These are my favourite books that I read this year. I realise not all of them were released in 2019 but it was when I read them all and I absolutely LOVED each and every one of these books.
So in no particular order these are my Top 10 Favourite Books of the Year:
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard
The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young
Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Red Sister by Mark Lawrence
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
I read the most books this year than I have ever in my life and with that comes a few books that I was a bit ehh about. I didn’t hate any of these books by any means I think that most of them just wasn’t for me!
So with that being said my lowest rated/least favourite books of 2019 are:
The Wicked King by Holly Black – Jude is I think one of my least favourite female protagonists ever. She thinks she is untouchable and doesn’t need anyone’s help. There are certain instances like when she’s warned to have a guard with her at all times and then she will rides off by herself and gets ambushed. It’s just really pretentious and annoying and I just can’t warm to her at all. ⭐️2/5 stars
Circe by Madeline Miller – This I just found incredibly dry and boring. I was enjoying myself for about the first quarter of the book but then all of the excitement and action king of leaked out of the plot and I was left with Circe on an island by herself for most of the story. I found I didn’t really form a connection to any of the characters and by the end of it I really didn’t care. There wasn’t really any sort of build up of anticipation and the ending was a little too open ended for me. ⭐️2/5 stars
Geekerella by Ashley Poston – For the majority of the book Elle just got on my nerves. Letting Catherine and Chloe walk all over her and just bowing down to them and not doing anything about it. Just accepting all of the horrible things they do to her and not trying to fight back at all. Other than that the book wasn’t bad at all, it was a little tropey at times but overall pretty fast paced and entertaining. ⭐️3/5 stars
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood – If I had not seen TV show first I think I would have been very confused by this book. There isn’t quite a set structure to it. We read solely from Offred’s point of view however, it jumps quite a lot from past to present and their isn’t a whole lot of information given about what is happening. I was left feeling quite unfulfilled with this book. The ending was quite abrupt and didn’t really wrap anything up or answered any questions. ⭐️3/5 stars
The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – a good majority of the book bored me. All of the spacial/sciency talk didn’t do anything for me personally and kind stilted the pace of the book. It was only 400 pages but it felt like closer to 600 to me. I picked this book up and put it down several times during the month and really the only reason I managed to finish it was because it fit a challenge in the Reading Rush. There wasn’t really anything in the book that was driving me to pick it up and finish. ⭐️3/5 stars
The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – Some of the decisions that Rin made kind of grated me. She was definitely right when she said that the Gods have no sway over her, she made all of the decisions that led her to that ultimate conclusion and most of those decisions didn’t sit well with me. When she chose to side with Altan over Master Jiang that’s really when I knew I wasn’t feeling her anymore. She wouldn’t heed the advice of those who have had years and even decades more experience than her. ⭐️3/5 stars
The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – It was just kind of ok…. We definitely delved a lot deeper into the story and the reasoning’s behind the study of the defect, but I wasn’t really left with any overwhelming feelings after the ending. I started to question Mara and her decisions a lot in this book. Yes I know she was tortured and has had a lot of emotional and physical trauma happen to her in a short period of time, but I didn’t really like who she became after she escaped. ⭐️3/5 stars
This is my fourth and final instalment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I have been looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Since its now the end of the year I will going through all four of these lists and picking out my overall top 10 favourite books of the year which I will be posting next week!
So in no particular order my reading recommendations for October – November – December are:
Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing
You by Caroline Kepnes
The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence
Starsight by Brandon Sanderson
Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
I honestly don’t know where this year has gone! It’s now Boxing Day and it will be 2020 next week, like huh? With that being said there are a few books I had every intention of reading this year but time has gotten away with me and it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen, so I thought I would list them here, that way I will have a reference to look back on for next year!
So this is 5 books I wish I read in 2019
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan – this was a ‘me’ issue. I feel like I have to be in the right frame of mind of read this book and I just haven’t been there!
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton – this has been on my TBR for ages now and I have been meaning to pick it up every month but it just hasn’t happened yet.
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas – I really wanted to read this book this year! It was so hyped and I don’t think I’ve heard a bad review for it; I just didn’t get a chance to get to it…
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – The Wayward Children series is so well loved and I had every intention of giving at least the first book a read this year to see if I feel the same way, but again it didn’t happen.
The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi – This was another book that was super hyped at the start of this year and I ended up buying it because of that. I wanted to read it to see if the hype was justified or not but I haven’t had the time to get into it yet.
I just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!