So I realise I may be a little late to the party with this, but it’s better to be late than never, am I right? I’m probably wrong…
Either way! I thought I would put together my 2019 TBR list and the reason for it is two-fold. Firstly, because I’ve never really done it before and think it will be good for me to idealise and visualise which books I should read. Secondly, it will act as a reminder for me to ACTUALLY READ the books. Because that’s the type of person I am, very forgetful with the attention span to rival a Cocker Spaniel. Plus I think it will be a fun challenge or me to cross each of these off as I go!
As an additional point, I’m also going to be updating my Goodreads account regularly too, so if you want to be my friend on the platform (please be my friend) you can follow my book progress there.
1.Bird Box by Josh Malerman
Admittedly, I’ve already started this one and I’m about 100 pages in, so I still think it’s valid to have it on the list! I’ve heard great things about the Netflix programme and of course, I’m a huge advocate of always reading the books before the films (if I knew it was a book first). So far it’s pretty good, although I’m still getting used to how it is written in the present tense, but I’m definitely enjoying it so far!
2. Lancelot by Giles Kristian
So I have a confession… I’ve already started this one last year, but I accidentally put it down and I forgot to pick it back up again… round 2! Ding ding ding! I think this was more due to a move than not actually getting into the story itself. From what I remember it was a really interesting viewpoint on the Arthurian legend, so I am looking forward to coming back to it.
3. The Binding by Bridget Collins
This is the book my girlfriend, a bookseller at Waterstones, is raving about at the moment! Her words: “It’s a beautiful, fantastical story that happens to have a queer love story within. It’s everything we’ve been wishing for!” You can quote her on that. Refreshing to see a book not surrounding the sexuality aspect of a character but rather the sexuality happens to just be part of them.
4. The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
I was very lucky to be gifted this book and I definitely find the blurb intriguing. A strong independent woman protagonist who slays dragons in order to break her shackles and escape her cruel betrothal to a man she doesn’t love? I’d read that any day! But it is not this day, but a later day… because it’s number 4.
5. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
My girlfriend, bless her, accidentally got me the second in the series and therefore went back to grab the first for me! Again, it has a strong female protagonist and is set in a world with a caste system between the Reds (commoners) and the Silvers (the elites with superpowers). Mare Barrow however, is a Red who possesses the power of Silver and of course, a delicate cover up plot ensues, leading it to be torn down from the inside. It certainly appeals to the rebel within me!
6. City of Thieves
So I realise that this is technically not just a book but also a game. However, I’m putting this on the list because I played these as a kid and had an absolute blast attempting to destroy the evil Zanbar Bone and find the Dwarven War Hammer lost within the Forest of Doom. These books deserve a post of their own, I honestly cannot recommend them enough!
7. The Last by Hanna Jameson
I didn’t even know this book existed until about 3 hours ago? My girlfriend, after getting me a copy of City of Thieves, showed me this book and I immediately wanted to start reading. It focuses on a murder in a post-nuclear apocalypse setting which has me itching to find out more. I started writing my own zombie apocalypse story around Halloween time so I’m definitely wanting to give this thriller a go.
8. Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
I really do love a badass female character. This time it’s all about assassins and a protagonist who is accused of murder but guilty of worse. I’m looking forward to reading this one especially as it’s a male author portraying a woman. I feel as if this could be very good… or very bad. The cover also reminds me of one of my favourite film franchises: Underworld.
9. Heroes by Stephen Fry
Ah! The soothing tones of good ole Stephen Fry. I’ve always been fond of the Greek myths, so when he released Mythos last year, my ears devoured that book (I also have an audible account). I’ve been listening to the second instalment in my car to and from work and I’m finding that the 50 minutes each way just flies by!
10. The Falcon of Sparta by Conn Iggulden
So I’ve been lusting after this book for a while but have never gotten around to actually buying it. I certainly plan on changing that! I’ve never really explored much historical fiction before and I’ve heard amazing things about Conn Iggulden so I’m hoping this will be a great introduction to his work.