To-Be-Read in 2019| 10 Books I'm Dying to Read

Well hello there, friend. January is over. The first month in the new year. Resolutions have either been realized or dropped to the curb. Because the world is full of many different people, there are many different types of resolutions.
  • fitness resolutions (which usually means 3 crunches and then eating a sleeve of Oreos)
  • diet resolutions (which usually means trying a piece of lettuce and then eating a sleeve of Oreos. a lot of resolutions end in Oreos)
  • spiritual resolutions (it's time to become one with the earth. merge with a mountain)
  • relationship resolutions (time to catch a man. bring your own net)
I, myself, set a goal to read 150 books. I'm nothing if not delusional a dreamer. Out of those 150, there are 10 that I'm DYING to read (the other 140 i'm only fine with reading).

10 Books I'm Dying To Read
First and foremost, I have to mention the #1 book of the year, the one that should be on all of your TBRs. 

The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews (Goodreads):
  • By the author of A Thousand Perfect Notes which BROKE ME
  • my heart still hurts
  • Cast: Sam, who I can already tell I'm going to fall in love with. 
  • lots of family hijinks. 
  • I'm hoping for some quality sibling representation. 
  • and because it's Cait, 
  • FOOD
  • or at least, I've been promised food. 
  • I'm getting an overwhelming Hufflepuff vibe from this book, which I am 100% here for. (though maybe that's because of all the yellow stars on the cover, who knows)
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon (Goodreads): I have basically no idea what this is about, but LOOK AT THAT COVER. 

Also I am 100% here for oranges and mythical beasts. 

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O'Neal (Goodreads)
  • by looking at this cover, I can confidently say that it is going to be the cutest.
  • I have no idea what it's about, but I am ready.
  • I'm assuming there will be some sort of cove
  • with aquicorns
  • that's about all I know...
Edit: After reading it, I would like to add a few things.
  • Each illustration is more beautiful and soft than the last.
  • I have never wanted to crawl inside a book more. 
  • Strong Auntie who reminds me of my own aunt. Super sweet.
  • "Save the sea-life because it is magical" is the purest moral ever.
  • Save all the sea life.
  • Every turtle is valid.
  • wow I love this graphic novel.

Dry by Neal Shusterman (Goodreads): Every single review I've read has said one thing: Have a glass of water on hand while reading it. Thinking about it, this book might be good for anyone who has a hard time hydrating.

Enchantee by Gita Trelease (Goodreads): 

I actually cannot wait to read this. I can't. I'm thinking about pulling a Rip Van Winkle and napping until it's released. I know that's only 5 days away, but I think even that is too long to wait. It promises so many amazing things like:

  • PARIS. 
  • ALL THE PARIS. (i'm very passionate about historical Paris)
  • gambling in the glittering halls of Versailles
  • A BALLOONIST AS THE LOVE INTEREST (as in hot air balloons, but my first thought was someone making balloon animals. lol marry that boy)
  • wow this sounds like golden, magical cotton candy, and I love it.

Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (Goodreads):
(oops, accidentally in the middle of reading this. so far I am enjoying it, but nothing will beat Forest of a Thousand Lanterns)
  • Snow White retelling that I might actually love.
  • we get to see our Empress Xifeng again
  • that's basically the only reason I'm reading it
  • I just love Xifeng so much
  • I mean, she killed everyone that got in her way and made her own happy ending
  • #GOALS
  • They both are such good representations of women. 

The Dire King by William Ritter (Goodreads):
Wow, I am super bad at this. I also already read this one. The Jackaby series is non-stressful and ended satisfyingly. It is was just really...nice. I'm a fan.

It feels like one of those middle-grade adventure series that are so gosh darn fun to read.

Keeper of the Bees by Meg Kassel (Goodreads):
not gonna lie. 74% of me wants to read this only for the bees and watercolor looking cover. What can I say, I'm shallow. The other 26% of me wants to read it because it features fun things like: death, harbingers of death, deadly venom, and curses! I've been informed that the book wraps all of those topics up in a nice Soft bow, and non-creepy romance, and friendship, and wowie I can't wait to read it.

And the Ocean was Our Sky by Patrick Ness (Goodreads)

  • this book sounds delightfully deep (haha, get it, because it's the ocean. and the ocean is deep. i'm a comedic genius)
  • tho it really does seem deep, and metaphorical, and philosophical, and I am ready.
  • I still trust Patrick Ness after he RUINED MY HEART with A Monster Calls
  • Also I miss reading books from an animal's mind (throwback to those chapter books)
  • Vengeful whales is the best premise.
  • Ooo, it's also a great way to prevent littering. Someone drops a wrapper, BOOM, whale eats them. 
  • i've solved it. 

A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney (Goodreads): We've all read a million retellings of Alice in Wonderland, and one would think that by now we would be tired of them, so why am I excited for this version of Alice?

Because something tells me (it's the synopsis. the synopsis is telling me) that Alice is going to be hardcore and so so cool. I mean, she's fighting Nightmares in a dream world. Heck yeah. All the reviews I've read for this seem pretty extreme, either they love it, or they don't like it one bit. For some reason, that makes me even more interested, and I'm curious which side of the scale I'll fall on.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (Goodreads)

I'm guilty of judging the book by John Green's past books. I thought it was going to be all romance and pretentious characters learning a watered down lesson (I've never clicked with John Green's novels, but maybe that's a little harsh. oops), but as soon as I heard it was all about fugitive billionaires and friendship and mental illness, I added it to my TBR ASAP.

I have seen one spoiler, which is this: THERE ARE NO ACTUAL TURTLES. I am upset.

am I only including this book so I can use this gif? ...maybe. 

What books are you excited to read? Have you read any on this list? Have you kept up with your resolutions? Are you as excited for The Boy Who Steals Houses as I am???? 


  1. I know this is about books, but those resolution definitions! "merge with the earth" and "time to catch a man. bring your own net." Only, I'm afraid some people really almost do the latter.

  2. Hehe, definitely chuckled at those resolutions (scarily accurate).
    These books all look so intriguing--definitely adding some of them to my TBR list.

  3. "Merge with a mountain" << Hah! Loved your little parenthetical notes. They were really funny. xD

    You have definitely made me want to read Aquicorn Cove. *nods*

    Ooh, I'd been interested in Enchantee! Will have to keep an eye out for it. (Also, "lol marry that boy". xD Truth, tho.)

    Including something just to use a specific gif? Guilty. Me too. :-P (Also, YAY FOR THE OFFICE!! :D)


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