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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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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🎄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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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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Changes to my Reading Life

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday prompt is changes to my reading life and it really made me stop and think and I’ve found there have definitely been a few changes throughout the years!

So these are my Top 5 Changes to my Reading Life:

blogStarting my blog was probably the biggest change to my reading life. I love expressing my opinions and reviewing the books that I have loved/hated!

Picture2I think this was one of the main changes that have occurred throughout the years as well. I used to only exclusively read YA fantasy books and series. Now I have definitely expanded my reading tastes to include more mystery, thriller, sci-fi and contemporary books!

Picture3Ever since I started my blog I’ve definitely upped my reading game. I used to only read 4-6 books a month and now I read around 10-12 books per month!

Picture4Goodreads has changed my life! I only started my Goodreads account in January 2018 and ever since it has been a staple. Finding new books, reading other people’s reviews, keeping up to date with new releases, everything!

Picture5I still mainly read physical books (paperbacks & hardbacks) but in the last few months I had been getting more into E Books and I have slowly dipped my toes into the world of Audio Books, not sure if it’s for me though.