15 Books I Want to Read in 2019

15 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2019
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15 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2019

One phrase heard most at the beginning of a new year: “I wish I read more.” So this year, let’s do it.

Maybe you want to make more time for reading in 2019. I know I certainly do. I’ve always been a bookworm, and tend to frequent the library almost as much as Target. However, I’m not always great about reading a lot of books in a year. Typically, I pick a series and go through the whole thing, while maybe adding a self-help or encouraging novel here and there. This year, my goal is to actually get through all the books I’ve been “putting off” for quite some time. I actually have a list, and like Santa Claus, I want to check it twice!

My book tastes haven’t varied much over the years. I’ve always loved a good fantasy or sci-fi novel, and it can actually be pretty difficult for me to find enjoyment in any other genres. I want to learn how to love books on upping my business game, or even pick up a cheesy romance here and there (my mom always called these “fluff” books – but they can be fun)! If you keep reading, you’ll see all 15 books I have on my “to-read” list. Have you browsed through any of them, yourself?

15 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2019

15 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2019

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them // J.K. Rowling

Well, considering the fact that I’m not even halfway through “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and I’m already tempted to read the entire series over again once finished, I know that this will somewhat fill that void. The movies have already become favorites of mine, so I’m quite interested in reading the screenplay.

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It // Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham not only plays my favorite television character of all time, Lorelai Gilmore, but she’s also an incredibly intellectual writer. Her wit in her writing is just as evident as it is in her acting, which makes reading all the more enjoyable. I’m really looking forward to reading her advice for those who just haven’t accomplished everything (yet).

Milk and Honey // Rupi Kaur

Honestly, this has been on my “to-read” list since the moment it came out, yet I still haven’t had the opportunity to actually sit down with it. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for poetry, and the style of poetry in this book seems to speak volumes.

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely // Lysa TerKeurst

I’ve had this book suggested to me on numerous occasions. As someone who has definitely felt rejected at times (haven’t we all?), I’m interested in learning more about what Lysa has to say when it comes to God’s perspective on the matter.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before // Jenny Han

I’m bandwagon-ing on this one since I loved the movie SO.DANG.MUCH. Seriously, I’ve already watched it more times than I can count. I know this is actually a series of books, and as someone who used to swear by reading the book before the movie, I at least want to get a head start before the next movie makes its debut (since I’m behind on reading the first one).

Crazy Rich Asians // Kevin Kwan

Also a book-made-movie, I’m curious of the differences between this particular series and the film. I think I wanted to love the movie so much more because of all the hype. Maybe reading the book will give me a different outlook on the story.

When Life Gives You Lululemons // Lauren Weisberger

Ah yes, the author of “Devil Wears Prada.” I already have high hopes for this long-anticipated sequal, since I love the original story with all my heart. I mean, Miranda Priestly = QUEEN.

Legendary: A Caraval Novel // Stephanie Garber

Earlier in 2018, I read Stephanie’s “Caraval,” and completely fell in love. In fact, I believe I read it in 2 days because I was so hooked on the plot. I love a book that will take you for a ride, and this one certainly accomplishes that. I even tweeted Stephanie immediately after finishing her book, just to tell her how excited I was for the next installment, and she retweeted me! I know, I know – #nerd.

Throne of Glass // Sarah J. Maas

I actually began this book a couple of years ago, and never got the opportunity to finish it. As someone who loves a good fantasy series, I’m constantly seeing this as a recommended read when browsing the library catalog. 2019 will be the year I finally finish it and see what all the hype is about.

Everybody Always // Bob Goff

Bob Goff really plucked at my heartstrings with “Love Does,” so I’ve been wanting to read this extra badly. He has a way of greatly encouraging you while simultaneously pushing you to just do it, and I love that.

Girl, Wash Your Face // Rachel Hollis

This has become such a controversial book, that I think I’ll be reading it purely out of intrigue. It seems like everyone has something different to say, and I would definitely like to form my own opinion. Especially since this is such a popular pick in the influencer world.

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life // Jen Sincero

I can certainly have a tendency to be very self-critical, and could always use a little boost. I’ve heard only excellent reviews about this book!

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life // Mark Manson

I’ve not even gotten to read this book yet, and I’m already recommending it to others. I think, like the Rachel Hollis book, I’m curious to form my own opinion on this particular approach to life.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear // Elizabeth Gilbert

As a self-employed creative, I’m always searching for ways to stay motivated and continue pursuing my dreams. Any book that provides wisdom and insight on that subject, while also encouraging me to keep going is a book that I want to read!

99 Percent Mine: A Novel // Sally Thorne

I read Sally’s “The Hating Game” a few months ago and laughed and cried my way through it in no time. She’s got a very sassy writing style, while still keeping things upbeat and sexy. The second I put down that book, I knew I wanted to read another one written by her. I was stoked to see this one on Amazon!

15 Books to Add to Your Reading List in 2019

Will you be reading any of these 15 books in 2019?


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    January 21, 2019 at 6:27 AM

    I envy your love for reading. To get lost in another place and time is magical. These are some great ideas!

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    Laura Botkin
    January 21, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    So many of these are on my list! I hope I can finish 15 books this year too!

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    Hillary Conheady
    January 21, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    These are such great pics!! I love the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before movie!!

    xo, Hillary | hillheady.com

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    January 21, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    I’m trying to read more this year also! Crazy Rich Asians has more depth in the storyline than the movie was able to show, and it’s a series. Fun reads!

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    January 21, 2019 at 10:55 AM

    So many amazing recommendations! I have been wanting to read more this year.

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    January 21, 2019 at 11:51 AM

    You definitely have an awesome list! I’ve read some of these, and love them! I really enjoyed Crazy Rich Asians and all its sequels!


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    Lauryn Hock
    January 21, 2019 at 1:36 PM

    These are fantastic choices! Some of these are on my list as well, like Crazy Right Asians and The Subtle Art…

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    January 21, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    I’m not a huge reader myself, never really have been. It’s something I want to do, though! lol! Milk & Honey has been on my list for years. I have such an appreciation for poetry. You’ll enjoy Uninvited! That’s one I actually read and couldn’t put down – as someone who doesn’t read books, that says a lot!

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    Laura Leigh
    January 21, 2019 at 6:02 PM

    So many of these are on my list as well! When Life Gives You Lululemons is at the top as I have heard amazing things about it. Also, wanting to read the Crazy Rich Asian series as my husband and I just watched the movie and loved it. Heres to getting alot of reading done in 2019!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

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    January 21, 2019 at 6:18 PM

    Really great choices! Lots of these I’ve read and others I want to read. Uninvited was really good. Why is girl, wash your face controversial? I thought it was good! Must have missed the discussion around it!

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    Rebekah Joan
    January 21, 2019 at 6:21 PM

    I’ve been looking for good books to read lately, so this is great! Milk and Honey has had my interest for a few years. Maybe I’ll pick it up!

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    Clare @ Oh These Are The Good Old Days
    January 21, 2019 at 7:36 PM

    i am on the exact same page as you. all about the you are a badass and girl wash your face type stuff. this will be so fun!

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    Indya | The Small Adventurer
    January 21, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    I always told myself I was going to read more after I only read a measly 23 books last year, and now we’re only 22 days into the year and I’ve already read 8! I’m over the moon, and forgot how much I love reading. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and Crazy Rich Asians are already on my to read list, but I didn’t know Lauren Graham had another book out! I read Talking As Fast As I Can when it came out and really enjoyed it, so I’ll have to look out for her new book!

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    Moriah Joy @ Our Table For Two
    January 21, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    Oh my gosh, Stephanie Garber is such a sweetheart. She was a professor at the uni I went to. Her books are really good!

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    January 21, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    I’m totally guilt of saying I’m going to read more… and then not holding up my end of the bargain. 🙁 This year, I’m hoping to read a book a month — which is WAY LESS than I used to read, but somehow I just don’t have any time in my day! (story of my life). No surprise I love your pick for Fantastic Beasts, and I am determined to read Crazy Rich Asians too! Also, if you love sci-fi, you should check out 11/22/63 by Stephen King — not a horror book, but a trip back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK! Definitely a good (but long) read.

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    January 21, 2019 at 8:37 PM

    I love a good book. These all sound really interesting! I’ve heard good comments about “Boss Bitch”. Considering buying it too! I let you know if its worth it haha


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    January 21, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    I see a few I want to read too! I’m terrible about saying “I want to read more” but don’t follow thru.

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    Tara Fuller
    January 21, 2019 at 9:54 PM

    oooh some of these I loved – and now i’m super interested in uninvited!!

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    January 21, 2019 at 11:25 PM

    Ohhhh so many good picks here! I need to add these to my reading list.

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    January 22, 2019 at 12:58 AM

    I resolved to read more last year and was really happy I made good on that – I’m looking forward to keeping up my trend of at least one book a month this year too. I think I’ll have to add Lauren Graham’s book to my list!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    January 22, 2019 at 2:05 AM

    These all sound amazing! Milk and Honey is on my list as well! Need to add a few of these to my list!

    cute & little

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    Taylor Mobley
    January 22, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    I love this list – but I also love the way you have pink everything!!! 🙂

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    Becky @ Disney in your Day
    January 22, 2019 at 9:25 AM

    I really enjoyed reading the Fantastic Beasts screenplay, it’s a good addition to the movie! I read The Subtle Art and was pretty excited before I started it, but ended up not liking it. The first 50 pages were great, but after that I disagreed with a lot of what he said. I’m always curious to hear what other people think of it.

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    January 22, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    I’m happy to report that I’ve either already read most of these or I currently have them reserved at the library so that I’ll read them later! I can’t wait to get into Girl, Wash Your Face – like you, I’m really intrigued now that I’ve read so many different reviews about it!

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    Alix Maza
    January 22, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    If I had a penny for every person that tells me that they wished they read more I would seriously rival Bill Gates lol. I need to read Fantastic Beasts!

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    January 22, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Fantastic Beasts is on my reading list too!!

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    Tanvi Rastogi
    January 22, 2019 at 10:35 AM

    I have read most of the books on your list and they are good. Are you on Goodreads? I find is a great place to keep track of books and get new recommendations.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    January 22, 2019 at 1:59 PM

    These look like such good books! I will have to check some of them out. Thanks for the list!


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    Sarah Lindner
    January 22, 2019 at 2:57 PM

    I have been dying to read Crazy, Rich, Asians!! Great round-up!!

    xoxo Sarah

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    January 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM

    So many good books! I’m trying to read more this year too, and am almost done with my first book of 2019 – so exciting! My genre list is all over the place but more recently I’ve been ready mystery/thriller type books. And of course, memoirs!


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    Samantha Sock
    January 22, 2019 at 5:57 PM

    I need some motivation this year and these books really look like they will help!! Thank you for the recommendations!

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    January 22, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Up until a few years ago, I was an avid reader. Now I mostly read things on the computer. Enjoy reading those books, it looks like a great list!

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    Kait Rubin
    January 23, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    So many great choices here! I am always looking for new books to read, and i love that you included fiction and non-fiction selections. Saving this list for later!

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    Erica @ Coming Up Roses
    January 23, 2019 at 11:03 AM

    I did not realize that To All the Boys I Loved Before was also a book…LOVED that movie!!!

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    January 23, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    I love all of these books! I already finished one book from last year and I am picking out my second book for this year.

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    January 24, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Lisa Terkeurst books are always good! I haven’t read the one you listed though so adding it to my list!

    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    January 24, 2019 at 12:46 PM

    So many of these are on my reading list! I’ve been wanting to read uninvited since forever! Currently reading Girl Wash Your Face and the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***

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    Denise Kokinis
    January 24, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Yes to reading more in the New Year! I have been so bad about actually sitting down and reading a book anymore! Seriously perusing this list to find some good picks and get myself back into it!

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

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    January 24, 2019 at 11:31 PM

    I seriously need to find some good reads this year. I haven’t picked up a book in months.

    Xx, Nailil

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    January 25, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Your list is spot on for me, almost half of them are on my to-read list. I’ve been dabbling on if I want to read Harry Potter. I’ve never seen the movies or read any of the books. I feel like I’m the only one out there who hasn’t. My goal this year is to read 8-10 books.

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    January 25, 2019 at 9:11 AM

    I’m such a bad reader.. the only time I honestly get through a book is when I’m at the beach. Still need to finish Girl wash your face!

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    January 25, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    I’ve heard so many good things about most of these books on your reading list! I definitely need to make time for reading more books. Lately, it’s just been toddler books with my son!

    xo, Laura

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    January 25, 2019 at 3:10 PM

    You Are A Badass is SUCH a good book! Excited to check out the others on your list!

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    Ruthie Ridley
    January 25, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Whoa what an amazing list!!! I am telling you that Girl Wash Your Face is a MUST read! My life is completely changed!

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