I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 2018 was the year of the re-reads. Okay, so not every single book read was a re-read. After all – I couldn’t resist some much anticipated sequels, debuts and finales. But, for the most part, I was reading some much loved favorites and finishing series I had either abandoned or hadn’t completed.
So, you would think, having spent the better part of the year reading books off my shelf that I would have saved a bit of money book-wise, right? Nope. Not even close. I actually spent a lot of money on books in 2018… And I didn’t read them all… Whoops!
That being said, I’m proposing that 2019 will be a year spent catching up primarily in my TBR shelf. Because let me tell you – it has fast become a never ending column that looks down with disdain and threatens to topple over. I figured I better get onto those poor books and stat. You know, actually attempt to get that beast under control this year. I’m not saying I won’t buy a single new book in 2019. I mean, who are we kidding??? But, I want my books read to books bought ratio to be less equal and more in the favor of books read. [I hope that makes sense? I never was too good at math!].
So, As Promised: My 2019 TBR
1. Binge-Read The Complete Works of Morgan Matson [Over Summer Of Course]
Nothing says summer contemporary like a Morgan Matson book. I mean, these books are so much more than just agnsty-splashy-romances. These books tackle deeper themes such as family dynamics, death, lost love, second chances and facing adversary against the backdrop of epic road trips, lake houses and summer. Since I never got around to reading Save The Date in 2018 I figured what better way to spend the Aussie summer than laying out on the beach with Matson’s relatable characters. Also, with my mum’s wedding in March, Save The Date will be the perfect pre-wedding read!
2. Finally Get My Ass Into Gear and Finish Morgan Rhodes’s Falling Kingdoms Saga
I am ashamed to admit that these babies have been frowning down at me since first gracing my shelves in 2016. Yes. That’s right – Falling Kingdoms has been on my TBR since 2016. While I did read both Falling Kingdoms and Rebel Spring, Gathering Darkness was pushed to the back burner when I feel head over heels for the Throne of Glass series. Actually, I’m pretty sure these books have been giving me the stink eye every year since when I re-read Throne of Glass again in 2017 and 2018. So I figured I owed it to my bank account and not to mention this very patient series to finally just roll up my sleeves and actually read them.
3. Re-Read Stalking Jack The Ripper So I Can Finally Read Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping From Houdini
I loved Stalking Jack The Ripper when I read it way back when in 2017. Not only because I consider myself a Ripperologist (even if completing an investigation in my high school modern history class doesn’t actually give me a qualification) but because I ship the actual hell (pun intended) out of Wadsworth and Cresswell. Hunting Prince Dracula and Escaping From Houdini were actually on my top priority TBR last year but due to slumps and what-not (emphasis on the what-not) I pushed them back. With the final book set for release later this year I’m hoping to binge the series before its release.
4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy and Other Pirate/Travel Themed Books
The Montague Siblings is a series of books that I bought last year and yet never got around to reading – even during my pirate bender! I actually plan on going on yet another bender this year (I need to finish Daughter of the Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller and Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken to name a few) so I plan on doing another piratey binge read. Both the Gentleman’s Guide and the Lady’s Guide are high on my priority list because who doesn’t love a Grand Tour and a whole lot of escapades???
5. Roll Up My Lazy-Ass Sleeves and Finally Finish Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse
Oh-my-god you guys. These books. These dang books have been on my TBR since the dawn of time. When I read Shadow and Bone I found it enjoyable but I really didn’t get the hype. That being said, after Siege and Storm and a certain pirate’s introduction I was a little more invested. And yet – I have still to read Ruin and Rising! I’m planing to re-read the first two books so I can finally discover what happens to the Darkling in Ruin and Rising before Netflix’s series drops. Also, I just really want to be done with the original trilogy so I can hurry up and read the Six of Crows duology already because let me tell you, I have heard great things.
6. Start Reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Series In It’s Chronological Publication Order [And See How Far I Get]
Since reading Maskerade last year I have quickly become obsessed with the late terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. I am specifically partial to the Witches Collection because Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and their cat Greebo are hysterical with their meddling antics and escapades. That being said, I have yet to read the very first Discworld novel; The Colour of Magic. If you had seen my 2019 Literary Resolutions you’ll know that throughout 2019 I plan to start at The Color of Magic and see how far I get through this fantastically witty world. I think it’s safe to say that I’m not going to make it though all 41 installments in one year alone. I mean, there are other books to read of course! But, I’m hoping to make it 10-12 books in. I’m particularly interested in Witches Abroad which I’m told is a parody on fairy-tales and Cinderella takes center stage.
So, there you have it guys – my 2019 TBR. Told you I would follow through with it! I’m the first to admit that I’m hopeless at sticking to my reading goals and TBR but this year I’m really putting the effort into trying. There are so many more books I’m hoping to get to but honestly, if I had the time to list them all we’d be here way past 2020. Some honorable mentions include re-reading Everless before tackling Evermore, finally getting to A Darker Shade of Magic and maybe (if I have the time) re-reading Harry Potter because it’s been a good year or so since my last Harry Potter bender.
So that completes my Trilogy of New Year Posts. What are you planing to read this year? I’d love to know your own TBRs! Happy reading friends, and may 2019 be the best yet. Good luck!