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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
Only a couple days ago, on the 15th of November, I realised that HEY it’s not October anymore 😂 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!
September was a crazy month for me! I started a PhD in informatics and I have been very confused and overwhelmed for my first month there. Everyone is lovely and I can’t wait to get properly started, but I have to admit that going from psychology to informatics was a big jump!
Even though I was busy with university, I still managed to read some books. YAY! I feel like finishing even one should be considered a victory. But I managed to get through *three*! I’m hoping to start reading my usual 5-9 books a month again once I’ve gotten used to what I’m doing, but I’m good with 3 for now (really I need to start reading to wind down, lately I have just been staring at ASMR videos to get my mind off work).
First let’s go over some stats and then let’s dive into the books I have finished.
This month I had less stats (cause I only read 3 books hah) so I could fit it all into an infograph!
I read two classics this month which is a bit of a suprise. Although I like classics, I’m exceptionally bad at finishing them. But this month Currentathon kicked my butt up to gear!
I read 1 print book and two e-books. One of the books I read was an arc. I gave one of the books 4 stars, one 3.5 stars and one of the books received 2 stars (more on that below!).
The books were pretty short with an average page count of 287. The age-categories included adult, YA and middle-grade.
I DNFed three books this month which is an unusually large amount for me. I just felt like I didn’t have as much time to read and I couldn’t be bothered to push myself through something I wasn’t enjoying. I got about half-way through all of the books I DNFed (=did not finish).
I also started quite a few books that I haven’t finished yet. I’ll do that in October! I’m especially close to finishing Skyward.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
I really enjoyed this classic novel from Kazuo Ishiguro. It is about an ageing butler who reflects back on his life and is relatively overwhelmed about all the changes that the time has brought about. Although it might not sound riveting, the writing was spectacular and I was very immersed while reading this. The butler reminds me so much of Downton Abbey’s Mr Carson that I couldn’t help but think that this could be his diary!
The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
I really liked the beginning of the book in which we focus on the main character, Mary, and how she struggles to come to terms with her new life. But somewhere in the middle, the focus oddly switches to a side character who I didn’t like as much. This really took me out of the story and I felt like it turned into a book which is meant to teach stuff to children rather than an engaging story.
This dark and eerie fantasy follows twin sisters Kizzy and Liz whose life is torn apart one evening. The book was twisted and atmospheric but I found it oddly constructed. It almost felt like the middlepart was missing a portion of the book.
That’s my September wrap-up! Have you read any of the books that I read, DNFed or put down in September? How did you find them?
Also, how was September for you? I would love to know!
I’m hoping that October will make a more chilled reading month than September. Keep your eyes peeled for my October TBR that’ll be up this Sunday!
April, the Queen-Month of Readathons, has come to an end. I took part in two readathons: Tome Topple Round 8 in which the goal is to read tomes with more than 500 pages and the OWLs Magical Readathon which is a month-long readathon inspired by the magical exams that Hogwarts students take in their fifth year. Let’s see how the month of reading went!