Books I Want to Read Before 2019!

A couple of days ago, I was sitting around trying to organise the chaos that are my bookshelves, and it occurred to me that there’s only a little over one month left in 2018. I remember having a small list of books that I wanted to read during the year, and sadly, I didn’t get to nearly as many of them as I had hoped. I mostly blame my membership to the library, which I acquired after defeating The Pneumonias. Since then I have read practically nothing aside from titles I’ve checked out from the libs. While I’m proud of how much money I have saved with not buying books, as well as with the sheer number of check-outs I’ve consumed, I’m still feeling a bit defeated by not making headway on that 2018 to-be-read.

With about five weeks left in the year, I sat down and created a miniature list of books that I am going to try my hardest to read through before that new year’s bell begins to ring incessantly. One of the key factors for me in choosing the titles that I did is the season. I tried to find novels that would be quite aesthetic to the season without being laced in Christmas cheer. Granted one of the novels I’m going to list is a holiday one, but the others are not. They simply have settings or atmospheres akin to this time of year with snow or just an overall gloominess.

Anyway, check out the four books that I shall be prioritising during the month of December! I physically own all of these things and I’m optimistic that after finishing them, they will be worthy enough to stay un-unhauled. Hopefully. They are in no particular order.


The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

This is a young adult fantasy novel that I felt was perfect for the end of the year for two reasons. Firstly, the blue cover for the UK edition is absolutely breath-taking. Secondly, the premise sounds like it’s going to be quite dark and shadowy. The Hazel Wood is about a seventeen-year-old girl named Alice, who lives on the road with mother, moving from one place to another. But then her reclusive grandmother, who also happens to be cult author of twisted fairy tales, passes away on her estate, the Hazel Wood. Soon afterwards, Alice’s mother is taken by a figure who claims to come from a place called the Hinterland, which is a cruel supernatural world that her grandmother’s tales are set in. Alice’s sole clue is a message left behind by her mum: “Stay away from the Hazel Wood.”

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden

This is a Russian folklore fantasy novel (not #OwnVoices) and the second instalment in a series called the Winternight Trilogy. I read the first one either earlier this year or late last year. While I wasn’t utterly blown away by it, I loved the setting, the inspiration and the magic, and I am curious enough to see how the main character’s adventure shall continue in this sequel. I won’t give a synopsis for this book to avoid spoilers for book one, but you can check out its GoodReads page if you want to know more.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

This is a historical fiction book that I actually started reading at the start of November, however, I became busy with work, catching a cold, and trying to make headway through my library stack that it got shoved to the back of the priority list. I’m hoping to re-start it and finish it prior to the end of December. It takes place in Nazi-occupied France in the 1930s and follows two sisters who lives are drastically altered do to the events of the war. The book alternates between the past and present and shows the reader the parallels and contrasts in their life post-war.

Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I by Hazel Gaynor

The only holiday-themed title on the list, this is written by a British author whose historical fiction novels tend to be rather fantastic. This one takes place during World War I era in August 1914 and Christmas time in 1968, following three characters: Evie, her brother Will, and his best friend Thomas. When they get pulled into the war, Evie believes—just as everyone else during the time—that war shall be over by the holidays. Yet, history shall show us that things unravelled quite differently. Evie and Thomas, specifically, end up fighting very different wars than they ever could have imagined. Than many years later, Thomas goes to Paris to deliver a bundle of letters and ends up finding one instead.


Those are the four titles that I am hoping on reading during the month of December! I’m going to try schedule in some reading time for myself since life has been hectic. Maybe these will be just what I need to help snuff out the slump that has been hanging upon my shoulder recently!

What do you think of these books? Have you read any of them? Do they interest you? Please, come chat with me in the comments! ♥

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21 thoughts on “Books I Want to Read Before 2019!

  1. They all sound interesting but I think I find Last Christmas in Paris most intriguing. Seem to be in a “historical events” mode this winter. Studying a lot of world history on Great Courses. Hubby set off a big clean out of some storage spaces in our tiny place and before it was all over I had moved all of my TBR pile from a hidden storage that was almost impossible to get into, to the top of one of the few shelves right across the foot of the bed (where I generally read the most). Like you, I’ve been having a blast discovering the library (I moved to a new big city) but it’s time to get some of these books read and out of here. Like you, I went through and singled out a few for my next reads. However, I went for light mysteries by Marcia Mueller. I picked up three of them somewhere, so I want to knock them out and pass them on. I will look forward to your reviews!

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    • I’ll have to look up stuff by Marcia Mueller, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of her work. 😮 Historical fiction just seems so fitting to me for Autumn and Winter, dunno why. I’ll make sure to review them when I’m finished. 😉

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  2. Looking forward to reading the girl in the tower. On release it was like 14 usd on the kindle store, which was a little more than I was willing to pay…but I’ll pick it up eventually. Loved the evocative vibe of the first novel.

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    • Yeah, the first book definitely had a lot of great vibes to it. It was slower than I wanted, but the world-building and lore was so amazing. I’m hoping the second will be a tiny bit faster-paced with equal evocative quality. 🙂

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