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2019 TBR List – Summer Update

Ok halfway mark already so how have I done with my reading? I would say I got off to a good start this year, getting through quite a lot of reading in the first 3 months!

I think I done pretty well with my reading list for last year and I also think it kept me focused on certain books to read to stop me wandering bookshops and pick up loads of other books.

So for this year I actually got a good chunk of books for Christmas that have been on my read list for a while so 2019 is going to be the year I do it.

The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien – Yes it’s still on my tbr list since I didn’t manage to get through it in 2018, shocker.

The Godfather by Mario Puzo – I added this to my summer read list for last year but once again didn’t manage to get to it because I am far too easily distracted when I buy books.

In The Dark and No Way Out by Cara Hunter – After reading the first one of her books Close to Home late last year I feel it’s only right to continue reading my way through her series. I managed to get through both of these fairly quickly and with good reason. I love a good psychological thriller and I think these two books in particular were well mixed with the police side of things too. Definitely adding this author to my watch list because I seem to enjoy each new book more than the previous. My full review for In the Dark is here and my review for No Way Out will be out soon.

Three Little Lies by Laura Marshall – After reading Friend Request last year I quickly added Laura Marshall as an author to keep an eye on so I am already excited to read her next book. I actually got through this book faster than I thought and was happy with the ending after genuinely believing I knew how it was going to end and being annoyed with how I believed it was going to end. I think I enjoyed this more than Friend Request so I’ll be keeping an eye out for her next book. Full review will be out soon.

The Night She Died by Jenny Blackhurst – I seem to read every book she brings out so thought I’d keep that going since I have really enjoyed her other books. I still need to buy this one but I will hopefully get this done soon enough.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – This is an absolute must this year! I have got to 25 without reading them (I know) and it needs sorted. Plus my brother and sister-in-law bought me the beautiful set of books for Christmas. I am so annoyed at myself for not reading these as a kid/teenager because I missed out on so much!

The Lunar Chronicles by by Marissa Meyer – I actually first saw these books when watching a book vlogger on Youtube and was quite intrigued so I think it would be quite interesting if I could get through these books this year. Still on my list but I am hoping to get through these pretty soon.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer – my best friend gave me this as part of my birthday present so it’s only right that I read it now that I actually have time. I am sorry to say but this is genuinely a book I could not get through. I normally always finish books but it didn’t even keep my attention long enough to get through the first 100 pages. I may change my mind and tackle this again but for now it is being marked as possibly the first book I can remember not finishing.

The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – I am a bit nervous about this one. My best friend got me the first in the trilogy as part of my Christmas and it would be silly not to read all 3. However I have heard many mixed reviews about this set of books and considering that I loved the Hunger Games trilogy so much I feel I am either going to love or loathe these ones in contrast. Omg I am never getting those days of my life back am I?! I will forgive my best friend for giving me the first book to this trilogy for the simple fact that I at least enjoyed the first book. Honestly it is so frustrating it had so much promise and yet the next two books were a drag to read and for me completely lost their way. I couldn’t even bring myself to do a full review on them because I want to almost erase it all from my mind.

Well I’d say I’m doing reasonably ok for this point in the year, especially since there has been a lot going on in life to keep me busy and away from my reading. I had a great start of the year and so I am fairly confident I will finish this list easily enough.

Any books I want to add at this halfway point?

Thanks guys


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