I’m Back (at least that’s the plan) + Best Books of 2019

Happy 2020!

It’s been what, six months since I last posted here? Life got crazy and I was still extremely unmotivated to post/didn’t feel like I had anything to write about here.

Lots of amazing things happened while I was away though, so it certainly wasn’t an unproductive few months. I got my first speaking part in a show and it was also my dream role, so that was definitely a highlight. Queen Gwendolyn, the third book in the Captain Guinevere trilogy, finally started coming to me. I made it through another semester of college and performed Mamma Mia! the musical. I got a job. And I also read quite a few good books.

For 2020, I want to blog at least once a month. It’s not a lot, I know, but it’s manageable for me and my crazy lifestyle. But I’m also not going to force myself to talk strictly about books, either, because I haven’t been reading as much as I used to and I have other things I’d like to talk about (you can expect a detailed post about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by the end of the week, for one).

All that said, I’m excited to be back!

I’m going to start my return with a bit of a late “best books of 2019” post. I’ve done this every year for the past few years and I really loved a ton of books in 2019.

According to Goodreads, I read a total of 46 books in 2019, just 4 shy of my 50-book goal. But I think it counted some twice even though I only read them once. It also counted short stories, and I won’t include those on my list. So it’s not completely accurate.

Out of those supposed 46 books, I enjoyed most of them. My average rating was over 4 stars, so while I didn’t feel like I read a ton, what I did read was apparently really good.

This list does not include short stories or rereads.

10. Lady Smoke by Laura Sebastian

I don’t remember this all that much, but I remember loving the first one and finding this to be a good sequel. I definitely need to remind myself what happened though so I will understand the next one!

9. A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

Beauty and the Beast (also known as one of my favorite fairy tales) along with disability representation, fabulous writing, worldbuilding, and characters? Yes please. This was a really, really solid novel and I’m so glad I decided to pick it up!

The only reason it isn’t higher on the list is because I did forget about it at some point. However once I remembered it I also recalled loving it. A lot.

8. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

I just really found this hilarious? It was so light and fun and almost nostalgic in how it reminded me of my old Canterwood Crest days. It was just a blast.

7. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

I really got into the Grishaverse this year and of the two series I read, Six of Crows was better. It was cool to see Leigh’s growth as a writer and while this plot was not my favorite, the characters made it worth every second.

6. Transformations by Anne Sexton

My American lit class introduced me to so much amazing literature, and Anne Sexton’s poetry was one of my favorite things we read. I picked up Transformations on my own and absolutely loved it. If you haven’t read Anne Sexton’s work, I definitely recommend trying it. It’s beautiful.

5. The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

I finished this about a week ago and my word it was fantastic. King Arthur was essentially my entire childhood and this? This is stunning. It focuses on Guinevere instead of Arthur, adding nuances to her character and making her THE strong female lead of 2019’s YA fantasy. Also the dark past for our leading lady AND an amazing gender-swap of another character were kind of everything.

4. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

Why did I wait so long to read this. Why.

Roshani is literally my favorite YA author because her books and characters are GORGEOUS and this is no exception. Severin and Laila have an undeniable chemistry that I may love way too much. The sequel cannot get here soon enough.

3. Lovely War by Julie Berry

The Passion of Dolssa ripped my heart out, so when I heard Julie was writing another book– a WW1 love story narrated by APHRODITE– of course I decided the pain would be worth it.

And it was. This book is a stunning work of art that everyone should read.

2. Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

I’ve been raving about this for six months now and all my friends got it from me for Christmas. The characters, the world, the plot…everything is amazing. If you haven’t read it, do yourself a favor and just pick it up. You won’t regret it.

1. The Wicked King and The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Because these are a) part of the same series and b) equally amazing, I grouped them together for number one. This has become my all-time favorite series and I have fallen head-over-heels for Cardan Greenbriar. I love the way this series is unafraid to show the darkness in everyone and how beautifully plotted it is.

 

That’s it! Thank you so much for reading and for your support as I come back to my blog.

-Clara

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