2019 Reading List: A – Z Challenge

Happy New Year, folks!  One of my favorite things about starting off a new year is picking my reading list. This year I really wanted to work on diversifying my reading selections. I love a good YA book, but I wanted to reread a few classics that I haven’t touched since I’ve been in school or classics that have been on my reading list for a long time now.  I’m challenging myself to compete this by picking one – although I’ve already failed – book for every letter of the alphabet. This is the A – Z reading challenge.  Feel free to read that in a dramatic announcer voice. 

I wanted to have at least five selections that were books to film and ended up with quite a few: The Color Purple, If Beale Street Could Talk, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Native Son, and Dumplin’ (which I broke my read the book first rule for). Damn you, Netflix! You’ll see a lot of female authors and authors of color. Let’s get started!


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Reading List: A – G

The Awakening was suggested to me as a book all feminists should read. I don’t know about all of that, but I had a hard time finding an “A” book so I added it to the list.  From what I hear you either love the Meg Wolizter book or  you hate it – there is no in between. I read her book The Interestings a few years back and enjoyed it so I thought I’d give this novel a chance. The Color Purple and Catch -22 are both rereads for me, but sometimes it’s good to pick up classics. The Favorite Sister and #fashion victim are both selections from The Paper and Glam Book Club. I’m not reading every book on their list this year, but have chosen a few.


Reading List: H – N

Last year I read Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jessmyn Ward and immediately added her other books on my “to read” list.  I’m also getting a few book to film selections in with Beale Street – which I see is getting some amazing reviews – Native Son which premieres at Sundance later this month and the oh so classic Like Water for Chocolate.


Reading List:O –  T

I was introduced to Jenny Han through the To All the Boys I Loved Before series so I’m going back to her first series because my list is incomplete without some YA fiction. Queen Sugar has been on my list for awhile so I’m ready to dive in the book version of the Bordelon family.


Reading List: U- Z

The standouts here are definitely under the letter ‘U’. I saw many of these titles plastered on my #bookstagram. I’ve read one other book by Colson Whitehead for an African American Literature class in college and have been meaning to read some of his other writing ever since. 2019 will be the year.

What are you planning to read in 2019? Feel free to share your titles with me in the comments below!