My 2019 TBR! (a.k.a. i’m never going to read all of these someone please help me)

good morning, cyberspace!

On Tuesday, I gave you guys a glimpse into some of the books — both good and . . . not so good? — that I read in 2018. And since I had so much fun writing that smudge, I thought it might be even more fun to take a look at all of the books I want to read in 2019!

And let me tell you, folks. There are a lot of books on this list. . . So strap on your reading caps, grab yourself a cookie, and let’s get started on climbing this mountain, shall we?

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My 2019 TBR! (a.k.a. i’m never going to read all of these someone please help me)

PART ONE — The Top Five

As I literally just mentioned, there are a lot of books on my 2019 TBR. And I mean a LOT. And if you think I’m joking, here’s a link to my official Goodreads 2019 TBR, which is pretty much being added to daily. (and yes, i’m aware there are only 20-some books on here right now but like???? THIS IS A LOT OF BOOKS FOR ME, GUYS. i’m not a very fast reader. #lame) However, since I have such a giant TBR this year (let’s just forget the fact that I said I wanted to read a single book every month in my last post. it’s fine. everything’s fine. i’m totally fine.) I’m not going to stress about reading every single book on this list. I mean, I guess technically that’s the whole point of having a TBR, but for right now, I have my list split into two parts: the books I REALLY want to read, and the books I sorta want to read.

Also known as The Top Five and The Extras. If I read all of the books in my Top Five this year and nothing else, I will be a very happy duckling. If I read all of the books in my Top Five and a few of The Extras, I will also be a very happy duckling.

And if I read absolutely none of my Top Five books and all of The Extras, I will be an extremely unsurprised but still very happy duckling.

So. Let’s get started.


The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

This is book one of my two absolute most excited-for reads of the year. My mom and I watched the movie adaptation for this story a couple months back, and we both absolutely loved it! She actually bought the book a couple weeks ago, so now I’m waiting for her to read it so I can steal it from her and devour it ask her if I can borrow it. . .


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Oh look! My second most-excited-for read of the year! And coincidentally, this is yet another book that both my mom and I are going to be reading together!

My parents and I just got done with the television series for Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell on Netflix, and now I’m quite literally dying for a better ending with more closure. So. Here’s to a giant tome filled with magic and creepy gentleman and missing fingers, am I right??

Also my mom bought this one at the same time as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, so I’m totally not going to steal this one away from her in the dead of night and read it without her knowing. Nope. Not at all.


The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)

This book has literally been on my TBR since 2016.


Yeah, I’m horrible, I know. But you know what? This is definitely going to be the year that I read this one! My friend, Tarva, and I have been discussing reading this book together as sort of a little book club thingymabobbin with the rest of our writing group — she’s absolutely in LOVE with this series, which I hope rubs off on me during our read-through? — and I am SO BEYOND EXCITED to be able to read this alongside her.

Hopefully this time around I don’t fizzle out in the very middle of the book like I typically do. . . Ahem.



Ever since I watched the movie adaptation of this book with my sister last year, I knew I had to read this book. It’s just so whimsical and creepy and magical, and I have very high hopes that the book will be even better than the movie.

You know. If that’s even possible.

BOOK FIVE . . . ILLUMINAE by Amie Kaufman

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

I’ve heard virtually nothing but good things about this series, and I am EXTREMELY excited to finally read it this year.

(you know. if I actually manage to read it this year. ahem.)

This was actually a recommendation by my ever-lovely friend, Phoebe, and as I’ve previously mentioned on this blog, her book recs are pretty much the best things ever. SO. If I’m lucky enough to find this at my library next time I go, I am definitely going to be snatching this one up. *crosses fingers*

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PART TWO — The Extras

BOOK SIX . . . A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle

A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkle in Time Quintet, #1)

Oh look! Another Phoebe recommendation! I actually started reading this book last year, but never ended up finishing it because I saw the movie and . . . well . . . hated it.

I know. I’m an awful person.

BUUUUT this was just recently recommended by Phoebe, who I have already established as the most amazing book recommender in all of history, so obviously I need to complete this story before I die.

And apparently the movies are atrocious to the people who love the book, as well, so I’m hoping that this is just one of those cases where the book is a million and one times better than the movie. Which, let’s be honest, is pretty much every case in all of book-to-movie-adaptation history.

BOOK SEVEN . . . AGAIN BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio

Again, But Better

I’ve watched Christine’s booktube channel for quite some time now, as well as followed along on her writing vlog series thing-a-ma-jig, so I am EXTREMELY excited to pick this book up sometime this year and witness first-hand the story I’ve been hearing about for the past three or so years.

Also that cover is absolutely amazing and I mean??? Pretty book covers are pretty much 80% of why I read, guys. Not gonna lie.


The Boy Who Steals Houses

There isn’t actually a proper cover for this book yet (which is quite unfortunate because, judging by Cait’s first book, A Thousand Perfect Notes, the cover for THIS book is going to be absolutely stunning. but i digress), but I am SO SO SO SO EXCITED FOR THIS STORY, YOU GUYS!!!!

I devoured A Thousand Perfect Notes in less than 24 hours, as well as read the little snippety teaser in the back for TBWSH, and I just . . . is it April yet? I’M PRETTY SURE IT HAS TO BE APRIL BY NOW.

If you can’t tell, I’m pretty certain that Cait is going to be one of those authors who I ALWAYS have to read from. Not only is her blog utter perfection, but her stories are utter perfection, as well.

but also i’ve heard that this one makes people cry so i mean i guess we’ll have to see what this does to my marshmallow heart. . .

BOOK NINE . . . ANARCHISTS by Marissa Meyer

Archenemies (Renegades, #2)

And, of course, 2019 would not be a decent reading year if it didn’t include SOMETHING written by Marissa Meyer.

Because Marissa Meyer is one of my favorite authors of all time, obviously. And I KNOW that this book came out last year, so apparently I’m really late to be jumping on this bandwagon, but I AM STILL SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK, OKAY?

I mean, Renegades wasn’t my absolute favorite Marissa Meyer book of ever (as I mentioned in my previous post this week) but I still need to find out what happens with my ship. . .


BOOK TEN . . . KEEPER by Kim Chance


This is yet another book that I technically started reading last year, but I never got the chance to finish it because CHAOS and WRITING and NOT ACTUALLY REALIZING THAT READING WAS HEALTHY FOR GROWING YOUNG AUTHORS OOPS. So I’m planning on fixing that this year!!! Hopefully sooner than later, too, because I’m SERIOUSLY feeling the green vibe here. This will probably be my first read after I finish my current book, actually. . .

And speaking of my current book. . .


The Nethergrim (The Nethergrim, #1)

THIS BOOK IS A WEIRD ONE, FOLKS. Technically, I’m only a chapter or so into it, but it’s . . . weird. That prologue definitely gave me some shivers, though (not entirely sure why???) so I’m extremely excited to see where this story goes from there.

Also the Nethergrim is utterly horrifying and I’m wondering if maybe I should start the year off with something a little lighter. Aha.


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

That’s right, folks! This year, I really want to revisit the beautiful world of Harry Potter. There was once a time in my life where I couldn’t go a solid three months without reading at least ONE Harry Potter book, but now I can’t even tell you the last time I picked this series up. . . So this is something that I’m looking to fix ASAP.

And though this series is technically at the bottom of this list, I can personally assure you that I’ve put these books in literally no chronological order whatsoever, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be rereading these books far sooner than I could possibly imagine. *thumbs up*


Brightly Burning

And here we have a book by yet another authortuber that I’ve been watching lately. Apparently this book is a retelling of Jane Eyre . . . IN SPACE!!!

And I mean, I’ve never actually read Jane Eyre, so I have literally no clue what to even expect with this story, but like . . . it’s in space, sooooo. . . SOLD!

I’m really excited for this one, actually. . . Hopefully I can find it at my library. . .


And that, my friends, is unfortunately all I’ve got for today. As I stated above, I didn’t list every single book I currently have on my 2019 TBR, because even though it’s rather small right now, it would still take me literally all day to tell you guys about all of the books I want to read. And also I feel like that would be a really boring post to read, so. WE AIN’T GONNA DO THAT.

But anyway, now that I’ve slapped you all in the face with nineteen delicious books, it’s your turn to tell me what YOU’RE hoping to read this year! What are some books that you’re absolutely DYING to read in 2019? Do you have any authors that you literally MUST READ everything they write, simply because you love their previous works so much? How many books are you hoping to read this year? and most importantly. . .

DOES ANYONE WANNA DO A HARRY POTTER READ-A-THON WITH ME? cause I feel like that could be fun, maybe.

As always, until next time. . .

*flings cookies in the air and disappears*

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34 thoughts on “My 2019 TBR! (a.k.a. i’m never going to read all of these someone please help me)

  1. Aha. Ha. You’ve never read Jane Eyre? Well, this should be fun to watch. *gets popcorn*

    Ooooh! I saw The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society! Let me know how the book is!

    That said, no, you cannot judge a book by its movie. Especially when the book is A Wrinkle in Time and the movie was /that/ movie. It’s not fair and it’s not ok. (But, like, I get if you still don’t end up liking the book. That’s fine.)

    And ILLUMINAE! Be on the lookout for Ella! (Although, I don’t think she comes in until the second book….) She reminds me of you! (In the best way.)

    There are some GOOD books on this list!

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    • Well, I mean I’ve seen the movie?? But that was a really long time ago, and I don’t remember much about it apart from some vague understanding of him having a crazy wife tucked in an attic. So. But I’m sure there’s a lot of other weird things for me to discover. XD

      YESSSSSS!!! Wasn’t that movie wonderful?? I shall definitely let you know about the book!

      YES. I have long-since learned that. XD I think I’ll end up liking the book, because I was really enjoying the book before we saw the movie?? And then I just stopped reading. WHICH IS SO UNFAIR TO THE BOOK, UGH.

      AHA!!! It was Ella!!! I thought I remembered you said I reminded you of someone in that book! I was actually going to mention it in the post, but I got worried I remembered the book wrong. XD

      MEEP! I hope so!! I’m really excited to (hopefully) read them all! And I mean obviously I’ve already started straying from this list, but that’s okay. XD


      • Oh, ok. Then you’re good on that lovely twist, lol. That’s the weirdest part.

        The movie was adorable, and it was better with the accents. And poor Wrinkle in Time. It doesn’t deserve this.

        It’s Ella! And I hope you don’t get to her and get offended, because I’m sorry but she reminds me of you. I don’t know why, lol.

        Same, though. Same. I’m already behind on my reading….

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        • Aw darn… :(( I guess I’m kind of spoiled for the weirdness, BUT it’s gonna be fun to see how this happens in space…

          AGREED. The accents were amazing. And I agree. I feel like a book as well-known as A Wrinkle In Time deserves more than this.

          LOL! I shall not be offended!! It’ll be fun to read someone similar to me, I think!!!

          I’m behind on my reading, too. Aha. This is fine.


    • MEEP!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH, ALLY!!! And oooh! You want to read those, too?? WE ARE TWINS!!!! I cannot wait for both of these… I actually found Arch Enemies in Barnes and Noble (didn’t pick it up, though) and it HAD. A. STICKER. ON IT. It totally made me think of you. XD


  2. Illuminae has been on my TBR for an eternity and a half, it feels like. I actually hAVE it, except it’s,,,actually a brick and I could read 5 books in the time it takes to read it, so I haven’t yet >< The style it's written in is ACTUALLY The Coolest, though, and I really want to actually sit down and read it someday.

    I'm currently reading through the Harry Potter series for the first time!! I'm starting book 3 soon and I am v excite. (Also The Boy Who Steals Houses. When. Must Read. Now)

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    • Okay, so I have honestly heard SO much good stuff about Illuminae, and I saw it at a book store the other day and–!!! I bought a book that wasn’t even on my TBR instead. AHA. HAHAHAHA. WE MUST READ THIS ONE, HANNE. XD It does look extremely huge, though, so I totally get that… AND YES!!! I flipped through and it looks SOOOO COOL!!! But also severely confusing… But still cool!!!

      MEEP!!!!! Book 3 is my absolute favorite!!!! You are going to LOVE it!!! (Book 3 is where one of my absolute favorite characters are introduced!!)

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  3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell has been on my TBR for a while. I don’t know if I’ll get to it in 2019, but it would be nice if I could. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is another one I’d like to read some time.
    This year I hope to continue the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries, which I devoured as quickly as I could last year. I also would like to read my grandparent’s intimidating tome of Josephus, but I think that one might take me a while.

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    • Yessss!!! Another person who wants to read Strange and Norrell!!!! I’m hoping I’ll get to it in 2019, but that book is HUUUUUUUUGE. It’s kind of daunting…

      OOH! I don’t think I’ve ever heard of Lord Peter Wimsey…. Clearly I need to look these up… And AHA. The giant books are always the worst to get me started on. BUUT then again they’re the most fun to read in public. XD “Yes. Look at me reading this mammoth of a book. Tis I. The mammoth book reader.”


  4. aww I’M BLUSHING RIGHT NOW 😍😍YOU ARE THE SWEETEST EVER!! (I still can’t get over how surreal it is seeing my book come up on lists where I least expect it *happy flails*) Also I promise there is also marshmallow cuteness as well as, you know…suffering. I am kind. 😌I also hope there’s a cover soon lol lol sob.

    And this makes me want to reread A Wrinkle In Time! I also want to read Brightly Burning someday and Again But Better!!

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    • OH MY GOODNESS!!!! This comment just made my day. I am honestly SO pumped for TBWSH, and I literally just saw the stunning cover today on your blog and I just!!!!!!!! IT’S GORGEOUS. I WAS RIGHT. XD Also THANK YOU for putting some marshmallow cuteness in there. I need that in order to survive. (but also I’m totally ready for the heartbreak. for some reason I like torturing myself, apparently? oh well. it’s worth it.)

      Oooh, yes!!!! Someone else who wants to read Brightly Burning! I feel like it’s a bit of a lesser known book (not sure why I feel like this, but I haven’t seen it floating around as much as others?), which is a shame, cause it looks AMAZING. I just wish there was more time to read all the books I want to read. Aha. XD


  5. Hmmm…I plan on rereading Beowulf, and after that, all my reading will be determined by how convenient it is to get a particular book. I’d like to read The Lord of the Rings, because I also started The Fellowship of the Ring and didn’t finish it. I also got a book for Christmas so I should read that…

    I think Illuminae and Keeper look the most interesting of ones I know nothing about. And I gotta read A Thousand Perfect Notes.

    Now I want to get back to writing. :D

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    • Okay, but I’ve only read SNIPPETS of Beowulf, and I’m honestly not sure how I even survived THAT. (I know. I’m horrible. XD) Seriously, you’re gonna have to tell me how you read it. Is it a really good book? I feel like it could be a really good book if I got past the weird prose… OOOH! YES. I can’t seem to actually FINISH The Lord of The Rings. Hopefully we will be able to finish it together??? XD And OH MY GOODNESS WHAT BOOK DID YOU GET???

      Illuminae and Keeper are two that I’m pretty hyped about. I started Keeper already, so I know that one’s good, but Illuminae is written REALLY weirdly, so I’m super stoked to read it… A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES WAS PERFECTION. You should read it if you get a chance!!

      Lol!! Same, Jethan. Same. XD I need to start writing more writing-related posts again, actually. There’s been far too much bookish content on this blog this month…

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      • When did you read it? I know reading stuff like this as a younger teen/kid turned me off classics, but as an adult I feel like I can get them more (I just…still don’t bother to read most of ’em. xD) I read them in high school for a British literature class and it was my favorite part. Probably cuz it was the most fantastical story. I suppose reading it slowly over several weeks helped.
        I might be able to read LotR, I’ve found the household copy… The other book is called Lion of Babylon by Davis Bunn. I can’t quite remember the plot, but I’m certain I’ll remember it as soon as I start reading and all the spoilers will come back. xD

        I should make sure I at least have everything on GoodReads then…

        I look forward to more writing. I have done so little, I must not be in a fiction mood right now.


        • Oh goodness… It was a long, long, LOOOONG time ago. Maybe 2013 or earlier? I don’t think being older is gonna help me any… Some of the classics are just WEIRD. XD
          OOOH. YOU FOUND LOTR!!!! And that other book sounds really good, too!! See, there are some classics that sound awesome and make me want to read them. And I absolutely adore Jane Austen. I just . . . Beowulf. *shudders*

          ME TOO! Well, I’ve actually been writing a LOT over the last couple days, but I’m really excited to do more of it. XD And not being in a fiction mood is understandable! Sometimes after a really crazy amount of writing, I’ll just crash and do nothing but read and play video games instead of doing anything productive.

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  6. Lovely books on here. Most of which… I’ve never heard of. LOL

    But FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING!!!! ACK! (If you can get to chapter 9 and the Council of Elrond, you’re gold, because honestly that’s where the book really picks up the pace and hooks you, and yes, I know that’s like 180 pages into the story, but seriously, it’s worth it).

    Both A Wrinkle in Time movie adaptations were HORRIBLE, ATROCIOUS, ABOMINATIONS… and the more recent one was like 10000000000000000 x 10 to the umpteenth power worse than any words I can come up with. I was SO HOPING it would be awesome, but it was SO TERRIBLE. Ugh. I mean, it was terrible even from a “this is a horrible movie, even if I hadn’t read the book” perspective. (Honest Trailers does a good job summing it up). But the book is so good. I’m reading it to my kids right now and they’re enthralled.

    I would LOVE to do a Harry Potter read-a-thon with you. I’ve been wanting to re-read them for some time, now, so that would be a great motivator for me, if you do that, let us know!!!

    I set my Goodreads challenge at 35 this year. I have… a LOT of writing to do… and while I’ll probably read way more than 35 books, the challenge part of it is more stress than I need in my life right now, so I set the bar low. :)

    Happy reading!

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    • Lol! Yeaaah, I blame my library for having some really wonky titles (like The Nethergrim, which was AMAZING, but I’ve never heard of it???), but it makes reading not-well-known books pretty easy, which is awesome. XD The only issue is no one knows what I’m talking about half the time. XD

      Ooh! I’ve gotten to The Council of Elrond before, and I vaguely remember it picking up speed, so I’m gonna have to try and get to there again.. I SHALL FINISH THIS BOOK!

      See, that’s what my friend told me, too, so I’m definitely going to have to finish the book. I absolutely hate it when the film industry ruins a book. It’s horrible. I’ll have to check out Honest Trailers!! BUT AWWW!!! That is the most adorable thing!!! A Wrinkle In Time feels like the perfect read-out-loud book…

      OOOH!! Okay!! I honestly have no clue how to do a read-a-thon, so if I end up doing it, I’ll have to figure that out… But this could be so cool if it works out!!!

      AHA. SAME. I’ve got a lot of things I want/need to get written this year, but I’ve also noticed that my writing productivity is a LOT more if I read in between writing, so I’m hoping to do a nice balance of reading and writing this year, as opposed to last year, when I hardly read anything at all. XD

      MEEP! Same to you! And good luck with all your writing projects!!

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  7. AHH!!! These books look SO. GOOD. I really need to check some of these out.
    Thanks for making this awesome list!!!
    (Also, your Dare Squad Videos were perfection 👌👌👌👌👌👌)

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