Reading Outlook

Reading Outlook in Review 2019: Part 3

Hello, lovelies!

You might not recall what exactly my Reading Outlook is, but basically: it’s a goal TBR list that I make at the beginning of the year, of books that I hope to read throughout the year–especially since I’m such a mood reader and monthly TBRs might not go over so well.

The plan is to update this series every three months with how I’m doing and, for those who truly comb through and keep tabs of when my posts should go live, you might have noticed that this is a “Part Three” installment and there was never a “Part Two” for this year.

I may have, um, completely forgotten this is a series that I even ever did the first place.

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That being said, I think it’s no surprise that I also definitely forgot which books were on this list to begin with, so I haven’t been actively trying to read any of these so…I guess let’s check and see if any of these books were magically read between when I last posted an update in April?


Books I Own:

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 Pride 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

Books Either Not Published Yet/Not Owned At Beginning of 2019:

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

Total: 9 out of 58

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Honestly, I am seriously surprised.

I ended up reading six off of the above list, when before, I had only three, so now I’ve actually read nine of these books? I mean, still a piss poor total in general, but it’s more than what I was expecting, so I’m a little bit proud of that. I still am definitely going to get nowhere near to finishing this list before the year is over, but perhaps I might pay more attention to it here as the last three months of the year come upon us? Or I might just completely go and read a bunch of other books that aren’t on this list, because apparently I’m a mood-reading rebel like that.


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6 thoughts on “Reading Outlook in Review 2019: Part 3”

  1. Ah, the well intended beginning of the year TBRs! I tried out a kind of “quarterly bingo” earlier this year where I wanted to check off a list of like five categories every three months (classic, media tie-in, book from my Kindle, etc.) but that pretty much went out the window, I got too bogged down in ARCs. If I’m a responsible human, I’m going to reduce my ARCs next year, but we all know how likely that will be……

    1. Gosh, yes, I feel like. And a lot of these books are backburners and *not* ARCs or books I’ve received for review and I don’t even want to get into how behind I am on those…

      When are they going to create a job where I can just read books all day and get paid for it and live comfortably??

  2. I think this is such a great idea and even if you haven’t crossed everything off that list, you still have crossed of some reads and that’s AMAZING! Really proud of you Nicole and, whether or not you read them all soon or later, at least you have a list to remind yourself of these reads…. I can’t even imagine the books I’m forgetting by not writing down, especially the ones getting lost in my e-reader hahaha.

    1. Awww, thank you so much, Marie! I am very lucky I don’t have an e-reader, because I’m not sure how I would stay on top of everything, honestly! I can barely stay on top of the books I own physically or library reads and I can see them every day. *facepalm* But I’m hoping to get a good chunk of reading done these last two months of the year!

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