12 Books in 12 Months | My To-Read List

One of my main goals for 2019 is to read more, as last year was an utter failure with maybe 2 books total being read, whoops. Today I thought I’d share with you all the books that are on my figurative bookshelf waiting to be read this year. I’m so excited to get lost in books the way I used to and find another escape from the stress of life by going into another little world for 300 pages or so.

I’ve decided not to be too over the top with my goals, even though I’d love to spend my days reading constantly there are a lot of factors that just don’t let that happen *uni agh*, so I’ve gone for 1 book each month, not too much but not too little, I’m ready for the reading to begin.

There are so many amazing books that I want to read however you may notice they’re all very romance focused, it’s not so much that I’m opposed to other genres its more the fact that I’ve never really stepped out of my reading comfort zone, however I’m always open for any suggestions of any books you think are worth a read regardless of genre. I did stumble upon Reasons to Stay Alive while scrolling through good reads and I can’t wait to read this book as it’s a take on mental health, mostly depression, which is supposedly a lot more real and relatable so I’m looking forward to giving it a read and if it’s any good (which I’m sure it will be) I’ll definitely be writing a post about it, plus it’s a little different to my usual reads.

Anyway without anymore chatting let’s get into the list.

The books I want to read this year…

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman ~ I already have a copy of this one and I’m hoping to finish it by the end of January.
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  • Wilde about the girl by Louise Pentland ~ I adored the first book and when I walked into the bookstore the other day and saw this sitting on the shelves I was so excited.
  • The Accidental Beauty Queen by Teri Wilson
  • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding ~ One of my favourite movies and yet I’ve never read the book, I know shame on me but this year I’m going to change that.
  • Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
  • The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
  • The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody

So there we have it, 12 books and 12 months to read them, lets do it.

This post was a bit shorter I know, I suppose that’s a good thing for those of you who want a straight to the point blog post unlike my usual ramble on for days type posts. You can expect one of those coming soon as I’m eager to have another good old chat.

I would love to hear what books are on your to-read list this year, so do let me know.

All the love.



  1. January 8, 2019 / 9:44 pm

    You’ll love All The Bright Places! I’m half way through I’ll Give You The Sun and I would honestly read it either first or last because it’s the best writing I’ve ever read and I feel like nothing will ever top it. Eleanor is on my list and I see The Female Persuasion mentioned everywhere so I feel I need to get on that as well! So excited to see how you track with your goal as I’m also hoping to read at least one book a month! X (Also lovely photos!)

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      Ooo I might have to save it for last, I always find that when I read a really good book I don’t want to read another one for ages because I feel like nothing can top it haha. We can stay on track together!! Thanks for reading Jess xx

  2. January 9, 2019 / 5:21 am

    I was exactly the same I only read 2 books last year – and that was the last few weeks of the year. And my goal is to read 12 this year – but I have 40+ on my bookshelf that need reading.
    If you haven’t already I would recommend Emergancy Contact. And any book by Jenn Bennett.

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:31 pm

      Ahh girl at least we’re in the same boat, I’m the same I just keep buying books but never reading them and just buying more whoops. Ooo I’ll definitely add it to my list, thanks for the recommendation xx

  3. Lauren Brooker
    January 9, 2019 / 6:30 pm

    You have so many great picks on your to-read list! Reasons To Stay Alive is one of my all the time favourite books. It honestly changed my life xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:32 pm

      I can’t wait to read it, it sounds like such an amazing book!! Thank you for reading Lauren xx

  4. January 10, 2019 / 2:06 am

    I really want to read more books this year too! There was a few books I started last year but never finished and I think I kind of just lost my love for reading. Also I really want to read Reasons to stay alive and Wilde about the girl too but I have quite a few books lurking on my bookshelf that I’m going to try and read first lol x


    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:34 pm

      I feel the same way, reading just got put on the back burner while I tried to handle everything else but hopefully this year we can both bring back our love for reading. I can’t wait to read those ones too, but I agree I’ve gotta get through the books I’ve already got before I buy more xx

  5. foreverseptember1
    January 11, 2019 / 2:13 am

    I’m challenging myself to read 5 books this year (I suck at reading) but I have already read 1 book, so its going well haha. Definitely read Reasons To Stay Alive, its absolutely brilliant and Matt Haig writes with such ease. If you enjoy it, I’d recommend reading Notes On A Nervous Planet by him as well, equally, if not better!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Sophie
      January 13, 2019 / 4:36 pm

      Yesss Lucy 1 down only 4 more to go!! Reading 5 amazing books is better than reading 50 mediocre books though 🙂 I can’t wait to read it, I’ll definitely read Notes On A Nervous Planet too now as I can already tell from the reviews that he’s a fabulous writer so thank you for the recommendation xx

  6. January 15, 2019 / 8:51 pm

    I haven’t read any of these books but a few of them are on my to read list! Especially Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella, they’re making it into a movie and one of my favourite actors – Tyler Hoechlin – is the male lead. I need to read the book before the movie comes out!
    I have so many books I want to read (according to GoodReads there’s over 400…) but currently I’m reading Christmas/Winter books. I just started Alaskan Holiday by Debbie Macomber! Are you on GoodReads? I’d love to add you 😊 here is my link Anu on GoodReads 😘

    Anu | Based On blog

    • Sophie
      March 1, 2019 / 4:06 pm

      Hey girl, Sorry for the late response!! Ahh I love Tyler he’s so dreamy ahah. We’re in it together I think I have just over 100 so far but Legit add more books to my tbr daily. I’ll add you now, I think you can find me by looking up Sophie Maie 🙂 all the love girl x

  7. January 21, 2019 / 12:07 am

    Can You Keep a Secret is on my to read list as well! I’m so excited for the movie – two of my favourite actors are playing the leads! I have quite a lot of books on my shelves I haven’t read yet so I hope I’m able to read all of those this year. One of them is The Waking Land by Callie Bates 😊
    Are you on GoodReads? I’d love to add you! My username is anuadeliina ☺️ xx

    Anu | Based On blog

  8. January 26, 2019 / 10:54 pm

    This is such a great to-read list!
    Eleanor Oliphant and Reasons to Stay Alive are also on my to-read list, I also already have copies of them!
    I am also currently reading All The Bright Places x

    • Sophie
      March 1, 2019 / 4:17 pm

      I love having a bunch of books to read on my shelf already it makes me so much more motivated!! I definitely recommend Eleanor Oliphant, I just put up a review if you want a bit of insight (theres a spoiler free section 🙂 ) Sorry for the late reply xx

  9. February 24, 2019 / 8:00 pm

    I’m positive you can hit this goal! I started reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I’m about half way through but I don’t seem to be as gripped as I thought I would be considering everyone raved about it so much last year. Sophie Kinsella is such a good writer!
    Charlotte / Charlotte’s Picks

    • Sophie
      March 8, 2019 / 11:28 am

      I’m already a quarter of the way through my goal so I’m going strong so far (hopefully I can keep it up aha). I found it exactly the same, I was considering not bothering to finish it at the half way mark but I’m so glad I persisted because the last half of the book picked up so much more and I found I was a lot more invested in the story. Do let me know what your thoughts were if you end up finishing it as I’d love to hear your perspective seeing as we had a similar feeling to the first half 🙂 thank you for reading x

  10. February 26, 2019 / 7:00 am

    Ooooh I love your picks! I’m a sucker for romance/chick flick types too and oddly I have enjoyed a few series of fantasy and horror which is the complete opposite. If you love romance, you should check out Cecelia Ahern. She’s famous for the book-to-movie adaptation of PS I Love You, but she has soooo many other amazing read. They’re extraordinary romance novels that she always manages to weave a little fairytale magic in the story line. A few favs are The Gift and If you could see me now.
    Happy reading! xxxx


    • Sophie
      March 8, 2019 / 11:30 am

      Thank you so much for the suggestions!! I’ll 100% be adding them to my tbr as I adored the movie adaptation of P.s. I love you. I’ve actually recently bought myself a bunch of fantasy books as I’ve really been in the mood to read them, its so weird how you can love two opposite ends of the reading spectrum ahah. Thank you so much for reading lovely xx

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