2019 Reading Resolutions

2019 Reading Resolutions | karina reads, booksNow I need to open with a disclaimer – this is not, as such, a list of resolutions. It would be more accurate to describe this as ‘a list of books/series I would like to get to this year’, but I won’t cry if I don’t manage them all nor will I be revolutionising/changing the way I do my reading. But that doesn’t make for a catchy title, does it?

I am a lover of lists. I even recently found a list of lists I need to make in one of my notebooks, but my problem is that I don’t keep them in one place, nor do I regularly go back to check if I’ve completed the tasks. I use them more for a kind of brain dump for what’s bothering me/floating in my head at the time. Which is all very well and good, but doesn’t help me in relation to remembering which books I want to read/what new releases are upcoming. I find it tricky to remember which series I’m waiting for a new book in, which ones I just need to buy the sequels for, and which new releases I have my eye on. So my plan is to type up a central list of books/series I would like to read so that I can come back to it over the year and remember.

Are you ready for my ultimate list? Are you sure? It’s pretty long… Here we go:
(I’ll also undoubtedly discover more gems through the year too…)

Ongoing Series With New Releases This Year

  • The Song of the Shattered Sands – Bradley P Beaulieu
  • Veronica Speedwell – Deanna Raybourn
  • The Winnowing Flame Trilogy – Jen Williams
  • The Sixth World – Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Cainsville – Kelley Armstrong
  • Legends of the Storm – Bec McMaster
  • Hidden Legacy – Ilona Andrews
  • The Daevabad Trilogy – SA Chakraborty
  • The Bareknuckle Bastards – Sarah MacLean

Completed Series To Finish

  • Demon Cycle – Peter V Brett
  • Realm of the Elderlings – Robin Hobb
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen – Steven Erikson
  • Kate Daniels – Ilona Andrews
  • Sevenwaters – Juliet Marillier
  • Blackthorn & Grimm – Juliet Marillier
  • Echoes of the Fall – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Powder Mage – Brian McClellan
  • First Law – Joe Abercrombie
  • Greatcoats – Sebastien de Castell
  • Tales of the Ketty Jay – Chris Wooding
  • Golden Apple Trilogy – Emily Hauser


  • Patricia A McKillip
  • Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Jacqueline Carey
  • Nalini Singh
  • Catherynne M Valente

Series to Start

  • The Wars of Light and Shadow – Janny Wurts
  • Sword of Shadows – JV Jones
  • The Memoirs of Lady Trent – Marie Brennan
  • The Draconis Memoria – Anthony Ryan
  • Crown of Stars – Kate Elliott
  • Termeraire – Naomi Novik
  • Rockton – Kelley Armstrong
  • The Shadow Campaigns – Django Wexler
  • Eirlandia – Stephen R Lawhead
  • Masters and Mages – Cameron Miles
  • The Coldfire Trilogy – Celia Friedman
  • The Ascension Cycle – David Mealing
  • The Empire of a Hundred Houses – Tom Lloyd
  • After the War – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Heartstrikers – Rachel Aaron
  • Dominion of the Fallen – Aliette de Bodard
  • Book of the Ancestor – Mark Lawrence
  • Chaos Queen – Christopher Husberg

Stand Alone Already Released

  • The Winter Road – Adrian Selby
  • The Last Song Before Night – Ilana C Meyer
  • Lancelot – Giles Kristian
  • Seneca – translated by Emily Wilson
  • The Odyssey – translated by Emily Wilson
  • The House of War and Witness – Mike Carey, Linda Carey, Louise Carey
  • Under the Pendulum Sun – Jeanette Ng

New Stand Alone/Series Of 2019

  • The Gutter Prayer – Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan
  • Cage of Souls – Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Dragonslayer – Duncan Hamilton
  • The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon
  • A Brightness Long Ago – Guy Gavriel Kay
  • The Secret Commonwealth – Phillip Pullman
  • The Raven Tower – Ann Leckie
  • Warrior Bards – Juliet Marillier
  • A Thousand Ships – Natalie Haynes

Okay, so that ended up a lot longer than I had originally drafted… but at least is extensive and if I tick even half off, I will be pleased. At least they’re all in one place and this will decrease my chance of forgetting them. I hope. If I remember to check back…

Hope you’re all having a wonderful festive period, see you in the new year!

12 thoughts on “2019 Reading Resolutions

  1. I love the idea of having a central list that you can come back to! And I suppose having it published on your blog helps too (I keep thinking I’ll *have* to make an effort with keeping up with a bullet journal next year because I’ve told people that I plan to do so 😂).

    I’m happy to see that Kate Daniels is on your list and I hope your second try goes better, as I know you lost interest around book three/four(?). Will you continue where you left off, or reread the first few?

    Also, I didn’t realise you’d read some of Singh’s work! I’d like to try her books at some point, but I think I’ll go back to Andrews for a bit and try Hidden Legacy and Innkeeper first. Not sure when though, because I’m not sure I can afford to get all obsessed again, what with the buddy reads and readalongs I’ve got planned. 😂

    I’ll be interested to see what you make of The Priory of the Orange Tree. People seem to be very keen on it! I wasn’t wowed by The Bone Season and haven’t read anything else by Samantha Shannon, so I’m curious to see what my friends think of this huge standalone!

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    1. I thought it might help me when i’m dithering over my next read 😂 i tried bullet journalling too, but i found just a weekly diary was easier and a notebook with what i’ve read listed inside.

      Yes, definitely Kate Daniels. I think i’ll start again and try and binge them all. I did lose interest, i think i got up to number four – whenever the love story bit got resolved. But you’ve made me want to keep going! 😄 Hidden Legacy is better than Innkeeper, Innkeeper is just lighthearted nonsense, i think they’re only around 200 pgs each so quite quick reads.

      I have read Singh! I’ve read the first few Guild Hunter books – the ones follow Raphael and Elena were fabulous! It then followed a different character and i didn’t enjoy it as much – it went a bit ridiculous! But the first two were so good I would like to keep going. I also really enjoyed Psy-Changeling. Such a different world, and the characters are fascinating. Highly recommend.

      Hmm I’m a bit wary about Priory too. I enjoyed Bone Season and Mime Order, but i thought book three was disappointing :/ so i am unsure, but we’ll see! I’ll let you know 😄 do you have any books/series you want to get to next year?


  2. To be honest, when I say bullet journal, I kind of just mean lists. 😅 I will try monthly spreads, but nothing really complicated or particularly pretty. I don’t think I’d keep up with it if I made it too complex! 🙈

    Ah, sounds good! Haha, I hope you’re not disappointed. 🙊 Hidden Legacy interests me the most, so I’ll go for that first! Innkeeper sounds good for in-between heavier reads.

    The Guild Hunter Name rings a bell, and I know someone who started Psy-Changeling too. I’m excited to try them! Argh, there are too many urban fantasy books to read. 😂

    Yay, hopefully it’ll be an enjoyable read for you! I want to read the fourth Murderbot novella, and hopefully finally finish The Broken Earth trilogy too. I should probably also get back to others for which I’ve only read the first book, like The Expanse series!

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    1. Ahh Broken Earth, do you recommend? I’ve read another book by her and kind of hated it 😬 so i’m nervous about trying this one, although i do own it


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