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Top 15 of my bookish 2019 – The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series

Hey there my lovelies!

The old year is coming to an end (pretty soon I might add) and since this worked out so nicely last year I thought I might give you another round of „The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series“! Considering that my reading goal was pretty low this year and that I only set it on 40 books, I was surprised to realize that it ended up being 80. (YES, I actually made it to 80!!! XD) And just like last year I thought that I read no horrible books until I took a closer look at my list and noticed that there were actually a few that got a pretty low rating from me. *lol*

Anyway here’s a short summary of my reading year 2019! Read about „The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series“! 😛

I hope you’ll enjoy it!

The Awesome:

– Red, White & Royal Blue:

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This book was pure fluff and definitely the biggest surprise of this year! (Well, at least for me it was! XD) So many people wrote great reviews about it and this only caused me to crave it even more! At the end I wanted to read it so badly that it almost hurt! lol* I’m so glad I eventually managed to get to it because even though I had problems to get into the writing style at first, I still wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on this! ❤ Alex and Henry were pure MAGIC & LOVE!!! This book gave me so much hope and I’m so glad Casey McQuiston wrote it! If you want to read my in depth review you can do it here!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo:

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I loved Evelyn Hugo and the way her story was told! This woman was amazing and I could totally imagine her as a real and famous person! All the press clippings made this seem even more real and I was completely taken by her story! By the end of the book it felt like Evelyn Hugo actually lived and my feelings were all over the place! ❤

– Vicious:

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V.E. Schwab definitely was my personal revelation of 2019. I loved „Vicious“ so much!!! The cat-and-mouse game between Victor and Eli gave me life and the fact that neither of them wanted to give up because they both thought they were right made this even more intriguing! But who was the actual villain? I’m still puzzling over this question, and I’m still not sure what the right answer is. *lol*

The Cruel Prince:

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I have no idea why I waited so long to read this! Like seriously, what’s wrong with me? Maybe I already knew that I’d love it! I mean there are cruel and cunning faeries in this and everyone is plotting and scheming so what’s not to love? *lol* Plus FAERIES!!! I love to read stories about my own kind. 😛

We Are Okay:

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I never thought I’d end up loving this book so much but this was one hell of an amazing read! The way Nina LaCour described grief was so tangible and real that you could feel it through the pages! „We Are Okay“ had a tough topic but it dealt with it in a gentle and beautiful way and I couldn’t help but adore it! ❤

The Meagre:

– Grace and Fury:

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What can I say about „Grace and Fury“? Well, I really didn’t enjoy that one. There were way too many series and book tropes mixed into one and the more I read the more it felt like I was reading something already familiar. When I go into a book I just want to be surprised, I’ve nothing against a few tropes if they are done well, but they just didn’t work out for me in this one. I’m sorry to say it, but this just wasn’t for me.

Leah on the Offbeat:

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Urgh. This was another one of my disappointments this year. I was really looking forward to read this but when I actually got to it I had to realize that I didn’t enjoy it as much as I’d hoped I would. I didn’t get warm with Leah and I missed all the fluff that was „Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda“. Plus the bi-rep. *shakes head* Let’s just say I wasn’t very happy with it.

– Anna and the French Kiss:

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I liked the first 50% of the book but after that it got really frustrating and I just couldn’t. The characters and their situation didn’t feel right for me so I couldn’t give this more than 3 paws. I don’t want to spoil anything in here but I was not okay with the way the love story developed and even though I’m pretty sure that a lot of people love this book all I can say is „I guess it just wasn’t for me.“ >_<

– Genuine Fraud:

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How to put it nicely without hurting E. Lockhart’s feelings? *lol* Well, let’s just say I loved „We Were Liars“ and I was more than just a little bit disappointed by this one. I still don’t know where Lockhart wanted to go with it and if we’re already „genuine“ I have to admit that nothing in this book made sense to me. XD Sorry, but that was a clear „no“ from me.

– VOX:

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If 2019 taught me anything then it’s the fact that I better keep my greedy hands from dystopian science fiction books. *lol* No matter if it was „VOX““ or „The Power“ the injustice in those books always made me angry and I just can’t read them without being upset afterwards. XD So I figured I better avoid that genre for a while. Might help to put things into perpective.

The Series:

– The Illuminae Files:

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Everyone who’s watched my progress with this series was bound to notice that I kind of devoured those books! *lol* I started to read „Illuminae“ in February and I never stopped. XD This was so, so, so damn good!!! I just loved everything about this series and the twists and turns had my head spinning and my mind reeling! This was nothing but amazing! ❤

The Lies of Locke Lamora:

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When I started to read this I never thought I’d end up enjoying it so much, but Locke and his band of bastards swept me off my feet and I became attached to each and every one of them. Locke’s mind and his noble thief attitude? Adorable and so very intriguing! I can’t wait to dive into „Red Seas Under Red Skies“ next year! I’m so ready for this! 😀

A Court of Thorns and Roses:

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This was a reread but if anything I loved it even more the second time around! There were so many details I missed when I paged through the series about two years ago and I really appreciated those little bits and pieces. Plus I fell in love with Lucien all over again! I just love that man! Yes, Rhys is awesome too, but Lucien owns my heart!!! ❤

The Poppy War:

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This book was just… well WOW! I didn’t read such a great fantasy book for quite a while and R.F. Kuang has all my respect for pulling this off. Still, there were quite some tough topics in this one and it certainly was no easy read. So if you want to read it I can totally recommend it, be careful and aware of all those triggers though. 😉

– Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass Series):

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I started this series in 2017 and I finished it at the beginning of 2019. Considering there were 7 books (8 if you count „The Assassin’s Blade“) this was quite a feat! And so damn worth it!!! „Kingdom of Ash“ was such a great finale that I still didn’t finish writing my review! *lol* I hoped that I’d manage to write it until the end of the year but as it seems it will hit my blog in January. (Holiday Hiatus what did you do? XD) For now all you need to know is that I loved it! 😛

Rankenzeile

So this was my year 2019 in 15 books! How was your 2019? Was it a successful reading year? Did you manage to read all the books you wanted to read? Are there some you’ll take into the next year? Were you disappointed or surprised? Let me know in the comments! 😉

This said I wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and I hope that your 2020 will be amazing!!! ❤

*hugs’n’kisses*

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13 Gedanken zu „Top 15 of my bookish 2019 – The Awesome, The Meagre & The Series“

    1. I know what you mean! There are a lot of V.E. Schwab or Victoria Schwab books out there and it’s hard to decide which ones to read first. XD Since I’m pretty new to Schwab’s books as well I only read „City of Ghosts“ and „Vicious“. I’m planning to read „Vengeful“ this year though and I want to go for her „A Darker Shades of Magic“ series because I only heard good things about it.
      And just in case you didn’t know that already: Schwab goes by Victoria Schwab when she writes middle grade or YA books for a younger audience and by V.E. Schwab when it’s for a more mature crowd. (YA or New Adult) 😉

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