As I mentioned in my Reading Goals For 2019 post, I’m going to be attempting a couple of challenges this year and one of them is to read more books that are on the longer side (in my case that means more than 500 pages long). This is inspired by Books With Emily Fox‘s challenge.
Initially I did want to attempt to read 12 books this year, but seeing how I’ve felt a little burnt out I’m going to start by attempting 6 and raise the number to 12 if I get halfway through the year having read most of the books I plan to.
Because of that the list of books I want to read is far longer than needed if I was going to read 6 books. I’m going to link to the goodreads page for each book rather than add a summary simply so that this post doesn’t get too long.
So, without further ado, let’s go!
The Diviners by Libba Bray
This is technically a re-read as I’ve already read this one, but it’s been quite some time and I’d like to re-read it before I go on to reading the other books in the series. Having already read it, I know I really enjoyed it so I’m looking forward to reading it all over again.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
This is a book I feel like I’ve been hearing about for a really long time, but that’s probably because I follow the author on Instagram. I haven’t read her other series yet, although I want to, but I think I’m going to start with this one as it really intrigues me and having seen how the author went about creating the cultures in this world I’m really curious to see them in play. It also releases this year, so I won’t be able to read it until late February, but I’m looking forward to it!
From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata
I’ve had this book on my TBR for a really long time and I’ve heard a lot of good and interesting things about it, but I’ve always been a little scared of the length which makes it a perfect book for this challenge. I do know that some reviews feel that it’s too slow or that it goes a little downhill midway, but I’ve also heard that the slow burn in this is great and that the banter is funny so I figure I’ll just try this for myself and see where I land.
The Bear and The Serpent by Adrian Tchaikovsky
This is the sequel to The Tiger and The Wolf which I read last year and really loved (by the way, the link links to the first book so you can avoid spoilers). It did crush my heart a little which is why I didn’t immediately move onto this one. Still, the world is really interesting and after the first book the characters began moving into a part of the world that we’ve only heard a little of here and there, but that is pretty different to the cultures we’ve explored so far and so I’m curious to see where things will go from here and where our main character will end up.
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
I finally got around to reading Illuminae last year and quite enjoyed it. Then I promptly forgot to buy the next book in the series (because as much as I enjoy reading books on kindle, this one isn’t the easiest to read like that). So I’m going to have to go out and buy this (and the book above) as soon as possible so that I have them if I draw then as books I’m going to read. I’m kind of hoping to get to the last book this year as well, but I haven’t added it to this challenge since I kind of need to read Gemina before I do that.
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
I’ve kind of already started reading this, but I think I’ve read less than 50 pages before I put it down which is weird because I did actually really enjoy what I read. So I’m adding this here so that I might draw it and read it, but it’s also a chance that I pick it up on my own and read it outside the challenge, but yeah, I figured I’d add it and see how it goes.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
This is another one that I kind of started, but I read even less in this because I sort of started reading it 10 minutes before I had to leave for an appointment so I’m just going to start this over. It’s one of those that I’ve heard a lot of people enjoying and that seemed to pop up in my feed for the majority of 2018 and I’m just really curious to how I’ll like it. I do like the setting and the murder mystery so I think I might really enjoy it, but we’ll see.
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
This was a book I was going to read last year, but never truly got around to and so I decided to go ahead and add it here because I do feel myself dragging my feet a little because of the length even though I’ve heard plenty of good things about it. So I’m adding it to the possibilities of books I might end up pulling and hopefully I’ll like it as much as everyone else seems to do!
Front Lines by Michael Grant
So Michael Grant is one of my auto-buy authors, yet I’ve yet to get around to reading this one and so I decided that adding it to this pile would hopefully prompt me to read it sooner rather than later (assuming I pull it that is). The concept is interesting, I know I enjoy his writing and I’m really intrigued so this should have been read already, but oh well.
Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
A.K.A. why add one book when you can add three? So, the thing is that I own the box set of these books, but I also own a Kindle version that has all three books in one. So rather than add just one book, I’m adding all of them and I’m going to attempt to marathon them one after another rather than space them out. I’ve heard so much about this series and I have sort of begun reading the first one but I need that last push to actually focus and finish it.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
So another book by Brandon Sanderson. There’s a pretty good chance that I’ll be reading a lot of books by him this year so just get used to it. This is another that I’ve sort of started, put down and now need to pick up again and yeah. I did enjoy what I read and I enjoyed the writing, so this is all on me and not the book, so I do think I’ll enjoy it once I actually sit down and read it.
So that’s the books that are going to be added to my “jar” (I’m not actually going to add them to a jar, I am hover going to use a random number generator to choose the book for me and the number of the book is based on the order they’re in over on my GoodReads tag since I’ll move books to the read shelf and remove the tag as I finish them.
At the moment the plan is to pull a book every other month, however if I manage to finish a book within a month I’ll pull another one when the next month starts. Otherwise I’ll be pulling one book now, in January, and another one at the beginning of March. So I’ll be posting a TBR for January soon and we’ll see which book I end up pulling then!