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This post a place for me to keep track of the books I read in 2019. Feel free to skip this post, or you can share book recommendations, talk about your reading goals for this year or anything book-related.

My goal last year was to read 100 books, which I achieved. I read 128 books in 2018. Not too shabby, considering I hit a loooong reading slump in the fall.

My goal for 2019 is 75 books. I'll be changing jobs at some point during the year, and it's unclear if that will impact my reading time. My new job SERIOUSLY impacts my reading time, so I changed my goal to 50 books.


001. Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley Pennsylvania, 1763 (Dear America Series) by Mary Pope Osborne
002. A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1859 (Dear America Series) by Patricia C. McKissack (5 stars)
003. When Will This Cruel War Be Over?: The Civil War Diary of Emma Simpson, Gordonsville, Virginia, 1864 (Dear America Series) by Barry Denenberg
004. I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl, Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1865 (Dear America Series) by Joyce Hansen (5 stars)
005. The Fences Between Us: The Diary of Piper Davis, Seattle, Washington, 1941 (Dear America Series) by Kirby Larson (5 stars)
006. He by John Connelly (5 stars)
007. The Prophecy (Reign 1) by Lily Blake
008. Hysteria (Reign 2) by Lily Blake
009. Little by Edward Carey
010. The Clockwork Scareb (Stoker and Holmes 1) by Colleen Gleason
011. The Spiritglass Charade (Stoker and Holmes 2) by Colleen Gleason
012. The Chess Queen Enigma (Stoker and Holmes 3) by Colleen Gleason
013. The Glamorous Dead by Suzanne Gates
014. The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
015. Winnie-the-Pooh by AA Milne
016. The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein
017. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (5 stars)
018. The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery (5 stars)
019. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
020. Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd (Flavia de Luce 8) by Alan Bradley
021. The Grave's a Fine and Private Place (Flavia de Luce 9) by Alan Bradley
022. The Golden Tresses of the Dead (Flavia de Luce 10) by Alan Bradley (5 stars)
023. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
024. Lovely War by Julie Berry
025. The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding (Prosper Redding 1) by Alexandra Bracken
026. The Last Life of Prince Alastor (Prosper Redding 2) by Alexandra Bracken
027. White City by Grace Hitchcock


If you ever have any book recommendations or have comments/questions about the books I’ve read, PLEASE come to this post & leave them in comments.


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Jan. 2nd, 2019 05:19 pm (UTC)
Not shabby at all!

Have you read The Magicians?
Jan. 2nd, 2019 07:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) Your icon is so cute!

I have! I read the series back whenever the TV show started. Ended up quitting the show, but I really loved the books.
Jan. 2nd, 2019 07:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

I am utterly enthralled by both incarnations.

How about... The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out A Window and Disappeared?
Jan. 3rd, 2019 01:35 pm (UTC)
I own that book but haven't read it. Convince me to move it up my to-read list! ;)
Jan. 3rd, 2019 08:13 pm (UTC)
It is so absolutely charming! I'm afraid of spoilers if I say too much!
Jan. 3rd, 2019 01:34 am (UTC)
So many wonderful gifs! ♥♥♥

Congratulations on being the undisputed Queen of books and absolutely smashing your reading challenge.

I've just been stalking your 2018 reads for inspiration and I have a feeling it will come in very handy. Btw, I noticed you read "And Then There Was None" by Agatha Christie last year. I actually have that in my Amazon basket atm because I watched a couple of Agatha Christie adaptions over Christmas (including the BBC adaption of the ABC Murders with Rupert Grint & John Malkovich) and now I feel in the mood for a bit of old fashioned crime. And I'm really enjoying the Twelve Clues of Christmas so far although I'm not quite sure why I started with book 6 before I'd read any of the others.

My favourite book this year was The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell but I also really liked The Painted Bridge by Wendy Wallace and despite a not very interesting main character Strange Practice by Vivian Shaw too. Oh, and have you ever read "The Witch's Boy" by Michael Gruber? I think it's a good read, especially if you like fairy tales.

At the moment I have The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente, Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek by Anthony O'Neill, The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes and The Corset by Laura Purcell on the top of my Amazon wishlist.
Jan. 3rd, 2019 01:47 pm (UTC)
I loved And Then There Were None sooo much! I'd never really paid any attention to Agatha Christie but there was a show called "The Great American Read" on over the summer and that was one of the Top 100 books on the list & they kept making it sound SO GOOD. Plus, I got on a mystery kick because of reading the Flavia de Luce & Her Royal Spyness series. I ran across a free recording of the ATTWN audiobook (narrated by Dan Stevens, he was terrific) and was surprised that I could keep up with the mystery listening to it. But I definitely plan on buying a physical copy and reading it. And I want to see the BBC adaptation of ATTWN like NOW.

I think you'll be more than fine by jumping in the Her Royal Spyness series at book 6. The author has a habit of retelling and retelling and retelling and repeating lol the main points you need to know about Georgie's world so I could see jumping in at anytime and being able to keep up.

I think I have The Silent Companions on my TBR, I'll have to check. I had The Painted Bridge at one time but it lost its dust jacket somehow and I think I ended up losing the book...? It was there one day and gone the next, so weird. I'll have to look for it since you really liked it! I have The Witch's Boy on my TBR but it's always going out of availability on Amazon. I'm going to have to track it down thru Book Depository or something.

I'm going to go look up a lot of those books from your Amazon wishlist. I've definitely heard of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (though weirdly they retitled it The Seven and 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle here, I think to differentiate from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo?). Space Opera is so ridiculously gonzo! I got a Barnes & Noble giftcard from my brother's fiancee for Christmas and I haven't spent it yet, so I definitely need to get on that! (I'm thinking Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak and Vengeful by VE Schwab and then either The Dinner List by Rebecca Searle or Little by Edward Carey.)

Oh and you totally need to read Tomorrow, which you rec'd to me and which I just want to hug, it's so special and beautiful and AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH DOGS ♥

(BTW I *promise* I will reply to your other comments/messages soon. Work is kicking my a** and I'm so exhausted when I'm home. But I will get my butt in gear lol!)

Edited at 2019-01-03 01:49 pm (UTC)
Jan. 17th, 2019 07:28 am (UTC)
I've wanted to read some Agatha Christie for years but was worried that they'd be too dry or just too complicated for me. I think I'm gonna start with And Then There Were None and see how that goes. I did record the BBC adaption of it the Christmas before last (I think) but it somehow got deleted from the Sky planner (🤔) before I had the chance to watch it.
Also I have a soft spot for Dan Stevens because of Downton Abbey.

I enjoyed that Twelve Clues of Christmas and I'll definitely read more of the series. I couldn't quite give it 5 stars because there's talk of how much jolly good fun foxhunting is which marred it slightly but it was breezy, didn't take itself too seriously and had a cosy charm.

I've been putting off getting "Tomorrow" because I 100% it will leave me a sobbing mess but if you loved it I really should pick it up.
Oh and despite my earlier misgivings I am loving "The Bear and the Nightingale"! Which means I'm gonna have to invest in reading a whole trilogy now. Bugger.

Btw what do you make of the synopsis of the new Erin Morgernstern book? I'm excited because The Night Circus means so much to me but the synopsis is flashing up "Splintered" memories.
We've waited so long and I really, really need this book to be amazing!

And good luck with your book shopping. :)

Jan. 18th, 2019 05:21 pm (UTC)
I felt the same way about Agatha Christie as you did, and I didn't find And Then There Were None dry at all. I downloaded Murder on the Orient Express, just need to find time to listen to it. (I got the one narrated by Dan Stevens, there's a newer version read by Kenneth Branaugh but I didn't know if I could handle Gilderoy Lockhart reading me a book lol.)

The only book in the Royal Spyness series I didn't care for was Royal Blood, which I think is #4. Georgie was just so unbearably stupid in that one, I was like "I'm supposed to believe THIS nitwit could solve a murder?!?". But they're breezy in fun, with a few annoyances (my #1 is everyone being so focused on whether she's lost her virginity yet...like, it was funny the first time, but I'm gonna roll my eyes the 117th time someone asks or pities her over it).

Oh, I sobbed reading Tomorrow but it was in a good way. SO PRECIOUS. I mean, there are 2 not-good events but everything works out in the end, trust me. And there's a big reveal at the end which is so perfect I'm tearing up thinking about it...no worries, I wouldn't dream of spoiling it!

Oooh can't wait to hear your thoughts on The Bear and the Nightingale! Guess I'm going to have to move that one up my list!

I thought the synopsis sounded really promising! I mean, not as wonderful as The Night Circus, obviously (beyond sad Ben Barnes has aged out of playing Marco *wipes tears*), but good all the same. I'm just so happy it finally has a title & synopsis! I never read Splintered so I'm not suffering the same flashbacks you are! And I may be losing my mind but I was sure it announced a couple years ago that her next book was an Alice in Wonderland retelling??? And more recently, didn't goodreads show her next book being titled "The Owl King" or something like that????)(Okay, rereading that synopsis, it is still kinda Wonderland-ish.)(Now I really want to reread The Night Circus *sigh*)

I ended up buying Vengeful by VE Scwhab, Little by Edward Carey (it's about Madame Tussaud & the French Revolution) and he by John Connolly (yes, THAT John Connolly -- it's a fictionalized account of the lives of Laurel & Hardy and I'm looooving it) with the GC from my brother's fiancee. Then I bought The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict as a celebratory "I'm Leaving My Job!" gift to myself (it's about Classic Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr and how she invented wi-fi). Then with my only gift card I will earn from the company's insurance (truly, the only thing I will miss about this job, other than 2 co-workers) I got The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye, Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, Little Dancer Aged 14: The True Story Behind Degas's Masterpiece by Camille Laurens, Firebird by Elizabeth Wein...and still got a few bucks to spend from that, still trying to narrow down my selection.

Jan. 3rd, 2019 02:16 am (UTC)
Definitely not shabby at all :)

I love the gifs <3
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