28 Jan 2019 32 comments

My 2019 Reading List.

What I’ll be reading this year…

I’ve seen so many resolutions this year that involve reading more books, whereas one of mine should probably be read less books! I feel like I get absolutely nothing done when I have a good book on the go, especially a really gripping one. Everything just gets neglected until I finish it, and then I start another and the cycle continues…

Instead of telling myself to read more this year, I want to read better – no more hurried works of fiction that leave me underwhelmed and rolling my eyes. Life is too short.
I’ve gone through my reading list and I thought I’d share what I’m looking forward to getting through this year – hopefully you lot can recommend a few good ‘uns in the comments too.

More Uplifting Stories

A lot of the books I read seem to be psychological thrillers, especially when I’m travelling because they pass the time so quickly. As gripping and addictive as they are (seriously, is there a better feeling than reading a page-turner?!), I find myself feeling a bit disconnected and sometimes even a little anxious once I’m done.
I want to read more positive stories this year, anything that inspires or lifts me up – especially true stories! I’ve heard such good things about Educated by Tara Westover, so I think that’ll be next on my list, and I’ve also got The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah saved in my Kindle pile.
I absolutely loved both Wild by Cheryl Strayed and Lion by Saroo Brierley so I’m hoping to find more like this – I need more inspirational stories from here on out!

More Informative Reads

I think I can probably justify the hours I lose to reading if the books I read were a little bit more educational, so I’m telling myself I have to be smarter with the books I choose.
My first pick is going to make this task seriously easy; Anna sent me her book ‘An Edited Life‘ and I knew from just a quick flick through that it was going to be an enlightening read for me. I always look to Anna for advice on getting my shit together, so an entire book should help me somewhat!
Sitting in my Amazon basket is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod, which focuses on ways you can improve your life by waking earlier and being productive first time. I’m a morning person for sure, I often wake up at 4am because my brain goes in to overdrive, but I’m not the best at embracing these early starts (I usually sit at the kitchen table with a cup of tea and stare in to space) so hopefully a few tips should have me changing my ways.

More Of The Classics

I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t read many of the popular literary classics, and most of the ones I have read were when I was at school and um, forced to… heh.
My friends Emily and Jess sent me Far From The Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy in a parcel recently and I’m determined to read it, and not just because the cover is beautiful! It’s tempting to just watch the film, but I know reading the book first will be so much more satisfying.
I have a couple of Jack Kerouac books that I want to make a start on too – I love looking at all the Penguin Modern Classics covers, I always want to buy the lot whenever I see them.

So, reading that back has made it sound like I’d quite like to take all the joy out of reading! I think (hope??) I can find a balance between the easy bestselling chart books I only seem to read at the moment, and the more classic or educational reads I feel like I should be delving in to. I’ll keep you posted as I go – what’s on your reading list for the coming months?

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  • I really want to pick up Anna’s book An Edited Life, it looks amazing!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • It’s SO informative, like completely packed with info! x

  • I would love to read an edited life as well

    Candice | NatalyaAmour.com

  • Abigail Alice

    Love your pictures in this post!
    An i totally agree on reading more informative reads.

  • I’m definitely going to be reading more educational books this year; I’m a History major, so I want to do some more historical reading, not just in my area–American History, but in some of my fav other historical periods. I’m excited for you to read some classics!! Those are personally my first choice always x
    Twinkle Thoughts

    • My friend told me recently that she only reads books that educate her, and I was like …oh. That’s a thing huh. So now I’m on a mission to stop reading crap. I also downloaded a word of the day app and I’m making a prodigious effort to like, learn shit (guess what today’s word of the day is hahah) x

  • LOVE THIS! By the end of last year I reminded myself the lovely escape provided in indulging in a new book, so I’ve carried it on into this year! Definitely going to add some of these to my list! x


  • I definitely want to read more books this year xx


  • Lisa Autumn

    YES I challenged myself to read one book a month in 2018 and I did it 🙂 This year I will and read even more 🙂

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  • Bilgehan Akbalık

    Excited to see what you’ll read. Do you have any plans to open a goodreads account? 💕

  • I completely understand what you mean when you say you feel anxious and disconnected. Sometime thrillers make me feel uncomfortable. I love reading more lighthearted books. 💕

    Arianna | Southernbelleforever.com

  • Lucia

    I just finished How to Be a Good Creature, which is a lovely and heartwarming little read — particularly for animal lovers! Bonus the cover is a beauty.

  • I really want to read more, but I find myself unable to concentrate anymore – I’m too used to scrolling my way through my life! Anyone have any tips to combat this? x

  • Really want to read more this year! I kind of fell behind last year, but recently I started reading again, and I’ve realized how much I miss it! <3 🙂 Thank you for the recommendations!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

  • I should go back to reading. I used to read a lot growing up – then I grew up and had responsibilities lol


  • You should definitely read Far From the Madding Crowd! It’s such an amazing book and Bathsheba is a great protagonist.

    —Georgia | thestatesofgeorgia.com

  • Maddie

    I have a reading list of about 10 books that’s taking forever for me to get around to! If you want to read more classics try ‘Rebecca’ by Daphne Du Maurier (if you haven’t already!) – it’s brilliant x

  • Martha Soko

    One of my resolutions this year was also To Read More Books and I’m just about to start my 3rd book. Yesterday I finished reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod and it’s a GREAT book. It’s a definite MUST READ and I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  • I recently re-read Pride and Prejudice and remembered what a fab classic that is! I feel bad to say it but I didn’t really enjoy On The Road by Kerouac, will be interested to hear your thoughts! Steph x

  • Such a fab reading list! I am missing your Youtube videos, hope you’re coming back soon


    Ellie xx

  • Jessica Riley

    Great picks Kate! I’m trying to read more this year so will be popping a few of these on to my list.

    The Crown Wings | UK Travel & Lifestyle Blog

  • I love this post! I read a lot of ‘self-help’ books last year, and this year I’d quite like to read more stories as I love getting lost in them. 🙂 xx

    Claire | Rose-Tinted

  • Louise Caparas

    I recommend reading the Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, though it is classified (I think) as a psychological thriller which you said you’ll be reading less of hehe. I’m reading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell now, because I thoroughly enjoyed The Tipping Point and Outliers. I find that I tend to favour non-fiction books now, than fiction ones. I still do read the occasional fiction book, but I don’t devour it as much as I did before, and I also keep the fiction ones on Kindle. The non-fiction books which I like to keep as reference, those are the ones I tend to buy in hard copies.

  • Educated is a book that I keep seeing positive reviews for so it’s definitely creeping its way up my reading list – I’m sure I’ll love it! I definitely need to up my knowledge of the classics as well so I’ve got quite a few of them on my reading list for this year! <3 x


  • Nour

    Have youread The Woman In The Window? I’m currently reading it! (No spoilers hehe) x

  • Emily Brett

    Lion and Wild are on my 2019 reading list so great to hear you enjoyed them. I love setting my annual reading challenges but I totally know what you mean about getting absorbed by a good read and neglecting everything else. I’ve just posted a round-up of my 2018 reading challenge and the books I read last year (albeit a little late to party seeing as though we’re now in Feb!)

    Emily | emily-brett.blogspot.com

  • Thomas Hardy is my favourite classics author, and Far From the Madding Crowd is a good place to start as far as his body of work is concerned. Tess of the D’Urbervilles is fantastic too, so if you end up liking Crowd, I’d suggest picking up Tess afterwards.

  • Gab

    Loved this post! I’ve made it a resolution to read at least one book a month as I tend to fly through books whilst on holiday and not read for the rest of the year!
    I loved wuthering heights and the kite runner as far as ‘classics’ are concerned and if you liked Netflix series ‘you’ then you might like the book and the sequel hidden bodies, I’m getting stuck into them now!
    Gab xxx


  • Natalie Redman

    I need to make a reading list so I read more!