10 Book Recommendations for Your 2019 #ReadingGoal

Start of year is when we see many people setting their reading goals. Some goals are purely quantitative ( Number of books ) while some are based on inclusiveness and diversity, Here are some of my recommendations for some reading goals .

1 His Bloody Project

Goal: Historical Fiction

If reading more historical fiction is your goal then I will highly recommend Graeme Macrae Burnet’s His Bloodly Project that was also shortlisted for Bookers’ prize. Is fast paced and writing is brilliant- so even if the genre is new to you, you will enjoy reading this one. (Full Review ) 5/5 stars on goodreads.

2.  Ready Player One

Goal: Sci-Fi

If you don’t read any Sci-fi but you want to expand the genre then Ready Player One is one of the best place to start ( I was tempted to include The Martian as well ). It is also a major motion picture, directed by the master himself but you know what the saying is- ” The book is always better than the movie (confession – I have not seen the movie yet so if I am wrong this time, do let me know ). 5/5 stars on goodreads.

3. The Illicit Happiness of Other People

Goal: Indian Author / More Books from India


This brilliant book by Manu Joseph will rekindle your faith in Indian writers. If your goal is to read more from India then don’t miss out on this one.Based in Chennai- the protagonist is a failed novelist and journalist- investigates the death of his 17 year old son. Its full of irony and humor and writing is pitch right for the subject.  5/5 stars on the goodreads

4. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Goal : Books from 2018

One of m favorite books from last year, Normal people takes you to the lives of two young people in modern Ireland. I enjoyed the writing and also now I want to read other books by Sally Rooney ( Any recommendations ? ). 4/5 stars on the goodreads ( Full Review )

Book Cover of Normal People

5. Darjeeling: The Colorful History and Precarious Fate of the World’s Greatest Tea

Goal: Books on Food/Drinks

This is really a fun goal and there are many interesting books written on the genre. If you have not explored it then Darjeeling will be a good starting point ( I was also tempted to include ” Korma, Kheer and Kismat” is this genre ) Jeff Koehler not only explores the glory of the Darjeeling tea and the famous tea gardens, but also the history and the origin of the tea. A must read. 5/5 stars on goodreads (Full Review)

6. The Importance of Being Earnest

Goal : Humor/ Books from Play

If you have not read it yet – then go- run- find this book- read it- cherish it- thank me later 😛

Oscar Wilde is a master of this genre and if you want to explore it- there are no better books than this. 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

7. 84, Charing Cross Road

Goal : Books on books/Reading

This book is so adorable and lovely- while writing this post, I had a temptation to read it. If you want to read books on books then this book is your bae. Entire book is the letter conversation and maybe The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (maybe because of the Netflix movie)  is more popular book in the genre but for me, 84, Charing Cross Road is the favorite book in the genre. (5/5 stars on the goodreads )


8. The Aquariums of Pyongyang: Ten Years in the North Korean Gulag

Goal: Memoir/ Non-fiction/ Books From North Korea

This book is closer to the Angela’s Ashes in terms of writing – as both books talk about tragedies from the point of view of the child. If you want to read a good memoir, instead of giving you the popular and obvious choices, I am recommending you The Aquariums of Pyongyang as it helps you to read the point of view of North Koreans who are mostly isolated and unheard because of their closed society. 4/5 stars on goodreads.


9. Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel García Márquez

Goal : Short Stories

Marquez needs no introduction, and if your goal is to explore Magical Realism, then his other books are the top of the genre. However, not many knows that Marquez is also a brilliant short story writer and this book is one of the best collection of short stories- though they are translations, the craft is very much intact and I do praise the translators on a great job. (Full Review ). 4/5 stars on the goodreads.

12 Short Stories by Gabriel Garcia

10. Hot Milk by Deborah Levy

Goal : Women Writers

Though there are many choices for this goal, but I am choosing Hot Milk because Deborah Levy voice is very fresh and I believe you should give it a try. I rated it 4/4 stars on the goodreads.

Book Cover of Hot Milk


I hope you liked my recommendations- please let me know your view. Have a great year of reading.


17 Comments Add yours

  1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

    Hi Avi those are some good recommendations. Thanks for sharing!


  2. Your welcome Sukanya. Thank you for stopping by 🙂


  3. Jheelam says:

    This is an awesome list. Darjeeling is one of my fav destinations and it’s always lovely to lay my hand on any book related to that place. Thanks for the recommendations. 🙂


    1. Thank you Jheelam. Do give Darjeeling the try. Just like the place, this book will also charm you 🙂

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  4. S says:

    Wow this post has injected excitement in me to read more books!
    I LOOOOOOVE The Importance of Being Earnest. I am so glad you finally got to it.
    I think you had mentioned Normal People in a previous post, I went and read it. It was a good read.
    Now I am really curious about Hot Milk. Will get my hands on it immediately!


    1. So happy to see you comment (where are you these days ). Yes, do read Hot Milk- I am certain you will enjoy it. The Importance of being Earnest is amazing- I simply loved it (thank you for your recommendation)


  5. kalaravi16 says:

    That is quite an eclectic reading list! I’ve only read,”The importance of being earnest” from this list but making note of all the wonderful books you’re recommending! Sally Rooney is already on my tbr.


    1. Thank you Kala for the feedback. “The Importance of Being Earnest” is so brilliant. isn’t it? I will also recommend you “Ilicit Happiness of Other People” from this list. Have a nice day 🙂


  6. kokilagupta says:

    Great! Yesterday, Ye I typed a long comment and it did not budge showing error! Ye Today I just typed a dot and, it’s posted! 🙄🙄 Anyways! A wonderful post Avi, and am quite excited about the historical fiction, the book on books and guess, Hot Milk too! Feels good to be back here. 🙂


    1. I am so sorry your comment was wiped out. Thank you for coming back ,ts always nice to see you. Do try “His Bloody Project”, Hot Milk and 84, Charing Road a try. You will love those books 🙂


  7. Deepali Joshi says:

    That is some interesting list….from classics to contemporary. I found a couple of titles I read last year. Looking forward to some more this year.


    1. Thank you Deepali . Have a great reading year 🙂


  8. Great list! I have only read Ready Player One and 84 Charing cross road from your list and they were both 5/5 for me as well. You were right about guessing Ready Player One book being better than the movie. I did not like the movie that much. I added Darjeeling to my TBR. All these books sound wonderful.


  9. Thank you Avada- I am glad you also enjoyed Ready Player One and 84 Charing road- both books I cannot stop admiring. You will enjoy Darjeeling and also try “His Bloody Project”. Cheers 🙂


  10. Parul Thakur says:

    I loved Normal People too.. I got a few from your list on my TBR. I am currently reading North of Dawn but Nuruddin Farah and so far it is a good one.
    For women authors, you should look up Tara Westover’s Educated. That book blew my mind away and that it is a memoir. 🙂


    1. I have read Westover’ Educated . I totally loved it . I am looking forward for your views on North of Dawn .

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