After reading 15 books last year I definitely thought I was going to boost my reading goal up a bit more, so I eagerly set my goal at 24 books. Which would have been two a month, and would have definitely been doable. However, if you’ve read my sparse blog posts this year you’ll know that I had a drastic career change. Because of that I was more focused on that and making sure I was comfortable and in the rhythm of things before I wanted to read at work and wasn’t so exhausted on my days off that I was napping the days away.
I’ve finally found my groove of things and have tackled some books over the last couple of months of the year, so without further ado… Here are the nine books I read in 2019!
The Selection [Books 1-3] by Kiera Cass
This was the first series I read on an e-reader, and I tore through these (shoutout to continuous scroll). I believe I finished all three in about a week and a half. I would best describe these as a if The Bachelor and the Hunger Games had a dystopian love child. It had all the classic YA tropes; forbidden love, past love, new love, overthrowing the government… The usual things. I only read the first three as I did not read good reviews of the final two installments of the books from other fans of the series. Many fans regard them as a trilogy, because they want nothing to do with the last two books. I really did enjoy them and recommended them to my friends who also got a kick out of them. Would recommend for anyone who loved the Hunger Games and can’t wait until the premiere of Pilot Pete’s season of The Bachelor.
Run For Something by Amanda Litman
One of my awesome roommates recommended this one night during a wine filled discussion of politics, and I LOVED this. I will say I only read parts of it as it’s meant to be read scattered for what you need. I read this not because I want to run for office, but to understand what it takes, how hard it is, and the statistics behind how some of these positions are won. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to just understand how running for office, holding office, and campaigns actually happen.
One Day in December by Josie Silver
I really enjoyed curling up on the couch with this light love story. The book moves really quickly and spans about 10 years following the two main characters around, until they find what they are looking for in life. It really shows how much some people grow up and grow apart and sometimes back together (think of that couple from your hometown who didn’t talk to each other in high school, but now are happily married with kids). I’d recommend this if you spent too much money on the holidays and you need to stay inside for a week so you don’t spend more money.
Vox by Christina Dalcher
Let me tell you how angry I was about the ending of this book. I just- There are no words. I was hyping this book up to ANYONE who would listen before I was actually finished with it, and I really should have learned my lesson about speaking too soon. The ending was so rushed that it felt like she had 2 hours before the deadline and had to through some words on on the Word document to meet her word quota. I remember reading the ending, then thinking “surely that can’t be it” and rereading it. After doing some research I found that this book was written in two months and was evolved from a short story. However, I will say I love that this book felt like it could have taken place in 2020 or 2050. It was that eerily close to things that are happening in today’s climate. It was a great display of how women are muted and still manage to overthrow the government. Would still recommend to anyone who gets upset that church and state still haven’t made a clean break in today’s society.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
I was really looking for a cute and fun love story, and DID I FIND IT. I loved this read. It had it all… two people who ~hated~ each other, got a free trip to Hawaii, realized they didn’t hate each other (shocker), and grew emotionally through the whole thing. I don’t think it would go on my read again list, but I find myself looking for the next book that has a good story and characters like this. Would recommend for anyone who didn’t get cuffed this season and isn’t bitter about it.
My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren
This was a quintessential 21st century love story. I was so in love with the other book I read by Christina Lauren that I decided to read another one, and I’m not mad about it. I did find that some of the conversations between characters were a bit immature. The five main characters are supposed to be “nerdy” but they were all professors at an established university, but that doesn’t make them nerdy it makes them brilliant. Sometimes the nerdy narrative was pushed a bit hard so, like I said previously, the conversations seemed immature and cringey. Would still recommend this for anyone who loves stories about good friends who are there for each other through thick and thin.
The New Neighbors by Simon Lelic [also titled The House]
As someone who spent the better part of last year reading psychological thrillers and watches far too many crime shows, this book had all the potential to give us a sadistic, jaw dropping, psychotic, plot twist of the ages kind of ending and it fell absolutely flat. I read this book in three days. It sucks you right in and it’s vague enough that you have to keep reading because you NEED to know what this is leading up to. I finished this a few days before writing this cause I really wanted it to sink in and see how I felt about it later, and I’m still upset. Would recommend if you like Mad Libs; read up until the last 50 pages and make up your own ending.
And there’s the yearly wrap up! Hopefully I can add more to “Read” shelf on Goodreads. Can’t wait to see what I can pick up next year!
Currently Reading: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
What books did you read in 2019 that you loved, liked, or wouldn’t recommend? Leave a comment! I want to add more to my nightstand!