Books I Should Have Read in 2019 (but didn’t)

by | 3 January 2020 | Books | 12 comments

Happy New Year!!! 💛 2020 has arrived, and what better way to start of the year than with a list of books that I maybe…probably…definitely should have gotten to last year, but I didn’t. 😂

I’m not going to cover all of the books that should be in this book stack of shame, but just a few key ones which I was meaning to read for the entire of last year, but procrastinated from masterfully.

Next January, you can look out for a post called “Books I Should Have Read in 2020 (but didn’t)” and let’s all hope it’s not these exact same books all over again. 😅



Breakwater, Catherine Jones Payne

I actually started this one. And then I got distracted and read another book ‘at the same time’, and I haven’t picked it up again since. So it’s just been sitting at 34% in my kindle app for the last few months.

And I really want to finish this! Not only do I feel really bad for forgetting about it for so long, but I actually have been wanting to read it for ages before I even started it. And I really enjoyed it while reading! I have no good reason for why I haven’t gone back to it yet. I just…haven’t.


King’s Folly, Jill Williamson

I got this as a birthday gift at least two years ago. Maybe three. Have I read it yet? I mean, the answer is obviously no, since it’s on this list.

I think my main problem with this book is that it’s a bit thicker, and small print-er than I’d like, and it makes me intimidated to start.


Edge of Oblivion, Joshua A. Johnston

I won this in a giveaway ages ago! It’s even signed by the author! Someone slap me and remind me that I’ll probably really enjoy it!

I’m a heavy mood reader, and I wasn’t in a sci fi mood for an aaage around when I got this book, and then whenever I got into the mood, I read another book. And now every time I look at this book I feel bad because I DO want to read it! I really do! But I just haven’t!

Why is my life like this? 😂


Izzy + Tristan, Shannon Dunlap

I won this in a giveaway too! A giveaway which I didn’t even realise I’d entered in. 🤔 You can imagine my confusion when I got a notification and discovered that I’d won.

I honestly forget about this book most of the time. It just sits on my shelf looking nice and blue and copper and sometimes I pull it out and take a photo of it and talk about how I still haven’t read it.

Things are clearly going great for this book.


Fearless, Cornelia Funke

Okay, this one is super shallow. Fearless is actually the second book, and comes after Reckless—which I also own! Buuuut Reckless doesn’t have as pretty of a cover so I a) forget about it mostly, and b) don’t want to read it because it looks a bit weird.

I mean, there’s an eyeball on the cover. I’m not sure what to think about that. It just doesn’t look right to me. 😬

Not going to lie, I probably won’t read this book for a while yet unless someone raves at me about how amazing it is.


Mark of the Raven, Morgan L. Busse

I’ve wanted to read this forever!! And I finally have it in my hands after getting an Amazon gift card for my birthday, and…

I somehow haven’t read it? What is wrong with me? Why am I like this, guys?? 😂


Honestly I could keep going, there’s SO MANY good books out there which I really should have read already. But this is enough! Now I’d better go back to pretending these books aren’t haunting me every time I look at my shelves… And next post, I can scream about all the new releases I’m excited for! (Because I’m crazy and my tbr will definitely crush me, but it’ll be worth it.)

What books should you have read last year that you never got around to? What do you desperately want to read this year?

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Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Amelie

    Happy New Year to you!!
    Breakwater looks like a really good book, and I want to read it someday! Plus the cover is gorgeous. 😀
    I just got Mark of the Raven, and it looks soooo good! I am so excited to read it!

    • Jane Maree

      And to you too, Amelie!!

      I can testify that the first 34% was pretty good! 😅

      And YES SAME. I really should actually pick it up because I’m sure I’m going to love it!

  2. Kendra

    I completely understand this. XP While I didn’t have any books that I was specifically hoping to read in 2019, I really should have read Beren and Luthien and The Fall of Gondolin after I got them in a boxed set with The Children of Hurin for my birthday last year. I am now in the process of reading Beren and Luthien, but I’m suprised I didn’t get to reading it until now.

    I am determined to read Ben-Hur this year. My mom collected old books when she was in high school/college, and she has a super old copy of Ben Hur (possibly first edition? second?), so I’d like to read that. Oh how it looms before me. 😛

    The fact that it’s 2020 just blows me away. It can’t be possible. O.O

    • Jane Maree

      Ooh, yes for all the Tolkien things!! I hope you enjoy!

      Wow, that’s an old edition! That’d be so cool, but also so daunting. 😂 Old books always terrify me for some reason, ahahaha.

      I know right? The new decade is upon us!

  3. Emma Starr

    I definitely feel this post. XD

    Yesterday I went through the five skyscraper piles beside my bedside table and sorted out my 2020 TBR.

    AND I’M GONNA READ THEM ALL!! *muses singing “Just Believe” in the background*

    • Jane Maree

      Don’t we all. 😅😂


  4. Brie Donning

    Happy New Year to you.

    Borrowing your theme of books you own and thus can read, I’ve certainly got a few.

    Orphan Song by Gillian Bronte Adams (I’ve had this book don’t know how long long. Elisha has read it, but not me .)

    The Tower Princess by Shona Slayton (giveaway in which I especially asked for that book)

    Yorien’s Hand by Jenelle Schmidt (I did start it)

    Fallen Leaves by Tessa Emily Hall (One of many ebooks I’ve gotten for free and haven’t read.)

    The Pleasures of God by John Piper ( I asked for this last Christmas. So I suppose I should read it.)

    Despite the list, this has been a pretty good read for finishing off books I’d been taking a while to get through. The number of unread books I have has grown a little, but not too badly.

    Yes, Breakwater is good. But I will warn you that you will immediately need the next book. I did.

    • Jane Maree

      And to you!!

      What a great list of books! Hopefully we’ll both make some progress this year, hahah.

      Ooh, maybe I haven’t finished Breakwater yet because I can SENSE the cliffhanger ending. 😂

  5. Brie Donning

    Maybe that’s it.

    I think the trick i need to use is simply nor buying more books. then I’ll have to read old ones. Also not read fanfiction so much. I got a cheap Kindle unlimited subscription recently and that’s put me just reading new books. Mostly fairytales. A few books that had been on my longer to read list, such as Oath of the Outcast and Fire Dancer, but mostly read-when-I-have-KU-books.

    • Jane Maree

      I’ve heard that book buying bans can be quite helpful for getting through the TBR. Will I actually do it? Probably not. 😂

  6. Mem

    OMW, the eyeball on the cover doesn’t look right to you. I’m dying, Jane. X’D X’D This was a super good idea for a post! I’m sure I should have read some books in 2019 that I didn’t get around to, but since I’m sleep deprived rn I can’t think of them. X’D X’D

    • Jane Maree


      Haha, we all have those books right?? They will haunt us forever. (Or that eyeball will certainly haunt ME forever. 🙈😆)

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