Reading Challenge 2019!

This month has proven to be a busy start to the New Year! I am currently in the process of preparing a Valentine’s Day surprise for you guys and my new novel is in the editing phase and progressing nicely. Keep tuned for more updates on both of these as they develop!

I have been so busy over the past few weeks, that I haven’t even had time to set myself my reading challenge list for the year yet. But it’s never too late, right? So to this end, and in no particular order, these are the books I plan to read this year. Some are new, some are old, but all of them have piqued my interest in some way. The list currently stands at just twelve books, with a little space set aside for new inclusions as the year progresses. How are you guys getting on with your own reading lists? Have you just started compiling like me, or are you way ahead and already have your reading goals set for 2019? Let me know in the comments below.

The Dreamers: A Novel by Karen Thompson Walker

The premise for this book could have come straight out of an M. Night Shyamalan movie. It is currently sitting at #1 in the New Releases chart for LGBT Literary Fiction on Amazon, and I can’t wait to read it.


Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Here’s the thing. I loved Liane’s first novels, especially The Husband’s Secret, and Big Little Lies is one of my favourite TV shows ever, hands down. But her previous novel, Truly, Madly, Guilty was a disappointment for me. So, I head into her new book, Nine Perfect Strangers, intrigued but a little wary about what I will find. The book is riding high in the Amazon best sellers chart but reviews look decidedly mixed. Only time will tell if this new Liane Moriarty book reaches the heights of her best work.

The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves

This new novel from best-selling author Tracey Garvis Graves comes out in April and I can’t wait to get my romantic hands onto it. The book is described as an unexpected romantic gem and tells the tale of a second chance at love. I’m really excited about this one. It looks very promising.


#FashionVictim: A Novel by Amina Akhtar

The synopsis for #FashionVictim reads like Dexter meets The Devil Wears Prada. That is a damn good description and puts my expectation really high. I’m very excited about this one, but will reserve judgement. Let’s see if it delivers.

Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

The book has an interesting title and the cover really grabbed my attention: New York City, love and lust, alcohol and drugs, a woman’s coming-of-age story. Stop it, I’m sold already. This novel came out in 2017 and has been sitting on my to-read-list ever since. Only the odd bad review has put me off starting it, but this year I am determined to read it if only to find out where the haters are coming from.


They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I loved What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera with Becky Albertalli, so this novel already comes with a large portion of high hopes. Much praise has been heaped on this book since its release last year so I feel that now is the right time to jump in and find out if this mix of love, friendship, LGBT-ism and alternative reality in the fashion of Black Mirror (of which I am fan), works as well as promised.

The Pisces: A Novel by Melissa Broder

One of last year’s most commented novels with a supposed love it or hate it story. This one is apparently full of sex, mermaids, and dark humour. With a description like that, how can you not want to read it?


I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella

This book is on my list for obvious reasons, what with Sophie Kinsella being one of my favourite writers (read my Top 10 list of Sophie Kinsella books and you will see why). Every Kinsella release is a celebration for me and usually one of my highlights of the year. I just can’t wait to sink my teeth into this book.


City of Girls: A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

Elizabeth Gilbert introduced me to the world of romance and self-help with her novel Eat, Pray, Love, and I have tried to stick to her teachings ever since. This new book promises an upgrade to the story of its author’s biggest success with more glamour and sex. Sounds like my kind of book and I look forward to “learning” more.



Not Bad People by Brandy Scott

Mystery, glamour and bitchiness: this sound like my perfect kind of book for a Sunday afternoon, and I’m truly excited to read it.


Looker: A Novel by Laura Sims

This book has received so much hype that I can’t help but put it on my list. I am a sucker for thrillers and the description for this novel describes a story that could have come straight from the pen of Hitchcock himself. The marketing has been phenomenal and with a killer cover like that, who can resist? I’m going all in on this one.


We Came Here to Forget: A Novel
by Andrea Dunlop

Described as “a propulsive whirlwind of secrets, passion, betrayal, exotic locations” this second novel by Andrea Dunlop has definitely piqued my interest. Her first book, She Regrets Nothing is one of my favourite reads of the last year and I can’t wait to see if Andrea is indeed going to be my next author obsession. It looks very promising.

So there you have it, my reading list for the next 12 months. What do you think? Have I chosen books that meet your approval or is there something that you think should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments below.


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