Wow, this year HAS FLOWN! I can’t believe we’re leaving the decade – I feel so old right now!
2019 has had its ups and downs for me, more so than previous years I think. I’m in my mid-twenties and I feel I’m already having my mid-life crisis. I’m determined to make the next decade one to remember – and hopefully filled with so much happiness and personal growth (and yes, I know this feels cliched et cetera, et cetera, but it feels extremely apt for me right now).
Anyway, this post is going to more of a ramble as I reflect a little. The year started strong for me; I started my blog (which, yeah I’ve been wishy-washy with) and I’ve enjoyed my time so much over on bookstagram. I’ve met so many wonderful people, and read so many wonderful books. The latter half has been tougher – I’ve not been in a great place. I feel I’ve struggled to be present, some days just to get out of bed…
Before I get too bogged down, let us get back to books. I read a whopping 80 books! That’s a personal best by almost 20 books for me!! I’m not going to list them all, as wow, that’d be a long long post – but I’m going to give a few some mentions.
In no particular order, my favourites have been:
Holy Sister – Mark Lawrence
The final book in the Book of the Ancestor trilogy – I laughed, I cried, and everything in-between. It was such a perfect ending. I am definitely looking forward to The Girl and the Stars releasing in 2020.
The Illuminae Files – Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
This book blew me away. I knew it had a different format, but I didn’t know how it was different before diving in. I AM OBSESSED! I loved the entire series, and spent way too much money getting my hands on Memento!!
The Winter of the Witch – Katherine Arden
Another ending to a trilogy – I had the biggest book hangover after this one. I still gutted that its all over and I have to leave these wonderful characters behind.
Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff
I finally read this book! I’d been putting it off despite owning it since release day back in 2017. It was better than I anticipated, but alas, I fell into a slump just as Darkdawn came out, so I’ve not finished the series yet.
Six of Crows Duology – Leigh Bardugo
How can you not fall in love with this wonderful band of misfits? I adored all the scheming and intrigue, and oh my gosh – I am still not OK from Crooked Kingdom!
Looking forwards, I’ll hopefully keep up with writing here more often.
There are so many new releases I can’t wait for in 2020 – the first I can recall being A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer. There’s also The Girl and the Stars by Mark Lawrence, Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff, The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi, and Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff – amongst many many others!
And lastly, I wish you all the happiest of New Years! Let’s make 2020 a good one eh?