Top 5 Books I NEED to Read in 2019

I know I do one of these things every year. “What book do I need to read this year, above and beyond any others?” This is the first year that I don’t have any assigned reading for school, so everything is 100% on me. I’m already 4 books into the new year, and I’m loving my newfound sense of freedom.

This week’s Top 5 Tuesday topic is brought to us, as always, by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm.

Sycamore by Bryn Chancellor

It’s been on my list for years now. Like mid-2017 years. (Okay, so maybe 1.5 years. Still.) This is a novel by my college creative writing teacher, and I really want to read it. I’ve gotten a few chapters in and had to put it down, but this is going to be the year that I finish it! (It also doesn’t hurt that it counts double for the PopSugar challenge, “A cover with a plant on it or a title with a plant in it.”) It’s got all the things that I love, so why haven’t I read this yet?

The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi

This is the second book in the Old Man’s War series (I read Old Man’s War like mid-2017, bought the sequel, and never opened it). I really enjoyed the first book (I read it all in one go!) and I loved Android’s Dream (I think I like Scalzi’s writing style more than the plots, but the plot is great, too). The basic body-alternate thing reminds me a bit of Avatar.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I came so close to reading this last year! It’s been sitting on my shelf, taunting me. My bookmark is still there, halfway though. I guess I’m scared of the hype surrounding the book; that’s my only explanation. Someone give me the motivation to finish this?

The Expanse by James SA Corey

Okay, so this one is technically more than one book because it’s a series. However, I own 7 of these and I’ve only read 4 of them, so I want to go back through and reread the first ones, because it’s been so long that I’ve forgotten everything that happens. I also figure I can do a mini series of sorts on them. We’ll see.

Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

Do you know how long it’s been since I’ve read these? I’m talking 4 years or so. I once made a resolution to read these at least once a year, but I have really fallen off on that one. Here’s to reading this series again, finally, and hopefully discovering new things at the same time!

I know this post is up really late. (I actually had real work to do today!) I’m also hoping to spend some time making new graphics tomorrow night, so we’ll see how that goes.

Have you read the books on this list? Should I give up on my LOTR annual resolution? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading.

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