What I’ll Be Reading in 2019

Last year, I set out to read a book a month. Graduate school, however, did a great job in derailing that goal. Reading is a pastime that I have always enjoyed, and I have come to realize that making time for it adds to my quality of life. Because of this, I am bringing that goal back in 2019.

To help me stay on track, I have created a partial list of the books that I intend to read. When I am looking forward to a book, I find myself motivated to carve out time for my current read. I am still enjoying my current read, but knowing which book comes next simply gives me something to be excited about.

I have included that list below.

The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

After reading Kaur’s Milk and Honey last year, I knew that I needed to read more of her work. The Sun and Her Flowers has a similar look and feel, yet it is more visceral. I am still in the thick of this collection of poetry, but I look forward to next poem. A full review will be coming soon.

A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Like much of the rest of the world, I am obsessed with Games of Thrones. Like a good bookworm, though, I could not watch the series without reading the books. Last year, I read the first in the series, and it was everything I was expecting. I cannot wait to read the second installment.

Cien Años de Soledad by Gabriel García Márquez

It is almost hard to believe that I have yet to read such a classic. One Hundred Years of Solitude has received a myriad of awards across the world, which paved the way for Marquez’s winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

I am fortunate to speak Spanish and therefore have chosen to read it in the language in which is was written Perhaps this gives light to how much of a bookworm I can be, but being able to read such a highly acclaimed book without the filter of a translator is very exciting.

X-Men: Wakanda Forever

I first fell in love with X-Men as a small child who religiously watched the cartoon. When the movies came out in the early 2000s, I was thrilled to watch each one, and I have always enjoyed the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Because of all this, I made the decision to buy my first comic: X-Men: Wakanda Forever. This comic appears to be the perfect combination of two beautifully creative and masterful story lines and worlds.

I must admit, it feels odd buying my first comic at the age of 28, especially with my avenue of entry being through the cinematic realm. It was nice, however, to be welcomed into the world of comic book by my little brother who said he was proud of me and proceeded to share his comic collection.

The Financial Diet by Chelsea Fagan

I first discovered The Financial Diet as a YouTube channel, and after watching a few videos, I quickly subscribed. I appreciated how approachable Chelsea felt and how digestible she made financial information. The extent of my financial literacy growing up encompassed creating a budget, sticking to it, and and saving as much money as possible.

Needless to say, there is so much more to learn about finances, and I want to become highly financially literate. When I realized The Financial Diet was a book as well, I knew that I needed to read it. I am positive it is filled with fundamentals, but I am still a financial white belt.

The Driver in the Driverless Car by Vivek Wadhwa and Alex Salkever

After learning about artificial intelligence and the role it is already playing in journalism, I was interested in learning more regarding the extent to which it will integrated into one’s everyday life. This book centers on just that by revolving around three poignant questions: Will it benefit everyone equally? What are the risks and rewards? Will it promote autonomy or dependence?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

This book is the ultimate reread. I have already read it twice- both times in high school. I remember enjoying it so much that I am looking forward to reading it with more age, wisdom, and experience under my belt.

What is on your reading list this year?

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