2019: My Year in Reading

Hello All,

Welcome to my Year in Reading. 2019 has been most peculiar in terms of reading, as it is the year in which I have read the most amount of books since I have started tracking my reading in 2016. This year I have created a long-lasting habit of listening to audiobooks when going to work as well as reading before going to bed in the evening.

In 2019 I read 111 books, 38% of which were audiobooks and 75% written by female authors. This year I mostly read genre fiction, with the exception of some poetry (namely Amanda Lovelace and Rupi Kaur), graphic novels (Heartstopper and Book Love) and non fiction (Educated, Mary Queen of Scots, 66 – The house that viewed the world, Il Mio Dante).

Below here you will find a list of my favourite books of 2019, some honourable mentions and the books that instead I found to be quite disappointing.

Favourite Books

Honourable Mentions

Most Disappointing

Disclaimer: by most disappointing I do not mean that these books are bad by any means, just that maybe my expectations were too high and I didn’t enjoy them as much as I thought.

The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern: maybe because the set up was long and the ending felt rushed, maybe because this book was so hyped, maybe because magical realism is not really my thing… but this was a 3-star book for me.

Grey Sister, by Mark Lawrence: I know, I was not expecting this either. Especially because most people I know have loved this second book in the trilogy, but I found it slow and tedious. I had to put it down and pick it back up even! This is a 2.5-star read for me.

The Amber Spyglass, by Philip Pullman: even thought the first two books in the trilogy were my favourite of 2018, this one is probably one of the worst books I’ve read this year – and I feel that it is not as an unpopular opinion as some might think, since the reviews on this one are so mixed. This was just a cliche after another, and unfortunately it fell flat for me.

This is the summary of my 2019 in reading – I know that the most disappointing books will probably be a shock and an unpopular opinion, but as I mentioned before I did not hate those books, they just did not live up to my expectations.

Let me know if you’ve read any of these and which books were your favourite!

Until next time,

Keky

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