Quarterly Reading Recommendation

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

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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

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My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing

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You by Caroline Kepnes

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence

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Starsight by Brandon Sanderson

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Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

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Books I Wish I Read this year

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!

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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🎄Books I Hope to Find Under the Tree 🎄

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is books that I hope to receive for Christmas this year! I don’t usually get a lot of books as presents but if I was to be gifted any I would love to get physical copies of books that I’ve read and loved but don’t own!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Uprooted & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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Series I completed in 2019

These are all the series that I have either read all the books this year or read the last book in the series that was published this year! I haven’t included any series that have unreleased books still, I will just add them onto future lists!

Impossible Times Series by Mark Lawrence

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The Folk of the Air series by Holly Black

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Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

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Renegades series by Marissa Meyer

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Percy Jackson and the Olympian’s Series by Rick Riordan

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The Nevernight Chronicles by Jay Kristoff

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The Winternight Trilogy Series by Katherine Arden

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Crazy Rich Asians Series by Kevin Kwan

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Dance of Thieves Duology by Mary E Pearson

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Book of the Ancestor Series by Mark Lawrence

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Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead

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Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

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The Wrath and the Dawn Duology by Renee Ahdieh

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before Series by Jenny Han

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The Queen’s Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner

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Flame in the Mist series by Renee Ahdieh

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My Top 10 Surprises of 2019

For this week’s Top 10 Tuesday I decided to go with a list of the top 10 books that I read in 2019 that surprised me! 

You by Caroline Kepnes – I honestly didn’t think I was going to like this book. I had heard all of the hype about it when the series came out earlier this year but I kind of dismissed it. Then when I read the book I actually loved it!

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Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes – This is another series that I really had my reserves about. I didn’t know a lot about it going in and I kept putting it off for months thinking I wasn’t going to enjoy it. Then I finally bit the bullet and gave it a read and I was immediately sucked in!

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Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto – when this book first came out there was tons of people talking about it and praising it and then things got really quiet and no one really talked about it anymore. This was kind of a sign for me that this book would be forgettable but I really taken back with how immersive and action packed this book was!

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Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – I just had this feeling that because Illuminae Files was so good and very well loved that they wouldn’t be able to back it up with another good sci-fi series. I was wrong, this is one of my favourite books of the year and I can’t wait for Aurora Burning to come out!

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Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – I thought since this series was quite old that it wouldn’t age very well and I wouldn’t end up liking it. Totally opposite, I absolutely loved this series, super engaging, fast paced and addictive!

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The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang – this is on the other side of the spectrum. I thought I would 100% love this book just because it’s a high fantasy that people have been hyping up ever since it was released and I just couldn’t get on board. Rin just didn’t get with me as the main protagonist and the pacing was a little off.

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young – with debut novels I always kind of go in with low expectations, just in case it’s not the best book, but I ended up really loving this book! Definitely not as hyped as what it should be!

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Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid – I think this book takes the cake for the most hyped book of the year. It was because of this that I really didn’t think I was going to like it, when I read the blurb and heard all of the review I had no intention of even reading it, but when I saw it at my local library I couldn’t miss the opportunity to read it and I was pleasantly surprised how much I actually enjoyed it!

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – another series that was released quite a few years ago now and I just thought this series wouldn’t be as fresh and unique as some of the newer fantasy series out there but boy was I wrong. I was invested right from the start, the magic system was unlike anything I’ve read before and the books kept getting better as the series went on!

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Paper Towns by John Green – I have only read one other John Green book which I really enjoyed, so I went into Paper Towns thinking I would like it equally if not more than that previous book but I was a little underwhelmed. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters and it was a little unremarkable for me.

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