Books to Read and Ruminate Over in 2019

Hello, Bookworms!

It’s already the second month of the year and yet here I am just finished with my new year’s bookish plans. Well, it’s better late than never, right?

I am sharing with you here my 2019 bookish goals. In 2018, my goal was vague: finish 50 books. This year, I have set more specific goals. I chose 52 novels and 12 non-fiction books. That’s one novel a week, and one non-fiction in a month. I also dedicated a specific genre for each month to make my reading experience more diverse and interesting. That’s a minimum of 64 books for the whole year across 12 different genres. Yay!


Title: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Author: Gail Honeyman

Number of Pages:327

Main Characters: Eleanor Oliphant, Raymond Gibbons

setting: Scotland

Literary Awards: Costa Book Award for First Novel (2017), Audie Award for Fiction (2018), WHSmith’s Book of the Year (2017)


Title: The Hours

Author: Michael Cunningham

Number of Pages: 230

Characters: Virginia Woolf,Clarissa Vaughan,Laura Brown

Number of Pages: 230

Literary Awards: Pulitzer Prize (1999), PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction (1999), Ferro-Grumley Award for Gay Fiction (1999), National Book Critics Circle Award Nominee for Fiction (1998), Premio Grinzane Cavour for Narrativa Straniera (2000)


Title: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time

Author: Mark Haddon

Number of Pages: 320

Characters: Christopher John Francis Boone, Toby, Siobhan, Mr. Jeavons

Setting: England

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (2003), Exclusive Books Boeke Prize (2004), ALA Alex Award (2004), Zilveren Zoen (2004), Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book Overall (2004) Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award (2004)


Title: Homegoing

Author: Yaa Gyasi

Number of Pages: 320

Characters: Cobbe Otcher, Effia Otcher, Big Man Assare, Esi Assare, Quey Collins

Setting: Ghana

Literary Awards: L American Book Award (2017), Audie Award for Literary Fiction & Classics (2017), National Book Critics Circle Award for John Leonard Prize (2016), Alabama Author

Award for Fiction (2017)


Title: Shutter Island

Author: Dennis Lehane

Number of Pages: 369

Characters: Teddy Daniels, Chuck Aule, Dr. John Cawley, Dr. Jeremiah Naehring

Setting: Massachusetts, USA

Literary Award: Grand Prix des lectrices de Elle for roman policier (2004)


Title: Meshugah

Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer

Number of Pages: 232

Characters: Aaron Greidingeb,

Max Aberdam, Mirriam

Setting: New York, USA

Literary Award: Nobel Prize for Literature (1978)


Title: A Game of Thrones

Author: George R. R. Martin

Number of Pages: 848

Characters: Brandon Stark, Catelyn Stark, Tyrion Lannister,

Daenerys Targaryen, Eddard Stark

Setting: The Lands of Ice and Fire

Literary Award: Premio Ignotus for Novela extranjera (2003), Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (1997)


Title: The Golden Compass

Author: Philip Pullman

Number of Pages: 399

Characters: Lyra Belacqua, Pantalaimon,

Lord Asriel, Iorek Byrnison,Iofur Raknison, Marisa Coulter,Lee Scoresby

Setting: Oxford, England

Literary Award: Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (1996), Audie Award for Children’s Titles (2000), Lincoln Award Nominee (2005), Carnegie Medal (1995)


Title: Annihilation

Author: Jeff VanderMeer

Number of Pages: 195

Characters: The Biologist, The Surveyor, The Psychologist, The Anthropologist

Setting: Area X

Series: #1 of Southern Reach Trilogy

Literary Awards: Nebula Award for Best Novel (2014), Shirley Jackson Award for Novel (2014)


Title: After Dark

Author: Haruki Murakami

Number of Pages: 191

Characters: Eri Asai, Kaoru, Mari Asai, Takahashi Tetsuya, Shirakawa

Setting: Tokyo, Japan


Title: Logan’s Run

Author: William F. Nolan, George Clayton Johnson

Number of Pages: 149

Series: #1 of Logan

Characters: Logan, Jessica

Setting: Los Angeles, California, USA


Title: Nineteen Eighty-Four

Author: George Orwell

Number of Pages: 339


Winston Smith, Big Brother, O’Brien, Emmanuel Goldstein, Tom Parsons

London, England

Literary Awards: Prometheus Hall of Fame Award (1984)


    • 1984 by George Orwell
    • A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
    • A God in Ruins by Leon Uris
    • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    • A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
    • After Dark by Haruki Murakami
    • Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
    • Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
    • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
    • Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
    • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
    • Diary by Chuck Palahniuk
    • Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
    • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
    • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
    • Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
    • Home Going by Yaa Gyasi
    • In the Miso Soup by Ryū Murakami
    • It by Stephen King
    • L.A. confidential by James Ellroy
    • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    • Logan’s Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
    • Meshugah by Isaac Bashevis Singer
    • Night by Elie Wiesel
    • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
    • Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
    • Private Life by Jane Smiley
    • Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews
    • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
    • Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman
    • Speaker for the Dead (Ender’s Game 2) by Orson Scott Card
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
    • The Engineer Reconditioned by Neal Asher
    • The Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    • The Hours by Michael Cunningham
    • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
    • The King’s Speech by Mark Logue & Peter Conradi
    • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
    • The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto
    • The Lost Colony: Artemis Fowl 5 by Eoin Colfer
    • The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 by Sue Townsend
    • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
    • The Shipping News by Annie Proulx
    • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
    • T-Zero by Italo Calvino
    • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
    • Youth by Isaac Asimov


  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Life by Keith Richards
  • Slash by Slash and Anthony Bozza
  • 50 Mathematical Ideas You Really Need to Know by Tony Crilly
  • Bad Science by Ben Goldacre
  • 99 Novels: The Best in English Since 1939 by Anthony Burgess
  • A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley
  • Made in America by Bill Bryson
  • The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
  • Talent Is Overrated by Geoff Colvin

You’ve seen my goals for the year. What are yours?


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