Bookish Discoveries of 2019

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt I decided to go with new authors I discovered in 2019. This list is all the authors that I read from for the first time and I loved them enough to want to continue to pick up either their back-list or any books they may publish in the future!

1Now one of my all-time favourite fantasy authors!

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2The Seven Realms is now one of my all-time favourite fantasy series ever!

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Picture3Chilling and atmospheric, I need to dip into more of her back-list titles!

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Picture4for some reason all her books intimidated me but I definitely need to read them all!

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Picture5I am in the middle of the Falling Kingdoms series and I am highly impressed

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Picture6I binged the first two books in The Shadow Game trilogy!

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Picture7her books are diverse, realistic and highly engaging!

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Picture8I’ve been impressed with the representation of culture and mental health she includes in her romances!

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Picture9I’ve only read one of her books and I need to rectify that situation very soon!

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Picture10super fun romances full of diverse characters

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Series I want to Start in 2020

There are still quite a few fantasy series that I have been meaning to read for a while now that I want to priorities this year! I was able to get through most of the list that I made last year and I would like to continue on with that same momentum and finish some new series that I will hopefully love!

So here are 5 Fantasy Series I want to start/complete this year:

Stalking Jack the Ripper series by Kerri Maniscalco

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Wayward Children’s series by Seanan McGuire

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The Red Queen’s War series by Mark Lawrence

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Shattered Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima

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Red Rising Series by Pierce Brown

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Special Mention to the Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks – this is carried over from last year, the only series I didn’t start in 2019

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Anticipated Book Releases 2020

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2020. I have a couple of sequels and continuations of series, a few first books of new series from authors I love and a couple of books that I am intrigued about and have been a little bit hyped already before their releases.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer (Expected publication Jan 7th

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The Night Country by Melissa Albert (Expected publication Jan 7th) 

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Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (Expected publication Jan 7th) 

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Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore (Expected publication Jan 14th) 

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The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson (Expected publication Jan 21st) 

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Crescent City by Sarah J Maas (Expected publication Mar 3rd) 

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Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare (Expected publication Mar 3rd) 

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The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence (Expected publication Apr 30th) 

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Aurora Burning by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman (Expected publication May 5th) 

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo (Expected publication May 5th) 

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Favourite Books of 2019

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

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Red Sister by Mark Lawrence

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Least Favourite Books of 2019

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:

26032887The 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

9781408890080Circe 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

81E7BnpXpZLGeekerella 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

9781784708238The 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

51BhQZOH9zLThe 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

y648The 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

81YstLg924LThe 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