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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Books I Enjoyed Outside my Comfort Zone

So I typically only read fantasy but since starting my blog I have really started to expand my reading tastes and dip my toes in other genres. As this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is books I enjoyed outside of my comfort zone I went through and picked 5 books that sparked my love of these other genres.

1 copyThe Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware – I had wanted to pick up mystery/thrillers for the longest time and I came across The Death of Mrs Westaway in a book store and I remembered it had some good reviews so I picked it up and LOVED it!

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2 copySawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – this was my first real foray into more dark/horror fantasy and I really enjoyed it! This book was super eerie and strange and it captured me right from the start.

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3 copyThe Hating Game by Sally Thorne – This book propelled me back into the world of adult romance/smut. I am a sucker for the hate to love trope and this book executed it perfectly.

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4 copyReady Player One by Ernest Cline – Sci-fi isn’t my thing at all and Ready Player One has really been the only book in the sci-fi genre I have been able to stomach so far. I recently read The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet not too long ago and didn’t really enjoy it all that much but I am still open to picking up more books from this genre and exploring what else it has to offer!

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5 copyEliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia – this was my real first kind of hard hitting young adult contemporary book with mental health representation included. Up until I picked Eliza and Her Monsters up I was just reading a lot of fluffy YA books with no real substance.

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June Wrap Up

I had a fantastic reading month, oh my goodness! Nothing below a 4 out of 5 stars. I don’t think that has happened to me since I started my blog so I am pretty stoked with my outcome for June! I think my not having a pre-established TBR was definitely a success and I feel I will be adopting that practice in the months to come because of how prolific my reading was. By far my best reading month I think ever… 

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray⭐️4/5 stars

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan⭐️4/5 stars

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendriks & Sarah Pekkanen⭐️4/5 stars

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline⭐️5/5 stars

Uprooted by Naomi Novik⭐️4/5 stars

Sawkill Girls by Clare Legrand⭐️4/5 stars

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – ⭐️5/5 stars

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik⭐️4/5 stars

Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence ⭐️5/5 stars

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng⭐️4.5/5 stars

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead⭐️5/5 stars

Frost Bite by Richelle Mead⭐️4/5 stars

Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead⭐️4/5 stars

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead⭐️4/5 stars

Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead⭐️5/5 stars

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead⭐️5/5 stars

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey⭐️5/5 stars

Somewhere Only We Know by Maureen Goo⭐️4/5 stars

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Quarterly Reading Recommendations

This is my second installment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I will be looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Then at the end of the year I will compile my lists and pick my top 10 overall from the books I’ve selected where I will be going a little more in depth! If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations click HERE.

So in no particular order my reading recommendations for April-May-June are:

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

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Red Sister & Grey Sister by Mark Lawrence

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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The Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima

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Vampire Academy & Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

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Ready Player One Review

*SPOLIERS, SPOILERS*

8d117c8c-2523-43da-adbf-cbab1c56ad67I LOVED this book!

Ready Player One revolves around a virtual reality world called Oasis. Created by a tech mastermind James Halliday who died and left his vast fortunes to whoever could solve the mystery that he embedded within Oasis. He left hidden Easter eggs, obscure riddles and puzzles revolving around pop culture in the 80’s which was the creator’s favourite decade. No one has come close until Wade Watts stumbles upon the first clue and his name skyrockets to first on the leader board.

Everything about the premise fascinates me. I don’t read a lot of sci-fi naturally and I had been meaning to pick this book up for AGES until finally I bit the bullet and gave it a read and became obsessed!

I really enjoyed the banter between Wade and Aech and their camaraderie over their quest to find the Egg. I liked that they naturally started to drift apart once the race was really on to figure where the next key and gate are. The introduction of Art3mis I didn’t enjoy at the start. The years of dedication that Wade put in just to have his hunt derailed by a girl I thought was a little unrealistic. Though it didn’t really impact the end result and Art3mis is a very significant character in the overall plot, their relationship bugged me a little.

I thought the addition of the IOI really upped the stakes and gave the whole mission a deeper meaning. Trying to keep OASIS free from a corporate takeover and substantial fees that would be attached not allowing everyday people to be able to continue to utilise the world. I loved that Wade held on to his integrity and rejected their offer that would have set him up for the remainder of his life.

All of the pop culture references were super fun and to see them integrated into a futuristic setting was really engaging for me. The plot was very fast paced and action packed and was highly unpredictable!

There’s just something about the setting that I loved in this book. The virtual reality world and how it contrasts to their actual reality. The world building in particular when it came to OASIS was spectacular and I really enjoyed every minute of this book!

⭐️5/5 Amazing!!