Blogmas Day 23: My Best Books of 2019 πŸ“–

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Hey everyone!!

Happy blogmas and it is now day 23!!

Happy Christmas Eve Eve!!

(sorry I can’t NOT do it)

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Today I am writing about all my favourite books of this year. This is a great post to do as I get to shout about all of my favourite books I have read and I know technically it is not yet the end of the year but I know I don’t read that much around Christmas so it’s fine.

Also I hope you don’t get fed up of me trying to find different ways to say this is perfect because that might be all I am saying!!

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So the best books that I’ve read this year are…

 

All For The Game Series by Nora Sakaiv

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This series includes 3 books which I read together and in a very short space of time because I fell into them fast and hard. This isn’t a perfect series and isn’t for everyone but personally I really enjoyed it and all the disastrous decisions the main character made. The behaviour in this book isn’t good but it wasn’t without explanation and I think by the end of the books there is growth. It is about Neil, who is on the run from his father but then he gets to play for his dream exy team and decides to push his luck really. But in joining the team he finds he doesn’t want to leave, he would rather belong than run. It is a kind of an overly dramatic plot where you can either play or die and the characters constantly choose play but I think the characters are all interesting and at the end you really have this sense of connection as they work through some of their issues together. Like I said this isn’t for everyone but I adore the group dynamic and the complete chaos.

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This is a very popular book and I really enjoyed reading it so I am definitely on the hype train with this one. It is the story of one Evelyn Hugo who is an actress in 1950’s and we get to experience her whole life. I thought it was an interesting story and it was written really well to show many different aspects and cover the complexity of society. I loved how Evelyn navigated people, fame and the media to work for her even if it meant losing things. She was very ambiguous and clever making her an interesting character to follow. I love books which talk about media and fame especially when it shows the dark side of it so that was a massive bonus for me. Plus I loved the characters. It talked about so many things and I thought it talked about them so well. It was brilliant and complex.

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I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak/🎧

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‘I Am The Messenger’ was a really good book and is an unexpected favourite of this year. The reason I love the books so much was because I love Zusak’s writing and it really valued the small things and how to positively impact your life through your actions. It has a really good message and had interesting characters. The plot is really unique and keeps your reading because I needed to know the ending which was a plot twist… seriously. This is definitely a story I will be remembering and the audiobook has a Australian narrator which is AH-MAZING.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire SaΓ©nz

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I loved this book so much. It was beautiful. In this book we follow Aristotle who is a teenager in Mexico and we get to experience his life. It deals with so many different themes and in such an amazing way. We deal with themes of identity, masculinity, sexuality and I think they were written really well. It is very character driven with lots of dialogue which I adored. It is also told in short chapters which means you will fly through it. I loved the characters and their relationship. I love the supportive families and how the characters grow across the expanse of the book. THIS IS PERFECT. It is emotional and uplifting and just ahh.. please read it.

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The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

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I adored this book. I didn’t really know what to expect going in but it exceeded all my expectations. We are following Izzy O’Neill who is a great protagonist with a really unique voice that is so engaging and really quite funny. Despite having a light-hearted voice it is still able to reach these really deep emotional levels. The story is about slut shaming after photos with Izzy and another student are released and it all excels from there. I think Steven was able to create a real good image of present day society and how they would react to photos and looked at the small and big reactions which can shake up your life. It also looked a many other things and had a great cast of characters in the book– there are so many characters which make you angry but so many which make your heart warm. I thought it was a great book with a great voice and lesson. So yeah it was GREAT.

Although there is one joke about bleach which has made readers uncomfortable and it isn’t the best so please beware if you want to read this.Β 

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Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

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I had heard a lot about Alice Oseman’s books and I was so glad this book lived up to the hype. I adored the characters, the writing style and the themes of this book. It talked about school pressures and the expectation to go to university as it felt like a very real and authentic voice. I was so glad to see this talked about and in such a good way. The characters were all wonderfully diverse and so easy to love. Also it put an emphasis on friendships as well which was amazing and it was such a beautiful friendship. I adored this book and I highly recommend it.

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The Raven Cycle/Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’ve grouped all these together but The Raven Cycle and Call Down the Hawk are separate series.

I love, loved, LOVED my reread of The Raven Cycle because the characters were wonderful and having the foresight of events allowed be to look deeper at the story. I also wrote lots of notes along with it and I just got a deeper understanding of the stories and why I love it. You can see these thoughts here. I think my favourite one this time was The Raven Boys but I truly loved them all.

Call Down the Hawk was wonderful to read as we got to get some new content with some of my old favourite such as Ronan, Adam, Declan and Matthew. There were some beautiful moments and I really like where the story is heading. I think the magic is so imaginative and the writing is very Maggie which I love. Like I said in my review “Overall I would say it is dreams, loneliness and a hunt.Β Of course it was good.”

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Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

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This was a non-fictional book so it feels weird including this but I did love it. I think it really captured the modern first-world society that can be obsessed with media and a bunch of other things. I thought the advice was absolutely amazing and I wish I wouldn’t carelessly forget about it at times. This book could help be build a better life from what it says and I think that is a pretty remarkable thing.

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The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern/🎧

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I have literally just finished this right now and I waited to post this post so I could finish reading this book. That is this book. I always have no words to describe this book so this paragraph won’t be worth the wait at all. But here we go….

I didn’t expect to love this book but I did. It was a story which had stories in it that somehow made one story. I love the writing of the magic and the magic of the writing. There was something so enchanting about this story and I was memorised by the cross over of the stories, all the interwoven details made me heart swell. The characters and writing carried this basis of this stories to new heights making it more than I could have imagined. It is slow and definitely not for everyone but if it is for you, I do think you will fall in love. It is certainly a specific kind of dream to fall into and one I didn’t particularly want to leave.

“The world is magic, honeychild.”

RTC (this old promise, I know)


 

Runner Ups:

  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  • Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
  • We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

 

WOW can I even call myself a fantasy lover any more!?!? This was the year for trying out more genres and I was not disappointed.

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What have been some of your favourite books this year? Who had been one of your favourite authors of this year?

Have you got any recommendations for me to read?

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29 thoughts on “Blogmas Day 23: My Best Books of 2019 πŸ“–

  1. ahhh, so many people have been talking about Ari and Dante and also The Raven Cycle…I need to read both ASAP!! and hehehe, happy christmas eve eve πŸ₯³πŸ˜Š

    your posts are always so fun *adds all these books to my TBR* πŸ’•

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    1. Yes they are very popular books and I am definitely on board with it as I clearly love them πŸ˜‚ if you get to read them I hope you love them!!
      Yay thank you!! πŸŽ…πŸ»
      Aw.. thank you so, so much Ash!! That’s so sweet!!! πŸ’•πŸ’•

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    1. Thank you!! It was great to write about my favourites πŸ˜‚ yes Evelyn Hugo really was incredible, I loved so many different aspects in it!! 😊
      Radio Silence was amazing!! I’m so glad you love it as well!! ❀❀

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  2. this is my favorite post to read at this time of the year and i love your list so much!
    i only read seven husbands of evelyn hugo this year and i liked it enough! even though it didn’t make it into my favorites list, i still had a great time reading it and i think it was an unique plot. i really admire how taylor jenkins reid created evelyn hugo as a character; she felt so much like a real person, it was crazy!
    seeing ari & dante in your list makes my heart so warm. i promise i won’t talk again about how much i love it, because i’m sure you’re tired of hearing me talk about it, but i’m glad to hear it meant so much to you as well.
    i had seen a copy of the exact opposite of okay in my local bookstore but i had never heard of it before. knowing you enjoyed it so much and especially that it dealt with slut-shaming makes me more intrigued to read it.
    radio silence made it into my favorites of the year list as well. i completely agree with you that it had an incredible authentic voice, and makes me want to pick up more alice oseman in the future.
    it’s so exciting you enjoyed the starless sea so much! i’ve heard nothing but praise for this book. it sounds really magical and interesting, i’m glad you loved it.
    amazing post, sophie! hope you have a great end of the year and congrats on acing blogmas! πŸ’›

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    1. I love these posts as well, I haven’t been active recently so I’m so excited to read all these type of posts over the next few days!! πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much!!
      I’m glad you liked Evelyn Hugo– I definitely enjoyed the unique plot. I had never read anything like this and you are so right about the characters being so real. I think Taylor has a real talent for that, I want to read some of her backlist books so I’m curious to see if the characters are as real!!
      Aw.. always talk about Ari & Dante, I will never get bored of hearing you talk about them ❀ It was such a beautiful book. I just picked another of Benjamin's books up and I'm only 10 pages in but I'm already in love with the writing!!
      Ohh.. well I enjoyed The Exact Opposite of Okay but it isn't my usual style as it is very informal in it's writing style and she talks to you directly at times. But I think it made it have a sense of realness about it. I think the topic was important as it focuses on slut-shaming and I never read anything like that before.
      Radio Silence was incredible– I think I really like contemporaries with short chapters and real characters!! Definitely, I need to read all her books now!!
      I've seen a lot of praise for The Starless Sea too and I'm on board for it. It is so unique and magical, it was a great experience. I did prefer the beginning to the end but still amazing!!
      Thank you so, so much!! I hope you have a great end of the year and that 2020 is a wonderful year for you!!
      Thank you, it was so fun to do. Thank you for all your support, your comments are always so thoughtful and make my day!! ❀

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  3. Sophie, I loved reading this list so much!! There were many books on here that I read & enjoyed, so it made me quite happy to see them here.πŸ’—
    The Raven Cycle has my heart! It’s one of the series that I have read expecting to like, and have utterly fallen in love with. The characters are so vivid, I love him dearly. I’m very happy you enjoyed CDTH and I’m eagerly awaiting it!
    I Am the Messenger is so underrated but so good. I think it gets overshadowed by The Book Thief, but it’s completely different and holds its own so well. I really should do a reread of it soon because my sister owns it so it’s easily accessible, haha.
    Radio Silence was SO GOOD. I have a quote from it saved on my camera roll (I have a folder of book pictures) that I adore, and I can’t quote it exactly but it was something along the lines of, “I platonically love you” and I think that sums up everything that’s completely amazing about that book.😭
    Lovely post!

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    1. Aw.. thank you so much Olivia!! I’m glad that there were some books here that you enjoyed too *high five* ❀
      The Raven Cycle is beautiful, I didn't expect to love it as much as I did either especially as the first time round I was unsure about The Raven Boys !! The characters are so real and there are so many complex relationships which I loved. Yay I hope you enjoy CDTH, I think you will!! πŸ™‚
      The Messenger is underrated, you're right. I think people who like The Book Thief would like this book too because the writing style is similar!! But it is so different and unique. Plus it is a book you want to talk about afterwards!! Ohh a reread sounds like a great idea!! πŸ˜‚
      Radio Silence is amazing, I adored it!! YES I remember that quote, it was beautiful and definitely sums up the magic of this book.
      Thank you so, so much Olivia!! ❀

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  4. Oh wow I still need to read all of these πŸ™ˆ they sound amazing though and are all on my TBR. I missed my chance with The Starless Sea where I was distracted with catching up on my blog and need to order it back in. But I want to start reading again first so I’ll probably do so around mid January and request Evelyn Hugo at the same time (: my favourite is probably The Wicked King (I can’t believe I still need to read Queen Of Nothing). I definitely do hope to read more this year though. And I hope you find lots of new favourites this year.

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    1. Haha that is me with a lot of books!! Yay well I really hope you love all these books too!! πŸ™‚
      Aw.. I loved The Starless Sea, Erin has amazing writing and it was so different. The audiobook was amazing for it as well!! I hope you can get to both The Starless Sea and Evelyn Hugo soon!!
      Ohh.. well I definitely need to pick up that series, I’m glad you loved TWK so much and hopefully you can pick up The Queen of Nothing really soon as I know how excited you are for it!!
      Hopefully! Thank you, I hope you get to read loads and find lots of favourites too!! ❀

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      1. There are so many out there that there’s always more to read. Thank you so much ❀
        Thank you. I still hope to read them both fairly soonish, although not as soon as I’d originally been planning as I still haven’t started. I’m glad to hear that you loved them both so much though; I really hope that I end up enjoying them too.
        Thank you (: I hope you enjoy it if you do end up reading it.
        Thank you ❀❀

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  5. I loved reading about your favorite books for the year! πŸ₯° I also LOVED Radio Silence and Notes on a Nervous Planet (the latter was such a surprise, as I don’t often read nonfiction, but this was amazing) this year πŸ’— And I, of course, loved Evelyn Hugo, when I read it last year. I definitely need to check out more books by Taylor Jenkins Reid 😊

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    1. Aw.. thank you so much Caro!! I loved reflecting on them!!
      Yes Radio Silence really was a beautiful story, I’m so happy I picked it up.
      I really didn’t expect to love Notes on a Nervous Planet either but it was brilliant!! I am going to try the first one out as well now πŸ˜‚
      I need to try more Taylor Jenkins Reid books as well πŸ™‚

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  6. Oh yay, I’m really happy to see The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo on your list! It was one of my favorite books last year, and has such a special place in my heart. The Exact Opposite of Okay and Radio Silence are two novels I’m incredibly excited for, so it’s nice to see them highlighted here. I badly want to reread The Raven Cycle, even though I’m not very excited for Call Down the Hawk – that said, I’m somewhat interested in it, and I’ve seen SO MUCH love for it, so I’m definitely adding it to my tbr if my reread of TRC goes well. Glad you found so many great books in 2019! πŸ™‚

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    1. Evelyn Hugo really was an amazing book!! I’m glad it means a lot to you!! I loved the characters and how real it felt!
      Yay well I really hope you love both Radio Silence and The Exact Opposite of Okay because they are both important books in different ways!!
      Rereading The Raven Cycle was such a special experience and I think it made me love them all even more !! I enjoyed Call Down the Hawk, it definitely felt like a different story to TRC but it has the same themes/writing/magic that I loved from TRC so I would recommend it if you feel like reading it!! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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