THESE ARE SOME OF MY FAVOURITE POSTS TO WRITE!! STATISTICS!! LOOKING BACK ON READING!! EXCITING!! STUFF!!
so it’s now months later and i would like to apologize for this post being so late. I started writing this and never finished so?
Here we are.
Also I will be making an official come-back post soon? Till then, I will say… stay as safe as you can! Wash your hands! Cool, on with the post.
FAVOURITE READS OF 2019
- The Boy Who Steals Houses by CG Drews // This was such a wholesome book – it makes me think of summer and good times, and the atmosphere, characters and family themes in this book are so strong and good AHHHH!
- If We Were Villains by R.L Jo // If I had to choose a book to show my taste in books…this would be it. (this and The Accident Season) Like it was just…my vibe. Theatre, murder, friends-to-lovers, and morally g(r)ay characters. What more could I ask for tbh…
Aristotle and Dante Discover Secrets of The Universe // I have now re-read this book four times. I still haven’t written a proper review for this. But I love it. It is my favourite book of all time. That’s all I will say on this topic before I break into tears and sob because I am overwhelmed with how much I feel for Ari and Dante! Anyways.
MOST DISAPPOINTING BOOK OF 2019
I did an entire post of worst books of 2019 here and most of these were disappointing books.
Finale by Stephanie Garber // Genuinely, this book was a lot of fun! The Caraval series offers the opportunity to escape to another world, one that’s full of magic. But this book was repetitive, too predictable, and didn’t give me a satisfying ending.
MOST SURPRISING BOOK
Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi // Let’s be real the only surprising thing about this book was how SHORT it was (and how terrible it was). I remember getting to the end and being like “WHAT?” THAT’S THE END?!?!” because barely anything happened or was developed. This book was filled with flashbacks and cringey character moments. I love this series to bits but after book 3, it goes downhill. I’m hoping that Imagine Me is better and brings back the characters I once knew and loved (I really doubt it though)
BEST SERIES YOU STARTED IN 2019?
The Diviners by Libba Bray // I genuinely, genuinely recommend this series to anyone who loves creepy books with amazing character relationships. I love how delightfully terrifying this book is. Listening to this the audio book past 1 am…was not a good idea. Guaranteed nightmares from Naughty John’s song (gave me the chills mate). Anyways, read this series!! Fangirl with me!! It’s amazing!! I’m so glad I started reading it and I totally suggest listening to the audio books because YES they’re long but so worth it.
Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor // fucking amazing sequel to Strange The Dreamer (fave of 2017) and I couldn’t have asked for more. Beautiful writing, and wonderfully developed character arcs. I desperately want to re-read this masterpiece of a series.
Queen of Nothing by Holly Black // The only other series ender I read in 2019 was Finale…and that was not great. So this was my only other option. But I think it deserves it. I have come to love Jude and Cardan so much as characters, and as a couple, and it felt like coming home reading the third book. It was also fucking heartbreaking when it was over. I truly love this series so much, like it’s my entire life. And JudexCardan were so SOFT I could not deal. I AM SAD THIS IS OVER I WANT MORE.
BOOK YOU COULD NOT PUT DOWN
Vicious by V.E Schwab // Up until the end, it was so GOOD and I could not put it down. This book was actually so hooking? The alternating chapters between past and present made it for such a thrilling read. I’m still debating whether to read the sequel since I’ve seen so many mixed reviews
FAVE PASSAGE FROM A BOOK
Oh my god, I’m TEARING UP. If I could copy the entire book of Aristotle And Dante here… I would. But here’s some.
“Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?”
“The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.”
OKAY I’LL STOP NOW. Y’ALL READ THIS BOOK. IT’S A FUCKING MASTERPIECE.
BOOK WITH THE BEST ENDING
King of Fools by Amanda Foody // this book was a mess. But that ending? JAW DROPPED. What the FUCK. I’m not over it. And I’m not ready for Queen of Volts, but also I need it right now because that ending was exhilarating (also I heard it has a fake dating and…)
BOOK WITH MOST VIVID SETTING
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – I adored the world of this book. It was way better than An Enchantment of Ravens! I thought it wildly unique and just, in general, very good. It did drag a little towards the end but this book had such a good, warm vibe that I couldn’t help but fall in love with it. Like just the cosy, warm, safe, library aesthetic? Yes.
BOOK THAT WAS MOST FUN FOR ME TO READ
The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson // I swear I went through a phase where all I did was re-read certain passages of this book over and over again. Objectively, this isn’t the most amazing book ever. But I got obsessed with it. I read it and then would pour over specific chapters for like an hour. I don’t know what it is about Jandy Nelson but her books always feel so heavy with emotion and love, that they just fill a a hole in my heart when I read them. Like, I just felt so alive reading this book. So I don’t know if it was the most fun because some parts of it were so sad. But a damn good book.
The Gentleman’s Guide to Virtue was also a lot of fun to read as well! I mean it got a bit meh towards the end but there;s THAT scene that is hilarious and I smiled like an idiot reading it.
BOOKS THAT MADE YOU CRY
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby // This was a re-read but I didn’t cry the first 2 times I read this. Maybe I was just feeling emotionally fragile but I bawled my eyes out at the end of this book. This isn’t a sad book? It has a happy ending? But there was something so real depicted in this book that just had me weeping.
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Waley // I can’t even remember why I cried but I wrote down that I did…so yeah. I think this book was so safe and warm that I just shed some tears at how beautiful the friendships were?
Before The Devil Breaks You // This one is justified. Some really unexpected shit happens at the ending of this that I was NOT prepared for and I didn’t cry that much but yeah tears were shed…I am one emotional human.
HIDDEN GEM OF THE YEAR
The Truth About Keeping Secrets by Savannah Brown // No one talks about this book? But it’s a f/f contemporary/mystery? The writing style kinda feels radio-silence vibes (so if you didn’t like that, maybe you won’t like this?) but I think it was a solid read and has a great romance! But dude, no matter who you are, I am BEGGING you to check out Savannah Brown’s Youtube channel. You will not regret it.
- a few things about this:
- the rating pie chart does not include re-reads (as that just inflates the higher ratings and makes it less accurate?)
- for the format of books and where i got them from, they are about the books I READ this year. not the books i GOT this year (which is what most other people do)
- audiobook is spelt wrong but i wasn’t bothered to change it
- i read a LOT of books by females. not that i’m complaining haha.
I don’t know what else to really say! I really gave up on formatting this post (adding links to goodreads, making text bigger, adding dividers, making it look somewhat coherent) and i have no excuses. i’m lazy. *shrug*
but tell me how you are in the comments! i missed blogging and i missed all of you!!