The thought of nineteen books to read and review excites me. In a bleak year, when reading more than a page mostly put me to sleep, I almost failed an eighty-plus-year-old driving licence vision test. But fortunately, two lots of cataract surgery later, I’m almost back!
My second cataract surgery was in mid-December. A few days later, I surprised everyone when I picked up a newspaper while tidying and found I could read tiny print without spectacles. My vision fluctuates, but improves every day. New glasses (beginning of February) will make all the difference.
This year, to celebrate a return to reading, instead of a list of things I’ll do and goals I’ll meet, I’m sharing my reading list for the year.
Not only do I plan to read these nineteen books in 2019, but I will also review them on my blog. As well as that, I’ll renew my commitment to the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2019, a challenge I sorely neglected in 2018, and post my reviews on Goodreads.
I missed so many new releases in 2018, and may never catch up, so I will do something different and nominate classes of books, rather than naming any. I do have a stockpile but hope to keep all options open for what the new year will bring.
My nineteen books in 2019
Here is my list, in no special order. If there’s overlap between categories, I’ll read another to make at least nineteen. I wrote a similar list a few years ago, and met my own challenge. Some of the categories are similar. I guess that means they reflect my reading habits and preferences.
- The memoir of a friend (in publication)
- a book on the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2019 shortlist
- the biography of an Australian woman artist
- a novel with a medieval theme
- one from The Stella Prize shortlist 2019
- an Australian history or historical novel
- a book set in the Australian outback
- something with a French or Spanish theme
- a young adult novel
- a ‘chick-lit’ novel
- a ‘For Dummies’ book on I subject I want to learn about
- a book about spirituality
- speculative fiction
- a book by an author from the Perth Writers Festival in February 2019
- the writing of an Aboriginal woman
- a shortlisted book for the Walkley Award for Best Non-Fiction Books 2019 shortlist
- one with a flower (or flowers) on the cover
- a book from the ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) Literature list
- the debut novel by an Australian writer.
I have a very soft spot for the Walkley Award for Journalism in particular. My memoir, Other People’s Country, was a finalist in the best non-fiction book category. When I wrote it, I thought it was a memoir about living and working on a remote Aboriginal community in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. But some people thought it was journalism, others, history, and another group thought it was a book about Aboriginal health and community nursing. Versatile!
It has recently been reprinted and you can buy it here.It is also available on Amazon.
My list of nineteen book in 2019 is an odd assortment but also a challenge I’m looking forward to. It would be fun if some readers of this blog took up a similar challenge also, and listed the books or categories of books they plan to read in 2019. Here’s the link to the Australian Women Writers Challenge sign up page.