One phrase heard most at the beginning of a new year: “I wish I read more.” So this year, let’s do it.
Maybe you want to make more time for reading in 2019. I know I certainly do. I’ve always been a bookworm, and tend to frequent the library almost as much as Target. However, I’m not always great about reading a lot of books in a year. Typically, I pick a series and go through the whole thing, while maybe adding a self-help or encouraging novel here and there. This year, my goal is to actually get through all the books I’ve been “putting off” for quite some time. I actually have a list, and like Santa Claus, I want to check it twice!
My book tastes haven’t varied much over the years. I’ve always loved a good fantasy or sci-fi novel, and it can actually be pretty difficult for me to find enjoyment in any other genres. I want to learn how to love books on upping my business game, or even pick up a cheesy romance here and there (my mom always called these “fluff” books – but they can be fun)! If you keep reading, you’ll see all 15 books I have on my “to-read” list. Have you browsed through any of them, yourself?
15 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2019
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // J.K. Rowling
Well, considering the fact that I’m not even halfway through “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and I’m already tempted to read the entire series over again once finished, I know that this will somewhat fill that void. The movies have already become favorites of mine, so I’m quite interested in reading the screenplay.
In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It // Lauren Graham
Lauren Graham not only plays my favorite television character of all time, Lorelai Gilmore, but she’s also an incredibly intellectual writer. Her wit in her writing is just as evident as it is in her acting, which makes reading all the more enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to reading her advice for those who just haven’t accomplished everything (yet).
Milk and Honey // Rupi Kaur
Honestly, this has been on my “to-read” list since the moment it came out, yet I still haven’t had the opportunity to actually sit down with it. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for poetry, and the style of poetry in this book seems to speak volumes.
Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely // Lysa TerKeurst
I’ve had this book suggested to me on numerous occasions. As someone who has definitely felt rejected at times (haven’t we all?), I’m interested in learning more about what Lysa has to say when it comes to God’s perspective on the matter.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before // Jenny Han
I’m bandwagon-ing on this one since I loved the movie SO.DANG.MUCH. Seriously, I’ve already watched it more times than I can count. I know this is actually a series of books, and as someone who used to swear by reading the book before the movie, I at least want to get a head start before the next movie makes its debut (since I’m behind on reading the first one).
Crazy Rich Asians // Kevin Kwan
Also a book-made-movie, I’m curious of the differences between this particular series and the film. I think I wanted to love the movie so much more because of all the hype. Maybe reading the book will give me a different outlook on the story.
When Life Gives You Lululemons // Lauren Weisberger
Ah yes, the author of “Devil Wears Prada.” I already have high hopes for this long-anticipated sequal, since I love the original story with all my heart. I mean, Miranda Priestly = QUEEN.
Legendary: A Caraval Novel // Stephanie Garber
Earlier in 2018, I read Stephanie’s “Caraval,” and completely fell in love. In fact, I believe I read it in 2 days because I was so hooked on the plot. I love a book that will take you for a ride, and this one certainly accomplishes that. I even tweeted Stephanie immediately after finishing her book, just to tell her how excited I was for the next installment, and she retweeted me! I know, I know – #nerd.
Throne of Glass // Sarah J. Maas
I actually began this book a couple of years ago, and never got the opportunity to finish it. As someone who loves a good fantasy series, I’m constantly seeing this as a recommended read when browsing the library catalog. 2019 will be the year I finally finish it and see what all the hype is about.
Everybody Always // Bob Goff
Bob Goff really plucked at my heartstrings with “Love Does,” so I’ve been wanting to read this extra badly. He has a way of greatly encouraging you while simultaneously pushing you to just do it, and I love that.
Girl, Wash Your Face // Rachel Hollis
This has become such a controversial book, that I think I’ll be reading it purely out of intrigue. It seems like everyone has something different to say, and I would definitely like to form my own opinion. Especially since this is such a popular pick in the influencer world.
You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life // Jen Sincero
I can certainly have a tendency to be very self-critical, and could always use a little boost. I’ve heard only excellent reviews about this book!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life // Mark Manson
I’ve not even gotten to read this book yet, and I’m already recommending it to others. I think, like the Rachel Hollis book, I’m curious to form my own opinion on this particular approach to life.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear // Elizabeth Gilbert
As a self-employed creative, I’m always searching for ways to stay motivated and continue pursuing my dreams. Any book that provides wisdom and insight on that subject, while also encouraging me to keep going is a book that I want to read!
99 Percent Mine: A Novel // Sally Thorne
I read Sally’s “The Hating Game” a few months ago and laughed and cried my way through it in no time. She’s got a very sassy writing style, while still keeping things upbeat and sexy. The second I put down that book, I knew I wanted to read another one written by her. I was stoked to see this one on Amazon!