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Bookish 2019: Looking Forward

In my previous two posts I reflected on the books I read in 2018. Now I’m looking to 2019 with anticipation for what the year will bring! You can call this post what you like: goals // resolutions // motivations. There’s a stigma of failure (an element of stress) for me if I personally refer to them as anything but simply: Things I’m Looking Forward This Year.


12 Books to Read (A-Z)
~ Released Prior to 2019 ~



1. All Systems Red by Martha Wells


2. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir


3. Circe by Madeline Miller


4. A Duke by Default by Alyssa Cole


5. Home by Nnedi Okorafor


6. LifeL1k3 by Jay Kristoff


7. The Long Way to a Small and Angry Plant by Becky Chambers


8. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan


9. Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


10. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud


11. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid


12. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett



12 Most Anticipated 2019 Releases (A-Z)



1. A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn


2. Aru Shah and the Song of Death by Roshani Chokshi


3. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff


4. The Disasters by M.K. England (I realized after I put this together that it was published in Dec, but it’s staying on this list *lol*)


5. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi


6. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire


7. Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta


8. A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole


9. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston


10. Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale


11. There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon


12. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo



Reading Challenges (A-Z)


In 2018, I participated in the Popsugar reading challenge. It served its purpose by providing motivation when I got overwhelmed by “What to read next?” However, somewhere along the way, I pulled away from the challenge to read what interested me the most, even if it didn’t fit into the prompts. This year, I’m going to focus on my own reading preferences (above!) and I have joined Goodreads friends in the groups/challenges below that I’m really excited to be part of! If you are interested in any of the groups/challenges, you can click on any of the links for more information and tags will take you directly to the host(s) website(s) to sign up!


Devour Your TBR

Hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches

I’m really inspired by the monthly reading prompts from Devour Your TBR! My hope is to create a two posts a month to introduce and wrap-up the monthly themes. I will focus on my Kindle backlog and I intend to read a book a month with this challenge. The first post is coming soon!


Dragons & Tea Book Club

Co-Hosted by Melanie @ Mel to the Any and Amy @ A Court of Crowns and Quills

I don’t remember the last time I was in a book club?! Officially, maybe never? I’m very excited to see what develops this year for the monthly group read. I’m a massive mood reader so I will keep an eye out for books that interest me! I am also a dedicated library patron, so if there is a book that I cannot get in time for the 1st of the month (book announcements are a 2-week advanced notice), then I will put it on the top of my TBR so I don’t miss out overall.



As you may have seen in my post, Talk Nerdy to Me 2018 (a.k.a. My Year in Review), my Goodreads challenge was set to 50 books last year. This was very ambitious for me! I would like to continue to make reading a priority so I have set it at 50 books again this year. This summer I will revisit this challenge to see my progress and make any updates to keep me motivated to read, but not stressed to the point that I fall into a slump. Last year, I had started with 12 books, upped it to 24 books a couple months later, and increased it to 50 books about midway through the year. I wonder what will happen in 2019?!


Potterhead Readalong

Hosted by Noura @ The Perks of Being Noura

Would you believe me if I told you I have never re-read a book before? I know, what the heck?! I didn’t even know it was a thing until I started seeing it all over Goodreads last year. I have, however, been dying to listen to the Harry Potter audiobooks for the first time and re-watch the movies! I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 2000 and I showed up to all of the midnight releases after that. I didn’t know anyone else who was reading them at the time, even in a crowded bookstore. (My sister and I read the first 3 together, but she lost interest in the middle of book 4—WHAT?!!) Needless to say, I’m completely stoked for this read along and ready to gush!!


What are you excited to read in 2019? Are you participating in any challenges? If you have a similar post, feel free to link it in the comments as I’d be happy to read it!


  • Rosie Amber

    Good luck with all these challenges. I always like the idea of a book club, but I never get around to joining one.
    Love Harry Potter though, and have re-read the series several times.
    Best wishes with whereever your reading takes you.

    • Ashley

      Thank you so much! I’m the same with book clubs, but I’m hoping I like the experience! I’m really curious what I’ll discover rereading HP—Will I love it more? Here’s to hoping so!!

  • Jessica @ JessJustReads

    What a great wrap up! I loved Ember in the Ashes, Nevernight and Lifel1k3, so I’m looking forward to hearing what you think. I should make a list of older releases that I’d like to read this year. Might make my TBR pile seem more manageable!

    • Ashley

      Yay I’m so glad to hear you loved those!! I tried to pick out what I thought would end up loving (for books already on my radar). I know there’s a “Beat the Backlist” challenge out there that can keep you motivated with older releases!

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