Books I Need to Read in 2019

Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

I have a couple posts talking about a few of my most anticipated 2019 releases and I am hoping to get to all of them this year! The five books that I am talking about are backlist and have been on my shelves for ages. I have mentioned a few of these on multiple occasions and I really need to just walk the walk and finally read them!

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood


I can not believe that it is 2019 and I have yet to read The Handmaid’s Tale! I have read many books that have been compared to it but never actually picked it up! This is the year that I do.  I have a basic understanding of the story but I want to know why it is so talked about and maybe even try the TV series.  Atwood is also releasing a sequel this year so maybe I will read that as well!

American Gods by Neil Gaiman


How many times have I talked about how I want to read American Gods?! Too many to count! Someone needs to hold me accountable and make me actually read it! I love mythology and Neal Gaiman’s writing so I truly have no excuse.  I am committing to getting to it sooner rather than later!

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty


I really enjoy Liane Moriarty’s novels! They are pure entertainment and my go to books when I feel a reading slump coming on.  I am quite confident that I will read Nine Perfect Strangers at some point this year.  I have a few of her other books on shelves that I wouldn’t mind getting to in 2019!

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

East of Eden

John Steinbeck wrote my favourite novel- Cannery Row- and East of Eden is often hailed as his best novel.  I think part of me has been putting it off because it might just become my new favourite novel and I don’t think I am ready for that! I have started it though and its beautiful!

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


Gemina is a book I have been wanting to read since I read the first book, Illuminae, in 2017! Everyone says that Gemina is even better and I know I am going to love it! It is just such a big and heavy book so I really have to sit down and commit to it.  I also have the third and final book in the series so maybe I will binge read them! Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are also releasing the first book in a new series this year and I would love to finish their first series before I start their next one!


I would love to know what books you are hoping to read this year, and your thoughts on any of the books I hope to read!

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71 thoughts on “Books I Need to Read in 2019

  1. I want to read something Neil Gaiman this year, but I think I’ll more likely go for one of his children’s books, like Coraline. I’m not sold enough on him yet to tackle a long book by him.

  2. Gemina is so good!! I hope you get to it and enjoy it! I am really going to try and get some of my backlist books read. I’ve got two down already! Yay! 🙂

      1. Thank you! I really hope that we all accomplish that goal. It seems to be a common thing for a lot of book bloggers this year. 🙂

  3. I haven’t got around “Nine Perfect Strangers” and “American Gods” yet either- and they’re staring at me from my bookshelves (well, “American Gods” from my Kindle… but that doesn’t help)… fingers crossed we get to read them in 2019!

  4. I loved Gemina and read it in 2018. I have Obsidio ready to read this year. So many great books. So little time!

      1. I would offer to buddy-read it with you, but I’ve only just stopper crying from the events of that book… oh, and I have 163 other books to read before I start thinking about re-reads.

  5. The Handmaid’s Tale was soo good! You need to read it! Everyone needs to read it. I can’t wait for Atwood’s new novel coming out later this year, The Testaments.

  6. I really loved The Handmaid’s Tale. Though, it can get a bit difficult to take at times but overall I loved it. I hope you like it as well 😊

  7. I also really want to read The Handmaid’s Tale this year! I haven’t read the book or watched the series, but I feel like it’s a must. I also recently read Illuminae and want to continue the series. I hope you’ll be able to read (and enjoy) all of these books!

  8. Nine Perfect Strangers is on my to-read list too! I feel your pain of having a book back log. I’m working my way through mine this year as well!

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