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.

Let’s get started!

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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 wouldlook 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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MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES – July, August, and September 2019

Hallelu, guys, gals, and enby pals! Today I’m bringing to you my most anticipated releases for the third quarter of the year, a.k.a. July, August, and September! Used to be I hosted this particular section of my blog on Top Ten Tuesday, but I realized I didn’t like trying to squeeze out just ten most anticipated books, especially when there are usually so many upcoming releases that I’m excited about! So this little part of my blog is now going to be it’s very own section! Yay! 🎉

Do note though that these releases are arranged only by month, not by genre or age range. I read a wide variety of genres and age ranges, so I honestly just gave up on trying to categorize it that way.

By the way, my birthday is on August 27th so if you’d like to send me any of these books as a present, I’d much appreciate it! 😉

On with the show!

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Adult SFF Books

Hey there guys, gals, and enby pals! Bringing to you today a list that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time!

For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme created The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. This Tuesday’s theme is your top ten books in your favorite genre, and I decided to take the opportunity to rep my absolute most favorite genre ever: SFF. Particularly, I decided to talk about adult SFF, since this is a subset of fiction that I think is woefully underrated. (Not to mention, a ton of the titles in this list are often miscategorized as YA—both because lofty-minded chauvinistic assholes look down on YA and on the female authors that write SFF. I said what I said.)

So let’s get to it!

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Characters That Remind Me of Myself

Hallelu, comrades!

Hey. Didja see my booktube yet? 😏 (If you haven’t, find me over here and subscribe!)

While I’m absolutely and totally enamored with my new YouTube channel, those who don’t exactly enjoy videos needn’t worry – this space is still my panganay (a Tagalog word meaning ‘eldest child’) and I will love and cherish it forever! While I do have some new content planned for YouTube, I also have a lot in store for the blog. So never fear that the OG will fall by the wayside! I am now, as Shealea and Zia have said, a multi-platform blogging kween.

*more off-key kazoo playing in the background*

Anyhoo, welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly theme created The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. This week’s topic is actually one that I’m pretty excited to write about: top ten characters that remind me of myself!

So, with advance apologies for the significant amount of self-aggrandizing in this post, let’s get started!

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Most Anticipated Releases for April, May, and June 2019

THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR IS OVER, Y’ALL. CAN YOU BELIEVE? I don’t know about y’all but I personally feel like the first three months of the year just flew by so fast.

With a new quarter, inevitably, comes a new wave of releases. And with a new wave of releases comes a brand new pile of books to add to my never-ending TBR! Ah, the life of a bookworm.

As I did with my Most Anticipated Releases for January, February, and March post, I decided to make this post part of my Top Ten Tuesday series. As you all probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books on your spring TBR, so my list fits in perfectly!

Check it out below!

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Classics I *Actually* Enjoyed

One of my IRL friends is an English teacher, and came over to my apartment yesterday so we could work together (and also so she could mooch off of my wi-fi). She was putting together a syllabus for her high school students, which got me to thinking about the classic books that are assigned to students every year, and their actual worth to us as readers.

The subject of classics is a Pandora’s box within the bookish community – and with good reason. There are school classics that serve no further purpose on the curriculum, and which the modern day reader no longer finds relevant or – even worse – which actively hurts the modern reader with its outdated sensibilities.

However, there are a handful of classics from my own high school and elementary school days that I enjoyed back then as a kid or teenager, and that I still enjoy now as a twenty-plus-year-old. Check them out below!

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