types of books i want to see in my 2019 tbr // the only resolutions i really want to keep

The new year is a time for making goals, and subsequently posting them to all social media accounts.

If you’re around me any time after Christmas and before the new year, you’ll know that I’m all for this goal-setting, resolution-making time. Everyone’s so motivated and hopeful and positive and I just live for that sort of thing. And, of course, I jump on all the goal-making bandwagons, especially the ones involving BOOKS!

In my last post, I talked about my favorite books from 2018, but instead of talking about the books I want to read like I did last year, I’m going to talk about the kinds of books I’d like to read. Call it my tbr new year’s resolution list, my bookish goals, whatever, but these are the genres and types of books I’m going to make an effort to read this year.


books by lesser-known authors

2018 was a year of diving into the bookish community and finding my niche, but I really, really hope 2019 will be a year of looking in-depth with the type of books I enjoy — namely middle-grade and YA contemporary.

I’m SOSOSOSO excited to pursue these books because there are a lot of unknown authors out there who cater to this exact genre. They’re waiting in the shadows for me to find their book and just.ย Stab me with feelings. I can’t wait.


author on my tbr: sara barnard


books with racial diversity !!!

THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. The other day, I came across a conversation in Emergency Contact that struck home the second I read it. The main character is an avid bookworm and writer, but in this conversation, she’s talking about how she, without even realizing it, envisions every character in her head as white. And I’m like, oh my gosh. So do I. That’s not right.

This year, I’m going to seek out books with different cultures, languages, and people. At the end of 2018, I found a few books with diverse leads that taught me a lot — When Dimple Met Rishi, Love, Hate, and Other Filters, and The Sun Is Also a Star. Trying to understand a little more about other people’s lives and customs seems like an awesome way to start 2019!

on my tbr:ย i believe in a thing called love


new releases

The above being said, I also would like to read more books published in 2018 or 2019. Most books I finished last year were read to catch up with the hype that surrounded them, so most were published in 2012-2016. I still have to catch up on a few I missed, but I also plan on reading some new releases! idk, maybe i’ll even be considered trendy hehehย ๐Ÿ˜


A big reason for this is because newer releases are more relevant in the bookish community. There are topics authors are much more likely to address now than they were even just five years ago! And, ahem, I’m also looking forward to reading recent pop culture references, memes, and slang. Like Hamilton. Please recommend books with Hamilton references, I beg you.

on my tbr: romanov



Fantasy is not my genre… at all. The pressure of having to understand a whole different reality… I can’t. That’s not my cup of tea at all. But, seeing as a large majority of my audience is fantasy-obsessed, I decided to give the genre another go! See, I aim to please sometimes.

First, though, I have to *find* some fantasy books.ย Would yall help a blogger out and suggest some fantasy novels to read this year? Not so much hardcore fantasy likeย Lord of the Rings orย Narnia; Harry Potter was the perfect combination of fantasy and real-world. That wouldย be awesome, and — hey, maybe I can start doing some fantasy-related stuff around here! ๐Ÿ˜…

on my tbr: a touch of gold


books with non-romantic relationships

Ships are great, but you know what’re even better?? Sibling relationships! Best friend relationships! All the relationships!!*ย Unfortunately, there aren’t many options in the Contemporary genre that don’t focus on romance. I plan to seek out a few this year that address sibling relationships especially. They’re so sweet and beautiful and asfesakdj!!


You know what would be AWESOME to find?? Parent/child YA books! Like, a father-daughter road trip with truck stops and milkshakes and campfires? That seems like such a good concept! I’m definitely keeping an eye out for family-centered books this year.

on my tbr: puddin’

*with the small exception of jaya. yay for jaya. yaya.



I read a grand total of four non-fiction books in 2018. Four. Out of sixty-three total!! It’s a strange thing to be upset about since I typically devour self-help/productivity books like they’re waffles or something, but the stats are in and I didn’t read much this year. I know, I’m such a bookish disappointment for reading just four books of a genre this year. Tsk tsk.

This year, I want to try and get back into the groove and read at least eight nonfiction or self-help books. This shouldn’t be too hard to accomplish in the long run, but those fictional worlds are just so darn tempting. Must… resist…

on my tbr: i can only imagine


There’re my reading goals for 2019!! I think this year’s going to be a great one for reading. OH AND did you know I’m doing book reviews now on Goodreads? Maybe it can be YOUR new year’s resolution to follow me and read said reviews, huh, huh?? No? oh uhย that’s okay you don’t have to i just wanted to suggest it whatever floats your boat.

What do you think?ย What kinds of books are you hoping to read more of this year?ย  What’s your reading goal for 2019? Mine’s 100, which is a lot but I’m going to be optimistic and say I CAN DO IT! Probably! ๐Ÿ˜… Don’t forget to give some fantasy recommendations, because I’m empty-handed at the moment! Comment below and let’s talk books!


39 thoughts on “types of books i want to see in my 2019 tbr // the only resolutions i really want to keep”

  1. These are awesome reading resolutions! I’m so bad with keeping up with new releases because I’m catching up with other books I missed when they were first released. And YAY for books with racial diversity and all the other relationships that exist but are so underhyped for no reason.

    Btw, I changed my username from thegiftoutright to kordifm, so it would match my Instagram username.


  2. Oh man, I’m with you on almost all of these. Particularly the lesser-known-authors and nonromantic relationships.

    AHAHAH, YOU’RE GIVING FANTASY A TRY!!! refrains from shoving too many books at you You should seriously check out some of N.D. Wilson’s books, particularly the Ashtown Burials. It’s fantasy, but set within the parameters of our world. They’re currently one of my favorite trilogies.


    1. both of those were super important to me this december so squee i’m SOO excited to read them. LOL CALM DOWN FRIEN, i’m not going to go all tolkien anytime soon ๐Ÿ˜‚ thanks for the suggestion; that sounds like something i might enjoy!!


  3. For fantasy, I suggest “Fawkes” by Nadine Brandes, “The Ilyon Chronicles” by Jaye L. Knight, and “The Blades of Acktar” by Tricia Mingerink. Ilyon can be a bit mature at times, but it’s very clean and obviously Christian. There is some romance in Ilyon, but there are sibling relationships too. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. If you are looking for some good Fantasy books to try out, let me suggest a book from the author Brandon Sanderson – he is none other than the FANTASY KING – no joke.

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  5. I really want to read Romanov!! Good fantasy books to read are Pegasus, Percy Jackson, Keeper of the Lost Cities, and the selection (which is kinda fantasy). ๐Ÿ˜
    Rose โค๏ธ

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  6. I love all these reading resolutions!! ๐Ÿ’› I was also just thinking about how I donโ€™t read very intentionally, I just kind of listen to the hype. I really enjoyed Summer of Salt this year, and itโ€™s a contemporary romance so I think youโ€™d really enjoy it if youโ€™re looking for a lighter fantasy and usually enjoy contemporaries. And then Summer Bird Blue (Wow I like books about summer can you tell?) was about sisters (okay one is dead but their sisterhood was so lovely!!) but thereโ€™s no romance and it hit me in every single one of my feels. Happy reading! ๐Ÿค—


      1. O my brick I checked again, you moderated my comment legit 8 min after I officially turned 17 wow ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚


  7. Try Wings of Fire by Tui T. Sutherland for dragon MCs in a colorful war-torn world, the Menagerie trilogy by Kari and Tui Sutherland for humans and mythological creatures (middle grade), the Mapmakers trilogy by S. E. Grove for epic worldbuilding, the Waterfire saga by Jennifer Donnelly for mermaids MCs (and diverse mermaids while you’re at it), Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger for distinct characters, Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend for a totally fun world, and The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater for a slow burn romance and flesh eating horses. Just a quick starter nervous laughter


  8. These are great goals and I’m so happy to see you mentioning Sara Barnard, I LOVE her books so much -well, I only read A Quiet Kind of Thunder and Goodbye, Perfect, but I loved them both SO much ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy reading ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. I love this post so much! โค also, I’m so excited for Romanov tooooo. I’d recommend The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, which is a Chinese ownvoices urban fantasy novel that was one of my favorites! Also, I would totally recommend The Winner’s Curse too, which is not diverse but I really enjoyed it when I read it.


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