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So today I thought we’d take a walk down memory lane and have a look to see if I read my Most Anticipated 2019 releases and my Intriguing Releases of 2019 which was a list of books I knew next to nothing about but the covers or a quick glance over the synopsis had me interested.
I’m looking forward to seeing what I thought and if I even still want to read some of them.
Again, But Better by Christine Riccio
Listen this book … wasn’t good. It wasn’t. However! This book has given me so much entertainment. The contents of the book, in my opinion, were bad but in an almost funny way, as unintentional as that was. And reading other peoples reviews for this book have made me laugh so much. So yes technically this book was bad but I have a soft spot for it due to how much joy it’s given me since reading it.
Two Can Keep A Secrete by Karen M. McManus
McManus second book didn’t disappoint. I read this in it’s entirety on the last day of school as everyone else sat and did exam resits. I thought this was fun, these books have a old school CW feel to their plots which is fun. I’m looking forward to her third book.
Heartstopper Volume 1 by Alice Oseman
So cute! I had read the online version but it had been too hard to keep up with what with exams and school and all that. These graphic novels are too cute not to have in person either. I’m really hoping to get to the rest of the series in 2020.
A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven
This was probably my most anticipated release of 2019 out of them all. I was crazy about book one (The Exact Opposite of Okay) and so I had high hopes for the sequel. Although I didn’t enjoy it quite as much as the first book I still had a great time reading this, and I will continue to recommend this duology to everyone and anyone.
Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy
This book is a gender bent retelling (?) of Merlin and Arthur and I didn’t get to it this year. I love the Arthurian legends and I love the BBC Merlin show but I never got around to this book this year and it’s no longer a top priority of mine.
Ghosts of the Shadow Market by Cassandra Clare & Friends
When I included this on my list last January I had already read most of the story’s in this bind up but I was waiting on the physical release for the last two unreleased novellas which I ended up loving! I wish I’d taken notes and made mini reviews for each novella. Maybe that’s a plan for 2020. Either way I loved these. So much Jem Carstairs content and great Kit moments in the last novellas.
The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare & Wesley Chu
This book was so much fun. I know I’m playing into capitalism and all that with all of these books but I don’t mind. Capitalism is inescapable these days so I don’t mind when I’m getting such good content like this in return.
The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen
I haven’t heard anything about this book and I can’t say I remember what it’s about meaning I have no plans to read it. If anyone has read this and enjoyed it let me know 🙂
The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh
This didn’t even have a cover back when I made this original list but I had high hopes this book would be the vampire renaissance we all deserved. Sadly, I’ve seen some not so great reviews but even besides that I’ve learnt more about this book and I just don’t think it’s for me. Again, I’d be interested to know if anyone’s read ths yet and what your thoughts are?
Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
I loved this book so much, evidence enough by the amount of times I’ve talked about it here on my blog. I was actually lucky enough to receive and ARC via Netgalley meaning I got to read it before it’s release and I had so much fun. I’m so happy to see everyone else love it and the fandom grow.
Descendant of the Crane by Joan He
I still think this is the most beautiful cover ever. I also still don’t have a clue what this is about. I really haven’t seen many reviews of this which hasn’t pushed me towards looking anymore into it. Has anyone read this? I’d love to know a) what it’s about, and b) if it’s worth the read?
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Although at the beginning of the year I barely knew what this was about, as the year progressed and the release date got closer, and closer, I got swept up in the hype for this book and ultimately ended up disappointed. It took me over a month to read and although I liked the concept I didn’t enjoy how it was executed. Lots of things were underdeveloped and although I do want to re-read this and give it a second chance I didn’t love it.
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
I’ve been holding off writing this post in hopes that I could squeeze this book in before the end of the year but it’s just not happening. It’s gonna make me feel things I’m sure and that’s probably why I haven’t yet picked it up because I’m allergic to emotions and vulnerability. I swear I will be getting to this soon though. And if I don’t then please feel free to yell at me very loudly.
BONUS: Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater
The only reason this book wasn’t on my Most Anticipated of 2019 list was because, at the time, no information on this book had been released. Not a cover, or a title, or a synopsis, or a release date. Nada.
I’m thrilled to say that I have read this book and loved more or less every second of it. It was a bit touch and go at the beginning but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down. I loved Ronan, I loved Adam, I loved Declan, I loved Matthew and I loved Jordan Henessey. How I’m expected to wait a whole year for book 2 I don’t know.
I feel like overall I’ve done quite well, I’m really proud of how I’ve kept up to date with new releases which have interested me and not left them for years like I usually do. I’m hoping to continue this trend into the new year and also to read some I didn’t get to from this list, namely Like a Love Story.
Has anyone read any of these? Are there any I haven’t read that I should? I’d love to know 🙂 Thanks for reading.