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
- Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
- The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
- The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
- Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
- Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik
- You by Caroline Kepnes
- Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
- Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
- 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!