Hello, friends! I hope you’re all surviving this holiday season. I know I’ve been on the quiet side lately, in terms of blogging, but I hope to get back in the swing of it next year. I guess I just haven’t had much to talk about lately. This time of year usually stresses me out quite a bit, so I tend to be a little more reserved. I don’t even have any new book reviews to share at the moment, as I’ve been rereading a few of the Harry Potter books in preparation for my upcoming trip to Wizarding World. (Omg, I can’t wait!)
Since we’re about to start a new year, how about a little recap of my favorite books from 2019? As of right now, I’ve read 53 books out of my Goodreads goal of 47 books. I’m hoping to finish up Half Blood Prince over the next couple of days and bring that number up to 54.
I read some fun books this year, but not too many of them blew me away. (Was I just being picky or did I just miss out on some good ones? I’m not sure.) In no particular order, here were a few at the top of the list:
What were your top books in 2019? Anything great that I missed out on and need to check out next year?
As we approach the end of another year, it’s time to look back and reflect on all the amazing books that I discovered. As of November, I had already completed my Goodreads Challenge. I’m currently finishing up book #45 for the year. I probably would’ve been able to squeeze a few more in, had I not being spending so much time on my own book, but c’est la vie. It seems like a good trade off.
Of all the books I’ve read this year, a handful of them really stood out enough to make my list of “favorites.” If you’re a regular reader of mine, I’m sure you can already guess which ones I’m going to pick. 😛
Darker Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab (My reviews: here, here, and here)
Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames (Review here)
My Life in France by Julia Child (Review here)
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare (Review here)
Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman (Review here)
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (Review here)
It’s hard to narrow it down to just a few, isn’t it? What were some of your favorites this year?
I was tagged a few weeks back by the always hilarious, often inappropriate Drew, aka Tattooed Book Geek. Thank you, Drew! I don’t think my answers will be nearly as funny or over the top as yours, but I’m going to give it my best shot.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
- Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
- Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
- List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog.
- What would your spirit animal be? I’m pretty sure I posted this picture once before, but I’m going to post it again. My spirit animal is this dog right here:I’m someone who panics and worries about practically everything. Even when I try my best to not panic, I end up panicking. Because, you know, sometimes you have to panic about not panicking. 😛
- What would your theme song be? “You Don’t Own Me.” The kinda creepy, weird version by The Blow Monkeys…because they’re called the Blow Monkeys.
- There’s a magic doorway that will take you anywhere, to any fantasy world, to any era or just to any different country, where do you choose to go? Umm, really Drew? I’m supposed to just pick one place/time/world/whatever? WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME? I guess if I have to pick just one I’m going with the UK on Christmas Day. Something inevitably will be trying to invade the Earth on that very day and The Doctor will, of course, show up to save the day. Once I find The Doctor I can join him on his travels throughout all of time and space and I would never have to pick just one place to visit ever again. *mic drop*
- What is your favourite type of cake? Double chocolate! Or carrot cake! Can I have both? I really like cake.
- What fruit or vegetable would make the best weapon? A banana. Obviously. You can throw it like a boomerang, lodge it in someone’s eye, use the peel to make someone slip and fall in slapstick-style fashion, etc. The opportunities are endless.
- What upcoming book do you wish that you could read right now? Vengeful! Only a few more days until it comes out! *squeeeeeeeee* Sorry, I’m done fangirling now. Seriously though, I’m excited to read Vengeful because the first book was pretty badass.
- If you could rewrite the ending of any book which book would you choose? Mockingjay, because Katniss shoudn’t have ended up with Peeta. Gale was clearly the better choice. Peeta was whiny and annoying and the ending was too cheesy. Meh.
- What would your epitaph read? “I was told there would be cake.”
- Who would you love to punch in the face? A lot of people…I mean, nobody, because I’m super nice and love everybody. 🙂 As far as fictional characters go, I pick Draco Malfoy. He was such a whiny, spoiled little twat. Every time he pretended he was important because of his father, someone should have punched him.
- What is your top worst bit of blogging advice? – make it as funny as you can! 😉 Follow people back just because they think you’re cute and make sure you post lots of selfies with your cleavage showing.
- You are hosting a bookish influenced dinner party, which authors, characters and bloggers do you invite? My favorite authors, Neil Gaiman and V.E. Schwab, so I could pick their brains for writing advice. Jenny Lawson, because she’s hilarious and I love her. Luna Lovegood, because I would love to hear about her personal encounters with nargles. Arya Stark, because she could keep changing faces and be someone different every 10 minutes. The Doctor, because he would already be my traveling companion at this point and it would be rude not to invite him. And you, with the face.
- If you’re happy and you know it, do you clap your hands?
- Which fictional character probably has the best shoe collection?
- Do you believe in nargles?
- If you could have coffee (or tea, if you prefer) would any fictional character, who would you choose?
- Are you a fan of animal sidekicks in books?
- Where is my cake? I was told there would be cake.
- If you could turn any movie into a book, which one would you choose?
- What book has had the biggest impact on your life?
- Which fictional character would you choose to write a guest post for your blog?
- Which fictional world would be the worst to live in?
- What’s your biggest pet peeve?
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Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Bionic Bookworm. Each week a new topic of chosen and participants can share their own answers on their blogs. If you are interested in participating, here is a list of the Upcoming Topics. This week’s topic is Top 5 Villains More Interesting Than the Hero.
- Vicious by V.E. Schwab – It’s difficult to figure out who’s the hero and who’s the villain in this story, but that was part of what made it so fascinating.
- A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – There are SO many amazing characters in this series, particularly the bad guys. Some of them are just so f*cked up that you can’t help but kinda love them.
- The Cruel Prince by Holly Black – I don’t even have much to say about this one. I just enjoyed Cardan’s character more than Jude’s.
- The Wendy Darling series by Colleen Oakes – This isn’t your Disney version of Peter Pan. He’s manipulative, cunning, and a bit sadistic at times.
- Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – More Moriarty please!
As much as I love talking about books with like-minded individuals (aka bibliophiles), I actually find it frustrating to talk about books with most people. Immediately, upon discovering that I love to read, people will inevitably ask the most irritating question possible: “What’s your favorite book?” It seems like such a simple question. If someone asked me my favorite color, season, movie, or basically anything else, I would have no problem coming up with an answer. But my favorite book? As in just one? That’s like asking someone to pick a favorite memory. It’s impossible. Typically, I respond by naming a handful of books and/or authors until the person who asked looks at me like I have three heads and starts to back away. *sigh*
Every once in a while I am lucky enough to find people who understand my love of books and appreciate the fact that I read things other than Gone Girl (or whatever title is popular at the time). Fortunately, I know that some of you reading this are bibliophiles like myself, so, that being said…Allow me to tell you about my favorite books! 🙂
- The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – I fell in love with Harry Potter when I was eleven years old. From the very first page, this series drew me in and captivated me like no other story had ever done previously. People sometimes laugh and say “It’s a kid’s book!,” but it is so much more than that. I have learned more lessons about life, love, friendship, loyalty, family, courage, and empathy from these books than any adult ones I have ever laid hands on. Not only that, but they are so much fun! The world Rowling created is wildly imaginative, with complex, yet relatable, characters. There will be many further posts about Harry Potter to come, so for now, at the risk of being totally cheesy, I will just say that the series is truly magical.
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Jane has a pretty rough start in life. She is orphaned at a young age, left in the care of her wicked aunt, and then sent off to a boarding school that makes corporal punishment part of it’s every day routine. Despite all that, she remains strong and willfully independent. She finds a job at Thornfield mansion, working for the handsome and mysterious Mr. Rochester, and once again discovers that not everything in life turns out the way you expect it to. I have always admired Jane’s resolve. She endures hit after hit, but instead of crying and whining about it all the time, she just pick up and moves the fuck on. She isn’t the plain, meek little creature that women were expected to be at the time. She is a feminist and a badass in every sense of the word.
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare – I know this is technically a play and not a book, but it still counts, right? I don’t read a lot of books that are labelled as straight-up romance, even though I am a giant sap. I find that most “romance” books have cheesy characters and are more about the steamy sex scenes than actual relationships. The reason I have always been drawn to Romeo and Juliet, though, is that it invokes all the feelings of first love that you never forget. There is something so beautiful about two young, innocent adults, who are so wrapped up in their love for each other that they are willing to defy their families just to be together. *swoons*
- The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman – Nobody (or “Bod”) Owens wanders into the graveyard as a toddler after his entire family is murdered. There he remains, under the care of the graveyard’s ghosts, until he is fully grown. There is something missing from Bod’s life, as he belongs to neither the world of the dead nor the living. You would think this would be a bit depressing for a coming-of-age story, but it isn’t. It is lively and moving. It is a lesson in living, as told by the dead. Oh, Mr. Gaiman, how I love thee.