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2019 Reading Challenge

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As if I’m already setting this damn list up again. As you may have guessed I am still slowly trying to finish off last year’s, which ya know was a thing that happened somehow.

Last year’s turned into a mess. The amount of ‘bonus book reviews’ I wrote (and am still writing) because I was incapable of sticking to a damn script was ridiculous. It also made the ‘official’ list sound like a dirty lie. So the way I’m writing them up this year is gonna be a little bit different.

Also there is no official number. I mean the 2019 Goodreads Challenge is set at 52, one for each week, but it’s a little more malleable. For the sake of my damn sanity. Not that last year’s drove me mad or anything, it’s just I’m not quite sure how I’m gonna beat something that I just about managed last year. So I’m not even going to try.

Also considering what a clusterfuck 2018’s turned out to be, I’m not going to list all the books I plan to read, mainly because I don’t have that hashtag confirmed yet.

What I do have is a stack of books that I already own and should probably read and a shit ton, I mean a shit ton, of books that I’ve got on pre-order.

So let’s just get on with this:

Godsgrave & Darkdawn – Jay Kristoff – I’m gonna finish out The Nevernight Chronicles in one go, it just feels the most natural of things to do. It’s most likely the reason I couldn’t get it done last year. One I obviously already own, the other has got that pre-order in.

Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow – You may have noticed that until recently this just lived on my ‘currently reading’ shelf when the real truth is that I ain’t gone near it in well over a year. Here’s the thing, it’s massive. It’s non-commutable. So it’s going to be an ongoing home read, because the little I have read of it, I’ve enjoyed.

Don Juan – Lord Bryon – I love this kind of classic poetry, the problem was when I started reading it I found myself falling into habits that dragged me back to my uni days and I was not about that. However, now I’m embracing that that is probably just going to be the way this goes and finally get ‘er done.

A Gathering of Shadows & A Conjuring of Light – V.E Schwab – Again, I’m going to finally purchase these and finish the series up. I cannot wait any longer, I’m surprised I managed to wait at all.

The Near Witch – V.E Schwab – Speaking of V.E Schwab her debut is being reprinted in with a gorgeous cover so guess what I’ve pre-ordered.

Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon – While we’re here let’s go through all the books I’ve got on pre-order. This one might be the one I’ve had on that list the longest. I get so excited every time I even think about it.

The Testaments – Margaret Atwood – This novel got announced and before I could even really process it was going to exist I pre-ordered it. Ready for it.

The Good Immigrant USA – Nikesh Shukla – I enjoyed The Good Immigrant and am genuinely fascinated to see what it its US counterpart will offer because it’s such a clusterfuck here, I can only imagine what it’s like where it’s more overtly racist.

The Starless Sea – Erin Morgenstern – Again I jumped on this pre-order so hard with excitement I legit couldn’t cope. I’m so excited for it. So excited.

In the Time We Lost – Carrie Hope Fletcher – No one is more surprised that I’ve pre-ordered this book than I am. I genuinely believed that I was done with her literature but then there is this part of me that just wants to support hr ventures. The premise sounds interesting, but I’m not getting my hopes up as I’ve been there before.

The Curses – Laure Eve – I loved The Graces (also on a pre-order because the cover has changed and we all know that I need these fuckers to match) and am excited by a sequel from a new perspective.

The Everlasting Rose – Dohnielle Clayton – I’m giving this series a second chance because there were elements about the first one that I did like. This one is going to expand slightly as well, so I’m interested as to where that is going to lead.

Slay in Your Lane – Yomi Adegoke – I nearly bought this book on an impulse buy but didn’t in a rare moment of restraint. So I pre-ordered it instead.

Heart and Hustle – Patricia Bright – Let me count the ways in which I love one Ms Patrica Bright. Her videos are always a highlight of my week and I’m so glad I stumbled across her videos one day when looking at Fenty reviews. It was a no brainer to pre-order this and support my girl.

Misogynation: The True Scale of Sexism – Laura Bates – I have read her other two books and enjoyed them. I also really enjoy her no nonsense way of writing, so this just made sense to me.

The Burning – Laura Bates – I am interested as to how her writing style will translate to fiction, I like the premise of the story as well. So it should all be very interesting.

In Pieces – Sally Field – I enjoy this woman and her career and also I love me an autobiography.

Character Breakdown – Zawe Ashton – This woman was a highlight of Fresh Meat and also in everything that I have ever seen her in (special shout-out to St Trinians). She hilarious and so talented and I am all for reading anything she is going to put out there.

We’re Going to Need More Wine – Gabrielle Union – I’ve grown a recent appreciation for this woman and also I love an essay collection and this sounds like it’s going to be a good one. And also potentially a hard one if that title is anything to go by.

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one – amanda lovelace – if amanda lovelace is going to write it, I’m going to read it

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – Gail Honeyman – Here we have a trio of books that I only bought because I got a Waterstones gift card for Christmas and then there was a buy one get one half price offer going on and that seemed to good an opportunity to turn up. This book was everywhere in 2018 and I want to know what the hype is.

The Toymakers – Robert Dinsdale – This book is described as being perfect for those who loved The Miniaturist and The Night Circus, I read that and was instantly like I need it in my life.. Also there are red sprayed edges involved. Sign me up.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Mackenzi Lee – I don’t much about this book other than the fact that some people I follow seemed to enjoy it and well it was on a display and then it was in my room.

Enchantée – Gita Trelease – Can I be honest with you? There is a day in December (the 5th to be precise) that future me will hate me for. I saw a gif of this shiny, sparkly cover on Twitter thought ‘oooh pretty’ found it on Waterstones and hit pre-order. I don’t know anything about this book other than the fact that the cover is fire.

Heroes – Stephen Fry – There’s a whole backstory as to why I own this book that I don’t really need to get into. However, this might actually help me from a research perspective for something further down the line.

Not That Bad – Roxane Gay – I will have to out and out purchase this one but it is a damn requirement of life to read all of Gay’s non-fiction work.

The Kiss Quotient – Helen Hoang – I’ve heard things about this book, it’s just won a Goodreads award and well if the universe wants to drop this in my lap like that I will not be mad about it. (Also the author has a second book due out this year so depending on has this on goes I might have just found another book to add to this list).

My Brilliant Friend – Elena Ferrante – This is a series of 4 books. Whew. This was a series recommended to me by somebody I have faith in to recommend some good stuff, so here we are making the commitment.

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink – Scarlett Curtis – This is another book that seems to just be following me around and soon I will be powerless to say no for much longer. It also supports a good cause. I would be doing a good thing…

You know this list right here is 34 books. Even with my 52 book target I still have a delightful 18 books to play with and beyond. I’m so excited for this year in books.

What are some of the books that you want to read in 2019?

Parentheses count: 5. See you tomorrow!

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