2019 Reads

I am back after a little more than a year. I’ve not been reading after completing 2 books in 2018, hence the hiatus, but I want to change that this year. It’s already almost the middle of the year but I can still change and get back into the grove of reading because change can happen at anytime.

Considering my reading speed and the number of months left this year, I have decided to try for 8 books. Out of these 8 books, I’ve started 3 last year. I started 2 of them at around the middle of last year before I completely stopped reading and at the end of the year, I started a Christmas book but only read about a quarter before I went off the radar again.

Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins is one of the three books I started last year. I’m only about a quarter into it and it is the first book for my comeback this year. I can still remember the story for the first quarter of the book, so I’ll be starting off from the page I stopped at.

I really liked the first book I read by Kasie West, The Filled In Boyfriend, so I want to read another book by her and I’ve selected By Your Side. I’m not sure when I’ll start reading this book since I don’t have it yet and I want to clear those I have on my shelf first.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll has been on a few of my previous to-read lists, before I went on hiatus. I wanted to read it for Halloween but didn’t manage to then I wanted to read it for Christmas but still haven’t read it until now, after more than a year. I’m thinking of starting it during Halloween which I will hopefully finally read it this year.

My Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll is in the same book as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, so I’m thinking I’ll read it after I’ve finished Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to get the whole book completed.

The Christmas Blessing by Donna VanLiere is the second out of the three books I started last year. This was the Christmas book I started at the end of the year, in line with the holiday. I can still remember the story of the quarter of the book I’ve read and will be continuing it towards the end of this year, when it’s near to Christmas.

My reading habit still stays the same after a year. I still like to read 2 books concurrently, a novel and a poetry book, so that means I need to have poetry books in this list too.

The first poetry book is Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur, the final book I started last year. I was actually almost finishing this book but instead of continuing from where I stopped, I want to re-read. I feel I didn’t grasp all the poetries well enough when I read it last year and if I were to read only less than a quarter of the book, it would be pointless to be in a to-read list.

Dirty Pretty Things by Michael Faudet is the only poetry book I have on my shelf that’s unread so I’ll have to include it in since I want to get most of the books I have on my shelf read first before I purchase new ones.

Other than poetry books, I also read novels written in verse concurrently with a regular novel. I really liked The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan and decided to go for another of her verse novel, Toffee, which is the final book for my reads this year. Since I don’t own this book yet, I’ll definitely get into it only after I’ve cleared those 2 poetry books.

So those are the 8 books I’ve decided to try to read this year. I definitely hope to be able to get through all of them but based on past experiences, I’m not confident. I’m excited to be back into reading though and I’m trying to at least read a little everyday.

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