Hi everyone, thank you for coming back to my blog! In a post not too long ago I posted about my favourite library books that I read in 2018. This time, let’s talk about the books that I want to read in 2019 that happen to be available in my local library, and so I’m very looking forward to borrowing and reading this year.
Let us support our local library, buy less books, and borrow more awesome reads!
Educated by Tara Westover
This book has had a lot of buzz in 2018 for being one of the best and most moving memoirs of the year. About a woman who grew up in a cult, the writer then decided she would educate herself and release herself from her family, showing that just because you love your family does not mean they are perfect. I’m very eager to pick it up and see if all the hype is worth it, and I definitely need to read more nonfiction books this year.
The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
I loved Jhumpa Lahiri’s book The Namesake, which I read over three years ago now. I feel prompted to pick up another one of her books from the Reading Women Challenge 2019, and it’s definitely something that I’ve always eyed when going to the library and knowing that I really liked the author.
Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan
Another highly talked about book in 2018, this is especially interesting to me because the author is of Indonesian descent, though the book is set in Japan. The story itself is also interesting, with it being a literary thriller. Although I did read a few mixed reviews of this story, I’m still very glad that more Asian and specifically South-East Asian literature has entered the more Western book industry, and I just really want to support the author by at least giving this book a go.
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
In addition to being nominated in the Goodreads Choice Awards and being a lot of bookish people of the internet’s favourite books, including Jen Campbell’s, I definitely want to read this one very early in the year. Containing important themes such as family and religion, I know this will be a touching and heartbreakingly good book. Again it will also fit in perfectly with a prompt in the Reading Women Challenge that I mentioned in a post before. This is one of the top books I’m going to borrow first this year.
The Girls by Emma Cline
This psychological thriller was published a couple of years ago and since then has had quite a lot of exciting buzz. I’ve always wanted to read it because of the synopsis and the cover, and I feel like I need more psychological thrillers that are exciting and unique.
Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Speaking of psychological thrillers, one of my most favourite thrillers of all time is We Were Liars by E. Lockhart, and ever since I read that book almost two years ago I’ve always wanted to read more of her books. I honestly know little about this book but I know that I’ll love it and I’ve been putting off picking it up because I’m afraid I won’t love it as much as I expect to.
Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
This nonfiction book peaks a lot of my interest because of my background in chemistry and my love for biology and laboratory work. I think this would be a very insightful yet also fun read. I’ve been very interested to read this one since last year’s Nonfiction November, but never fit the time to pick it up. Definitely another high priority for this year.
Kindred by Octavia Butler
My last pick can be called a modern classic, with a very deep theme of racism yet with a hint of sci-fi. It’s had lots of praise all over the world, and will definitely touch my heart. I cannot wait to explore Octavia Butler’s writing this year. Again, as mentioned in my Reading Women Challenge 2019 post, a very exciting one I’m eager to pick up.
Those are my eight top TBRs that I hope to pick up from my library. Of course you’ll never know what’s gonna happen within a year… I might lose interest in some of these books but borrow other titles. I am also keeping in mind that my library subscription will end in August, which means if I want to read all eight of them before the end of that subscription I’ll have to borrow one book a month. I’m still not sure on whether I will continue the subscription or not, so we’ll definitely see what the future holds.
What about you? Do you borrow books from your local library? Any titles I mention above that you would like to recommend to me?