December 2019 Wrap Up

As I mentioned in my November wrap up, from now I will also include books I’ve DNFed or am partway through in my wrap-ups. I only completed 1 book in December as I was pretty slumpy and just wanted to play video games and watch Netflix. But I did read a fair bit of a few others.


Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor Adventures Vol. 1 by Matt Fitton

I basically re-watched the first 7 series of Doctor Who in December and I was just in the mood for it. So when I saw this in a Audible deal, I had to get it. It’s the only book I completed in December, but it was great fun. I gave it 3.5 stars.

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

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I started this in November. I didn’t read much of it in December, perhaps around 100 pages. I’m currently on page 324 of it. I jumped straight into this after finishing Words of Radiance, but I guess after about 1500 pages of the same story, I wanted a bit of a break. I’m definitely loving this book, but I did want to read other things as well. Also, I don’t want to finish it too soon, because then I have a whole year to wait for the next one.

Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb

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I read Assassin’s Apprentice in November and surprised myself by picking this up almost straightaway. I got maybe 80% of the way into it. I’m audiobooking it, so I don’t know exactly what page. But I didn’t like something that happened and stopped. I’m not DNFing it, but I just wanted a break from it. Although I have to say, this is probably my favourite in the series, despite the thing that happened that I didn’t like.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

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I also read about 130 pages of this in the very last few days of December. I am enjoying it, but I realised now that I have a problem with magical realism. I thought it was a problem with Erin Morgenstern’s writing, because hers are really the only magical realism books I’d read, but I realise now that it’s the genre I have a problem with it. I enjoy it, but I don’t get immersed in it and I struggle to read a lot at a time. After reading 20-30 pages, I feel like I need to stop. Whereas with normal SFF books, I can easily read 80-100 pages before I start feeling tired. So now that I know that, I think I will actually enjoy magical realism more because I’ll just go into it with the mindset of reading it slowly and won’t get frustrated when I need to stop after only 20 pages.

Best books I read in 2019

Yesterday I talked about my least favourite books of 2019, so today I’ll talk about my favourite ones. Thankfully, the good certainly surpassed the bad this years at least in terms of what books I read if nothing else. I’ve discovered quite a few new faves and re-read some old favourites. I won’t talk about any of the re-reads, because I have quite a few new favourites to talk about. This year was the year of series for me. I read quite a few of them. So without me rambling any more, in the order I read them (more or less), here are my favourites of 2019.


Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

I read three volumes in 2019 and I loved them. This has become one of my favourite graphic novel series and I can’t wait to continue with it. The story is so good and the characters are amazing and there’s a cat that knows when people are lying and it’s just great. It’s the science-fiction fantasy type of story I’ve been craving ever since first reading The Broken Earth series. It’s nothing like that series, except that they’re both really good. I’m trying to pace myself because they are on hiatus at the moment, so I don’t want to run out too quickly, but I think I’m overdue for a volume soon.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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This is not the first Sanderson book on this list. I very nearly put all the Brandon Sanderson books I read in 2019 on here, but I wanted to limit myself to 10 books and I didn’t just want to talk about Brandon Sanderson. It was a choice between this and Elantris and while I did really like Elantris, I’ll be talking about another Cosmere book later on in the post, so I wanted to give a not to his YA sci-fi. I was honestly very pleasantly surprised by this. I questioned whether or not I would like it since it’s so different from the Cosmere books I’d read and part of what makes Sanderson’s books so good is how cool and creative his magic systems are. So I questioned whether I would like a sci-fi book. But I shouldn’t have because I flew through this and I will unquestioningly read Brandon Sanderson books from now on.

Monstress by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Another graphic novel series. 2019 was my year for delving into graphic novels. This one is the grimdark steampunk I never knew I wanted. It’s so good and weird and creepy and interesting. And the artwork is so good. I read the first two volumes last year and I can’t wait to read the rest. I’m once again pacing myself. There are 2 more volumes out and then I have to wait and I’m not sure how long. So I’m saving them for moments when I really need something amazing.

The Martian by Andy Weir

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This was such a surprise for me. I thought I wouldn’t like it and ended up reading it in one day and it just made me happy. It’s a book about science where the science isn’t messed up. The majority of the books I didn’t like this year I didn’t like because of the way they used very inaccurate and implausible science. So this was great. It genuinely improved my mood at a time when I was very depressed and didn’t think anything could make me feel better. And that’s really all I need to say about this book, though I have reviewed it if you want to hear a bit more of my thoughts.

Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence

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I love this series and I know some people didn’t like this finale, but I really did and I can’t wait to read his new series in this world. I hope it’s just as good. I’m going to miss Nona, but I’m also very curious to know more about the world and hopefully the magic system. All I’m saying is magical assassin nuns. I have also reviewed this whole series if you’re interested in that.

Sadie by Courtney Summers

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This is somewhat of a deviation from the SFF books that are predominant on this list. I like thrillers, but they have to be really good for me to like them. There are so many mediocre thrillers out there. But I digress. This books was so good, I could not stop. I definitely recommend it as an audiobook. It works so well because the whole book is basically a podcast. So listening to it on audio just makes it that much better. Definitely one of the best thrillers I’ve read recently. A great book totally deserving all the hype it got. I’ve reviewed this one as well.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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I actually read this whole series in 2019, but I think only this first one is worthy of this list. I liked the second one a lot as well, but not enough for it to be on here. I hated the third one as I mentioned in my worst books post and also in my review of it. But this first book was great. I was hooked and it just reminded me of all the things I do enjoy about utopia/dystopia as genres. I don’t read much of that genre anymore because it’s so cliched and full of mediocre books, but this was so refreshing and cool. I am still fuming about the finale, but this is a positive post, so I’ll refrain from further ranting.

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

This is probably my favourite Sanderson series that I’ve read this far. I’m so glad we are getting book 4 in 2020 because I’m about a quarter of the way through book 3. I read the first two in 2019. And it’s a testament to how amazing this series is that I easily got through 2 1000+ page books and I’m still super excited that this series has 10 BOOKS PLANNED!!! And it’s Brandon Sanderson, so there’s a real chance that we’ll actually get to read all 10 of them in this lifetime! God bless Brandon Sanderson, honestly. In a world full of Patrick Rothfusses and George R. R. Martins, we just need a Brandon Sanderson.

Circe by Madeline Miller

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I avoided this for the longest time because I thought I’d find it boring, but I loved it. I really love mythology so I’m not sure why I thought I wouldn’t enjoy it. I guess the synopsis and the reviews I’d heard just made it sound boring. And it’s really hard to summarise this book without making it sound boring. But it’s actually great and I want Madeline Miller to write more mythology books please and thank you.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is another series I put off for ages because everyone said it’s a historical fantasy and I though that would be a bit dull. Don’t ask why, I read medieval based fantasies all the time, but my brain hears ‘historical’ and thinks ‘oh, boring’. Even though I actually do enjoy historical fiction. LOGIC? WHAT LOGIC? But anyway, I can’t really articulate how much I loved this series. It made me feel happy and warm inside and I am grateful for it.

I did a non-Goodreads reading challenge?

I’ve mostly forgotten about this and I didn’t really choose books to read that would specifically complete these prompts, but oh well. Let’s see how I did. The ones in bold are ones I’ve completed followed by the book that fits them. Italics are incomplete followed by an explanation. This is going to be a long post. To just quickly give you the stats, I completed 45 out of 52 prompts plus all 3 bonus challenges that I set myself. So I’m pretty pleased.


  1. A book you bought for the cover – The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. A book by an author you’ve met – I’ve only ever met Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas and I haven’t read a book by either of them because I cant handle their books right now 😦
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet – The Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pages – Saga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration – To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre – Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. A book from an independent publisher – honestly, I’m too lazy to properly look into this. I may or may not have read such a book, but meh.
  9. A book written by a PoC – The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  10. A book featuring a fictional language – A Storm of Swords by G. R. R. Martin
  11. A novel that includes a recipe – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has lots of potion recipes. I’m counting it.
  12. A sequel – The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
  13. A book about going on a quest – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited – Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A good enough chunk of it happens in London and I’m counting it because most of the books I own are set in nonexistent cities so…
  15. A book with a dust jacket – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  16. A book by two or more authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  17. Four word title – A Feast for Crows by G. R. R. Martin
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month – Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was on this as soon as it came out
  19. A book with a name in the title – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of – Graphic novels: Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu
  21. Male protagonist – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  22. A book with an asexual character – Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  23. A book you were given as a gift – I almost managed this, but then I didn’t finish the book. I haven’t officially DNFed it because I like it and want to finish it, but I’m waiting for the right mood.
  24. A space opera – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  25. An award-winning graphic novel – Saga Vol 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  26. A book you’ve been putting off – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat – The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis. Doesn’t get much more memorable than Aslan
  29. A book set in South America – Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Briefly. But I don’t own that many books that happen on Earth, let alone South America.
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love) – The Martian by Andy Weir. I have the movie tie-in edition and I just hate it.
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before – Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  32. A book of short stories – The only book of short stories I own, I don’t actually really want to read so…
  33. A debut novelThe Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever – I did start reading Darkdawn, but unfortunately did not finish it. Again, waiting for the mood to strike. Being a mood reader kind of sucks sometimes. 
  35. A book about intersectional feminism – Honestly, idk why I left this one in here, I don’t really read non-fiction. I suppose it could be a fiction book that has intersectional feminism as a theme, but I don’t think I’ve read any that fit this year. 
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstore – Only Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for – The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions – The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
  40. A book signed by the author – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  41. A book set in Africa – City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I know this barely qualifies because only the beginning takes place in Egypt. But I’m counting it because I don’t think I have any books that take place in Africa on my owned TBR.
  42. A book about mental health – Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter
  43. A non-fiction book – What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  44. A retelling – Alice by Christina Henry
  45. A book about incarceration – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  46. A book recommended by an author – The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden was blurbed by Robin Hobb. I count that as recommendation 😀
  47. A book with a person of colour on the cover – Saga Vol 3 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  49. A book whose title includes a verb – One Word Kill by Mark Lawrence. Kill is a verb. 😀
  50. A book that you owned since before the start of the year – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  51. A book being adapted in 2019
  52. A re-read – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BONUS: Read a book over 1000 pages – The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

BONUS: Finish a series you started this year – I finished THREE: The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden; Arc of a Scythe by Neal Shusterman and The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon (this one is still ongoing, but I read all the published ones this year, so it counts)

BONUS: Read a contemporary – Hitman Anders and the Meaning of it All by Jonas Jonasson


Overall, not bad I think. Considering I didn’t really pick books specifically to fit this challenge.

I’m doing a book challenge? – Update

I’ve never really done any book challenges besides the Goodreads yearly challenge. Mainly because I’m pretty bad with fixed TBRs. But I’ve been wanting to get through my owned TBR and I feel like a challenge is the way to do it. So, I found one I liked here. It has 52 prompts and my GR goal for the year is 52 books, so that works out. I’ve changed some of them because I do want to primarily focus on my owned TBR and I don’t own books that fit all the categories. It’s obviously halfway through the year, so I’m going to count the books I’ve already read towards the challenge. Because there are only 52 prompts, I will try not to use the same book for more than one.


  1. A book you bought for the cover – The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  2. A book by an author you’ve met
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yetThe Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pagesSaga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration – To Best the Boys by Mary Weber
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre – Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. A book from an independent publisher
  9. A book written by a PoCThe Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  10. A book featuring a fictional language – A Storm of Swords by G. R. R. Martin
  11. A novel that includes a recipe – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has lots of potion recipes. I’m counting it.
  12. A sequel – The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
  13. A book about going on a quest – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A good enough chunk of it happens in London and I’m counting it because most of the books I own are set in nonexistent cities so…
  15. A book with a dust jacket – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  16. A book by two or more authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  17. Four word title
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month – Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was on this as soon as it came out
  19. A book with a name in the title Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of – Graphic novels: Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu
  21. Male protagonist – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  22. A book with an asexual character – Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  23. A book you were given as a gift
  24. A space opera – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  25. An award-winning graphic novelSaga Vol 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  26. A book you’ve been putting off – The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat – Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  29. A book set in South America Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Briefly. But I don’t own that many books that happen on Earth, let alone South America.
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love) The Martian by Andy Weir. I have the movie tie-in edition and I just hate it.
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before – Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  32. A book of short stories
  33. A debut novel
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever
  35. A book about intersectional feminism
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstoreOnly Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions
  40. A book signed by the author – The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
  41. A book set in Africa City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I know this barely qualifies because only the beginning takes place in Egypt. But I’m counting it because I don’t think I have any books that take place in Africa on my owned TBR.
  42. A book about mental health
  43. A non-fiction book – What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  44. A retelling – Alice by Christina Henry
  45. A book about incarceration – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  46. A book recommended by an author
  47. A book with a person of colour on the cover – Saga Vol 3 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  49. A book whose title includes a verb – One Work Kill by Mark Lawrence. Kill is a verb. 😀
  50. A book that you owned since before the start of the year – Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  51. A book being adapted in 2019
  52. A re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BONUS: Read a book over 1000 pages The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

BONUS: Finish a series you started this year

BONUS: Read a contemporary


I’ve now completed 39 prompts plus one bonus prompt and read 50 books. It’s a bit frustrating, because I could fill out several more prompts if I used the same book more than once. But I said I wouldn’t do that. What I might do, however is shuffle them around. Move books that fit multiple prompts around to see if I can fit some more of the books I’ve read into the list. Cause I currently have 11 books that I’ve read and are not on the list, but some of them fulfil prompts that have already been fulfilled by other books.

August 2019 Wrap Up

August was a super slumpy month for me. It’s probably the least I have ever read in one month in a while. I have completed only one book in August. I did start several other books, but because of the slump, I didn’t progress very much with them. The last week or so of the month, I started enjoying reading again, and that’s when I read my one and only book for the month. So let’s talk about it.


To Best the Boys by Mary Weber

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I’ve already reviewed this book, so it’s almost pointless for me to make this wrap-up. But I will anyway. I didn’t like this book. The world-building was unbelievable to me. It was also predictable and clichee, but I picked it up specifically because I knew it would be, so that didn’t bother me. You can read my review for more of my thoughts, but I gave this 2/5 stars.

 

June 2019 Wrap-Up

I had a really good reading month in June. You can tell I wasn’t really busy. I managed to read 8 books.


Children of Time by Adrian Tchaykovsky

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This was unfortunately very disappointing for me, probably the biggest disappointment of the year. I was expecting to love it, but I really did not like it. It has some credit because it wasn’t badly written, but I had a lot of other issues with it. I talk about those more in my review, so you can check that out. I gave it 2/5 stars.

What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

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I finally finished this. I didn’t read it in its entirety in June. Because of the nature of the book, I just read one of two chapters whenever I was in the mood for something quick, informative and entertaining. But I really loved it, had a lot of fun reading it. 5/5 stars

Monstress vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

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I didn’t like this volume as much as the first one. I still absolutely loved the art and the story is interesting, but there was just something about this that I didn’t love quite as much as the first one. I really want to see this as an anime though. Someone please make it happen. 4/5 stars

Scythe by Neal Schusterman

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One of the best YA dystopias/utopias I’ve ever read. I totally agree with the hype for this. It was a ride. I really had fund with it and I look forward to finishing this series. 5/5 stars

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

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I finally started this series. These books are HUGE. It took me 2 weeks to finish this, but I loved it. I thought it had some pacing issues, but I am so invested in this story. I’m currently reading the second book and I’m sad that there are only 3 of them currently out. I just want to know what’s going on I think even more than I did with Mistborn. Mistborn was a lot more dynamic and fast paced and it’s great, but this story just makes me want to know. what happened? How do things work? How does the magic work. I’m so curious. Anyway, loved it. 4.75/5 stars.

Lock In by John Sclazi

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Oh boy. I really did not like this. It was bad. And it was made worse by the fact that I listened to the audiobook. Never again am I listening to anything narrated by Will Wheaton. The more I listened, the more annoying his narration became. When I listened to the sample, I didn’t have a problem with it, but the more I listened… it was frustrating. Also, I was expecting the disease to be more important to the story. And in a way it was, but not in the way I was expecting. This was basically a crime thriller. And a very annoyingly written one. I don’t know how this book is so bad when I read Old Man’s War and really enjoyed it.  But this was just badly written. 1/5 stars

Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman

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I continued with this series and man, the ending of this! It was a bit longer than the first and in the middle, I was less invested at times, but the ending was such a whirlwind. Just wow. I loved it, I didn’t see it coming at all! I can’t wait for the final book to come out. 4/5 stars

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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I thoroughly enjoyed this despite me and YA fantasy not getting along so well of late. It’s been a while since I enjoyed this genre as much as I enjoyed this book. It had magic libraries, it had action, it had some romance that I actually enjoyed instead of cringing at, had compelling characters.  And it’s a standalone. A well rounded-stand alone. I read it in 2 days, had a lot of fun and I’m sold on Margaret Rogerson. I haven’t read her first book, but I definitely plan to, and anything she comes up with in the future. 3.75 stars

 

I buy too many books! | Book Haul

It’s barely been a month since my last book haul and here I am with a bunch of new books :/ I also bought a lot of audiobooks, so I’ll indicate those with a 🎧


The Beholder by Anne Bright | A Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rodgerson | The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson | Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson | Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik | Scythe by Neal Schusterman 🎧 | Thunderhead by Neal Schusterman | Lock In by John Scalzi 🎧 | Monstress Vol. 2 by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda

Children of Time by Adrien Tchaykovsky 🎧 | The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 🎧| Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 🎧 | Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett 🎧 | Jeff Wayne’s The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells & Jeff Wayne 🎧

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Grief is the Thing With Feathers by Max Porter 🎧

 

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2019 – Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, though originally it was created by The Broke and the Bookish. This week the topic is most anticipated releases for the second half of 2019

I am not really anticipating that many books for the second half of the year. I have 6 which I want to talk about. However, there are several more that are books in series I haven’t started reading yet, but I’m anticipating really enjoying. So I can’t really say I’m anticipating the release of these books because I haven’t read any books in the series and it might turn out I actually don’t like the series. But I think that I will love those series. So I’m going to talk about those as well in the second half of this post.


Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff – September 5th, 2019

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I am ready, I have been waiting for 2 years. I can’t wait to read the conclusion to this series. I’m thinking of maybe doing a re-read of the first 2 in August, but I’m not sure yet.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow – September 10th, 2019

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This is the only one on this list that is not a sequel. I don’t know much about it and I want to keep it that way, but I think it’s a kind of portal fantasy and I love those kinds of stories, so I’m intrigued and looking forward to reading this.

Monstress Vol. 4 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda – October 1st, 2019

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I’m currently on volume 3 of this and I’m glad we’re getting another volume this year, because this is one of the coolest weirdest graphic novels I’ve read. I want to know what happens and honestly I’d love to see this as an animation. Someone please make an animated series of this. The world is so rich and the story so unique and gruesome at the same time. I would love to see this as an anime. Studio Ghibli, please get on to it.

The Toll by Neal Schusterman

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I just read Scythe and am currently reading Thunderhead and I’m so glad that I’ll have book 3 almost right away. This is the best utopia/dystopia (I find them to be the same genre, but with different emphasis, really) I’ve read in a long while.

Dispel Illusion by Mark Lawrence – November 14th, 2019

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Any Mark Lawrence book is automatically anticipated for me and I’ve been spoiled this year, I get 4 of them!

Starsight by Brandon Sanderson – November 26th, 2019

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This is my year of Brandon Sanderson, I feel it. I’ve already read 2 Sanderson books, I’ve just ordered Words of Radiance. I’m definitely going to read this when it comes out. Give me all the Brandon Sanderson.

These are all the books that I’m actively anticipating for the seocond half of the year. I’ve read a lot of older books that are in series already completed I feel like, this year, so I haven’t gone into new series as much. And I’ve also somewhat shifted away from YA, which I think is far more promiscuous than adult SFF. However, there are few more series with books that are being released this year that I want to talk about.

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang – August 6th, 2019

This is the second book in a Chinese inspired fantasy. I haven’t read the first book yet, but I’m anticipating really enjoying it. If I do get to it this year, I’m glad that I’ll have book 2 to get to right away if I like it as much as I’m thinking I will.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood- September 10th, 2019

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I still haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale. I own it and I really want to read it (I think I may have put it on my Book Junkie Trials extended TBR), but I don’t know if I will get to it this year. Because I’m nervous about reading it. But I fully expect I’m going to like it and I’m excited we’re getting a sequel.

A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie – September 19th, 2019

I’m putting this in this section because I’ve only read the original First Law trilogy. I have a lot of reading to do before I can get to this, so I’m not really actively anticipating it since I can’t read it right away anyway. But I did really like The First Law and I plan to catch up with this world and eventually get to this. Though it won’t happen this year. Also, I really don’t like this cover. I hope they will release it with a matching cover to the rest of them, because I love those covers. I mean, can you even compare?

Although I see that books 5, 6 and 7 don’t have matching covers, so there’s little hope. 😦

 

Mid Year Book freak Out Tag – 2019 Edition

I did this in 2016 and 2017 and then I skipped it last year, but I think it’s a nice way of reflecting on the books I’ve read so far this year. And it’s really interesting to see what my answers were like in previous years and how my reading tastes have changed. As of writing this, I have read 35 books this year.


Best book you’ve read so far in 2019

holy sister

I’ve read so many good books this year. However, some of them were re-reads so I will give this one to Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. This has become one of my favourite series. I’ve talked about it a lot, it’s amazing and I can’t wait to see what Mark lawrence has for us next in this world.

Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2019

waking gods

Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. This is another one of my new favourite series and Waking Gods was my favourite book in the series. Again, I’ve talked about this a lot already. It’s definitely worth checking out if you enjoy sci-fi.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

Limited Wish by Mark Lawrence. I’ve read the first book in May and the second book has now been released with the third one upcoming later this year. These are very short and i really enjoyed One Word Kill. I think I’m going to wait for the third one to come out and just binge read them though.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. It’s interesting that my answer for 2017 was Godsgrave. So it’s nice to see that some things haven’t changed.

Biggest disappointment

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I’ve been pretty good about picking books I really enjoy this year, but I think the book I was most disappointed with was Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. I had a lot of issues with this and I was expecting to really enjoy it. So it really disappointed me. I recently reviewed it so you can check that out for more details.

Biggest surprise

I think for this, it’s a tie between Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst and City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I enjoyed both of these way more than I was expecting and I’m glad I read them.

Favourite new author (Debut or new to you)

Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I started reading Saga this year and man was that a great decision.

Newest fictional crush

I don’t know, I don’t think I have one.

Newest favorite character

Nona from The Book of the Ancestor by Mark Lawrence. Technically, I was introduced to her last year, but since I didn’t do this tag last year, i think it’s fair and I don’t really have anyone else.

Book that made you cry

I don’t think any books have made me cry so far this year.

Book that made you happy

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The Martian by Andy Weir. It genuinely brightened my mood. I loved it so much.

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Some of my faves I got this year.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

All of my owned TBR, really.

I’m doing a book challenge?

I’ve never really done any book challenges besides the Goodreads yearly challenge. Mainly because I’m pretty bad with fixed TBRs. But I’ve been wanting to get through my owned TBR and I feel like a challenge is the way to do it. So, I found one I liked here. It has 52 prompts and my GR goal for the year is 52 books, so that works out. I’ve changed some of them because I do want to primarily focus on my owned TBR and I don’t own books that fit all the categories. It’s obviously halfway through the year, so I’m going to count the books I’ve already read towards the challenge. Because there are only 52 prompts, I will try not to use the same book for more than one.


  1. A book you bought for the cover
  2. A book by an author you’ve met
  3. A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yetThe Dark Vault by V.E. Schwab
  4. A book that is under 220 pagesSaga vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  5. A book that came out the year you were born
  6. A book whose title uses alliteration
  7. A book in your best friend’s favorite genre – Thriller: Sadie by Courtney Summers
  8. A book from an independent publisher
  9. A book written by a PoCThe Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
  10. A book featuring a fictional language – A Storm of Swords by G. R. R. Martin
  11. A novel that includes a recipe – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has lots of potion recipes. I’m counting it.
  12. A sequel – The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin
  13. A book about going on a quest – The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  14. A book set in a city you’ve visited Harry potter and the Order of the Phoenix. A good enough chunk of it happens in London and I’m counting it because most of the books I own are set in nonexistent cities so…
  15. A book with a dust jacket – Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
  16. A book by two or more authors – Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  17. Four word title
  18. A book that’s been out for less than a month – Holy Sister by Mark Lawrence. I was on this as soon as it came out
  19. A book with a name in the title Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  20. A book from a genre you want to read more of – Graphic novels: Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu
  21. Male protagonist – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
  22. A book with an asexual character – Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
  23. A book you were given as a gift
  24. A space opera
  25. An award-winning graphic novelSaga Vol 2 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  26. A book you’ve been putting off
  27. A book you meant to read in 2018 – The Last Argument of Kings by Joe Abercrombie
  28. A book featuring a memorable cat
  29. A book set in South America Waking Gods by Sylvain Neuvel. Briefly. But I don’t own that many books that happen on Earth, let alone South America.
  30. A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love) The Martian by Andy Weir. I have the movie tie-in edition and I just hate it.
  31. A book by an author you’ve never heard of before – Fire & Heist by Sarah Beth Durst
  32. A book of short stories
  33. A debut novel
  34. A book you’ve been waiting for forever
  35. A book about intersectional feminism
  36. A book with a place in the title – A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
  37. A book bought at your local bookstoreOnly Human by Sylvain Neuvel
  38. A book by an author you’re thankful for The Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin
  39. A book with gorgeous descriptions
  40. A book signed by the author
  41. A book set in Africa City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I know this barely qualifies because only the beginning takes place in Egypt. But I’m counting it because I don’t think I have any books that take place in Africa on my owned TBR.
  42. A book about mental health
  43. A non-fiction book – What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  44. A retelling – Alice by Christina Henry
  45. A book about incarceration – Elantris by Brandon Sanderson
  46. A book recommended by an author
  47. A book with a person of colour on the cover – Saga Vol 3 by Bryan K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  48. A book by an author who uses a pen name – Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  49. A book whose title includes a verb – One Work Kill by Mark Lawrence. Kill is a verb. 😀
  50. A book that you owned since before the start of the year
  51. A book being adapted in 2019
  52. A re-read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

BONUS: Read a book over 1000 pages The Way Of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

BONUS: Finish a series you started this year

BONUS: Read a contemporary


So far, I’ve fulfilled 30 of the challenges. I’ve read 34 books this year so far, which is fine because I am probably going to read more than 52 books. So I can have a few that don’t meet any challenges. But yeah, from now on hopefully my wrap-ups will also include some completed challenges and I will update this post as I read more.