Must Read Books of 2019

Hi friends! As the year is coming to an end, I’ll be posting a few 2018 wrap-up sort of posts and some posts with goals and books to read in 2019. Today I’ll be sharing with you 12 books I want to read in 2019! All of the books on this list are books I already own and want to encourage myself to read in 2019. I’ve picked a mix of books that have been on my tbr for years and books I’ve just hauled, but the thing all of them have in common is they intimidate me in one way or another. I have a habit off taking forever to pick up literary/adult fiction, so majority of this list is made up of books falling under that category. I’ll be posting a separate list of 2019 releases I’m looking forward to reading, but for now, here are 12 books I already own that I must read in 2019


Books I Must Read in 2019

» A Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

This book follows two characters: a modern-day Syrain refugee seeking asylum, and a medieval adventurer apprenticed to a legendary mapmaker. From what I’ve heard of this book, it’s entralling, imaginative and beautifully written and I’m very excited to read it!

» An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Honestly, I 100% added this to my tbr because I don’t read enough queer sci-fi. I’ve heard that this has very nuanced explorations of race, sexuality and gender, which is something we don’t see often in sci-fi and so I’m immensely excited to read this book. I feel like this will push me out of my comfort zone which is really something I want to do with my reading in 2019.

» The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

I don’t know much about this book except the fact it involves Greek mythology and is feminist af. Centring on the Trojan War, The Silence of the Girls is told from the perspective of Breiseis, and shows some beloved characters in a different light. I have loved Greek myth since I was very young, so I’m so so so excited to pick this up next year!

» The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

I don’t read a lot of dystopian books anymore, but after seeing Melanie @ Mel to the Any gush about it and its sequel, I knew I had to read this. This sound dark, important and utterly terrifying, and I feel like this is a book that will really make me think. Can’t wait to read it, and I really hope I love it!

» The Secret History by Donna Tartt

I’m very late to the hype train for this one, but I’m excited to read it nonetheless! I read and absolutely adored If We Were Villains this year, which is always being compared to TSH, so I have so much motivation to pick this up asap. This sounds like it’ll be right up my alley and I’m 99.9% sure it will turn out to be one of my favourie books of 2019!

» Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Pachinko, and the reason I haven’t picked it up yet is twofold: 1) it’s very long, 2) it’s literary fiction. Literary fiction always takes me a bit longer to read than everything else & this book is long as it is, but I just have a feeling I’m going to love this so I need to just bite the bullet and give it a read.

» Once Upon A River by Diane Setterfield 

This was only very recently released and after seeing it all over bookstagram I just had to pick it up. I’ve heard that this is super atmospheric and magical and have seen it compared to The Bear and the Nightingale which makes it sound right up my alley so I’m very excited to read this!

» No Country Woman by Zoya Patel

In 2018 I’ve been reading more nonfiction, however I’ve noticed that a lot of the nonfiction I’m reading is very US-centric. I’ve challenged myself to read some more Australian nonfiction and this is one of the books I found when researching! No Country Woman is described as a feminist memoir about what it means to never feel at home where you live. I think this is going to be challenging and thought-provoking & I’m definitely going to read this in early 2019.

» A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

This has been on my radar for a while but I put off buying it for about 2 years because the length intimidated the heck out of me. I finally gave in and bought it a couple months ago, and this is now the longest book I own, so I really want to read it next year!

» The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

This is a book that I know I’m going to love, but the length and fact it’s an adult fantasy has made me put it off. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about this and really need to just dive in and read it, so I’m hoping to get around to it in early 2019!

» The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

I try to read diversely but something that has lacked in my reading is books by indigenous authors. When I heard about this book I knew it was something that I would like so I bought it when I had the chance a couple months ago and really look forward to reading this. It’s also one of Books and Lala’s fave books, which gives me extra incentive to pick it up in the new year.

» An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

I bought this book close to the beginning of the year and just haven’t gotten around to it, despite hearing nothing but amazing things about it. I saw that Scribd has an audiobook copy of this so I’m thinking I might try this via audio! An American Marriage sounds like it has all the things I like in a book– exploration of important topics, a diverse cast, great writing. I’m hoping this book lives up to the hype & that the audio narrator is great.


That’s all 12 of the books I need to read in 2019! If you’ve read any of these, let me know your thoughts down in the comments & tell me which book(s) you think I should prioritise & read first!

Thanks so much for reading!

Taryn xxx

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17 thoughts on “Must Read Books of 2019

  1. meltotheany says:

    This list? Added 5 years on my life, I swear! And please let me know a few days before you read A Map of Salt and Stars! And…. Oh my word, I can’t get over this list! Happy holidays and happy reading, beautiful! 💖xx

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  2. Eleanor @ On the Other Side of Reality says:

    THE SECRET HISTORY IS SO GOOD OKAY YOU’LL LOVE IT TRUST ME. It’s by far the best book I read this year. I can’t wait for you to read it + share your thoughts!

    I swear by all that is holy, I WILL finish Robert Jordan’s monstrous 14-book fantasy series before I go to college next fall. I’m just starting the 12th book now. I also want to finally pick up An Absolutely Remarkable Thing and Call Me By Your Name.

    Eleanor | On the Other Side of Reality

    (By the way, I finally did the #diversifivebooks challenge! http://www.ontheothersideofreality.org/2018/12/diversifivebooks-challenge.html)

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  3. Ayunda says:

    Wow, a lot of books in the TBR for next year! Best of luck! I am also really interested to read Pachinko and I’ve always wanted to see how I’d like A Little Life. Hopefully we’ll get to them soon 😉

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  4. may says:

    this is such a great list omg so many amazing books to read, no time
    i’ve really been meaning to get to map of salt and stars bc it sounds incredible. i’ve only heard amazing things about the fifth season so i hope you enjoy it. good luck with all these books!!

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