Reading Outlook

Reading Outlook 2019

Hello, dear readers!

Last year, I did a series called my Reading Outlook, which was basically like a goal TBR shelf I wanted to pull books from to read for the year. Though I positively love reading monthly TBR lists, I’m just never organized enough to do that and the pressure of listing books and then not being able to read them in time is a bit too much for your girl (plus, I kinda like the freedom to be able to read whatever happens to fall in my lap, instead of sticking to a set schedule).

That being said, I do like having a general list of the books I hope to read over the year and if you followed along at all last year, you’ll know that I had 58 books I wanted to read, a fair mix between new books and rereads, and I managed to read a whopping eight of them.

I’m hoping to do a little bit better this year. This isn’t an exhaustive list, by any means. I know there are tons of books I’m not even aware are getting published this year that I’ll want to read and books I’m anticipating, yet completely forgot about. So the majority of books on this list are the books I already own and want to read. To help with this a little bit (and the lack of storage space in our closet where my books are currently being held until we move into a house this summer), all of these books I moved to the shelves behind my desk at work, so I can actually see them and they’ll be easier to pick up during my dinner breaks and the like.


They are, as follows (please ignore any inconsistencies in alphabetical order; it’s close enough):

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
Chasing Embers by James Bennett
Burning Ashes by James Bennett
A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
Cold Iron by Miles Cameron*
The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso**
The Defiant Heir by Melissa Caruso**
Soulbinder by Sebastian de Castell
The Rule of Luck by Catherine Carvey
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Outlaw by K. Eason*
Enemy by K. Eason*
Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep
The Gutter Prayer by Gareth Hanarahan
Dawn Amongst the Stars by Samantha Heuwagen*
The Dragon Lords: Bad Faith by Jon Hollins
The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons*
Blood Price by Evie Manieri**
Fortune’s Blight by Evie Manieri
Heart of Fire by Bec McMaster
Blood of the Gods by David Mealing*
A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan
The Dragons of Winter by James A. Owen
The First Dragon by James A. Owen
The Winter Road by Adrian Selby*
Solace Lost by Michael Sliter*
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri*
The Girl and the Grove by Eric Smith*
Children of Time by Andrian Tchaikovsky*
There Before the Chaos by K.B. Wagers*
The Land You Never Leave by Angus Watson*
Damn Fine Story by Chuck Wendig
The Kick-Ass Writer by Chuck Wendig
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson**
Words of Radiance by Brandson Sanderson**
A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy by Alex White*
Daylight War by Peter Brett
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare
The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson
A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb
Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley
A Lady’s Guide to Ruin by Kathleen Kimmel*
A Gentleman’s Guide to Scandal by Kathleen Kimmel*
Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh
Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
Planetside by Michael Mammy
The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan
Outriders by Jay Poser*
A Lady Can Never Be Too Curious by Mary Wine
A Captain and a Corset by Mary Wine

** Denotes a reread, * denotes either an ARC or the copy was received for review

Originally, I didn’t think it was that many books. But after typing all of that out…it’s a whole lot of books. Actually, after counting, it totals to 58 books…again, completely on accident. Interesting. A good number of those are books I’ve either received for review (some of which I’m a good number of years behind, I am so sorry) and others ARCs leftover from last year. Others are a few rereads I want to read, either to continue reading or wrapping up a series. A good deal more are books I’ve just completely overdue in reading.

Of course, there are other books I don’t own that are also totally on my hopeful-to-read in 2019 list. Some highlights include:

Oathbringer by Brandson Sanderson
The Burning Light by Brent Weeks
Velocity Weapon by Megan O’Keefe
Never Die by Rob J. Hayes
Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
Shatter War by Dana Fredsti and David Fitzgerald
The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark
City of Lies by Sam Hawke
The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso
Fear the Stars by Christopher Husberg
Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven
Soul of Stars by Ashley Poston
Priest of Bones by Peter McLean
The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker
Chasing Graves by Ben Galley
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Wolf of Oren-yaro by K.S. Villoso

Still further are all the books I’ve forgotten and all I’ll discover along the way. Not to mention the nine finalists for SPFBO. There are a lot of good books to look forward to in 2019 and already not enough time to read them all. Hopefully I make good on my promise to lessen my time on social media so I can give myself a fighting chance.

Any of these books on your list? Any books I should add onto mine? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll post an update at the end of March of how I’m doing on this massive list. Until then, may your pages be ever turning as you read just one more chapter.

Read on!

20 thoughts on “Reading Outlook 2019”

  1. We don’t really have similar reading tastes (I like straight up Gothic horror the most), but we do have a few books in common. But your list is a lot bigger than mine! Plus, I have a goal to read 12 nonfiction books this year, and I’m kind of scrambling to find nonfiction that might interest me, but I have a whole year to find them, so I’m not panicking yet!

    Happy reading!

  2. Wow, excellent list! I’ve read a number of these, and I have some for review this year. I wouldn’t even know where to start! I have to organize my reading month by month to keep it under control, but good luck to you! This definitely works if you are a mood reader:-)

    1. Thank you so much, Tammy! Honestly, I know I’m going to read The Gutter Prayer, Ruin of Kings and then Soulbinder all in pretty quick succession, but after that? Who bloody knows. I’m always impressed that people can make monthly TBRs. I wish I could do that, but I think I’m more of a mood reader than I’ve ever claimed to be. 😉

      1. Oh. Scared me be a strong word. I just know the moment I put together a list of books to read for the year it will go off the rails right away. I tried last year to plan my reading for the whole year factoring in what new releases were coming out every month, and certain things I wanted to participate in like Retro SciFi month and it worked until February and went all to hell. I don’t do New Years resolutions for the same reason. 😁

      2. Oh gosh, yes, I totally get that. It’s more a guiding post for me, so whenever I’m like, “Oh gosh, I don’t know what to read next,” I have a shelf I know I should be pulling from (plus, it helps me remember some of the books I really want to read, because there are just *so many*). Come next December, we’ll see how well I did. 😉

      3. Selfishly, I’d be so curious to see what is one your list! But I’ve definitely found it helps when you’re not super rigid with it (says the girl who only read eight out of fifty eight of her list last year). My main goal/focus is just reading “more” or consistently, and this is just a list of books I hope to get to!

  3. My book clubs drive my ‘required’ reading. Come May, the Hugo Finalists will drive my Summer reading. When I quit buying print editions (about ten years ago), I determined I had five years worth of reading sitting on my shelves gathering dust because there was always another ‘shinier’ book that grabbed my attention. If a book club selection isn’t doing it for me, I switch to my TBR or my latest book sale conquest. And I’m always reading Tolkien so I never lack for satisfying reading material.

    Your list is comprehensive and interesting. I can wholeheartedly recommend Becky Chambers, Brandon Sanderson, Kevin Hearne, Scott Lynch and Robbin Hobb. Brent Weeks and Peter Brett are hit-and-miss with me (entertaining but not much else). For the others, I’ll wait and read your reviews to determine if I add them to my tottering TBR.

    1. Ah, that’s an interesting way to come up with a To-Read list for the year! But definitely a good way to not get distracted only by new releases (which I definitely did last year).

      I LOVE Scott Lynch, Sanderson and Weeks (I actually adore all of their books, so I’m sorry there a bit hit or miss for you!). I’m excited for you to read the reviews of the others and let me know what you think! I’m really excited to read Robin Hobb and have heard wonderful things about Chambers.

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