Books read: 34
I started off the year with a phenomenal reading streak, but then hit a major reading block after I read the Lightning Thief series around the middle of Summer. I have high hopes for my reading number this year, but I am still struggling with reading block a bit, so we'll see.
🏆 Most Notable Series of the Year: The first books I read in 2019 were the Broken Empire trilogy by Mark Lawrence. An amazing, gripping read, and my first experience with an anti-hero protagonist. Dark and gritty.
🏆 Book I Saw the Movie of First: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The movie was absolutely beautiful, and the plot was very close to my heart. The book had more to it than the movie, but the movie had also added some things the book didn't have. I may prefer the movie a bit more, but I believe the book is aimed at a much younger age anyway.
🏆 Most Captivating Grown-Up Fairy Tales: The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo. This book was rich and decadent in its language and illustrations. Reading this book is like relishing a rich, indulgent chocolate truffle.
🏆 Most Creative Take on a Classic: To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North. A choose-your-own-adventure style Hamlet! I was extremely methodical in my approach as I tried to get through absolutely every possibility, but the book is over 700 pages worth of possibilities! In the end, I still counted it as "read" because I made it through so much, but I just couldn't get to everything. A really fun, hilarious, sometimes dark and twisted, adventure!
🏆 Worst Mistake of the Year: Fatal Heat by Lisa Marie Rice. Now, if you look this book up, you will discover that it is a "bodice-ripper" as my Dad called it. Basically it is a smutty romance novel. BUT I CAN EXPLAIN. My best friend had told me how she likes to read the really bad romance novels for a light laugh in between her more serious reads. We ended up in a bookstore together and found at least three whole rows of romance novels. We spent around two hours in the romance section comparing cover art, titles, and back cover descriptions and laughing our butts off. I ended up buying a three-in-one book that included Fatal Heat to read for a laugh, but you guys it was so bad. I read it, but I skipped over the sex parts (which was probably a good third of the book) as they were extremely explicit. Then I made the mistake of telling my Dad some of the worst lines so we could laugh together and now he won't stop quoting those lines at me! I can't even think about reading the other two novellas in the book. Nope. But my friend explained that I should try the period or regency romance books, as they tend to be less explicit sex and funnier. I don't know if I can stomach trying another one...we'll see. Maybe if I read some really dark books and need a really bad book to laugh at....
🏆 Best Novel of the Year: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker. A novel that is part mystery, part suspense, but all good. A fascinating read that left me wanting more and also scared of the air. 👍
The Complete List:
January down to December. Underlined books linked to review posts (links open in new tab). Books in blue indicate awards given above.
Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence
Snowpiercer Vol. 1 by Jacques Lob
Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan
The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Irish Fairy Tales by Sinéad de Valera
The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Hook’s Tale by John Pielmeier
To Be or Not To Be by Ryan North
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve
Predator’s Gold by Philip Reeve
Infernal Devices by Philip Reeve
A Darkling Plain by Philip Reeve
Night Flights by Philip Reeve
Fatal Heat by Lisa Marie Rice