This year in books was fantastic, I don’t think I could have hoped for something better. Not only were some amazing books released this year, but I also managed to complete my challenge of reading 52 in 52 weeks (even before the 52 weeks mark). Where it got difficult was finishing the ones I did not enjoy that much, just because I wanted complete my challenge. That’s why in 2019, I just want to read for the pleasure of reading, if I don’t like a book, I can stop wasting my time and pick up something else. Here are some of the books I’m looking forward to reading in the next year…
How To Fail - Elizabeth Day
I discovered Elizabeth Day this year through her podcast ‘How To Fail’ in which she interviews successful people about their failures and how their failures impacted their lives. I’ve also read her novel ‘The Party’ which was incredibly captivating. This is why I was more than happy when she announced that she was releasing a book with the same theme as the podcast sometimes in spring 2019. Definitely on my reading list!
The Sisterhood - Daisy Buchanan
Daisy Buchanan is one of those people on the Internet I just admire. I devoured her previous book ‘How to Be a Grown Up’ and now I’m completely obsessed with her new podcast “You’re Booked”. This book is an account of her relationship with her five sisters (the good and the bad), and I can definitely relate having 2 sisters myself.
An Edited Life - Anna Newton
Anna has to be my favourite YouTuber and blogger, she is relatable and also the nicest (I had the chance to meet her when I was in London). I feel like we could be friends in real life because we love the same things: fashion, books and organization. This year she is releasing a book all about organizing your life, your home and your work. I simply CANNOT wait. It is perfect for my type A personality and I’m also sure it will be a stunning book to look at.
Delight - J.B. Priestley
This was recommended by Dolly Alderton. It was released after WWII as an attempt to cheer people up by pointing out life’s simple pleasures. I think it is so important to consider the little things in life, so I’m sure this book will be a good one for reading in my blanket with a nice cup of tea in the cold winter months.
Prep - Curtis Sittenfeld
I’ve heard a lot about Curtis Sittenfeld this year and I think the topics she explores in her novels are right up my street: coming of age stories, prestigious schools, social class, etc. This was another High Low recommendation and I think it will be a page turner!
What books are you looking forward to reading in 2019? Are you giving yourself a reading challenge for the coming year?