Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2019

Books I’m looking forward to reading in 2019

I am extremely fortunate in that being a blogger as well as a writer, I am frequently sent books to review as well as having access to books via sites such as Netgalley. When you add in a one-click addiction to Amazon, the consequence is a very large TBR ( to be read) pile. In fact, I semi-jokingly refer to it no longer as a pile but as a TBR room.

The problem is that there are so many fabulous books out there and I want to read them all. On average, I read and review about 100 books a year and keep track of them on Goodreads. I’m sure you know what it’s like; you plan to read a much-anticipated book and discover there are two earlier books in the series that you didn’t know about, so know your TBR list has just increased by 3 instead of reducing by 1.

Last year I bought Stephen Fry’s ‘Mythos’, intending to read it on holiday. After much thought and re-arranging of bags, I decided just to take my kindle and leave the paper copy at home to devour during the rest of the summer. Needless to say – that just didn’t happen. then I saw that there was a second book called ‘Heroes’ so I had to buy that too! Hopefully, this year will be the year I read both.

Mythos: The Greek Myths Retold by [Fry, Stephen]

No one loves and quarrels, desires and deceives as boldly or brilliantly as Greek gods and goddesses.

In Stephen Fry’s vivid retelling we gaze in wonder as wise Athena is born from the cracking open of the great head of Zeus and follow doomed Persephone into the dark and lonely realm of the Underworld. We shiver when Pandora opens her jar of evil torments and watch with joy as the legendary love affair between Eros and Psyche unfolds.

Mythos captures these extraodinary myths for our modern age – in all their dazzling and deeply human relevance.

Heroes: Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures by [Fry, Stephen]

Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes.

In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta – who was raised by bears – outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of – at our worst and our very best.

I’m particularly looking forward to Alison Weir’s latest book in the Six Tudor Queens series. Anna of Kleve will be published in May 2019 and if it’s anything like as good as the rest of the series, it will be brilliant.

Six Tudor Queens: Anna of Kleve, Queen of Secrets: Six Tudor Queens 4 by [Weir, Alison]


The King is in love with Anna’s portrait, but she has none of the accomplishments he seeks in a new bride.

She prays she will please Henry, for the balance of power in Europe rests on this marriage alliance.

But Anna’s past is never far from her thoughts, and the rumours rife at court could be her downfall. Everyone knows the King won’t stand for a problem queen.


Acclaimed, bestselling historian Alison Weir draws on new evidence to conjure a startling image of Anna as you’ve never seen her before. A charming, spirited woman, she was loved by all who knew her – and even, ultimately, by the King who rejected her.

History tells us she was never crowned.
But her story does not end there.

After all that history and mythology, I will be in need of something more light-hearted and I’ve heard so much about this book, it is a must-read for 2019.

This is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by [Kay, Adam]

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

Finally, although I don’t read many biographies/autobiographies, I’ve heard so many good things about this book that it has to make the list.


In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African-American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. 

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. 

Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Whatever 2019 holds for you – make sure it’s filled with books. Happy 2019!

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