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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Quarterly Reading Recommendations

I’ve decided that every three months this year I will go through my reading list and pick out the top 10 books I have read. These are going to all of my 5 star reads as well as any other book that I loved but didn’t give 5 stars for whatever reason. Then at the end of the year I will compile my list and pick out my top 10 overall of 2019. If you want to read any of my reviews for these books just click on the titles!

So my reading recommendations for January, February and March are:

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

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The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natashan Ngan

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend

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February Wrap Up

I am very proud of my progress this month! As I said I have been on holidays in February so I did have more than enough time for reading but I tried not to let it take over my holidays. I did enjoy myself and have a bit of a break from reading throughout the month but I did still manage to get quite a bit done!

HP and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling⭐️5/5 stars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo⭐️4/5 stars

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner⭐️3/5 stars

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han⭐️4/5 stars

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh⭐️4/5 stars

Always & Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han⭐️4/5 stars

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin⭐️4/5 stars

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard ⭐️4.5/5 stars

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson⭐️4.5/5 stars

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin⭐️3.5/5 stars

The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson⭐️5/5 stars

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Truthwitch Review

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Safiya is a Truthwitch and is able to discern truth from lies and Iseult is a Threadwitch, she is able to see the threads that are bound to everyone showing their emotions and bonds to those around them. Ever since Safiya saved Iseult’s life when they were children then have become bonded and will do anything to protect each other. Safiya’s powers are highly sought after, especially amongst the nobility in which she was born, so she has to keep it a secret or else she could be used as a political pawn. All they want is to live their own lives free of the war that is about to break out in the Witchlands.

It was a little hard to get into the book at the start as there are lot of facts and information and names thrown at you from the get go and it took me a minute to get established in the story. But after I found myself situated I was swept away into this world. I love the distinguishing characteristics between all of the witches and their different abilities and the varying levels of power and respect given. There are multiple storylines and POVs throughout the course of the book and it really kept me invested.

Iseult and Safiya are now among some of my favourite female protagonists. I love their companionship and loyalty that they share. You can really see the depth of their friendship and how much they mean to each other. They both value and complement each other perfectly in my opinion.

Safiya’s tenacity was soo entertaining to read. She really shone for me in this book and I love her single-mindedness in terms of Iseult’s safety and health. I also loved seeing her subtly evolve throughout the story as well. She realises some of her flaws and actively tries to adjust herself for the better.

Iseult’s backstory really captivated me as well. I found myself really engaging and empathising with her as she is quite ostracised from everyone because of where she comes from. She still holds her head high and really embraces herself, which made me like her even more!

I love that the story starts off pretty basic and continues to grow and become more convoluted and complex and the plot unfolds. We are introduced to a lot of different characters with different magical abilities with everyone really having their own political agenda’s and reasoning. It makes for a very fast paced and action packed story that I highly enjoyed!

⭐️4.5/5 slow start but a wild ending!

February TBR

This is going to be the month of series! I will be finishing a few series that I have loved and also starting some new series that have been on my TBR for a long time now! I am very excited for this month as it’s my birthday month and I have a few weeks of holidays so there is going to be plenty of time for reading!!

The Evolution of Mara Dyer & The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

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A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner

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Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

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P.S. I Still Love You & Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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