“What’s coming will come, and we’ll meet it when it does” – Hagrid.
So this is it! 2019 is almost over and 2020 is upon us. What a year it has been. This year has seen me develop as a person hugely. 2019 is a year I will always remember, one that didn’t start off so well … the death of a loved one very early on in January but one that ended in the best possible way. This year I have managed to overcome my fears and I am proud to say that I am now off all medication in relation to my mental health, I have worked so hard for so many years to do this and I am so proud that this is the year that I did it. Not only that, but this year I became a wife. In August 2019 I married my best friend after 8 years together. Honestly 2019 you have been good to me.
Okay, now for what you are really here for. My 2019 in books. I have had such a good reading year and my reading has definitely developed in many different ways. I have had the fantastic opportunity to work with so many amazing publishers, as well as grow my blog and bookstagram account. I have made so many amazing bookish friends that I wouldn’t want to be without now. I am so glad I am part of this community.
In the middle of this year I suffered from a considerable reading slump that lasted for approximately 3 months. Wedding planning got on top of me and I just could not find the time to read. Despite that I am pleased to say I have read …
Originally I set my target to 100 books, and part way through the year I thought that was ambitious and really did not see myself achieving this. However, I suddenly had the urge to read every book on my shelf in the latter half of the year and surpassed my target by 50 whole books. I am so pleased with this!
Top 10 Books of 2019
I have had the absolute pleasure of reading so many fantastic books over the last year, this list has taken me a long time to finalise as I am really struggling to decide BUT here it is. The list below will be in order of my enjoyment and if you know me I am sure you will already know what number 1 is going to be!
1. The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary
2. Postscript by Cecelia Ahern
3. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer
4. The Lido by Libby Page
5. A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab
6. How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow
7. Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao
8. Heartstopper by Alice Oseman
9. Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade
10. Call it What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
Top 10 Disappointing Books of 2019
Whilst I have enjoyed many books this year, there are also some that I have not enjoyed. However, here is my (most probably) controversial list. Please don’t hurt me!
1. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
2. A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
3. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
4. War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi
5. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
6. The Grisha Verse Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
7. Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy
8. Nocturna by Maya Motayne
9. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
10. Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
The above list is always the most difficult to write however we all have our own opinions and there are probably books of my favourite list that others really did not enjoy. I think the vast amount of thoughts and opinions are what make the bookish world so beautiful.
I have honestly met so many amazing people on this platform this year and I cannot wait to build on these existing friendships and make new friends in 2020.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I cannot wait to see what 2020 has in store for all you wonderful people.