Reading in 2019!

After a disappointing year of not reading much in 2018 I decided to get my act together and make a concerted effort to reacquaint myself with books and reading for leisure in 2019.

I called this Sarah’s 2019 Reading Challenge … obviously.

My goal was thus …. to read, and that means complete from beginning to end, 10 books. 

Now I know that doesn’t sound like a lot but I will readily admit I am not the fastest reader. I wanted to make this goal realistic so that I wouldn’t lose heart if it looked like I wasn’t going to make it.

But I can happily say that as at the end of March … GOAL ACHIEVED!

I have now decided to push on and see how far I can go with this whole reading gig.

So without further ado here is the list of this years literary delights:

  • Ladies in Black by Madelaine St John
  • Seaside Donkey by Hannah Engelkamp
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto
  • Reel Inequality by Nancy Wang Yuen
  • The Library Book by Susan Orlean
  • The Mirage Factory by Gary Kirst
  • Hollywood: A Short Introduction by Peter Decherney
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
  • Ask a Native New Yorker by Jake Dobkin
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling
  • The Man With The Sawed-Off Leg And Other Tales Of A New York City Block by Daniel J. Wakin

This list will of course update as each book is completed.

So I will wish you all the best with your reading stack and have fun in the world of words!


  • The Nakano Thrift Shop by Hiromi Kawakami
  • Field Notes On Love by Jennifer E. Smith (waiting on an ordered copy)

On Hold:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture by Gary Y. Okihiro
  • Winterhouse by Ben Guterson
Katherine Mansfield House, Wellington, New Zealand.
(Image Credit: Sarah Kreig)

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