The Best Books of 2019!

Howdy-do guys, gals, and enby pals! Today I’ll be talking about the best books I read this 2019. On my booktube, I did a post about the worst books I’d read this year, and there were thankfully only four. (Click the link to check it out, and maybe subscribe to my booktube?) I’m very happy to report that my best of 2019 post is much longer, which means I had a pretty good reading year!

The books in my list meet the following criteria:

  1. They were published in 2019.
  2. I read them in 2019.
  3. I rated them 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads.

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The Books That Defined My Decade

In my opinion, the end of 2019 is a special moment. Not only are we closing out a year and ushering in a new one, we’re straight-up closing out a decade. That is some significant shit. No matter how you feel about the past ten years, fact of the matter is, 10 years is a huge chunk of one’s lifetime. That’s not a small thing, and neither are the things that happened during this past decade that influenced who you are today.

In particular, for millennials like me, the 2010s were an era in and of itself. A lot of us did our growing up during this decade, transitioning from preteens to high school students to functioning adult members of society. The 2010s defined us. It was during these ten years that we learned what we liked and didn’t like, what we enjoyed, what we believed in, what we would fight for. It was these ten years that we sowed the seeds of the adults we are today. 

At the start of the decade, I was 16 years old. I had just started college, moved out of my mom’s house, and was on my own for the first time in my entire life. I barely knew what I was doing, let alone what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I majored in political science, joined a bunch of campus orgs that would look good on my resume, but otherwise mostly kept to myself in my dorm room with a massive pile of books.

Now, I’m 26. I’ve been out of college for longer than I’ve been in it. I’ve moved in with my boyfriend, and have a job that – while it periodically kicks my ass – I enjoy and am passionate about. I consider myself a fairly well-rounded and intelligent person, with varied interests and hobbies, a small group of close friends that I can rely on for anything, and the capacity to both comprehend my privilege and what I can do to level the playing field for others. I like to think the past decade turned me out pretty okay!

Consistently, big part of who I am throughout the decade came from the books I read. I credit being a wide and voracious reader with the personality and disposition that I have now, so I thought, what better way to celebrate the end of the 2010s than with a post dedicated to the books that defined my decade?

For each year from 2010 to 2019, I name the books published in that year that I most enjoyed and related to. Read on, and let me know if you enjoyed any of these books too!

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[Movie Review] Dead Kids // a heist movie and social commentary rolled into one – NOT SPOILER-FREE!!

Howdy-do, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Welcome to the first ever movie review on my blog!

Unlike books, I’ve never really taken the time to dissect a film before. Either I like a movie, or I don’t. I’ve never been into debating the finer points of this scene or that, or delving into the deeper meaning of significant dialogue. (Just ask my boyfriend, who had to painstakingly break down all the Akira Kurosawa references in Star Wars for me because I just didn’t get it.) The most I do is call out movies that have harmful representation. Literally, that’s it.

But I just knew I had to make an exception for Dead Kids. It’s honestly my new fave, and if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly suggest you do so!

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[Book Review] The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso // a portrait of the Filipino woman

Listen. If you don’t know by now how hard I ball for Filipino authors – well then, allow me to take the time to welcome you to my blog, because you’re definitely new around these parts if you don’t know that about me!

I’ve been a long-time fan and supporter of Kay’s, and when I heard that her novel The Wolf of Oren-Yaro was going to be published, I was ecstatic. Not only because it’s a magnificent, unapologetically Filipino-coded high fantasy, but also because my dream publisher and favourite industry bookish people of all time, Orbit, was the pioneer that decided to take a chance on this novel. Naturally, when Shealea (whose blog is temporarily down while she makes some improvements!) announced the #HailTheBitchQueen tour, I knew I had to sign up.

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Get this book here!

Despite my hellish work schedule (which you already know all about if you follow me and my rantings on Twitter, lol) and the intimidating page count (496, y’all!), I just knew I had to sign up. And I absolutely didn’t regret it one bit.

Read on to find out why!

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#StartOnYourShelfathon Reading Challenge 2020: LET’S GET IT ON!!!

Hey there guys, gals, and non-binary pals! How’s your December going? Bought tons of books yet for yourselves or your loved ones? Gotten gifted some excellent reads yet? Or, on the flip side of things, how many books on your shelf – whether physical or electronic – have you bought earlier in the year but are still, now that 2019 is about to end, still unread?

Do you feel called out? I sure as heck did when CW announced this challenge! Coming to you from The Quiet Pond is a 2020 reading challenge that will finally knock some of those books still languishing on your TBR list. To know more, check out the #StartOnYourShelfathon introductory post!

As soon as CW announced this readathon, I started thinking about how I’d go about completing this challenge. I remember writing two posts listing all the books I still had on my physical TBR and my e-book TBR (check them out here and here if you’re interested!) and I wanted something similar for #StartYourShelfathon – a list of books that I’d periodically update throughout the year as I crossed titles off it, with visibility on my blog for accountability’s sake! But of course, because this is now an actual challenge, I wanted to be more organized.

Read more below for how I plan to go about finishing CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon!

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