TTT: Top Books of 2019: Where my Year Went with Books

Hey bookworms! I hope you’re enjoying the last day of 2019! The end of an era! Does anyone else feel old yet? This year was a rollercoaster, so I am glad to say goodbye to it. As rough as this year was I did have some great books out of 104 (105 if I can finish this last one tonight), to get me through it, let’s get started! These will be in the order they were read in. Time to start this top 10 Tuesday post that is now being hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

My Favorite Reads of 2019

1. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

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I was obviously trying to fill my Anne with an E craving! I mean come on Netflix stop taunting me with the coming soon stuff… Anywho what I loved is seeing is what shaped Anne and her younger years that the show glimpse at that the books didn’t cover. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars that brought me a little closer to Anne.

2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife

I will make it no secret that I didn’t like Hemmingway as a person, which you find out by reading his memoir A Moveable Feastbut the lives of his wives and their relationships with him on the other hand. It gives you an insight that not most would have. Learning about Hadley through Paula McLain’s writing kept me so captivated and it was another 4 stars.

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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I watched the movie on Netflix, and had to read the book. It led me back to my love for historical fiction and made me realize I also love books in letter format. I need to find more written the same format. I fell in love with each character and this made it my first 5 star read of the year.

4. One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December

It filled my One Day craving in every way, but with a happier, all be it more dragged out ending. I adored the pop culture references but the David Tennant reference at the end earned it the 5th star plus the solid female friendship helped. More books need them 😊

5. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Witches Don't Burn

This book was definitely a hidden gem of the year. First and foremost let me say I love the queerness of this book. The bi rep made me want to cry I relate to Morgan, about being tempted to defend her sexuality.

This book definitely kept me on edge with suspense. the only thing that bothered me is how Hannah kept repeatedly referred to Veronica as her ex. It was understandable but how constant it was got in my nerves. Definitely recommend this book though! I can’t wait for book two.

6. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The book I still cannot stop talking about and recommending to people this year. Some of the translations didn’t go over well, but I also found out this year that I love books from the animal’s perspective, they are more pure. How animals claim us more than we claim them. It tore apart my feels in the best way. I need to own this book now💜😊 Another 5 star read of the year!

7. Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy

Another historical fiction for the year and one that really made me think. Plus I love Therese Plummer as a audio book narrator. I really liked this book as it constantly made me itch to get back to it. It made me grateful I was born in the era I was because people with CP were often institutionalized as well. If you want a book to let you learned how society has grown at least a little bit, I definitely recommend this one. It was a 4 out of 5 stars.

8.Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jone and the Six

Another 5 star of this year! I adored it! This was such an amazing book! I had to look up multiple times if this was really a fictional novel or non-fiction. The style of it being written in interviews with the band really sucks you in. The author’s notes in the beginning and end made you forget it was all a story. It connected you in a way, I haven’t felt connected in a long time, it was like I could run into these people strolling down the streets of LA. It showed truly flawed and good characters. My favorite quote which I’m probably butchering is, “Love doesn’t have to be perfect to be strong”. I sincerely hope Taylor Jenkins Reid writes a lot more books in this style!

9. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

The Brightsiders

I really adored the bi rep in this book. Although I kinda hated that her parents were horrible but they do exist. I loved Emi taking ownership of her actions . The way to win my heart is to write great quotes about kisses or write good kisses and this is what won it 5 stars. Bi rep is important to me this year with the everything going on I needing more of it.

10. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by by Roselle Lim

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Good Fortune

If you love Magical realism you need to pick up this book. It is a great book if you’re finishing college and feeling a little lost in life.  The magical realism, how it handled mental, and family history. The generational aspects were also some of my favorite things. I need a copy of it and it was my last 5 Star book of the year.

 

Well bookworms, that’s all for 2019 and this post, as I have to adult and work tomorrow, but I will see you in the New Year! You’ll see me back in the community as I will try my best. Have you read any of these? What were your favorites of the year? Leave me a link below, I want to know what kept you sane this year. I will be including the link to my year in review, on Goodreads because I think the feature is cool and you can link your too in the comments. Happy Reading, and we’ll talk soon!

2019 Year in Review

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Book Talk: Hitting a Plateau

Hey bookworms! I hope you’re having a good and rested Memorial Day Weekend. I know I’ve been AWOL but I am trying to get better at this. I am getting glasses soon, so it may get easier to post more … Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: The Books that Got Away in 2017 that I’m determined to get to in 2018!

Hey Bookworms! Lets keep my Resolutions on a roll by posting a Top Ten Tuesday post which I haven’t done in forever, but this one is more of a goals list, so I thought why not? For those of you … Continue reading

Resolutions for 2018: For Blogging, Reading, Writing, and Life!

Hey bookworms! I know this may be a little early to write this as at this moment it’s only the 10th of December, but that’s what scheduling posts are for right? And if my ideas change I can edit before this goes live. Once it goes live, I have to commit, right? Well at least try my best to. I really want to get back into the community and get the hand of scheduling posts again, so this will be good practice! Anywho before this intro gets too off track, or reveals the resolutions before I get a chance to jot them in some semblance of order, lets get started!

Blogging

As you guys can tell, 2017 was a little hectic and I’ve been more than a little absent, and too be honest I miss the community and support I’ve had from you in my life’s many ups and downs, both on here and through twitter. I want to come back to the community who kept me going for so long. So here are my goals to bring me back to you!

 

1. Post at least 2-3 times a month!

I know at this moment it seems impossible, and I’d be okay and not guilt myself if I’d only post once.

2. Write 4 Book Reviews

I know I’ve said I’d write more reviews before, but I really want to not only to become more brave, but to turn my analytical, creative, and critical thinking (basically the English Major) part (s) of my brain back on. The monotony of work is starting to make me feel dull.

3. Scheduling is key! 

I want to to utilize the scheduling tool on here to post more, to take some of the stress and confusion of what to post. I think it will also force me to write my ideas down and not give up on them so easily.

4. Comment on More Blogs

Being apart of the community again doesn’t mean just sharing my voice it also means hearing so many of your great voices and thoughts.

5. Share More of My Media Thoughts

This means more movie and show posts, maybe a game post here and there. I really want grow to be more diverse with my blog.

6. Do Some Kind of Wrap-Ups

I feel like wrap-ups are some of the most productive posts. It also allows you to take a look back on progress you made and what’s touched you most, because even stuff that doesn’t end up being your favorite still leaves a mark

Reading Goals

1. Read 90 Books

I hit my goal of 80 and that’s a lot lower when I was in school. I’m trying to tell myself that is a decent amount and to be proud of myself. I feel 90 would be even better. I’ve already read more than I thought I could.

2. Read More Mysteries

I am slowly breaking out of my scaredy cat shell and reading more stuff I normally wouldn’t. I would love to see how far I could push myself before the fear kicks back in. Plus I have a curious mind and most of the time I catch the plot twist before it’s revealed. I want to see if a mystery can get me before I get it.

3. Read More Biographies/Memoirs

This is another genre I want to dip my toes in a little more. It’s nice to hear peoples vioces as they tell the story of their lives

4. Do a Reading Challenge or at least attempt one

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Honestly a few of these are way too out of my comfort zone to want to attempt but it will be fun to do some of these

5. Participate in a Readathon

This is another part of rejoining the community through social media. To get to know all you guys again.  I would love to do RYBSAT or Dewey’s but we’ll see what happens.

6. Read 10 Paper Copies and 10 E-Books

I don’t know if you’re aware but my main source of reading this year has been audiobooks and I’ve missed other sources and writing notes to myself, tabbing good parts, etc.

7. Read a New Release

If I was more confident I’d put 3 but I’m so bad at keeping track of release dates, so if I get to the one I have my eye on I’ll be proud of myself.

8. Read a Book by an Author I’ve Never Read Before

Whether it’s a new author or just someone I’ve had my eye in. I want to get to know someone new.

9. Read a Classic

I feel like a bad english Major student for not reading more of these. I really want to pick up Jane Eyre, or more Dickens. We’ll see if this happens =P

10. Finish a Series

What series I have no clue, but I’d like to finish one. See characters grow from the beginning to end.

11. Knock 10 Books off my TBR

Honestly my TBR is getting a little intense, but I know myself and I know I’m not going to stop buying anytime soon. I know I don’t buy as frequently as I once did, but if I could knock some books off the ones I own when I treat myself I won’t be as bad. That and I still have a pile of free stuff from RT 16 that are calling my name

Writing

1. Write Weekly

Whether it’s a poem, quote, or a scene I want to set up a time at least once a week for me to get back into my calling

2. Use My Writing Prompt books

I bought 2 this year and I haven’t touched them. I don’t know if I want to write in them or use a separate notebook but I don’t want to let them go to waste!

4. Read a Book on Writing

I want my creativity to grow again and I think I need some help. I am okay with that as I can’t take classes at the moment

5. Watch TedxTalks on Writing

This will give me the feel of a class and even allow me to take notes. Plus it’d keep my attention and will allow me to pick multiple brains a day.

 

Life

1.  Eat out only once a week

I know this will be my hardest goal, but I do want to do it. I want to save more money and this is a small way to do it

2. Put Money in my Savings at Least once a month

I want to start rebuilding my nest egg again which will not only allow me to move, but allow me to travel as well.

3. Find  and Get a New Job

Honestly I need more of a challenge in life and a job where I feel I can grow. As much as I lobe my coworkers I feel it’s time to leave my first job and leave my mark on a new one

4. Travel to 3 Places

I was able to acheive this goal this year and it was one of the few things that helped keep me sane

5. Exercise 3 times a week

To be honest, I fell off this wagon a few times this year, but I want to keep it this year

6. Look into what it will take to move to Vancouver,Canada

I fell back in love this year and yes it’s scary, but it wasn’t just with a great guy, it was with a great city. I fell in love with a city. I felt my creativity want to sing again. Yes, LDR’s are hard. Second chances are risky, and even riskier is moving out of state, but I feel I can’t live my life wondering. So I am going to take the steps to get me closer to this plunge.

7. Audit a Class 

Hopefully a new job will give me more time and energy to pursue this and I think I want to dive back into getting an AA in French, Business, or Hospitality. All 3 could help me towards a day job I could love. I miss school, and I honestly would adore having multiple degrees.

8. Look into Therapy

Although my depression hasn’t hit it can and that scares me. I do miss having a neutral party to speak to. I miss not feeling judged.

9. Not Feel Guilty about Treating Myself

I work hard and deal with a lot of stress and don’t want to feel bad for buying anything from a plane ticket to a new game or outfit. I’m not talking about a shopping spree just a small item every month or so.

10. Keep Positive

There is a lot going on in my family life and although it seems like the hardest thing to do. I don’t want to let it break me. I want to stay positive and bring it to the others in my life.

 

Well bookworms these are all the resolutions I have. They may be a lot, but it’s always good to aim high and feel proud of whatever I do accomplish. Do you have any resolutions? Do you think I’m crazy for having this many? Do you have any tips on how to accomplish them. Did you do a post on your resolutions or goals? Let me know in the comments below with links and help me start my goals off right.  And as always happy reading and hope you all are having a good week!

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