Current Reads and Recent Favorites (January 2019)

I’m proud to announce that I finally finished two of the books I said I was reading in my July 2018 book post. Yes, I FINALLY finished Dance with Dragons, the last published book in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. All I can say is: “really, George? You’re going to end it like THAT?!” I also finished On Trails by Robert Moor on New Years Eve! Nothing like finishing a book to finish out the year. Now I can start 2019 with some new books!!

Since we are in a new year, I’ve decided that this installment of my quarterly book post will be a list of books I’d like to read this year. I was scrolling through Pinterest when I stumbled upon a 2019 Reading Challenge. It has 52 book prompts, to get you to a book a week in 2019. That’s a little aggressive for me, so I’ve pared it down to 12 book prompts, to average out to a book per month. To see the original challenge, go here. I tried to pick prompts that I know I will read but also push me outside of my reading comfort zone a bit (I just love those fantasy and travel books!).

  1. Book you haven’t read by an author you love – Mary Anne by Daphne du Maurier
    Mary Anne du Maurier
    I read du Maurier’s novel Rebecca in middle school and haven’t been able to forget it since. Even though I loved Rebecca so much, I still haven’t read any of du Maurier’s other books. I’ll start with this one!
  2. Recommended by a friend – Elenor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
    Elenor Oliphant
    I have a good friend who has a degree in English and is very well read. She’s always given me great book recommendations over the years. This book is her most recent recommendation and I can’t wait to read it!
  3. Book becoming a movie in 2019 – The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle
    The Good Liar
    I had to Google “books becoming movies in 2019” to pick this one. I picked this book because I haven’t read it yet and I really like the actors/actresses cast in the movie (Ian McKellan and Helen Mirren).
  4. A genre you don’t usually read – The Reckoning by John Grisham
    The Reckoning
    I don’t usually read thrillers. This past year for Christmas, I requested that Mike’s grandma (who has read more books that anyone I will ever know) recommend one of her favorite books. She got me this book and told me that she’s read every single one of Grisham’s books and that this one is great. I’m looking forward to reading outside of my comfort zone!
  5. Classic you’ve never read – One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    One Hundred Years of Solitude
    I actually bought this book last year in a small bookshop in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. The salesperson at the shop stated “everyone should read this book, it’s amazing” as I went to check out. That’s enough of a reason for me to add it to my 2019 book list!
  6. Nonfiction book about science – The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
    The Hot ZoneFor this prompt, it was hard for me to chose just one. I love reading about science so there was a lot that struck my fancy. I chose this book because I’ve seen it over and over again in the book stores and it’s always drawn me to read it’s back cover. I’ve never purchased it or checked it out from the library, though, so this year is the year!
  7. You once started but never finished – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    Hitch hiker's guide
    I started this book back in high school when the movie was about to come out (ya know I always gotta read the book first!). All of my nerdy friends and my parents said I would love it but I could not even finish the first chapter! I think I’ll give it another shot, then I’ll watch the movie. πŸ™‚
  8. Reread a favorite book – Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    Harry Potter Boxed Set
    I’ve been saying I’m going to reread Harry Potter for years now. It was one of my favorites and basically defined my childhood. I grew up with Harry Potter and I will have you know that we share a birthday! My younger brother and sister never really got in to it, but recently my sister has taken a liking to the new Fantastic Beasts movies. So naturally I’ve been re-submerged into the world of Harry Potter and made my siblings watch all the movies. So with that done, the next step is for me to (finally) reread all the books. So technically I’m adding 7 books to the list instead of one….oops!
  9. Book about travel – Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams
    Turn RightI often find myself in the travel section at Barnes and Noble. On one of my most recent visits, I happened upon this book. I’ve been wanting to see Machu Picchu ever since I learned about it in high school Spanish class. I read the back cover and was so close to buying the book. I didn’t because I own so many that I still need to read. I’m still putting it on my list for 2019, though. Maybe I’ll borrow a copy from the library.
  10. Book you own but haven’t read – The Princess Bride by William Goldman
    Princess BrideAnd continuing from my last explanation, case and point: I bought this book years ago with every intention to read it right away. Well, years later hopefully I’ll actually get around to it! The movie is delightfully funny so I’m looking forward to this read (I saw the movie before I knew it was a book)!
  11. Recommended by a local librarian – TBD – I’m planning on going to my local library when I get that “I want to read something but don’t want to read any of the books I own” feeling. My local librarians haven’t suggested a bad book yet, so I’m looking forward to this one!
  12. 2019 new release – TBD – Since it’s only the beginning of the year, I’ll keep my eye on the New Releases list throughout the year until something really strikes my fancy. This will be a good one for me since I’m usually years late to the party when it comes to books.

What books do you want to read this year? Have you finished any recently that you really enjoyed? Let me know in the comments and perhaps I’ll add it to my list! πŸ™‚

Happy Reading!



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