books to read before 2019


I have read (or listened to) only 4 out of the 30 books I planned to read for 2018. I have a really hard time believing that to be true, but I know I have been consumed with house projects more so than I ever have… since I now own a home. I have also been attached to my phone more than I should be. Of course, I just started A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix, and it is so good that I can’t stop watching.  Also, I signed up for two craft shows so I need to make time to paint more as well. Plus, I’m still looking for a job.


I would still like to make my challenge, but I am going to list six here to start. This list would get me to 10 for the year.

First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers  Saint Francis of Assisi  All the Light We Cannot See  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close  American Gods  Go Set a Watchman (To Kill a Mockingbird, #2)

1. First Fiction: An Anthology of the First Published Stories by Famous Writers by Kathy Kiernan — I am more than 50% through this. I think it’s doable to finish by the end of the year. I love most of the stories, but it’s not hard to put the book down after just reading one or two – unlike a novel that keeps me turning the pages late into the night.

2. Saint Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton — I suddenly had the urge to read more about St. Francis of Assisi a few weeks ago – since, ya know, I chose Francis as my confirmation name – so I ordered a few titles from Amazon. I started this even though I was in the midst of three other books, but I would like to get back into it since it is a short one.

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr — I have been seeing this book online everywhere. My grandma has a copy to share with me. I hope to start this once I finish the two I already opened.

4. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer — This has been sitting on my bookshelf for awhile. I have been avoiding it because I think I am going to cry like baby. Because that is just what I do.

5. American Gods by Neil Gaiman — Neil Gaiman wrote Coraline and Stardust, two of my favorite stories. Coraline was a favorite when I was younger. I think I bought it from a Scholastic Book flyer. I have read it multiple times. My family watched the movie adaptation of Stardust when I was at college, and Dad was the one to tell me I had to watch it. It was that good. So I saw the movie before I read the book. Obviously, they were a little different, but Gaiman writes great stories. American Gods is another that has been highly recommended.

6. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee — Did you notice my affinity for blue books? I don’t know why, but almost every book I have bought lately has had a blue or blue-ish cover. Go Set a Watchman is the – sort of – controversial sequel to To Kill a Mockingbird. This version of Lee’s story was rejected by publishers but then accepted by them posthumously. To many, this novel seems like a money-grab.  I’m not sure if I should read To Kill a Mockingbird again before reading Go Set. I read the former in… 10th grade ? It has been awhile.

Any thoughts on my To Read shelf? Have you read any of these ?


4 thoughts on “books to read before 2019

  1. Eclectic list! I’ve read the books on the second half of it. Go Set a Watchman felt like a cash grab: it reads more like a rough draft of Mockingbird than a sequel/prequel. I enjoyed the other two books much more.


    1. My shelves are quite eclectic since I mostly shop in the second hand bin. Haha! I have high hopes for American Gods, and the hype for Extremely Loud was hard to ignore. I hope they exceed my expectations. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. First Fiction sounds like a great collection! I need to add it to my list. American Gods is on my long-term to-read list, but I have Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman sitting unfinished on my bedside table. THAT one is definitely on my finish-by-2019 list.
    A few weeks ago I picked up Dubliners off my shelf – I had to read a few of the stories for a class in college, but want to read the whole collection, and should be doable by the end of the year. I just need to make reading a priority again.
    Please post reviews of All the Light We Cannot See and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close! They’re maybes for me so I’d love to know what you think of them.


    1. I will send you First Fiction when I am done with it! You will love it. Its an older print. I think 1994. I found it in a thrift store.

      I remember really liking the stories in Dubliners. I read them some summer while in college.

      I will let you know how I like All the Light and Extremely Loud. I wouldn’t have picked them up for myself but they were given to me so I’m going to read them. 🙂


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