Reading Wrap-Up: January & February

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This wrap-up post for January and February is royally late as the end of March is near! I stubbornly want to dedicate an entire post to March alone to see how I managed with my new TBR flowchart, and I need to discuss Jan and Feb first 😱 Quick, before March ends, let’s get started!

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Bottom 10 of 2019: Least favourite books of 2019

Welcome to my second post in the Best & Worst of 2019 series 🤩 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 🤩

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 ✨

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 😊

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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Book Review: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

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Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

First published on the 6th of November 2018

513 pages

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

Defeated, crushed, and driven almost to extinction, the remnants of the human race are trapped on a planet that is constantly attacked by mysterious alien starfighters. Spensa, a teenage girl living among them, longs to be a pilot. When she discovers the wreckage of an ancient ship, she realizes this dream might be possible—assuming she can repair the ship, navigate flight school, and (perhaps most importantly) persuade the strange machine to help her. Because this ship, uniquely, appears to have a soul.

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ARC Review: The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

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The Deathless Girls by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Published on the 19th of November

272 pages

YA, Fantasy

Goodreads page

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

Gothic, intoxicating, feminist, darkly provoking and deeply romantic – this is the breathtakingly imagined untold story of the brides of Dracula, by bestselling author Kiran Millwood Hargrave in her much-anticipated YA debut.

They say the thirst of blood is like a madness – they must sate it. Even with their own kin.

On the eve of her divining, the day she’ll discover her fate, seventeen-year-old Lil and her twin sister Kizzy are captured and enslaved by the cruel Boyar Valcar, taken far away from their beloved traveller community.

Forced to work in the harsh and unwelcoming castle kitchens, Lil is comforted when she meets Mira, a fellow slave who she feels drawn to in a way she doesn’t understand. But she also learns about the Dragon, a mysterious and terrifying figure of myth and legend who takes girls as gifts.

They may not have had their divining day, but the girls will still discover their fate…

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ARC Review: Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

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Mooncakes by Wendy Xu and Suzanne Walker

Graphic Novel

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Publication date: the 15th of October

I received an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the authors, publishers and Netgalley! Receiving a free copy has in no way influenced my opinions.

A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.

Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town.

One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home.

Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

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