MY TOP 9 FAVOURITE READS OF 2019

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Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog! This month I’m mostly working on wrapping up 2019, and starting off 2020, so today I’m coming at you with my top 9 books of 2019! These weren’t necessarily published in 2019, actually, only 2 of them were, but I read them last year and of the 115 books I read these were my absolute favourites!

You can find all of the books I read last year here as well as my Year In Books here.

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2017 SO FAR – Goal Updates, What’s Up With Me, My Reading Life

GOAL UPDATES 

In January this year I wrote about my hopes and goals for 2017, you can read my blog post here

My Main Goal for the year was to be more laid back with my reading. So, how am I going with that so far? Well, I actually think I’m doing pretty well. Aside from ARCS I’ve definitely been more laid back, I’ve been re-reading a bunch of books. Although, I must say that I really wanted to read bigger books this year but unfortunately I just haven’t had the time to dedicate to big books.

As for my re-reading goals basically my goal for the year was just to re-read a series that isn’t Harry Potter.

As of now I haven’t fully re-read a series but I have started re-reading The Raven Cycle and the Alex Rider series. I am hoping to finish both of these series this year, I’ve been really enjoying re-reading them, and would totally recommend that you guys give them a go!

I also just noticed that I made other series goals (lol, what).

01 Finish at least 3 series/trilogies I started prior to 2017.

-I mean I technically started Steelheart on December 29 and then I finished the trilogy in January, I’m counting it fight me.

-Oohh I know, I know! I also read the Fifty Shades trilogy ( I know, I am ashamed) (also, read my rant reviews of book 1 and two here and here!). I technically tried to read Fifty Shades of Grey a few years ago but DNF’d it because it was gross and Christian Grey is a creepy-ass man.

I haven’t totally finished this challenge but I’m pretty darn close!

02 Start and finish at least 1 series/trilogy in 2017.

Lol, nope. I haven’t started any series that are completely finished this year. I will probably be able to complete this challenge before the end of the year, but at this point I don’t really know what series I would start. Do you guys have any suggestions?

As for any specific books that I wanted to read this year, I have totally failed. 

  • Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel  1/7 COMPLETE (read my review here)
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
  • The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Flash Vol. 6: Out Of Time by Robert Venditti
  • The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

Lol, my shame is out there for anyone to see. I know that I should be able to read at least some of these but it all really depends on my mood, so we’ll see!

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WHAT’S UP WITH ME 

I think I’ve done pretty well reading-wise so far this year, but I have to say school is kicking my butt. So far, I’m doing pretty well but as always, I could be doing better. I don’t really know what else to say here, I guess for context I should probably mention that I’m currently in my last year of high school.

Actually no, I know what I can talk about. For anyone who is actually in high school, what I’ve found really helpful to balance blogging and school – schedule your posts. I am currently writing this post in April to go up early July. I know I will update it over the next month or two because it’s an updates post but honestly, I’m also half-way through August’s posts. This is mostly because I really love being ahead with my blog but also because I know that I will be really busy around this time in the year. Because it’s my last year at school I have to do the QCS, which is basically 3 tests that will decide whether or not I have a career or live under a bridge for the rest of my life. Sounds fun, right? Nope, not at all actually.

Anywayyy, basically queuing your posts can be really helpful around exam time.

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MY READING LIFE

How am I going reading-wise so far? Meh, I’m going at my own pace this year and I’m loving it but I do still like having a lot to talk about at the end of the month. I’m finding that one month I’ll have 10 books to talk about and then the next month theres only 4 or 5. But I guess I just have to get used to my reading modd swings.

Has my reading life been affected by the reading changes I made at the start of the year? Definitely, my reading choice is definitely everywhere. For example, in February I basically spent the whole month reading one book, and I loved it! I was soo engrossed in Eating Animals, that I didn’t even care that I hadn’t really read anything else! So yeah, I think it’s definitely done a 180 on my stress levels and my mental health.

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How are you guys going with your reading goals? Are you keeping up with your challenges?

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Worst Reads of 2016

Controversial blog posts are always my favourite to read – I always find it really interesting to see what books people haven’t loved when they may be my favourite book.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 

I hated this book, I just can’t get behind it. If you have to know the plot of another series to understand this book then what is the point? It’s too much like Harry Potter, and I know that’s the point but I just can’t do it. If I want to read HP I will, this book is ridculous and I really and truly despise it.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

MY REVIEW OF CARRY ON

 

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis 

This book was pretty meh, I was pretty excited about this one. I had heard good things about this novel from reviewers that I trust, however, this book just didn’t float my boat. It was by no means terrible, it just wasn’t for me. This book is unique though, There is an LGBT character and it is also set in Australia which doesn’t happen as often as I wish it would.

All in all, this book just wasn’t for me. It was too slow and I could not connect with any of the characters.

The Sidekicks

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Blood by Brian Azzarello

I read this earlier on in the year in the hopes of finding out more about Wonder Woman’s story and background. I had a bit of trouble following the story and I didn’t really like the art style.I do plan on watching the film next year and I may even try a different WW series but this one just isn’t for me.

Wonder Woman, Volume 1: Blood

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

Okay, I have read the second book in this trilogy and I do plan on finishing the trilogy by the end of the month if I get the time. The only reason I have continued on with the series is because of the plot and the places the characters go to – apart from that I really don’t like the books. The main character is insufferable, the plot is predictable and the romance is cringeworthy.

I have reviewed this book and the sequel if you want to know my further thought on the series so far.

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)

MY REVIEW OF A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU + TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta

Everything about this novel was wrong for me. I didn’t like the world, I hated and couldn’t connect with any of the characters and there was no plot.

If you want overbearing romance and little to no plot this is your book. I had high hopes for this book but I think I’m one of the few people that just didn’t care for it.

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

I’ll be honest, this is one of my favurite films. So naturally I wanted to read the original text, I’d never read a Nicholas Sparks book either o I just figured why the hell not, everyone else seems to love them! But, unfortunately I really hated this book and don’t plan on picking up any other Sparks nvels any time soon.

Safe Haven

Favourite 2016 Reads So Far

Books:

  • The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) – Rick Riordan

Rating: 5/5

  • The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) – Maggie Stiefvater

Rating: 4.8/5

  • The Golden Door (The Three Doors #1) – Emily Rodda

Rating: 5/5

  • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Rating: 5/5

  • Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant #1) – Derek Landy

Rating: 5/5

Skulduggery Pleasant (Skulduggery Pleasant, #1)

Comics:

  • Nova Series (Nova #1-6 [Marvel Now!])

Ratings:

vol 1: 5/5  | vol 2: 5/5  | vol 3: 3/5  | vol 4: 4/5  | vol 5: 5/5  | vol 6: 5/5

  • Amazing Spider-Man: Spiderverse – Multiple Authors

Rating: 5/5

Amazing Spider-Man: Spider-Verse