My Hopeful Reads of 2019

Okay so I know I have my 2019 Goals and my Book Bingo challenge but I have so many other books I want to read and they’re ones that probably won’t feature in these challenges.

So I decided I’d make a quick image to display in a sidebar widget of my blog. The books featured are ones that I want to hopefully read by the end of 2019, thus the ‘Hopeful reads of 2019’ title.

The books that are featured are ones that:

Keep an eye out on my blog for the graphic which I will be updating as I read the books 😊



See any books in there that you want to know more about? Do you want a similar template for your blog? Leave a comment and let me know 😊

Favourites: Ice Blue by Anne Stuart

Ice Blue

by Anne Stuart.

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Blurb: Museum curator Summer Hawthorne considered the exquisite ice-blue ceramic bowl given to her by her beloved Japanese nanny a treasure of sentimental value — until somebody tried to kill her for it.

The priceless relic is about to ignite a global power struggle that must be stopped at all costs. It’s a desperate situation, and international operative Takashi O’Brien has received his directive: everybody is expendable. Especially the woman who is getting dangerously under his skin as the lethal game crosses the Pacific to the remote and beautiful mountains of Japan, where the truth is deadly.


Length: 445 pages

Series: Ice #3

Genre: Romance. M/F Romance.

Read As: Paperback.


Why is it a favourite?

Back in the long long ago, a two level book store opened near where I live. This store (for a few years at least) was a game changer for me. I had a small source of income and unrepentantly spent too much of it here.

One section of this store that opened up a new world of accessible books for me was the romance section. I will admit I didn’t like being seen in this section or spending too much time in here but still it had WAY more romance books than my library 😍

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LLR: The Philosophy Gym by Stephen Law

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The Philosophy Gym: 25 Short Adventures in Thinking

by Stephen Law.

From Descartes to designer babies, The Philosophy Gym poses questions about some of history’s most important philosophical issues, ranging in difficulty from pretty easy to very challenging. He brings new perspectives to age-old conundrums while also tackling modern-day dilemmas — some for the first time. Begin your warm up by contemplating whether a pickled sheep can truly be considered art, or dive right in and tackle the existence of God. In this radically new way of looking at philosophy, Stephen Law illustrates the problem with a story, then lets the argument battle it out in clear, easily digestible and intelligent prose. This perfect little mental health club is sure to give each reader’s mind a great workout. 

On my very first trip out of Australia, I encountered this book in an airport bookstore. I remember reading the blurb and being hooked. I unfortunately did not purchase this book but was so very lucky that my local library had a copy of another of Law’s books, The Philosophy Files. Years later, armed with my own credit card, The Philosophy Gym was one of the first books I bought.

While I had always been somewhat questioning in what I was told, The Philosophy Files and Gym opened my mind to a lot of established philosophical concepts and theorises. My mind was opened with the possibilities and unanswerable questions of the universe – and because of this book I quickly devoured so many more books about Philosophy.

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My TBR Pile

It’s April and I’m already falling behind in my reading goals 😅

My trouble at the moment is that I keep re-reading and picking up fluffy books that don’t count towards my Reading Challenges (fan fiction I am looking at you). I’m also struggling a little bit with picking books that fit challenges and then sticking to these books.

I may also have a few books that I need to read and review but for a multitude of reasons am dragging my heels. I thought that by popping them all into a post, it may prompt me to actually pick up the books and get them read 😊

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Book Bingo Update 3

Read that Sequel

Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Second book in the Game Changer series, I was incredibly lucky to be given an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. Like the first book, I absolutely adored the characters in the novel.

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities by Mady G and J R Zuckerberg

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A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

by Mady G and J R Zuckerberg

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Blurb: In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and JR Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBT+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

Release Date: 23rd April, 2019.

Length: 96 pages.

Series: N/A.

Genre: QUILTBAG. Educational.

Read as an: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts:  A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities is a great introduction for people wanting to know more about gender, orientation, and self expression. The book provides definitions of words, histories, and encourages people to treat others with respect.

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Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid

Heated Rivalry

by Rachel Reid.

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Blurb:  Nothing interferes with Shane Hollander’s game—definitely not the sexy rival he loves to hate.

Pro hockey star Shane Hollander isn’t just crazy talented, he’s got a spotless reputation. Hockey is his life. Now that he’s captain of the Montreal Voyageurs, he won’t let anything jeopardise that, especially the sexy Russian whose hard body keeps him awake at night.

Boston Bears captain Ilya Rozanov is everything Shane’s not. The self-proclaimed king of the ice, he’s as cocky as he is talented. No one can beat him—except Shane. They’ve made a career on their legendary rivalry, but when the skates come off, the heat between them is undeniable. When Ilya realises he wants more than a few secret hookups, he knows he must walk away. The risk is too great.

As their attraction intensifies, they struggle to keep their relationship out of the public eye. If the truth comes out, it could ruin them both. But when their need for each other rivals their ambition on the ice, secrecy is no longer an option…

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!


Release Date: 25th March, 2019.

Length: 310 pages.

Series: Game Changers #2.

Genre: M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Sports.

Read as: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts:Heated Rivalry is a book that takes place over the course of many years. While technically a sequel to the first Game Changers book (of the same name) Heated Rivalry takes place before and after the events of the first book.

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Game Changer by Rachel Reid

Game Changer

by Rachel Reid.

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Blurb:  New York Admirals captain Scott Hunter takes his pregame rituals very seriously. In this case, it’s not just a lucky smoothie he’s craving—it’s the man who made it. 

Pro hockey star Scott Hunter knows a good thing when he sees it. So, when a smoothie made by juice bar barista Kip Grady precedes Scott breaking his on-ice slump, he’s desperate to recreate the magic…and to get to know the sexy, funny guy behind the counter.

Kip knew there was more to Scott’s frequent visits than blended fruit, but he never let himself imagine being invited back to Scott’s penthouse. Or kissed with reckless abandon, never mind touched everywhere all at once. When it happens it’s red-hot, incredible and frequent, but also only on Scott’s terms and always behind his closed apartment doors.

Scott needs Kip in his life, but with playoff season approaching, the spotlight on him is suddenly brighter than ever. He can’t afford to do anything that might derail his career…like introducing the world to his boyfriend. Kip is ready to go all-in with Scott—but how much longer will he have to remain a secret? 

Length: 334 Pages.

Series: Game Changers #1

Genre: M/M Romance. QUILTBAG. Sports

Read as an: eBook


My Thoughts: I’m not going to say I read Game Changers for the cover but I definitely read the blurb because of that cover. Once I started Game Changers, the story and characters of this book were so engaging that I finished the book in a day.

The blurb does hint at some angst, especially in regards to Scott being in the closet but I found that this wasn’t the case. The book is not just about Scott and Kip getting together but about the pair as they come to accept things about themselves and their relationship.

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LLR: The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey

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The Adventures of Captain Underpants

by Dav Pilkey.

George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!

Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav’s other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.

I know I’ve talked a lot of Captain Underpants game recently but I have just fallen back in love with this series. I read these as a child and was inspired by the fun and cartoon style of the book. I won’t say it inspired a life long love of reading (because it was already there) but I will say it made reading so much fun!

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Common Cents by Earn Spend Live

Common Cents: A Budget Workbook

by Earn Spend Live.

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Blurb: Make the daunting task of managing your personal finances approachable with Common Cents!

Money makes the world go ‘round, but it doesn’t have to make your head spin! This budgeting workbook is packed with easy-to-use worksheets, money-saving tips, advice from financial experts, and prompts to help you set (and achieve) realistic financial goals. Customisable monthly budgets let you record and manage your expenses by category, as well as see the big-picture impact of day-to-day decisions. But setting up a good budget isn’t just about tracking daily spending; it’s about long-term financial health—so Common Cents will also help you start saving, building up an emergency fund, paying off your debts, and learning how to invest in your future.

This financial workbook includes:

• Non-boring breakdowns of financial basics

• Budgeting, purchase-planning, and goal-setting worksheets

• Step-by-step guides to getting out of debt and building your savings

• Tips that will help keep you right on track

Common Cents is designed to help organise your financial life—you’ll learn how to make money work for you.


Release Date: 1st January, 2019.

Length: 188 pages.

Series: The Totally Approachable, Not-Scary Guides.

Genre: Self Help. Personal Finance. Non-fiction.

Read as an: eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts: Common Cents is a brilliantly simple budget book aimed towards the young adult and ‘new’ adult market. What separates Common Cents from other personal finance and budgeting books is the language and forgiving nature of the content. As someone who has read widely within the personal finance genre, Common Cents is a welcome breath of fresh air.

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