Favorite Book Covers of 2019

Hi everyone!

Last year was FULL of beautiful covers. This list could honestly be a mile long, but somehow I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top ten favorites. I have read most of these books, but not all. Goodreads pages will be linked!

What were your favorite covers of 2019??

10) King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

9) Nocturna by Maya Motsyne

8) The Grace Year by Kim Liggett

7) Finale by Stephanie Garber

6) Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

5) Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

4) Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

3) Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

2) A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

1) The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

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Favorite Books of 2019

Hi everyone!

It’s time to share my favorite reads of 2019!! They way I do this is…if I read it last year, it can make it onto this list. It does not have to be a 2019 release!

Let’s talk about some good books!

TEN: Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

If you have been around my blog for any time at all, you will know that Leigh Bardugo is my favorite author. Not only do I enjoy her writing, but I just really adore her as a person. I’ll admit though, I was pretty nervous to pick up Ninth House. I very rarely read adult fantasy because it intimidates me so much. Thankfully, I got through this book just fine. Ninth House was ark, gritty and definitely graphic. The characters were complex and fascinating. The ending was so exciting and I am DYING to read the sequel. 

NINE: The Wicked King by Holly Black

This is the second book in the Folk of the Air series. I literally got a book hangover from reading this. It took me almost a week to pick something else up. The Wicked King was absolutely wild. The politics were intriguing, Jude & Cardan were everything and Holly Black’s writing was beautiful. Read my full review here!

EIGHT: Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

I picked this book up on a whim and I am very happy that I did! Stay Sweet was so much fun & just what I needed at the time. It is the perfect read for the summer months. Honestly, I am forever wishing I had a place like Meade Creamery in my hometown! Read my full review here!

SEVEN: Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

This book follows a girl who goes on a road trip with friends to get an abortion. I can’t even begin to explain how eye opening and important this book is. To read what the characters had to go through was infuriating. It is heartbreaking to know that women all over the United States have stories just like Camille’s. These characters and their story will definitely stick with me for a long time.

SIX: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

This is probably the most unique book on the list. Every Heart a Doorway is the first book in the Wayward Children series. It follows characters who have come back from worlds that they opened doors to. This was kind of a murder mystery which I was definitely not expecting, but I loved reading about. I flew through this story. Not because it is short, but because I just couldn’t put it down. I am now all caught up on the series and I am impatiently waiting for the fifth book’s release!

FIVE: The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

I love everything about this book. The cover is gorgeous, the writing is addicting and the characters were so determined. The Bone Houses was creepy, sad and unique. Read my full review here!

FOUR:  Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Declan and Juliet’s story completely broke my heart, but in all honesty I loved every second of it. Letters to the Lost was such a difficult and realistic read. It deals guilt, anger and loss. Brigid Kemmerer did an incredible job bringing light to such heavy subject matters. Read my full review here!

THREE: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I say that but it’s still so hard for me to explain why I love Evelyn Hugo so much. This book is about being who you want to be regardless of who you are expected to be. It’s about finding your own definition of family. It’s about loving whoever you want to love. The author does an incredible job making you think that all the characters in this book are real people. It’s crazy. If you haven’t picked up Evelyn Hugo yet, I beg you to give it a try!

TWO: Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

In all honestly, I could put the entire Illuminae Files on this list. I absolutely loved these books and I am so mad at myself for not picking them up sooner. Gemina is the second book in the series and my favorite! I loved the new characters we met in this one. Hanna is such a gem and will totally surprise you. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I never knew what was going to happen. The authors made you believe one thing and then a twist would happen and you would be left in shock. I am really looking forward to a reread very soon. Read my full review here!

ONE: A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

When I read this back in May of last year, I really didn’t have any expectations for it. I knew people were really liking it, but I had NO idea that I was about to read my favorite book of 2019! I completely fell in love with the characters and I think about them all the time. In particular, Grey is now one one my all time favorites. He is hardworking, protective and so loyal. I really adore him. Read my full review of Curse here! I have already read it’s sequel, A Heart So Fierce and Broken and WOW! I am so excited to see where this story goes next. 

What were your favorite books of 2019?

If you have done this post, leave your link in the comments! I’d love to check it out. 😀

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Least Favorite Books of 2019

Hi everyone!

So I’m actually going to be putting these books into groups…least favorite, disappointing and DNFs. In lists like these, I will include any book I read from last year, they didn’t all have to be 2019 releases.

Please remember that everyone has the right to their own opinion! If you love any of these books, that’s great! I want you to continue to love them. Unfortunately though, I just didn’t fully enjoy them and that is perfectly fine.

Least Favorite:

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Rating: ★★

Starting off with a bang here. I am so sad that I didn’t love this book or the entire series honestly.  I was expecting the conclusion to be mind blowing and wild, but it just wasn’t. It was actually pretty anticlimactic. I was bored throughout most of the book. It kind of felt like a chore to read at times and that is never a good thing. I am still debating whether or not I want to read the prequel coming out this year.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Rating: ★★

I know this book means a lot to a ton of people, but unfortunately it just wasn’t the book for me. Perks is only 200 pages long and I really think that was it’s downfall. There are so many tough and important issues in this book, but they were barely touched upon. The author didn’t take the time to fully address each topic. I had a big problem with that. I know some people may not agree with me on this and that is okay!

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Rating: ★★

I absolutely love Blake’s Three Dark Crown series so I was very excited to read something else from her. Anna Dressed in Blood though, it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I loved the first half, but was annoyed with the rest. Honestly once certain things were revealed, I was kind of done with the story.

Most Disappointing:

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Rating: ★★★

I loved Helen Hoang’s debut, The Kiss Quotient. It was cute, heartwarming and steamy. So I was expecting this one to be along the same lines. I for sure thought this would make my favorites list, but boy was I wrong. It wasn’t terrible by any means, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. The Bride Test was cute at times but for the most part I felt like there was a lack of chemistry between Esme and Khai. I mean, they never got the chance to actually get to know one another. It made it really hard for me to root for them. So yes, this was a disappointing read, but I am still happy that it exists. Helen Hoang, who is Autistic herself, does such a beautiful job showing that Autism is vastly different from person to person. I am still very excited for the next book in this companion series!

Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Rating: ★★★

I literally hate that this book is on this list. After reading the Illuminae Files, I was so looking forward to a new story from this author duo. I really struggled to get though Aurora Rising. I didn’t love any of the characters and the plot wasn’t really original to me. As of right now, I will not be continuing on with the series. **Swimming in my ocean of tears**

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Rating: ★★

Y’all, don’t hate me for this one. I am so sorry to have to include Jude and Cardan on this list. I originally gave this 3 stars, but after thinking about it…I dropped it down to two stars. To me, this didn’t feel like a finale at all. It seemed way too rushed. I don’t know if that was because the publication date was pushed up or what. I think this book needed to be another 100 pages. Some things were left unresolved and others were resolved too quick. It really drives me nuts. There were a ton of other little things that I didn’t like but this isn’t the post for a full review!

DNFs:

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I only got 40 pages into this before I decided to put it down. I was so confused by what I was reading. I tried to go back and reread certain parts, but it didn’t help anything. I don’t know if I am just dumb or if the writing made everything confusing, but I definitely didn’t want to spend the entire book feeling that way.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

After looking at it’s Goodreads page, am I the only one who didn’t love this book? I got 100 pages in and I just couldn’t get into the story at all. This was one of my most anticipated releases for 2019 too. Big time mad about not enjoying it.

What were some of your least/disappointing reads of 2019?

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End of Year Survey | 2019

Hi everyone!

In the next few weeks I have a lot of 2019 wrap up posts coming. I couldn’t do a full post for everything, so I thought this survey would be a great way to sum up my year.

This was created by The Perpetual Page Turner!

*BEST IN BOOKS*

Best book you read in 2019?
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love, but didn’t?
The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

Most surprising (good way or bad way) book you read?
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian — Didn’t think I was going to love or even like it as much as I did!

Book you *pushed* the most for people to read?
Hmmm, maybe A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Best series you started in 2019?
Started and Finished…The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff 

Best Sequel?
The Wicked King by Holly Black

Best series ender of 2019?
Finale by Stephanie Garber

Favorite new author you discovered in 2019?
Brigid Kemmerer

Best book from a genre you don’t typically read from?
Adult fantasy — Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Most action packed/thrilling book of the year?
It’s a tie between Skyward by Brandon Sanderson and Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Book you read in 2019 that you would most likely reread in 2020?
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Favorite cover of a book you read in 2019?
The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Most memorable character of 2019?
Evelyn Hugo

Most beautifully written book read in 2019?
Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

Most thought provoking/life changing book of 2019?
Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

Book you can’t believe you waited until 2019 to finally read?
The Diviners by Libba Bray

Favorite quote from a book you read in 2019?
“…your country can kiss my fat Grisha ass.” -Nina Zenik from King of Scars

Shortest and Longest book you read in 2019?
The Lost Sisters by Holly Black: 50 pages
Gemina: 659 pages

Book that shocked you the most?
Five Dark Fares by Kendare Blake

OTP of the year? (You will go down with this ship)
Alex and Henry from Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Favorite friendship of the year?
Evelyn & Harry from The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Favorite book you read in 2019 from an author you have read from previously?
Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

Newest fictional crush?
Grey from A Curse So Dark and Lonely

Best 2019 debut you read?
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig

Best world building/most vivid setting?
Finale by Stephanie Garber

Book that put a smile on your face/was the most fun to read?
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowelll and Faith Erin Hicks

Book that made you cry?
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Hidden gem of h year?
Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

Book that crushed your soul?
What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel

Most unique book you read in 2019?
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A Craig

Book that made you the most mad? (Doesn’t have to be because you didn’t like it)
Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller

*YOUR BLOGGING/BOOKISH LIFE*

Favorite bookish account you discovered in 2019?
Books With Shae

Favorite post you wrote in 2019?
Character Names I Love

Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2019?

Best bookish event you participated in? (author signings. festivals, virtual signings, etc)
Ninth House signing in Nashville. I got to meet Leigh Bardugo!

Best moment of bookish/blogging life of 2019?
Starting this blog was probably the best moment!

Most poplar post from 2019 on your blog?
Series I Won’t Be Finishing

Post you wish got a little more love?
Review | Letters to the Lost

Best bookish discovery?
Little Inklings Design

*LOOKING AHEAD*

Book you didn’t get to in 2019 but will be your number one priority in 2020?
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Book you are most anticipating in 2020? (Non-debut)
Fable by Adrienne Young

2020 debut you are most anticipating?
The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson

Series ending/sequel you are most anticipating in 2020?
My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows

One thing you are hoping to accomplish in you blogging/reading life in 2020?
I just want to get more involved in the book community.

A 2020 release you have already read that you recommend to everyone?
Belle Révolte by LInsey Miller! Releases on February 4th.

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Did I Reach My 2019 Goals??

Tomorrow I am sharing my 2020 goals with you all, but before I do that, let’s take a look back at my goals from last year! Did I reach them?? I have a feeling I did not. 😂

Read 75 books:
I read 87 books! 📚

More readathons:
I participated in three readathons last year. That’s one more than the previous year so I am counting this as a win!

Read ALL the Shadowhunter Chronicles:
This was a major fail. I read the first Mortal Instruments trilogy and then stopped. I couldn’t get myself to read Clockwork Angel. Oops!

Read every Owlcrate book:
I was setting myself up for failure here. I think I only read four out of the thirteen they sent out.

Do more buddy reads:
I did one buddy read last year. I didn’t do any in 2018 soooo another win! I definitely want to continue this goal into 2020.

Reach 800 bookstagram followers:
I hit 1000! So incredibly thankful.

Get more sleep:
I wanted to stop staying up all night and get 8ish hours of sleep. That didn’t happen at ALL! Basically I am a night owl and there is now way that is changing any time soon.

Did you reach your 2019 goals??

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Every Book I Read in 2019

Hi everyone!

Today I’m sharing all of the books I read in 2019. If I did a review, then it will be linked!

  1. The Cruel Prince by Holly Black: 4 stars (reread)
  2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: 4 stars
  3. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare: 3 stars
  4. City of Glass by Cassandra Clare: 4 stars
  5. The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith: 4 stars
  6. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: 3 stars
  7. King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo: 4 stars
  8. The Lost Sisters by Holly Black: 4 stars
  9. The Wicked King by Holly Black: 5 stars
  10. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: 4 stars
  11. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner: 5 stars
  12. Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake: 5 stars
  13. On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: 5 stars
  14. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 4 stars
  15. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett: 5 Stars
  16. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: 2 stars
  17. Heretics Anonymous by Katie Henry: 4.5 stars
  18. Caraval by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars (reread)
  19. Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi: 4 stars (reread)
  20. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars
  21. Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 5 stars
  22. Legendary by Stephanie Garber: 5 stars (reread)
  23. The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: 5 stars (reread)
  24. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson: 5 stars
  25. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid: 5 stars
  26. Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas: 3 stars
  27. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer: 5 stars
  28. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West: 2 stars
  29. Finale by Stephanie Garber: 4.5 stars
  30. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston: 4.5 stars
  31. Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: 4 stars
  32. Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian: 5 stars
  33. Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid: 4 stars
  34. The Bride Test by Helen Hoang: 3 stars
  35. Misadventures of a Curvy Girl by Sierra Simone: 4 stars
  36. I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver: 5 stars
  37. Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli: 5 stars (reread)
  38. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 3 stars
  39. The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory: 3 stars
  40. The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston: 5 stars
  41. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson: 3 stars
  42. Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer: 5 stars
  43. She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller: 3.5 stars
  44. Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa: 5 stars (reread)
  45. Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey: 4 stars
  46. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: 2 stars
  47. Prince Charming by Rachel Hawkins: 3 stars
  48. The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie: 5 stars (reread)
  49. Memento by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: 5 stars
  50. A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone: 5 stars
  51. The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd Jones: 5 stars
  52. Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka: 4 stars
  53. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson: 3.5 stars
  54. House of Salt ad Sorrows by Erin A Craig: 4 stars
  55. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young: 4 stars (reread)
  56. Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett: 3 stars
  57. The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw: 5 stars (reread)
  58. Reverie by Ryan La Sala: 4 stars
  59. The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: 5 stars
  60. Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw: 4.5 stars
  61. Nevermoor: The Trails of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend: 4 stars
  62. Sawkill Girls by Claire Lagrand: 4 stars
  63. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll: 2 stars
  64. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake: 2 stars
  65. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire: 5 stars
  66. Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire: 4 stars
  67. Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire: 4 stars
  68. Coraline by Neil Gaiman: 3 stars
  69. The Diviners by Libba Bray: 4 stars
  70. In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire: 5 stars
  71. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars
  72. Five Dark Fates by Kendare Blake: 5 stars
  73. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord: 4 stars
  74. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell: 5 stars
  75. A Heart So Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer: 5 stars
  76. The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord: 5 stars
  77. It’s My Life by Stacie Ramey: 3 stars
  78. The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black: 3 stars
  79. Belle Révolte by Linsey Miller: 4 stars
  80. What Kind of Girl by Alyssa Sheinmel: 4 stars
  81. The Grace Year by Kim Liggett: 5 stars
  82. The Girl the Sea Gave Back by Adrienne Young: 4 stars
  83. Girls on the Verge by Sharon Biggs Waller: 5 stars
  84. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: 5 stars (reread)
  85. The Actor’s Life by Jenna Fischer: N/A
  86. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread)
  87. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo: 5 stars (reread) 

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2019 Goals

We are almost a week into January, so I figured it was time to set some goals for 2019. Most of these are bookish, but I also wanted to share some everyday life goals as well! 

Read 75 books: Last year I read a total of 105 books, so this one should be easy peasy lemon squeezy.

More readathons:Due to many things, I didn’t get to participate in as many readathons as I wanted to in 2018. So this year I am going to try to do at least four of them. There are a few I am eyeing right now, but if you know of any fun ones….let me know!

The Shadowhunter Chronicles: This is the year that I am going to read the Shadowhunter books. I want to read them all, including the ones coming out this year. Cassandra Clare is going to take over my life and I am 100% okay with that.

Try reading every 2019 Owlcrate book: I absolutely love Owlcrate! Their boxes are fantastic. It’s totally manageable to read all 12 book picks, right??

Do some buddy reads:I have never done a buddy read before. So I’m hoping this year that will change!

Reach 800 Bookstagram followers: Having toms of followers isn’t everything, but it is nice to see that people are enjoying your content. 

Get more sleep: I’m a huge night owl. Like as I am typing this, it is 2:47 am. I feel like I’m much more productive during the night. I can run on 3-4 hours of sleep & be fine. One day, my bad habit will catch up to me. So I want to start getting that recommended 7-8 hours of sleep right now. I’ll miss you, 2:47.

Write more: I recently discovered that I enjoy writing. I want to put more of a focus on it. That could mean just here on the blog or maybe journaling. I’m still not sure, but I want to get more comfortable with it.

Random Acts of Kindness:This year I want to spread some love & put smiles on faces. A little kindness can go a long way.

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I’d love to hear your goals for 2019!

Until next time…

Sadie