10 in 2019

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Hello! Today’s post will be about the top ten books I want to read in 2019. I do a post on this topic every year, but I’ve never actually completed the list. Funny, you’d think since they’re the ‘top’ books I wanna read, that they would be the first ten books I’d read. It never turns out that way, though.

So, I want to take a closer look at why I’m putting something on the list, and I want to look at past lists and determine why those books were never read.


A closer look

Looking at 2018‘s and 2017‘s lists, there are a lot of duplicates. Books I didn’t get to one year went onto the next year’s list. Were they still my top of the top books I wanted to read? At the time, I thought so. But now, I’m thinking they were moved over out of guilt, out of saying that they were the top and then feeling bad that I didn’t actually read them. It’s not that I don’t want to read them anymore – I still do – but I don’t know if I want to read them the most anymore.

And looking more closely still, there are five books I didn’t get to in my 10 in 2018 list. I finished three others, and two of them I’m currently reading. Out of the five I didn’t get to, four of them were on my 17 in 2017 list. They’ve been on the list for two years, and I still haven’t picked them up. I feel like the message is loud and clear: apparently they’re not the top books I want to read. The other unread book was acquired at Christmas last year, so it has only been on the list once. But if I go from my apparent pattern here, it likely won’t get read next year either if I re-add it.

So this year, I’m going to pick ten different titles. Do I still wanna read these unread books? Yes. But I feel like adding them to this year’s list will be self-sabotage. So this year’s list will consist of the following:


10 in 2019

  1. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  3. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  6. Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik
  7. You by Caroline Kepnes
  8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
  10. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

All of these books I physically own already, hopefully it’ll be an easy ten-book drop from my physical TBR. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above, let me know!

34 thoughts on “10 in 2019

  1. I know what you mean about the guilt of not reading the books yet and moving them over to read… and then at that point it feels like obligation, which makes it even more difficult for me to pick up because I’m more concerned I won’t like the book! I have to figure out a better way to do challenges and getting ARCs so I can stop feeling that “obligation” feeling.

    Anyhow, good luck!! You’ve got some great reads on your list 🙂

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    1. Ah yeah that’s it, an obligation. Reading is supposed to be fun and if I feel like I owe it ( to the book or myself it whatever) to read a book, then it makes it… Not nearly as fun, haha.

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      1. Yes! I also have an unfortunate habit of turning books that I’ve checked out from the library into an obligation. So, I have 6 books that I want to read, but now feel like I HAVE to read them, which makes them seem not fun. *sigh* I need to stop this…

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      2. Hahaha. Maybe the time limit isn’t helping also. Since you only have the two weeks or whatever to read those six, could make the obligation seem more imminent? Brains are weird, haha.

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