When thinking of all my end of the year posts, I came up with this one. I thought it might cool to be able to get an idea of how I felt about all of these books, without having to read an entire review on them. I hope you’ll enjoy! 🙂
- If you click any of the 📚 icons this will take you to the book’s review.
- The 💬 icons will take you to any other type of post in which I talked more about the a book (in cases where I haven’t reviewed the book).
- If a book doesn’t have an icon, this means I haven’t talked about it anywhere else (earlier this year I wasn’t blogging).
Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || This lovely book presents feminist ideas in the form of parenting suggestions. This format worked well and I enjoyed the different points made. 💬
We Should All be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie || My first feminist read and a great introduction to the topic. Adicihie is clearly a very talented writer (and audiobook narrator). 💬
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan || An impressive account of Cahalan’s bizzare experience with a rare neurological disorder, her family bonds, and her journey of finding her way back to herself. 💬
A Thousand Naked Strangers bij Kevin Hazzard || A look inside the chaotic life of a paremedic, with lots of crazy stories. Pretty graphic and shows the author’s dark sense of humor. 💬
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur || I don’t think this modern style of poetry is for me. It focusses on important topics but in this whole collection only a handfull of poems managed to truly move me.
With the Fire on High By Elizabeth Acevedo || One of my most disappointing books of the year. It fell so flat for me, mostly because everything single “obstacle” is solved without challenge. 💬
One of the Boys by Daniel Magariel || An interesting exploration of how children can go along with their parents’ abusive behavior. However, It didn’t delve deep into their thoughts and emotions. 💬
Paperweight by Meg Haston || Re-read || I will always love this book. It’s about a girl with an eating disorder in an inpatient clinic. Such an emotional journey with positive representation of treatment. 💬
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman || This book gave me all the feels. It’s filled with such mundane things, but manages to be so special. I’ll read anything Gail Honeyman puts out.
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon || It doesn’t fit my usual tastes at all, but I read this exactly at the right time. However cheesy it may be, I was entertained and surprised by some of the discussions. 💬
Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid || One of my favorite reads of the year. The way these characters recount past experiences of the band (and disagree about everything) was so entertaining. 💬
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid || A little disappointing after Daisy Jones, but I get the hype! It has really strong characterisation, interesting discussions, and important topics. 💬
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel || A fun look into what the future British Citizenship Test might be like. It could have been a Black Mirror episode. Quite suspenseful and twisty for such a short book. 💬
Foe by Iain Reid || A futuritic thriller set in one setting with only three different characters. It was a fun ride and managed to surprise me, but it wasn’t as bizarre and disturbing as his other book. 📚
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite || Though it’s classified as mystery/thriller, I’d say it reads more like contemporary. It was quite unique but I didn’t care about anything really. 📚
Run Away by Harlan Coben || This was just ‘meh’. It started off strong but dragged on and lost me with the different perspectives. The general plot was predictable in my eyes, though some details surprised me. 📚
A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson || Interesting set up with perpectives of father, mother, and the child suspected of murder. It did some stuff but also dragged on and ended a bit anticlimactic. 💬
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney || Re-read || It says enough that I re-read a thriller. It has three different timelines, it’s messed up, complicated, and lot’s of things are left for you to theorize about. 💬
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn || It’s good, the plot and characters interesting, dark and well-written. I was just disappointed because I realized I saw the movie and knew the twist halfway through. 💬
The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen || A real page turner! The plot is woven together nicely. Some aspects I predicted but had enough twists to remain surprising. 💬
An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen || One of the biggest let-downs of 2019. It had so much potential with the premise but ended up being quite boring and unimpressive. 📚
Truly Devious (#1) by Maureen Johnson || Re-read || It has the fun school setting of something like Harry Potter, but now the MC learns to solve crime instead of do magic. It’s great.
The Vanishing Stair (#2) by Maureen Johnson || Some questions were answered, some new ones added. I didn’t love it as much, but part of that might be because I read it during exams period.
You by Caroline Kepnes || First book of the year, yet this chilling book is still on my mind after all this time. Reading from the perspective of a stalker in the second person was really unique and creepy.
Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land || Probably the most disturbing book I read this year, yet not explicit or gory. Told from a the perspecive of the daughter of a serial killer. It explores some complex feelings. 📚
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapina || Possibly the most boring thriller ever? These characters were not just unlikeable (which I can manage) but also dumb and frustrating. AND it was predictable. 💬
The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides || Most edge of your seat thriller with a twist I didn’t see coming. Interesting explorations of psychology, also has diary entries. Not 100% sold on the ending. 💬
The Whisper Man by Alex North || This book CREEPED. ME. OUT. It has scenes that actually frightened me! Please listen to the audiobook because you need to hear this creep whisper to you. Thank me later. 💬
Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough || This is such hit or miss with people because it’s… out there. The pacing was great and it certainly wasn’t predictable. For me it ended up working out.
Lock Every Door by Riley Sager || A really fun thriller, it’s pretty high on my favorites list even though it wasn’t the most suspenseful. It WAS very atmospheric and I enjoyed the set of characters. 📚
The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware || Somehow I still can’t make up my mind about this. It had some great scenes, was well-written and had a creepy setting. But it was also a bit repetetive and anticlimactic. 💬
Because You Love To Hate Me by 13 authors, edited by Amerie || This took me forever to read. Some stories were amazing (Amerie, V.E. Schwab, Nicola Yoon), but most were forgettable or not for me. 💬
The After Life of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand || This was fun. It was more romance focussed than I usually go for and there were some plot things that didn’t make sense, but was overall enjoyable. 💬
Giant Days Vol 1 by John Allison, Illustrated by Lissa Treiman || This was a really cute comic about a group of girls starting college. My only complaint is that the dialogue was a bit awkward sometimes. 💬
Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen || Sarah’s scribbles are very funny and relatable. I think mostly for more introverted people. It’s a fun book to flip through and share with bookish friends.
Big Happy Mushy Lump by Sarah Andersen || Not as relatable as the first one but still a lot of fun. It also included some bits accompanied by more text and that created a longer story. Pretty cool! 💬
Haikyu!! Vol 1-4 by Haruichi Furudate || These characters are so precious, I can see why it’s a popular series. I played volleyball for years so it was cool to be in that world, but it got a bit boring?
Goodnight Punpun Vol 2 by Inio Asano || This manga series is so trippy and messed up. Sometimes I’m completely lost, sometimes I’m uncomfortable, and sometimes I’m so impressed.
The Promised Neverland Vol 2-6 by Kaiu Shirai, Illustrated by Posuka Demizu || This is one of the most fun mangas I’m reading. The storyline is really compelling, but it’s also creepy. Adventure horror!
Witch Hat Atelier Vol 1-3 by Kamome Shirahama || My FAVORITE manga right now. If you try one, try this. The art style is so pretty. The story and magic system are cool. Apprentice witches! 💬
The Girl From the Other Side Vol 1 by Nagabe|| An interesting premise and art style. It’s about an innocent little girl living with a monster. The art really reflects the contrast between light and dark. 📚
Your Lie in April Vol 1 by Naoshi Arakawa || It’s interesting to read a manga that is so focussed on music (since you can’t hear it). I saw some of the anime and think I might like that better.
One-Punch Man Vol 1 by ONE, Illustrated by Yusuke Murata || SO funny! Sometimes the MC is drawn as an egghead, sometimes he’s very impressive. All the monster designs are unique and cool.💬
Vagabond Vol 1 by Takehiko Inoue || The art! Reading this feels like walking through a museum, it’s that great. The story is also compelling. But mostly I just love the art. Oh did I mention the art?
Deathnote Vol I-II by Tsugumi Ohba, Illustrated by Takeshi Obata || I still haven’t finished this series. How do I get stuck in this every time, while it’s such a cool series? Maybe it’s too text heavy? I dunno. 💬
Made in Abyss Vol 2-3 by Tsukuji Akihito || The art is amazing and the world is cool, but it also includes a few weird scenes that make me very uncomfortable (in a bad way). I’m not buying the next volume. 💬
That is a wrap! All the books I read this year reviewed. Now I want to hear from you…
What was your favorite book of 2019?
Can you review it in 2 sentences?
Thanks for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day!