This year has been a strange one in reading terms for me – with assignments and other things in life cropping up, I haven’t had the time to read half as much as I wanted to. But I have read a handful of wonderful and intriguing books this year! 2019 was also the year I actively listened to audiobooks, and I discovered I really enjoy listening to them. I’ve only listened to books I’ve already read before, but I’d definitely like to listen to more this new year.
Without further ado, here’s my 2019 journey in books:
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This was my first read of the year, and it was a good book to start on. The Storm Crow is the first fantasy I’ve ever read that discusses mental illness so openly, which was wonderful.
Big Bones is all about promoting body positivity! It’s not a book I’d naturally gravitate towards (it’s lower YA and I tend to read older YA or NA/adult), but I think this is a wonderful book that has such a powerful message: being who you are is okay, and your weight doesn’t matter.
It’s not often I can say what my favourite read of the year was, but without a doubt for 2019 it was The Chaos of Standing Still. I loved this book – it filled me with emotions and made my heart hurt, and I adored it. It’s definitely one I’ll be rereading next year!
I’m sure I’ve discussed my love for Holly Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet? a lot on this blog, but I’ll say it one more time this year: it’s such an important book. It truthfully depicts what OCD is, and so when I saw Bourne was writing another book about mental illness, I bought it as quick as I could.
As I’ve mentioned above, this year has been a difficult reading one for me. I’ve started so many books and not finished them, it’s kind of ridiculous. This book nearly added to that number, but after months of it sitting half-read on my bookcase, I finally powered through! And I’m glad I did – the insight this book offered for mental illnesses that I knew little to nothing about prior to reading it was brilliant. I really appreciate how truthfully yet sensitively Bourne talks about mental illness, and I definitely recommend giving it a read.
I enjoyed this book! It was an easy read that was emotional, and is the first book I’ve finished by Sarah Dessen. It was a great contemporary to read during the summer!
I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but I definitely did with this one. I bought it knowing hardly anything about the story within its pages purely because the cover is beautiful. What I found was a contemporary book that didn’t hide the difficult parts of life; a book that was incredibly sad but showed hope, too.
Probably around five years ago, I bought a few Agatha Christie books from a charity shop, and they’ve shuffled around on my shelf ever since, never being read. But after watching and loving the most recent movie adaptation of it, I decided to give Murder On the Orient Express a go. I really enjoyed it, and 2020 will hopefully see me reading more of Christie’s works!
I’d never read anything that spoke about how racism and religious beliefs could be a big part of someone’s mental illness before this book, so I’m incredibly glad I did read it so I could understand another perspective. Who Put This Song On? was insightful and emotional, and taught me quite a lot.
I don’t tend to read graphic novels, but since it’s Rainbow Rowell and the art looked cute, I decided I had to give this one a go. And I’m happy I did, because it was a lovely story with adorable art!
I think this might be the first classic (if I don’t include the Agatha Christie book above) that I’ve read just because I wanted to – I read two for my exams a few years back, but that’s it. I’ve always proclaimed that classics are not my thing; there’s just something about every one I’ve tried to read that just doesn’t sit with me. But I decided to give The Great Gatsby a go after watching the movie adaptation, and I’m happy I did. It was a quick read that offered a unique, cinematic writing style, and it definitely made me want to try more classics.
Finally we’re here: the last book I finished in 2019! And what a book to finish on – this book is probably my second favourite read of the whole year. I was pulled into the plot straightaway, never wanting to put the book down, and was desperate to find out what was going to happen. I’m currently writing my review for this one which will be up the day after tomorrow, so keep an eye out for it!
And that’s it for my 2019 reading journey! Only eleven books read this year, so I’m hoping 2020 will be more productive. I’ll be publishing My 2020 Bookish Goals post within the next couple of days, but I also have a surprise post headed your way for tomorrow, too!