I decided to start off the year by being as ambitious and extra as ever – I’ll be reading a book over 1,000 pages, and I’m participating in FOUR group/buddy reads, including a 7 month group readalong of the entire Harry Potter series.
I also want to read a couple of ARCs I’ve received recently if I have time, as well as a part of my lovely friend Destiny’s Late-A-Thon. Destiny’s challenge is originally intended for review copies or ARCs that we’re behind on – and while I may have time for adding a couple of those, I’m also focusing on books I’ve been meaning to read that everyone else raves about (or that I haven’t read in ages), thus making me ‘late’ to the party, haha. 😀
In the new year, I want to start doing more book blogging – not just book reviews, but posts about books as well! I post almost daily (sometimes more than daily, oops, lol) on Bookstagram, so I’d like to have a bit more cohesion between blog & posts beyond just my reviewing (although I definitely plan to do A LOT of reviewing in the new year, too!). Wish me luck!
IT by Stephen King
Page Count: 1,156
I’ve wanted to read this one for awhile, and while I meant to participate in a readalong of it a few months ago, life just got in the way and I ended up missing out. I’ve got a renewed sense of purpose though: one of my goals for 2019 is to up my overall count of pages read by the end of the year, specifically by reading at least one 1,000+ page book. One of my friends on bookstagram is hosting a readalong, so I knew I wanted to participate!
THE GUNSLINGER (THE DARK TOWER: BOOK 1) by Stephen King
Page Count: 327
I’m reading two King books this month, which is a lot for me! This one is part of the #allthingsservethebeamin2019 readalong I’m taking part in – I really love bookstagram’s community so much! I’ve only ever read the first two in this series, and it was ages ago, so I’m really excited for this!
ARARAT by Christopher Golden
Page Count: 305
This will be my first full length novel by Christopher Golden, although I’ve loved some of his short stories (and edited anthologies). I’m buddy reading this with a friend and am super excited, ’cause I recently discovered that there’d be a second book with one of the main characters here! Plus it sounds so spooky and wintry – and look at that cover! Love a good mountain cover.
DEAD OF WINTER by Kealan Patrick Burke
Page Count: 96
I read DEAD LEAVES back in October, and am really excited for the winter collection! I love the ‘Dead Seasons’ theme of the books, and the cover on this is stunning. The skull was so subtle I almost didn’t realize it was there when I saw this one floating around online!
HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE by JK Rowling
Page Count: 352
I’ve loved Harry Potter since I was in elementary school. Like so many other people, I used reading to deal with difficult stuff in my childhood/life, and the magic of Hogwarts was always there for me when I needed it. In 2019, I’m hosting a 7 month readalong of the series, and am so, so, so excited for it! I haven’t read the series in its entirety since I was a teenager, and I can’t wait to revisit my favorite characters, places, classes, and villains in the new year!
FOUNTAIN DEAD by Theresa Braun
Page Count: 290
Theresa was kind enough to reach out and offer me a copy of this, which is amazing because it sounds AWESOME and I absolutely love the cover! Can’t wait to read this with two of my friends, Carissa & Jess!
Planned Page Count Total: 2,526
If I can, I want to add a few more books to my TBR for the month, but these are all definites. In 2018 I made a lot of big stacks, but ended up feeling a bit overwhelmed and obligated, which aren’t feelings I like to associate with reading or books! This year, I’m going to limit my planned TBR so that I can take my time, and surprise myself by surpassing my goal if I end up reading more (but no pressure!).
If you have a bog post to what you’ll be reading, please share it in the comments! I’d love to see! ❤
9 thoughts on “TBR: What I’m Reading in January 2019”
IT is one of my favorite books of all time. The Gunslinger still remains my favorite Dark Tower book. And the Dark Tower series as a whole is my favorite Stephen King story…
Ooh, such high praise! I can’t wait to read them!
I really want to read IT, but I think I need to be more comfortable reading 500-page books before I jump into that brick.
That’s completely understandable!
Ahhh, this is such a great TBR! ♥ I hope you love all of these. I’ve talked my spouse into joining the HP readalong (unofficially, he isn’t on IG much) to help keep me on track, and we’re getting really excited to get back into the series. 🙂 I think we’re going to both start it after we finish our buddy read of Stormdancer, so it’ll be a little closer to the middle of the month, and I’ve decided to finally read my illustrated editions for the first 3! Also, I’m glad you’re joining Late-a-thon ♥♥
Ahh, that’s awesome! I’m trying to convince my roommate and all my real life friends to join as well, haha. I’m going to read the illustrated edition as well this month!!
Ooooh, and thank you for the reminder that I’ve gotta read Dead of Winter this month, too! I’m so excited for that one!
Good luck with all of these! I love the sound of the readathon 🙂 I agree with you about finding strictly planned TBRs a bit overwhelming, but that didn’t stop me putting together a list of about 20 for January, oops…