THE BOOKS OF 2019 | Wrap-Up

Oh boy.

Time to write what is arguably one of the hardest posts to put together, no matter the year. But I have been doing my end of year wrap-ups in this format for three years now, so I’ve got the process down.

These aren’t just my favorite books of the year, but any and all that I thought were worth mentioning (for good, and bad, reasons).

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A Spooky October TBR

I’m not the biggest fan of Halloween.

I have nothing against the holiday. You dress up, hang out with friends, and have an all-around good, themed time.

But where I grew up, it wasn’t celebrated as widely as it is in the U.S., and I think that’s part of the reason for my lukewarm feelings towards it. Another reason could be that it’s the last significant barrier to Christmas (the superior holiday). Sure, for us American folks, Thanksgiving is still there but… come on. After Halloween, it’s basically Christmas.

Nevertheless, I wanted to get into the spirit this year! And what better way to do that than with some spooky, atmospheric reads? Grab your popcorn, people. We’ve got witches, vampires, and murder mysteries coming at you.

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Why I’m Not a Fan of Magical Realism | Book Discussion

It’s no secret that I’m a huge YA contemporary fan.

It’s practically half of my bookshelf. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy other genres: sci-fi, some fantasy, mystery, thriller, the like. Usually, I’ll give anything a try if the blurb really intrigues me. But one genre I aim to avoid at all costs?

Magical realism.

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Contemporary-A-Thon Round 5 TBR | All the Romances

Contemporary books are very much my jam.

Or jelly, if you prefer. That’s why I was so sad when I couldn’t participate in the Contemporary-A-Thon earlier this year because that week was just too manic for me. But this time? Oh, this time, I am not missing out.

This round runs from Monday, September 23rd to Sunday, September 29th. I’ll be away from home for the first couple days of it, but I’m hoping it won’t slow me down too much. If you want more information on it, check out Chelsea’s video! She explains it super well.

Here are the prompts and what I’m hoping to read for each of them.

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Authors I Need to Read More Of

There are a lot of phenomenal writers out there.

I’ll be honest – it’s kind of hard to keep track of all of them. Sometimes I read a really good book and promise myself that I’ll read from that author. Alas, I oftentimes, never do.

So today, I thought I’d talk about some authors who I want to read more of – or want to give a second try – because if they caught my attention with a couple of their books, I can at least make the effort to check out a few more.

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My Love-Hate Relationship with Readathons

I am rarely more motivated to read than when I’m doing it for a challenge.

Maybe that’s sad, but it’s honestly the truth. When I’ve got a list of challenges to hit, my brain enters super-drive, and I want nothing more than to sit on my couch with a book in my lap.

This is why readathons are such a magical thing. Pre-determined tasks that allow me to focus my TBR and give me a solid list of things to complete. But they have some downsides, too. So today, I thought I’d go through some of the things I love, and maybe not love, about them.

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Most Anticipated Releases for the Rest of 2019

As the end of the year approaches, so do the end of year releases!

I feel like I was doing a decent job keeping up with new releases at the beginning of the year but now… I have certainly been overrun.

Nevertheless, time marches on and so must I! I figured I’d compile the books I’m hyped for in the final months of the year, not only for your entertainment, but also for myself to know just how much crying my wallet will be doing. (Hint: it’s a lot).

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Readathon Mini Reviews: Her Royal Highness, Heretics Anonymous, Love Songs & Other Lies

In case you didn’t know, I’ve participated in some readathons over the past few weeks.

The first wasn’t too fancy, just some challenges Mia and I created for ourselves. The second readathon I joined in on was Summerathon, and I ended up reading four books in the past weeks!

After reading, these were some of the books that I wanted to review and I thought to make it easier for everyone, I’d put all of my thoughts into one post in (slightly) more concise form.

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Summerathon TBR | 5 Books, 1 Week

I love readathons with all of my heart.

Not only because they motivate me to read more (which they absolutely do), but also because I love interacting with people online while we’re all working towards the same goal.

This week I’ll be participating in Summerathon, which starts on Friday, June 21st (today! A.k.a the summer solstice!) and ends on Thursday, June 27th. Check out this video if you want some more information!

Here is my TBR for it! I’m going to try to fill all the challenges, which, if I do, will mean I’ve read five books in less than a week, which I haven’t done in at least a year.

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Summer Cleaning: Books I’m Finally Unhauling

Today, I’m cleansing my bookshelves.

I have one bookshelf in my room, and it’s starting to really fill up. As such, it’s time for another unhaul.

I’ve talked about some tips to unhauling your books on my blog before, but it’s been a while since I’ve practiced what I’ve been preaching. So, I figured I’d use some common excuses us bookworms make for keeping a book to pick apart my shelves a little bit. For each excuse, I inserted a book from my shelf that fits under that category that I am finally saying goodbye to.

I’m not saying you have to an unhaul the books that fit into these categories, but it might be a good idea to re-evaluate whether you really need it, especially if you’re already looking to free up some bookshelf real estate.

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