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!)

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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


    • 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

    • 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

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