Reading list: 12 books I NEED to read in 2019

I already talked about this on twitter, so you might have some idea of what books you’re about to see, if you follow me there. But yeah, basically I was inspired by Melanie and her list of 12 books she wanted to & did manage to finally read in 2018. I’m definitely not as good with reading lists as she is, but she encouraged me, so here we are!

I’m pretty sure all of those books were sitting on my TBR since 2017 or even earlier, with maybe one or two exceptions. I’m really hoping that by sharing this list with you guys, I will be better motivated to read them! Please keep your fingers crossed for me, though! I’m definitely gonna need some encouraging.



The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
This book was recommended to me by my two best friends, so I already have a special connection with it. It’s a historical fiction story about two Jewish cousins who created a comic book about a Nazi-punching super-hero. Seems very appropriate to read it right about now, don’t you think? (It’s also gay.)

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
The iconic book by the lesbian writing Jesus! I’ve already read one other book by Waters (Tipping the Velvet, which I talked about before here & here) and I’ve seen two different adaptations of Fingersmith (the 2005 BBC mini-series & The Handmaiden). So it’s high time that I, as a lesbian, read the actual book!

At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill
Another gay historical fiction book I plan to read this year, because I am nothing if not predictable. But everyone is saying that this one is beautiful and heartbreaking and I’ve had it on my TBR since May 2016. So… Yeah.

The Bone Witch (The Bone Witch #1) by Rin Chupeco
I’m trying to revive my love for fantasy and honestly, what’s better than a book that wasn’t written by a white straight man and doesn’t take place in a land reminiscent of Western Europe…

Grendel by John Gardner
Another book strongly recommended to me (years ago) by one of my best friends. The fact that I still didn’t read it, when my friends have cats named Grendel… It’s haunting, guys, it really is.

The Iliad by Homer
Yeah, I feel like this year is the year! I feel like I might actually, finally do it! Read The Iliad!

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray
I read The Diviners in uhh…. November. 2015…. and I loved it! I really did! So yeah, I would say it’s high time for me to read the second part of the story.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Inheritance Trilogy #1) by N.K. Jemisin
Like I said, I’m trying to remind myself that I love fantasy and I’m trying to do that with books by women of color. And so here we are, with the book that everyone loves.

Cecilia by Fanny Burney
I actually read and adored Burney’s first book (Evelina), which she published anonymously and everyone thought she’s a guy. Because of course only a guy could write a book this good… And given how I truly enjoy reading XVIII century books, I thought I might finally try and read Cecilia.

Servant of the Underworld (Obsidian and Blood #1) by Aliette de Bodard
Fantasy! Set in an Aztec Empire! What could be better than this, let’s be honest. Plus, I recently read a short story by de Bodard (The Tea Master and the Detective) and realised I adore both her style and her worldbuilding, so this is shaping up to be real fun.

With the Old Breed by E.B. Sledge
What you should know about me is that I love love love both The Pacific and The Band of Brothers by HBO. This isn’t even the only war book on my TBR written by one of the guys portrayed on the shows. But it is the first one of them I decided I want to read.

Days Without End by Sebastian Berry
And obviously I’m ending my list with yet another gay historical fiction book… You have a type, Anna, you might say & yeah… You wouldn’t be wrong, you really wouldn’t.


Do you know any of the books on this list?

Maybe you would like to buddy-read them with me sometime this year?

And do you have any books you really want to read this year?




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27 Replies to “Reading list: 12 books I NEED to read in 2019”

  1. YAY! Another WWII reader! Sledge’s book is amazing. I had to read it for a college course and ended up loving it so much I kept it and have re-read it since. His role in The Pacific is one of my favorite storylines. If you haven’t read it yet, Robert Leckie’s Helmet For My Pillow is also really good (he is the other “main” character in The Pacific).

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    1. i actually started sledge’s book back in the spring but i was in such a fragile place after just finishing the pacific, i couldn’t deal w it?? so i took a break and never……….. came back……. to it…………… but i loved what i read so far so i really want to finish!!
      omg yeah, it’s on my tbr as well!! i actually have a whole shelf on gr just for war non-fiction lmao,, i loved peaches in the pacific :>>>>

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      1. Yeah, it’s really rough. But he’s a lovely writer. Both of them are! I’d also rec the semi-fictional/semi-autobiographical The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Vietnam War vet) for more beautiful, heartwrenching war stuff…

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      2. oh yeah, i heard great things abt it, it’s been on my tbr for a while!! i should get to it finally tbh…….
        have u read webster’s book? i bought that and band of brothers a few months ago, so those would be next in my war readings probably

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  2. ANNA! I LOVE THIS SO MUCH! I can’t wait to follow you in 2019 and see not only accomplish all of these, but hopefully love them all, too! Happy reading and happy new year, beautiful! 💖xx

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  3. At Swim Two Boys and Days Without End sound so good!!! I’m definitely trying my hardest to read them this year. I’d love to do a buddy read with you, if you’d be up to it! All these books sound so amazing, to be honest. Great job picking them out 😊

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    1. thank u!! i have to admit i struggled to pick them bc i just have so many blacklist titles sitting on my tbr for ages………
      oh my god yes, totally!! im a bit of a mood reader so choosing a date might be difficult, but i would definitely love to do a buddy read on either of them!! 💛💛

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      1. Oh pleeeease! Send me a message on twitter (@bookishr_) or maybe an email ( and let’s try to find a date! I’m okay with whenever if it’s not in January 😊

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  4. Sarah Waters is one of my favorite authors but I’ve never read Fingersmith! The Night Watch by her is one of my all-time favorite books; you should check that one out too!

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  5. Great list! I haven’t read any of these, but I’ve heard wonderful things about the Bone Witch and Lair of Dreams. I actually have a copy of the Bone Witch on my bookshelf just waiting to be read, so I’d love to do a buddy-read with you! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. thanks! it was hard work to narrow it down to only 12 haha
      aahhh oh my god yes, let’s do it!! r u on twitter?? that would probably be the easiest for us but we can work something out otherwise too. tho i should mention that i can’t rly do january AND im a bit of a mood reader so choosing a date might be difficult lmao


      1. Nope, I’m actually not on twitter, but I have a goodreads and an instagram! I can also communicate through email if that’s more convinient.

        I can totally relate to the whole mood reader thing, so whenever you feel the desire to read the Bone Witch hit me up lol (:

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      2. i tend to ramble & text a lot when i read stuff with ppl which is why i asked abt twitter but insta works too!! or gr i guess! i followed u on both :>>

        okay, i will! just feel free to remind me bc i might forget i even wanted to read it in the first place 😮


  6. Awesome, I just friended you back on gr and insta (: Maybe we should use insta just bc it’s easier to communicate through dm??? IDK.

    And sure, will do!

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  7. This list is awesome! I’ve read Fingersmith and I really hope you like it! There’s so many twists and turns, I was freaking out the whole time I was reading it, and the slowest of slow burns! just *kisses fingers*
    I read The Iliad in high school and the most I remember from it is Achilles being dramatic as usual, but I also remember I loved it!
    I also have The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay on my tbr! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
    Have fun reading!! 💕

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    1. thank u!!
      ahh yeah, after tipping the velvet im definitely expecting a lot of things happening in this one!
      i never bothered with the iliad before and i just feel like, u know….. it’s time….. even if im gonna end up struggling to finish lmao
      i hear such good things abt it!! i hope we’re both gonna love it!
      thank u & the same to u!!! 💛💛

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  8. oh ym dear god (((wipes tears from eyes)))) YOU’RE READING FINGERSMITH! AND GRENDEL! BUT MOSTLY FINGERSMITH!

    i love that book so much,but i couldn’t get into Tipping the Velvet? idk i guess i was in a mood in which i was denying myself happiness and love. but Fingersmith is SO PRECIOUS, Maud and Sue are badass and adorable and heartbreaking, i would donate a kidney to either one of those sunshines. i would marry Maud without question.

    i’m just so happy that you’re reading it & i can’t wait to see what u think about themmmmm

    also I want to give Tipping the Velvet another try, I remember the couple was v cute together? i stopped at about 20%

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    1. well, i mean… i WANT to finally read them both and hopefully i will!

      ahh it might have been that u justweren’t in a mood! u should give it another go some day! i absolutely love it. tho i admit, it’s not exactly fast paced…

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