing reading one nonfiction book a month this year, and I always like having shorter books to choose from, and I think this’ll be perfect.
That’s it for this year’s reading list. I do have high hopes that I can read all of these by the end of the year.
What’s on your 2019 reading list?
Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier’ – Alfred Lord Tennyson