hiiiiiiiii book friends!!
In my absolute fashion, I am 5 months late on publishing this post and i considered staying hidden in my hole of sadness and unproductivity and not post at all, but you see, even i am not that pathetic. and also ok, maybe I already had the graphics drawn and there was no point in wasting my work
i miss you all VERY VERY VERY much and i will have an entire post dedicated to my disappearance and hopefully some ways to stop that from happening again. but until then, know that I’ve missed you terribly and am so happy to be back!!
and now without anymore delay, i present to you, my…..
Much More than Top 10 Books of 2019 (and of course the Worst books too)
a quick look at my stats:
and now we will get into each genre. as I could not have possibly picked a “Top 10 favourites” from the year because i read a ridiculous amount to even keep up with myself.
So instead, I chose a number of books [laughs nervously] from different genres to represent all the love and happiness they gave me during the year.
so here we go.
Famous In A Small Town: cute and sweet, and had that perfect touch of emma mills’s humour, friendships, family, and love. this also had deeper themes and i LOVED IT SO MUCH
Call it What you Want: kemmerer writes the most beautiful, touching, and adorable contemporary romances that always hit so hard. this was everything i expected
Michigan vs. the Boys: much darker and heavier than the other books in this group, this book tackles some really hard topics when a girl joins the boy’s hockey team and has to face harassment and insults. this book RUINED me
Technically You Started it: this book is told ENTIRELY in text messages and is the cutest thing ever. bingeable, adorable, and an absolute delight.
A Curse so Dark and Lonely: another Kemmerer book just to drive the point home, her writing is fabulous. a beauty and the beast retelling that is magical and whimsical in every way imaginable
We Hunt the Flame: idk if i screamed about this book enough this year, a middle-eastern set fantasy adventure story with the most sad, precious wayward squad. i love these characters with my whole heart
The Rithmatist: brando sando astounds me again with his amazingly creative complex magic systems. this book has the sweetest and most adorable characters but also so so so interesting and adventerous.
The Starless Sea: this book is an absolute dream. it has the most beautiful prose and characters and setting. it’s basically a narnia-like world but with owl kings and magical libraries.
The Lies of Locke Lamora: i look at high fantasy in a different light after locke lamora. this series is one of my favourite in the world!!! it’s very light on magic systems in the first book, so it’s about a bunch of con men who are actually clowns. 100/10 would recommend
The Alloy of Law: I almost feel as if i’ve become a broken record talking about brandon sanderson books, but can anyone blame me?? the second era of mistborn is a RIDE! It’s so much fun to read but it’s not as complex and daunting as the first era. and it’s really funny.
Words of Radiance: never would I have thought that i would get through these 1000+ paged mammoths. the first book in the stormlight series really took me time to get into but it was SO WORTH it for the second book. the magic system is PHENOMENAL, the characters are my whole heart, and the storyline is sO INTERESTING AAAAAAA
Poppy War: this book in brutal in every sense. It has a solider training school (?idk what thats called), a brutal war, and so much pain, i was not ready for how this book was going to hit me
Skyward: is such a fantastic book. it has a flight squad of misfits who are trying to defend their home from alien invaders. it’s all very cool
The Loneliest Girl in the Universe: this book is about a girl who is traveling alone in a spaceship (having correspondence with earth) but there was something about the writing that just trapped me in. it’s eerie and creepy and so well done
Middlegame: i have no idea how to explain this book. it’s one of the most science-y books i’ve ever read. following two twins that were genetically engineered and given to different families and finding each other and their fight against the ending of the world??? that reach.
Recursion: science hurts my brain and Recursion is all about deep deep science stuff. it’s about memories and lost memories and false memories and i loved it
The Child Finder: The Child Finder is about a private investigator who finds missing children. The writing, the story, the heartbreaking characters. this might be one of the best books i’ve ever read in my whole life
My Lovely Wife: a twisty book following a messed up couple who,,,,,,,can’t seem to stop,,,,,,,,killing people.
The Turn of the Key: this was such a well written thriller on a nanny/house sitter who is convicted of killing one of the children she was babysitting. IT WAS SO CREEPY AND GRIPPING and the ending actually had me SHOCKED
The Silent Patient: follows a lady who refuses to speak after she is allegedly charged with murdering her husband. it’s a great thriller that is engaging and twisty and had me shocked at the final reveal.
Love and Other Words: a second-chance romance that flips between present day and past and is SO FREAKING PRECIOUS AND ADORABLE I LOVE THIS COUPLE WITH MY HEART
The Bride Test: helen hoang writes the greatest romance stories. khai avoids relationships and so his mother takes it upon herself to bring him a bride from vietnam, it’s a funny story about love and has sweet moments of family.
The Unhoneymooners: christina lauren is one of the best romance duos i’ve ever read. this follow two characters who severely dislike each other as they are forced to go on their (respective) siblings honeymoon (her sister married his brother) because the bride and groom got food poisoning. and from then on it’s all banter and cuteness
Evvie Drake Starts Over: two troubled characters are brought together and build this really sweet friendship that blossoms into something more. it’s such a darling story that is inspiring and angsty and super cute!!
Station Eleven: a mystic story taking place after a global virus collapses civilization. it’s a tale of strength and pain and hope. the connections between the characters and the way the story is told is absolute magic
The Map of Salt and Stars: an absolutely heartbreaking story about a family who returns to their homeland in Syria only to have the war force them out. the prose is so lyrical and descriptive, i felt as if i was traveling through the pages
Ask Again, Yes: a family focused story spanning generations that highlights characters, personalities, the ups and downs of life, and forgiveness.
Miracle Creek: probably one of the BEST books i’ve ever read. a thrilling courtroom drama that extends to powerful topics of justice, immigrant identity, and caring for a special needs child. this book is not one that you forget.
The Great Alone: a raw story about domestic abuse and isolation. it takes place in alaska and follows the life of a young girl while she is forced to fight for her survival.
The Bear and the Nightingale: an incredibly atmospheric tale set in historic russia. it has magic forests and frost demon kings and folklore, basically making it the perfect winter read
The Downstairs Girl: set in 1890s atlanta and following a ridiculously clever asian-american young woman, this story is witty and fresh. it explores topics like racism and feminism while remaining humorous and engaging. an absolute delight
A Thousand Splendid Suns: khaled hosseini making me cry AGAIN!!! this story is terribly heartbreaking but has such strong themes of family and hope and pain and sacrifice. someone hold me.
Dig: I really don’t read much magical realism bc i find i don’t usually understand all the nuances but OH MY GOD DIG RUINED MY LIFE. it follows unnamed characters & potato farmers and lots of pain
The Enchanted: oh look, it’s rene denfeld’s books again. rene denfeld’s books were the biggest surprise to me this year. this is a book about inmates on death row ft. hints of magical aspects and this book tore my heart out. wowowowowowoow
In An Absent Dream: the wayward children series is such a whimsical and dreamlike collection. reading them is like climbing into another (more superior) world and wanting to stay and find out more.
G’morning, G’night: this was a collection of motivational quotes with adorable doodles and i found it so sweet and inspiring
Everyone’s a Aliebn When ur a Aliebn too: this is the cutest, most depressing graphic novel i’ve ever read. it’s about a little alien trying to understand earth and it’s so SOFT
That Can Be Arranged: (an arc) a graphic memoir about the author’s marriage. this book was so incredibly well explained but also very humourous and educational. i ADORE huda’s books!!!
i don’t want to dwell on the lows of the reading year, but below i’ve listed some of the biggest disappointments and most disliked books i’ve had to displeasure to read.
I’M SORRY if any of your favourites are on this list 😭😭 i truly don’t mean to be rude but they weren’t for me and i’m still glad you enjoyed them (don’t hurt me ok)
also for books that i ranted about, my reviews will be linked for your viewing pleasure (if you care, that is)
Red Sister: this truly just wasn’t for me. this book is so well praised by the fantasy community and yet i found it so hard to connect with the characters. it was tedious to read and i had nothing keeping me attached. 😦
Now Entering Addamsville: oh my god, i’m so sorry to everyone and most importantly myself. francesca zappia has written some of my favourite contemporaries but i truly found her try at “horror” to be the greatest miss. i couldn’t care about the character, plot, or conflict. im sorry
Ninth House: i’m not even going to apologize about this one. i wrote a lengthy review on why this turned out to be SUCH A MISS for me. if you care to know my detailed thoughts, you can read it HERE!
All-American Muslim Girl: aaaaaaaa this book made me SO MAD because it really could have been something NEW and great for muslim representation. but it turned out to be more confused than anything else. the representation was really badly written in my opinion and even threw in really controversial/complex topics without properly explaining and i just found it more damaging than helpful.
The Idiot: i truly cannot believe how much time i wasted over this book. the book is pointless, the story is pointless, the characters are pointless, we get it.
Bring me Back: this had one of the worst plot twists i’ve ever seen a domestic thriller try to pull off. an absolute clown show. this started off good but the ending was laughable. boiiiii
Capturing the Devil: thomas cresswell really deserved better than this book. while i ADORE these characters, i thought this book was so ridiculous and tried to pull plot from thin air but it just ruined the finale for me. Detailed review if you want to read more.
Again, but Better: this is a surprise to no one but i found this book to read as badly written fanfiction rather than an actual book that deserves rights. sorry to christine but this kinda flopped.
AND THAT, concludes my reading year!!!
2019 was a real storm and while real-life stuff was an absolute disaster, i’m proud of my bookish related accomplishments. I found many new favourites and got to expand my reading tastes and try different things which actually turned out REALLY GREAT for the most part
i’m terribly sorry that i missed everyone’s Yearly Recap posts, but I will be going back and reading as many as i can as they are my favourite kind of content, so IF YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR 2019 READING STATS, LEAVE ME A LINK IN THE COMMENT SECTION
i’d love to check them out!!
I hope 2020 brings us so much just and happiness and fantastic books even though we’re pretty much 3 months in. Wishing everyone the absolute best year 💖