Bottom 10 of 2019: Least favourite books of 2019

Welcome to my second post in the Best & Worst of 2019 series ๐Ÿคฉ Although 2020 is in full swing, I still want to ponder some 2019 reads! Today I’m here with the worst 10 books I read in 2019. It’s time to spill the piping hot tea!

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I try to always pick up books that I think that I’ll enjoy and I never hate-read books. But sometimes, a blurb or a pretty cover lures me in and I end up struggling my way through the book. Although I DNF books quite frequently (DNF as in did not finish), sometimes I finish novels that I dislike. Most often that happens when I’m taking part in a readathon and I can’t afford to DNF a book that I have already invested a lot of time in, because *gasp* I might lose the readathon! Sometimes I keep reading because I hope the book redeems itself or I have spent a lot of money on the copy that I have.

I don’t mean to offend anyone who loves one of these books! They simply were not for me.

But let’s get into the WORST of 2019, I’ll be listing the titles from the least bad to worst if that makes sense – #10 has just about stepped into the chamber of worst books whereas #1 is in the deepest pit of that place.

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Top 10 of 2019: Best Books of 2019

Welcome to my Best & Worst of 2019 series! Although 2020 is in full swing now, I’ll traipse down the memory road to reflect on my 2019 reads throughout January and February!

Today I’m here to present 10 best books I read in 2019. The books may have been published whenever, but I happened to read them in 2019. I’ll start from #10 and move towards my top favourite ๐Ÿคฉ

You’ll notice that my ratings of these books don’t perfectly correspond with their position in this list; a 4-star book may be ranked higher than a 5-star one. But that’s because I use different ranking scales for giving star-ratings and listing my favourites. Whereas I try to find a balanced star-rating between quality of the book and my enjoyment of it (see more here about my star-ratings), I decide my favourites mostly based on my enjoyment of the novel and how much I thought about the story since I finished reading it. It’s a funky mix of different ratings and rankings and stars and lists and and and

Ah let’s just get started, I can’t wait to show these books to you!

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Mini-reviews: Chronicles of the Infected, Swallowtail, and the Life Changing Manga of Tidying Up

Hello my fellow bookaholics โœจ

Sorry about my abrupt December hiatus – I had a busy beginning of the month which turned into a travel-full holiday season. But I’m back at it and I can’t wait to write a whole bunch of fun end of year posts!

Today I have some mini-reviews of books that I have been extremely lucky to get from publishers and/or authors. These recent reads include dark dystopian, heart-wrenching poetry and mood-lifting manga ๐Ÿ˜Š

I received a free copy of all of these books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, the publisher and Netgalley! Receiving a free review copy has in no way influenced my opinions.

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December TBR: Tis' the Season A'Thon & Currentathon

It’s December!

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December is great because I love Christmas, my birthday is on the 17th and it is the perfect time for cozy readathons ๐Ÿ’•

Here’s what my December plans look like:

  • A Christmas party at the Zoo on the 5th ๐Ÿ˜
  • Finnish Independence day celebration on the 6th ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ
  • Christmas shopping with a friend on the 16th ๐ŸŽ…
  • A day off work for reading all day on my birthday the 17th ๐ŸŽ‚
  • Travelling to Finland on the 19th โœˆ๏ธ
  • Christmas at my partner’s parents; a warm cabin in the middle of snowy woods, winter stuff like snowmen (!), lots of great food (vegan everything!) and sauna โ˜ƒ๏ธ
  • Relaxing at my mom’s after Christmas – and hopefully reading a lot! ๐Ÿ“š
  • New Years with my brother and dad ๐ŸŽ‰

What do your plans include? Are you celebrating Christmas? How about Hannukkah or Kwanzaa or New Years?

In Christmas I also hope to take part in a bunch of readathons! I’m co-hosting Currentathon and it will run for the entire month, Tis The Season A’Thon happens from 2nd to 8th of December and it challenges me to read Christmassy reads โœจ I’ll also take part in the December round of Magical Readathon although this round is all about surprising challenges within a story and so I can’t set a TBR for that one ๐Ÿ˜€

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Currentathon Announcement: December 2019

Hello my fellow bookaholics โœจ

Has your currently reading shelf on Goodreads grown way out of control? Do you have 7 books on your nightstand that you have half finished? Or could you just use a really exciting readathon to get you ready for 2020??

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This is fine because I’m here with a super exciting announcement: the next round of Currentathon is happening! This round will run for the entire duration of December and we have a bunch of exciting prompts ๐Ÿ˜

I’m co-hosting Currentathon along with the wonderful Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Nook and Gina @ Randomly Bookish Gina ๐Ÿ’ž It is a readathon dedicated for finishing up your current reads! Follow the Currentathon twitter account for a bunch of reading sprints.

We are bringing back the mighty bingo board and it has both reading challenges (in black) and more general bookish challenges (in green) so you can read as much or as little as you want to!

Tadah! Here is the December bingo board. You can try to get a bingo any which way you want, the diagonals are the most difficult and the vertical center is the least difficult. Or you could try to catch them all!

We have also taken into account that many other readathons are happening during December and you could easily match these prompts with them (we even included a cheeky little ‘A book you’re reading for another readathon’ prompt ๐Ÿ˜˜)

I really hope that you’ll join us and participate in Currentathon ๐Ÿ˜Š I can’t wait to figure out my TBR!

Everything I read in October: Wrap-up

Welcome to my fashionably late October wrap-up ๐Ÿ’•

Only a couple days ago, on the 15th of November, I realised that HEY it’s not October anymore ๐Ÿ˜‚ I’m still living that autumnal life although it’s so cold outside that I’ll attempt to stuff my shoes on while wearing fluffy socks and I stopped by a Christmas market yesterday. Actually, now that I stop and think about it, I have already started making a list of Christmas gifts! Whaat where did the fall go?? (Although I’m also a huge Christmas person so I guess it’s fiiine.)

But anyway – here’s everything I read during the month of October!

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ARC Review: Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

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Fate of the Fallen by Kel Kade

Adult Fantasy

352 pages

Published on the 5th of November

Goodreads link

I received an e-arc in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for the publisher, the author and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has in no way affected my opinions.

Trigger warnings: discussions of suicide, gore, violence, war, death, discussions of mental illness

Mathias is loved by everyone, he is handsome, strong and good at everything. Naturally, he is also the one and only who can save the world. When he finds out that he is the chosen one, he sets off on the journey of his life, his reliable side-kick, Aaslo, right behind him. However, saving the world isnโ€™t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. And absolutely everything goes wrong.

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