Hi, hello there; it’s January, it’s a new year and I don’t know how to feel about it. I always feel weird at the end of each year because suddenly 365 days have just passed and I’m left wondering where the time went. It’s like, a lot of stuff has happened during the span of the year – I know that – but at the same time it feels like nothing has happened and that I did nothing. Can any of you relate to this feeling?
Whether you can relate or not I hope you all had a great Christmas and a good new years eve xx
But since you can’t stop the year from changing, it’s now 2019. For many people a new year equals a bunch of new goals and resolutions. Be it the classic fitness ones or in my case, a resolution to read more books. Like I wrote in a (very) similar post last year, my one resolution for 2018 was to read at least 52 books and though I didn’t manage to do it, I did get a lot more reading done than in 2017, so I’m not too sad about it.
Like last year this post will contain a list of all the books I read during the year and the order I read them in. You also get a little comment along with each title because I think you deserve more than just a list ;P
So anyways, here’s the list:
1. City of Ashes – by Cassandra Clare
I’ve read the entire Mortal instruments series a couple of times before but every time I read it I still find the books interesting. It’s definitely one of my favorite book series.
2. City of Glass – by Cassandra Clare
I don’t have much to say about the third book, except poor Max and fuck Sebastian/Jonathan. He’s such a cunt.
3. City of Fallen Angels – by Cassandra Clare
Simon is probably one of my favorite characters but I’ll admit I got a bit mad at him a couple of times. He really fucked it up with the ladies in this one.
4. City of Lost Souls – by Cassandra Clare
One word: Malec
5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – by Becky Albertalli
This is adorable and very well-written. I really liked the characters and I can definitely recommend reading the book (even if you’ve already watched the movie)!
6. Riding with Brighton – by Haven Francis
I know. It’s on the list 3 times. Whoops. It’s just so damn cute and well-written. It’s pretty much my go to when I’m in my ∼gay mood∼ and need an easy read with a happy ending.
7. Cut Both Ways – by Carrie Mesrobian
This is another one I’ve read before and will probably read again. There’s just something about her writing that really captures my attention and I love how she never labels the main characters sexuality.
8. Challenge Accepted – by Amanda Abram
This one is so predictable and I honestly bought it because it was really cheap and I’m a sucker for the whole “enemies to lovers” kinda thing. It wasn’t bad at all but it didn’t change my life either.
9. What’s Not Broken – by D.J Parker
Sadly I was very disappointed by this one. It was just not very good and the main character really annoyed me.
10. Riding with Brighton – by Haven Francis
What can I say? It’s an adorable and easy read.
11. When Everything Is Blue – by Laura Lascarso
I love how their relationship develops and how cool Chris is with his sexuality. It’s really good and I can definitely recommend it.
12. City of Heavenly Fire – by Cassandra Clare
This is probably my favorite out of all the books in the Mortal Instruments series. It just messes with your heart so bad.
13. Clockwork Angel – by Cassandra Clare
The entire Infernal Devices series is honestly just too die for. I like this series even more than the Mortal Instruments.
14. Clockwork Prince – by Cassandra Clare
You can’t have both Tessa so please choose.
15. Clockwork Princess – by Cassandra Clare
This last one has me bawling every single time I read it.
16. Playlist for the Dead – by Michelle Falkoff
It wasn’t at all like I expected it to be but I didn’t hate it. I’m probably not going to be re-reading it though.
17. When Everything Is Blue – by Laura Lascarso
It’s just good okay.
18. Wurthering Heights – by Emily Brontë
I knew I was taking a gamble with this one, seeing how most people either love it or hate it. And I lost the gamble tbh. I really, really did not like it.
19. More Than This – Patrick Ness
This was very different from what I normally read but I was pleasantly surprised by it. I thought it was very interesting and I was actually kinda sad when I was done with it.
20. The Girl of Ink and Stars – by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I honestly bought this because of the cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous! The book itself wasn’t bad but I don’t think I’ll be reading it again.
21. We Were Liars – by E. Lockhart
I remember how my mind was blown when I read it for the first time a couple of years ago. The second time around it wasn’t as mind-blowing seeing as I already knew the plot twist but it was still damn good. I would probably read it a third time as well.
22. Been Here All Along – by Sandy Hall
It’s fluffy and cute but it’s probably not gonna change your life.
23. Autoboyography – by Christina Lauren
I absolutely loved this book. I really liked the main character and my heart broke for him, and his (very mormon) love interest, many times throughout it.
24. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – by Mackenzi Lee
It was very quirky and I loved how sassy the main character was. I’m glad I chose to read it and I do recommend it!
25. Girl Made of Stars – by Ashley Herring Blake
This was a very touching book about a very difficult topic. I can’t imagine what it would be like to discover that a sibling is capable of sexually assaulting someone.
26. Peter Darling – by Austin Chant
If you’ve ever shipped Peter Pan and Captain Hook then this is the book for you. I’m not entirely sure why I bought it, but can one really be held accountable for what they do at 3am? I think not.
27. Call Me by Your Name – by André Aciman
It’s funny because when I read it in 2017 I was quite disappointed by it and I wasn’t that big of a fan. Then I read it last year and I fell in love with it. I even ugly cried at the end. That’s peculiar isn’t it?
28. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – by Rick Riordan
This series is so good and I really enjoyed re-reading it.
29. Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters – by Rick Riordan
30. Percy Jackson and the Titans Curses – by Rick Riordan
31. Percy Jackson and the Battle of the Labyrinth – by Rick Riordan
32. Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian – by Rick Riordan
33. Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked – by S.J. Goslee
This book was great. I loved the narrator and I found it really funny. I’ll probably read it again some day.
34. The Tenth Girl – by Carrie Aarons
I don’t know about this one. It wasn’t exactly terrible it was just terribly cliché.
35. Running with Lions – by Julian Winters
I know absolutely nothing about soccer but luckily that didn’t matter. I liked how it wasn’t all fluff but was a little angsty as well.
36. To Kill a Mockingbird – by Harper Lee
This is proof that I read stuff besides fluff you guys 😛 I loved the book and I understand why it’s such a classic now!
37. Go Set a Watchman – by Harper Lee
I didn’t like it as much as the first one but it wasn’t bad.
38. Riding with Brighton – by Haven Francis
No shame ;P
39. The Lost Hero – by Rick Riordan
And Rick Riordan makes it onto my list again. Heroes of Olympus is such a good series and I think it’s amazing how he manages to write from so many different POV’s while still maintaining each of the characters unique voices.
40. The Son of Neptune – by Rick Riordan
I loved reading about the Roman side of things.
41. The Mark of Athena – by Rick Riordan
Annabeth is a badass. Enough said.
42. Autoboyography – by Christina Lauren
I highly recommend it!
43. Know Not Why – by Hannah Johnson
This was pretty funny and cute. Again, it’s not gonna rock your world, but it’s not a waste of time either.
As you can see I managed to read 43/52 books, which is more than double the amount I read in 2017! I’m pretty happy with that and so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to read 52 this year 🙂
What are your book or non-book related goals for this year? How did you do last year? I’d love to know where you guys are at since I’ve been MIA for a while.
Also, how is 2019 treating everyone so far? Personally I’ve actually had a pretty decent start to the year – though I’m not looking forward to going back to school on Monday…
Phew. This is officially one long ass post. I ran into some trouble writing it too. Trouble = me accidentally deleting most of it and having to start over. It took a lot of willpower to not simply delete the entire thing. So before you gouge your eyes out let’s just skip to the farewells:
I hope you’re all doing well and as always, thanks for reading!
See you soon guys xx