i’ve always loved to read. i don’t have as much time to read as i used to, but i jump at every opportunity to pick up a good book.
i have a whole shelf’s worth of books in my “to read” pile.
i’m constantly scouring BookBub’s newsletters for my next book — you can too by signing up for their free newsletters. i spend an ungodly amount of time and money in Half Price Books and independent bookstores. (yes, i’m one of those people who prefers a physical book to an e-reader, although i have a Kindle and read e-books too.)
in no particular order, here are the books i’m most looking forward to reading this year. (NOTE: not all of these books are new releases — in many cases, i’m just late to the party.)
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the ’70s, daisy jones & the six is a coming of age story about a young girl named daisy who makes it big.
Slayer by Kiersten White
i’m a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan, and this book takes place in a post-Buffy world where Slayers are almost extinct. there is only one more Chosen One. ever.
Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts
i know what you’re thinking — “a Nora Roberts book? for real?” but this isn’t a flowery, formulaic romance novel. little known fact: NR is also a great fantasy writer. my aunt loaned me the first book in the Chronicles of the One series, and i couldn’t put it down. the series follows the main characters as they’re faced with a post-apocalyptic world that was brought on by a disease. select few have mystical powers, and those that don’t, fear them.
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams
Queenie Jenkins is a 25-year-old Jamaican British woman living in London, straddling two cultures and working at a national newspaper where she’s constantly forced to compare herself to her white, middle-class peers. this book is supposed to be the book for 20-something women to read. so i’m going to read it.
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
this true story was all the rage last year, and i missed the boat on reading it. it’s about the Golden State killer case, which was solved in April 2018, after McNamara passed away. as a true crime journalist, she couldn’t let the killer get away — some credit her relentless search for the truth, in helping to catch the killer.
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
a riff on Sherlock Holmes, this series follows Charlotte Holmes, Sherlock’s great-great-great-granddaughter, and Jamie Watson as they solve mysteries on their boarding school’s campus.
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins
Sylvie’s sister disappeared 16 years ago, and now that their mother is undergoing cancer treatment, Sylvie must return home. she’s faced with the unanswered questions that surround her sister’s disappearance and her strained relationship with her mother.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
this book has already been made into a show for Netflix. written as a series of letters between writer Juliet and her male correspondent, the book follows Juliet’s discovery about her new friend’s home in Guernsey post-WWII.
whew. looks like i’ll be busy this year. keep tabs on my progress toward reading 50 books in 2019 for the Goodreads reading challenge. so far, i’ve read two…
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