TOP TEN TUESDAY : FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019

I was going to do a similar post on my own about this anyway, but since it gels with the weekly TOP TEN TUESDAY, all the better! What better way to wrap up the year? I’ll talk about my favorite releases from 2019 here only.

Doing a TTT after what feels ages. It’s good to be slowing finding my blogging foot back.


The Beantown Girls | Jane Healey

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this gem of a book. Three friends join as volunteers in Red Cross Clubmobile girls during World War II. My favorite thing about this book is probably the female friendships. But it’s also about courage and love.

You can find my review here.

 

Have You Seen Luis Velez? | Catherine Ryan Hyde

Another ARC that I loved. An uplifting and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a black teenager living with his white mother and her family from her second marriage to a white guy. He finally finds a sense of belonging when he meets his ninety-two year old neighbor, and sets out on a mission to help her. It’s wonderfully written and impossible to dislike.

You can find my review here.

 

The Bride Test | Helen Hoang

A beautiful love story between two very different individuals. I liked this one a lot more than its predecessor. It could be because both the main characters are Asian, or that they are equally flawed. Or it could be just because they’re both adorable and fleshed out really well.

You can find my review here.

 

The Place in Dalhousie | Melina Marchetta

This particular story is about Jimmy Haller coming home, Rosie – the mother of his child, and Rosie’s step mother Martha. It’s about how these people figure out their lives and their complicated relationships. And Melina Marchetta can write about dysfunctional families like nobody else.

You can find my review here.

 

Love From A to Z | S. K. Ali

This book explores many themes that I hold close to my heart –  Islam, migrant condition workers in the middle east, feminism, and love. And the author does full justice to it.

You can find my review here.

 

Lovely War | Julie Berry

This book is narrated by Greek Gods and intertwines two love stories set in World War I. Really, what’s not to love?

You can find my review here.

 

Daisy Jones & the Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

A book narrated in forms of interviews where the characters look back on the rise and fall of an iconic band. This book was too real and raw for my heart. Taylor Jenkins Reid sure knows how to write strong women.

You can find my review here.

 

The First Girl Child | Amy Harmon

 A book about Nordic kings, runes, curses and magic. It’s a masterpiece, is what it is. If you haven’t read Amy Harmon, you’ve made a mistake. Easily my top 3 of the year.

You can find my review here.

 

Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo

The best writing of the year for me. There are a lot of polarizing reviews on this. Yes, the beginning does not make it easy, nor do the triggers. But the story only gets better from there.  I absolutely loved the writing, the plot and the characters in this world about ghosts, magic, portals and whatnot.

You can find my review here.

 

Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore

Hands down my most favorite romance of the year. This book almost reads like a modern romance, with its incorporation of the suffrage movement. What’s not to like about this book? Sizzling chemistry. Just the perfect amount of angst. Women fighting for their rights. A progressive hero. Relatable heroine. Compelling backdrops.

You can find my review here.


So, these are my favorites of 2019. I can’t wait to read the lists of everyone else and see if there are any matches!

TOP TEN TUESDAY : THOUGHT PROVOKING BOOK QUOTES

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

The topic this week is top ten inspirational or thought provoking quotes. Here we go –


 

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“It’s funny how you can forget everything except people loving you. Maybe that’s why humans find it so hard getting over love affairs. It’s not the pain they’re getting over, it’s the love.”
“Wishes don’t just come true. They’re only the target you paint around what you want. You still have to hit the bull’s-eye yourself.”
“And apologies, once postponed, become harder and harder to make, and finally impossible.”
“Anyhow, I’ve learned one thing now. You only really get to know people when you’ve had a jolly good row with them. Then and then only can you judge their true characters!”
 “We accept the love we think we deserve.”
I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.”
“I always deserve the best treatment because I never put up with any other.”
Emma
“I had absolutely no interest in being somebody else’s muse.
I am not a muse.
I am the somebody.
End of fucking story.”
“Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.”

MARCH 2019 MONTHLY WRAP-UP

Hello, everyone! April hasn’t started on a pretty note. My Master’s finals are about to start and I can’t pick up the newly released books that I’ve been excited about for a long time. Can I just fast forward to the end of the exams?

Anyways, here’s my March blogging report!


montlhy march

Books I Read:

Izzy in El Mareo
★★★☆☆

Faking Forever
★★★☆☆

Lovestruck
★★★☆☆

What The Wind Knows
★★★★★

Where The Forest Meets The Stars
★★★★

Make Me Bad
★★★★★

Little Lovely Things
★★★★

Trophy Life
★★★☆☆

My Oxford Year
★★★★★

The Golden Bride
★★★☆☆

Daisy Jones & The Six
★★★★★

I Recommend :

 

Non-Review Posts:

Tag : Favorite Music
Top Ten Tuesday : Recent Additions to My Goodreads TBR
Top Ten Tuesday : Sequels That Unnecessary To Me


So, March was pretty great in terms of my reads. But I’m looking even more forward to April reads because some of my anticipated books are coming out this month! So fingers crossed.

BOOK REVIEW : DAISY JONES & THE SIX

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Also getting noticed is The Six, a band led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes that the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

The making of that legend is chronicled in this riveting and unforgettable novel, written as an oral history of one of the biggest bands of the seventies. Taylor Jenkins Reid is a talented writer who takes her work to a new level with Daisy Jones & The Six, brilliantly capturing a place and time in an utterly distinctive voice.


review

You know those books that rip your heart apart and then mends it back? This was one of them. Except my heart doesn’t feel very much mended. There is an ache. And it’s the worst kind of ache.

The way this author explores addiction in this book is just too stark and raw. The addiction felt like a character itself. It was fascinating to see how differently all the characters dealt with their addictions. These characters were all too real. Billy and Daisy especially. Billy is a man I’d respect a lot if I met him for real. That doesn’t mean he’s perfect. In fact, he’s as imperfect as one can be. He’s a larger than life character with an ego too big. He also got on my nerves a lot and did things that I didn’t wish for him to do.

If this book has a heart then that lies in Daisy Jones. I can’t remember the last time a character made me feel so many things at the same time. I just wanted to hug her and tell her that she’s not alone. She’s the baddest bitch with the softest heart. I won’t lie, I even shed some tears for her. She just made me feel really sad. If nothing else, I’d suggest everyone to read this book just for her.

The music plays such a big part in this story. If Daisy is the heart of the story then music is its soul. I hear that a web-series is about to made based on this book. And my heart is not ready.

Do I recommend? Absolutely. It’s not an easy read. But if you love rock n’ roll, music, damaged characters and feel connected to a story, this one’s definitely it for you.

I now need a really fluffy romance to get over this book. Any recommendations?


ratings

★★★★★