Wrap Up

Best & “Worst” of 2019

Hey bookworms, it’s been a while. I unintentionally went on hiatus for the past 2 months as school became more demanding and other personal reasons. However, I am back at least for now since I am on break. I’m also late to this but better late than never right? So without a further ado, here are my best and “worst”of 2019.

The Best:

These aren’t in a particular order other than the order in which I read them in.

  • Defy the Stars – Claudia Grey | I devoured this book and I love it so much although I have yet to continue this series. This year I want to reread this book and continue onto the next 2 books.
  • The Disasters – M.K. England | There was a time where I was obsessed with space operas and this was another favorite. I really wish there were more books (as in other adventures), but it did end well enough for a standalone.
  • Caravan (Trilogy) – Stephanie Garber | Although these books took me a while to read due to some family emergency, whenever I did get the chance to read, I would be completely submerged into them. (also Julian is bae).
  • A Curse So Dark and Lonely – Brigid Kemmerer | After reading this book I had a huge book hangover that I only wanted to read Beauty and the Beast retellings. I didn’t care if it was all the same I just wanted more and I can’t wait to continue this series.
  • A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares – Krystal Sutherland | I thought the way this book handles several mental illness was very good and it had a nice ending to it.
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein – Kiersten White | I’ll admit it never fully finished the original Frankenstein but I know the story enough to understand the references. I absolutely loved this book and I loved seeing this all happen from a different POV.

The “Worst:”

Putting quotations around Worst because these books weren’t exactly terrible, they just weren’t what I had expected. They just weren’t for me.

  • Marlena – Julie Buntin | To me this book was anti-climatic. It just retold stories of two girls’ friendship when they were teenagers prior to one of their deaths. The way it flashed back and forth from present to past, I thought they would explore the girl’s death in the present, maybe find some clues that weren’t obvious then, but no. Just told their story.
  • 10 Things I Can See From Here – Carrie Mac | I was pretty disappointed with this book which said to incorporate mental illness. I thought it would go more to detail about the main character’s journey with anxiety, from struggling on her own, to talking to family about it, to seeking professional help (if possible), etc. but no.
  • Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell | This might be a jab at many people, but I just didn’t like it. It had several elements that I love: an 80s setting, 80s music, plus size representation, diverse characters. However, it just wasn’t it for me. The potential was there but did not deliver. Plus, by the end of the book I was super annoyed with Eleanor and seriously what was that ending?

Well those are my best and worst of 2019! And if you want to see what else I read in 2019, I’ll leave a link for my Goodreads’ Year in Books: https://www.goodreads.com/user/year_in_books/2019/58097403

Until next time!

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