nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen

2018 has been the year of reading. I discovered my taste. Beautiful, brilliant books. Heartbreaking poems and shocking novels. Contemporary as well as some pretty ancient literature. I loved it all. I dived into Shakespeare and Milton and the Romantics and my head spun. Modernism became my calling and I absorbed T.S. Eliot and Katherine Mansfield. I discovered Virginia Woolf and fell in love with everything about her. D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy taught me about humanity and relationships and the complexity of the world. The Gothic sent shivers up my spine. Dracula and The Wasp Factory and Great Expectations and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde haunted me so much that now I just can’t wait for more. img_4924-1
Here’s a little bit of what is on my reading list…

Books that I’ve been meaning to read for what feels like forever…

  1. ‘A Little Life’ by Hanya Yanagihara
  2. ‘Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce
  3. ‘First Love, Last Rites’ by Ian McEwan
  4. ‘The Mill on the Floss’ by George Eliot
  5. ‘Between the Acts’ by Virginia Woolf
  6. ‘Persuasion’ by Jane Austen

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Books that I discovered this year and am desperate to devour…

  1. ‘Oranges are Not The Only Fruit’ by Jeannette Winterson
  2. ‘The Magic Toyshop’ by Angela Carter
  3. ‘The Sparsholt Affair’ by Alan Hollinghurst
  4. ‘Novel on Yellow Paper’ by Stevie Smith

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Books that were published this year and caught my eye…

  1. ‘Crudo’ by Olivia Laing
  2. ‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney
  3. ‘The Water Cure’ by Sophie Mackintosh
  4. ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns
  5. ‘Little’ by Edward Carey

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Books that I want to read after being enthralled by the Gothic novels I studied this year…

  1. ‘The Turn of the Screw’ by Henry James
  2. ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ by Shirley Jackson

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Books that I would love to explore after visiting the Bronte Parsonage earlier this year…

  1. ‘The Tenant of Wildfell Hall’ by Anne Bronte
  2. ‘Shirley’ by Charlotte Bronte

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What books are you keen to read this year? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Let me know in the comments!

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8 thoughts on “nineteen books I want to read in twenty nineteen”

  1. You absolutely HAVE to read Normal People. I devoured it in about 6 hours and immediately ordered her first novel in desperation to keep reading something of hers.
    I felt exactly the same way about Gothic literature when I first encountered it. Even years after studying it at school it stays with me. It really is haunting. I read Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber stories a while back and have been desperate to read The Magic Toyshop. If you get round to it before me I’d love to hear what you think!

    Imogen x

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  2. Ooh, this is an excellent TBR list!! Persuasion, Turn of the Screw, Shirley, The Haunting of Hill House, and Tenant of Wildfell Hall are all some of my favorites. I can’t wait to read Normal People, and hope to pick up Milkman and Little this year too. Hope you have a wonderful reading year!


  3. I’ve read and loved a good few of the classics you’ve listed. You must really drop everything else and read Persuasion and Portrait of an Artist. All the English Lit which followed points back to Austen and Joyce. The two Brontes and Persuasion I’ve re-read recently as audiobooks while I’m driving, you might try them while running. All the best for the New Year!

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