Instead of the full questionnaire I usually do, I decided to do my own version of the Goodreads Choice Awards for books I read in 2019. My only modification to that tried and true set of genres is that I’m not splicing out Young Adult – the only YA I read this year won or lost in its primary genre category fair and square.
The Girl He Used to Know by Tracey Garvis Graves
Mystery & Thriller
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone
Circe by Madeline Miller
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Summer Frost by Blake Crouch
(We all know I didn’t read any actual horror this year, but this was by far the creepiest thing that crossed my path.)
It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny
Infinite Wonder by Scott Kelly
Memoir & Autobiography
Over the Top by Jonathan Van Ness
History & Biography
A Grown-Up Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod
Science & Technology
How To by Randall Munroe
Food & Cookbooks
Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines
Graphic Novels & Comics
Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Crush by Richard Siken
Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes
Middle Grade & Children’s
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
The Fate of Fausto by Oliver Jeffers
With that, I wish you a very happy new year, and many great reads in 2020!
This year, I find myself truly in the holiday spirit…and I don’t just mean that I’m hungry. And because it’s Thanksgiving, I’m serving up Three Things the proper way, with an extra helping.
I am thankful for my job that provides for all my needs and wants. I am grateful it has made me an even badder bitch than I ever thought possible and is lighting the way for the kind of human I want to be. Keep pushing me, I know there is more to be done.
I am thankful for my little apartment and the neighbors whose names I still don’t know, but nonetheless greet me with a warm smile no matter how crazy my hair looks very early in the morning or the fact my dog is likely pooping on the flowers. I am especially grateful for one neighbor who understands Friday afternoons are for dance parties and instead of hating me for terrible music, once knocked on the wall and asked me to turn it up so she could dance, too. Now, I just turn it up by default.
I am thankful for my family who are friends, and my friends who are family. Life simply wouldn’t be as joyous without you in it. I’m grateful for our laughs and our cries, our high fives and our hugs. Know that it is my sincerest pleasure to share gifs inappropriately early (or late), to mark emails as critically important if they include cute baby animals or good sales on that thing I know you’ve been wanting for yourself, to smile as I drop a surprise package off for no good reason other than I love you. If we’re apart this hallowed day of turkeys, I miss you.
Lastly, I’m thankful for books. It is, after all, the reason I’m here writing. I’m grateful that you filled my head with impractical dreams of worlds with dragons and happy endings despite all the odds. Thank you for letting me be alone while also making me feel not alone at times when I needed that. Thank you for this new path at an old dream where I get to read lots of brilliant things and write less brilliantly about them, even though it isn’t what wound up being what keeps the lights on. Thank you for being my go-to conversation starter: Hey, whatcha reading?
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving – and a great many things from today until the next to be grateful for.
From New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman comes the thrilling conclusion to the Printz Honor–winning series Arc of a Scythe.
It’s been three years since Rowan and Citra disappeared; since Scythe Goddard came into power; since the Thunderhead closed itself off to everyone but Grayson Tolliver.
In this pulse-pounding conclusion to New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe trilogy, constitutions are tested and old friends are brought back from the dead.
Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
*****The Wicked King by Holly Black
You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
*****The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne.
Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power.
Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril.
Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court, and confront her lingering feelings for Cardan, if she wishes to save her sister. But Elfhame is not as she left it. War is brewing. As Jude slips deep within enemy lines she becomes ensnared in the conflict’s bloody politics.
And, when a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity…
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black, comes the highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.
I improperly judged these books before reading them due to their YA designation (and my repeated struggles with anything YA as of late). I am prepared to eat crow. These are excellent fantasy books that happen to have a young batch of protagonists, who occasionally suffer bouts of hor-monstrous feelings.
While each book seems to have the same slow-paced start and are lacking significant character development, the plot and world building is awesome. The twists are oh so twisty and the ending of each book just made me crave the next all the more.
I’m semi-glad that I waited to read these until I could binge all three together, because the waiting between installments would have been sheer torture. But I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel a little bit that I missed out on this awesomeness over the past few years.
Have you read these? And if you did, my most important question is, where you as creeped out by Cardan’s tail during *certain* scenes?
"Radical, extraordinary, and profoundly human." - Taylor Jenkins Reid
1. Daniel Mayrock loves his wife Jill…more than anything. 2. Dan quit his job and opened a bookshop.3. Jill is ready to have a baby. 4. Dan is scared; the bookshop isn’t doing well. Financial crisis is imminent. 5. Dan hasn’t told Jill about their financial trouble. He’s ashamed. 6. Then Jill gets pregnant.
This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances—he wants to become someone.
1. Dan wants to do something special. 2. He’s a man who is tired of feeling ordinary. 3. He’s sick of feeling like a failure. 4. Of living in the shadow of his wife’s deceased first husband.
Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts. When read in full, his lists paint a picture of a man struggling to be a man, a man who has reached a point where he’s willing to anything for the love (and soon-to-be new love) of his life.
Reasons I love this book
Reasons this book is like High Fidelity
Reasons this book is like The Lover’s Dictionary
Reasons I’m a bad
Outstanding review books: 40 (shit)
Overdue AND outstanding review books: 31 (double shit)
Cookies stress-eaten trying to figure a way out of this mess: 3, peanut butter
Additional thoughts on reviews
If more books were formatted as lists, I might actually finish them by the deadline and write more listy reviews.
That’s a lie because I’m a garbage person.
Yes, I realize all of these sections are different formatting. Welcome to how I felt having OCD and reading 352 pages of lists that do not have precisely the same formatting. (Cue evil laughter…and also eye twitch)
Reasons you should read this book
Since December is a slow month for releases…what’s up with that Santa?!…it’s joining the absolute party that is November today.
Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
Blizted by Alexa Martin
A while back, I fell off the Waiting on/Can’t Wait Wednesday wagon, but that surely doesn’t mean there aren’t books for which I’m anxiously and excitedly tracking release dates. I’m trying out a new feature of the handful (or oodles) of new titles I’m stoked about. This is by no means meant to be an extensive release calendar, and even with today’s post you’ll probably notice so very hypey and hot upcoming releases are missing. #sorrynotsorry
And without ado…
Seven Letters by J.P. Monninger
The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Illustrated Edition) by J.K. Rowling
Faker by Sarah Smith
The Night Fire by Michael Connelly
For my inaugural post, gotta say I was hoping to be excited about a lot more things, but my wallet is relieved.
Well, well, well, I find myself without a reading challenge, and that could just not stand! As you may have guessed, I’m a big sentimental goober. With this decade nearing a close, I had a little light bulb moment. What about one final challenge for the year to read those books from 2010 onward that I missed out on over the years. Before 2020 comes a-barreling, these are the ten books I most want to squeeze in.
Want to play along? Let me know what your picks would be in the comments 🙂
Helloo. No, I haven’t been trapped in a well for the last three months. I was getting some much-needed mental space from all things social media and technology in my free time. Being a grown up is exhausting stuff sometimes.
I’m happy to report I read a TON of books since my last post, but in true “me form”, it was like 50-50 for my current reading challenge. I regret nothing.
So, how’d I do on the Magical Readathon? I got in A in all my NEWTs, except Herbology. Somewhere Pomona is cursing me (for a multitude of reasons surely). And, I got an E in Potions. **flashes back to crying after a Chem final** This is shocking.
The Stuff I’m Bummed I Didn’t Read (Yet)