2019: BOOKISH WRAP UP

As 2019 comes to an end, I want to wrap up some of the books I read categorised into different topics. Let me know if you’ve read any of these or want to know that I’ve mentioned them!

A book that made me question everything: “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro. Although I looooved this book, I was left with so many questions about life, the meaning of it all and what I was doing with my time. I do recommend it though!

A series I gave up on: I actually have a few for this. I gave up on The Cruel Prince series. It wasn’t a bad first book but I didn’t care enough to continue. I also gave up on the Caraval series. I read the second book and it was so bad that I just can’t bring myself to keep reading.

A book that got me addicted: I love reading a book and enjoying it so much that you can’t think about anything else. For me, that book was “You” by Caroline Kepnes. I honestly couldn’t wait to finish work every day so I could read what was going to happen next!

A book I literally forgot that I read: Sometimes you read a book you dislike so much that it’s prominent on your reading reflection of that year. Other times, you read a book you dislike so much that it becomes so forgettable. For me, that book was “The Aftermath” by Rhidian Brook. I couldn’t tell you one thing that happened in that book.

A book that made me laugh out loud: It’s rare to find books that are hilarious the entire way through but I managed! “The Diary of a Bookseller” by Shaun Bythell is utterly funny. The nonfiction narration feels like having a chat with a grumpy old friend. Plus, it’s a great insight into the bookselling industry.

A book with delicious writing: This is definitely “Conversations With Friends” by Sally Rooney. I read a lot of books this year with stunning writing but this is at the top of my list. Each sentence feels so tasty & unique.

A book that broke my heart: “Lucky” by Alice Sebold. This book is so painful to read. The first chapter is tough enough to get through let alone the rest of the book. But I’m glad I read it because it exposes the harrowing issue of campus crime.

A book that made me go ????????: I honestly was a bit mind-boggled by this book, yet I read it in two sittings. It was slightly addictive, disturbing and weird. “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” by Ottessa Moshfegh. It’s about a woman who decides to sleep for a year and it’s just… odd. But good.

A book that everyone loved but I didn’t: Sorry fans, but it’s “Daisy Jones & The Six”. I was so excited to read it and had so much faith in it that I even bought it for my mother in law before reading it myself! But it was an anti-climax. I expected so much more.

A book with a sci-fi thrill: I’m a big lover of sci-fi but I know it’s difficult for a lot of people. That’s why I love “Emily Eternal” by M.G. Wheaton. It’s accessible, easy to understand while still being complex enough to get totally wrapped up with the plot. It’s a short read, too, which is unusual for sci-fi.

A book that is a classic legend: I don’t read classics much anymore but this year I did read “Emma” by Jane Austen for book club. Unfortunately, I struggled a lot with this book and it set me back on my reading challenge over the summer.

A book that made me weep: “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio. Oh. My. Word. This book left me an emotional wreck because it is so lovely! Everyone should read this tale of bullying, what it means to be different, and forgiveness.

A book that surprised me: I was sent “The Girl At The Window” by Rowan Coleman from the publishers and I really wasn’t expecting to like it but I loved it. It was definitely my top three reads of the year! It’s so haunting, beautiful and tragic.

A bookish book: I always love finding books about books and this year, I read “The Bookish Life of Nina Hill” by Abbi Waxman. It was a fun little read and I enjoyed my time with this book, even if looking back it wasn’t my favourite ever.

A book that made me cozy up: “Little Women”. I’ve not actually finished this when I’m uploading this post but it’s got the coziest vibes ever. The perfect book to read while the snow falls and fire burns.

That’s it for my bookish wrap up even though I read plenty more books! These are the ones I thought I’d share.

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