12 Books I MUST Read in 2019!

Hey everyone! I’ve mentioned before that one of my goals for this year is to read more of my backlist books. As part of this, I’ve made a list of 12 books that I have been saying for YEARS “oh I must read that soon” – seriously, I just never seem to pick these ones up and I don’t know why. So I’m making this post to hold myself accountable. By the end of 2019, I will have read all of these books!


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Perfume by Patrick Suskind

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

master and margarita

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

jonathan strange

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

girl with all the gifts

The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

white teeth

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

lake house

The Lake House by Kate Morton

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Here I Stand by Amnesty International


Flawed by Cecilia Ahern


Uprooted by Naomi Novik


Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Have you read any of these books? Which one do you recommend I start with? Also, I’ve floated the idea on Instagram of a readalong of Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, as so many people seem to have it on their shelves but feel intimidated by its size. Let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in?! x

35 thoughts on “12 Books I MUST Read in 2019!

  1. so many good books in this list! The Master and Margarita is amazing but weird and THUG is so powerful. I co-run a big book bookclub called the #abouttome bookclub on IG and we are going to be group reading jonathan strange in july so feel free to join in if you still haven’t read it by then!


  2. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke and White Teeth are also on my list for this year! You really have picked some amazing choices. I think your year will be awesome in terms of reading if you get to all of them!


  3. The Hate U Give and A Darker Shade Of Magic are both on my 2019 list too! I honestly don’t know how I’ve put them off this long. πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Great list!


  4. Sounds like a good list! I tried to read Jonathan Strange, but didn’t get very far before I decided it wasn’t a book I wanted to read. I hope you have better luck with it!


  5. I would highly recommend Memoirs of a Geisha – though it has had a few controversy surrounding the fact that the author is not Japanese and therefore was not able to write the story in an authentic way. It’s still a beautiful read though, and so is White Teeth. I really need to read more Zadie Smith books! πŸ™‚


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