“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”Oscar Wilde
So, I know it’s pretty much already March but I still wanted to get to this post. I read some amazing books in 2019 and I really feel like talking about them at least a little bit more before completely turning the page to this new year. So…here is a list of some of my best reads of the year (I haven’t really created an order of favorites in this list. It really is more of a love all of these so freaking much).
Also, I have linked the reviews I’ve written in the titles. The ones that don’t have any links are still to come so be on the look out!
- The Six of Crows Duology
“Inej had once offered to teach him how to fall. “The trick is not getting knocked down,” he’d told her with a laugh. “No, Kaz,” she’d said, “the trick is in getting back up.”Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Oh god, this books! If you are around booktube or bookstagram even a little bit then you have definitely heard of this ones. They are the best thing ever! I swear to god. I feel in love with this gang and their dynamics so much, I seriously need a re-read. The story is incredibly well-built and kept me on my toes the entire time. You guys can definitely expect a review for this one pretty soon.
Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.
It is only with one’s heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the worst thing she’d ever been through. That was before her planet was invaded. Now, with enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating craft, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But the warship could be the least of their problems. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their biggest threat; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady plunges into a web of data hacking to get to the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: Ezra.
Part of being alive is having life change us. The people around us, the events we live through, all of them shape us.Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Every Heart a Doorway
For us, places we went were home. We didn’t care if they were good or evil or neutral or what. We cared about the fact that for the first time, we didn’t have to pretend to be something we weren’t. We just got to be. That made all the difference in the world.”Every Heart a Doorway by Seana McGuire
This book is absolutely precious. I have been wanting to read it for so long but every time I thought of buying it the reality of having no pennies would strike. So you can imagine my happiness when I found this little guy on my local library. I devoured the thing in two days and feel in love. It is such a hopeful but also painful story to be honest, the fact that the characters find their true homes, the places where they truly belong tugs at my heart because it is so genuine, but not all of them are able to stay there so that really got to me.
A thousand years ago evil came to the land and has ruled with an iron hand ever since. The sun shines fitfully under clouds of ash that float down endlessly from the constant eruption of volcanoes. A dark lord rules through the aristocratic families and ordinary folk are condemned to lives in servitude, sold as goods, labouring in the ash fields. But now a troublemaker has arrived and there is rumour of revolt. A revolt that depends on criminal that no-one can trust and a young girl who must master Allomancy – the magic that lies in all metals.
Belief isn’t simply a thing for fair times and bright days, I think. What is belief – what is faith – if you don’t continue in it after failure.The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway—a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love—a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands. True love or not, the game must play out, and the fates of everyone involved, from the cast of extraordinary circus performers to the patrons, hang in the balance, suspended as precariously as the daring acrobats overhead.
You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?
Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
Go on with what your heart tells you, or you will lose all.The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Heroes of Olympus Series
You must forge your own path for it to mean anything.The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Rick Riordan has become another author who I absolutely love. The way he writes with all that sarcasm and his amazing and incredibly real characters who you can’t help but absolutely fall in love with…I immediately jumped into this series after finishing the Percy Jackson one and devoured the whole thing. It’s so fast paced and simply fantastic.
IN THE YEAR 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.
As terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Every person has the power to change their fate if they are brave enough to fight for what they desire more than anything.Caraval by Stephanie Garber
This one was so fast paced! The story was gripping from the very beginning, the plot is really exciting with all the mystery surrounding the game and all the magic. I sprinted so easily through it. I still haven’t read the following books but plan on finishing this series this year after a re-read of Caraval.
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic. Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior – to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
People have been predicting the end of the world almost from its very beginning, so it’s only natural to be sceptical when a new date is set for Judgement Day. But what if, for once, the predictions are right, and the apocalypse really is due to arrive next Saturday, just after tea? You could spend the time left drowning your sorrows, giving away all your possessions in preparation for the rapture, or laughing it off as (hopefully) just another hoax. Or you could just try to do something about it. It’s a predicament that Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon now finds themselves in. They’ve been living amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and, truth be told, have grown rather fond of the lifestyle and, in all honesty, are not actually looking forward to the coming Apocalypse. And then there’s the small matter that someone appears to have misplaced the Antichrist…
Most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people.Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman