It's been quite a year for reading in 2019! I finally reached my goal of 150 books after a long slump in November-December. I almost didn't finish, but a couple unexpected library holds pushed me over, and I couldn't be happier. This is my fourth year of successfully completing my GoodReads challenge, and I look forward to the fifth.
Here's some data that GoodReads collected and showed me:
The most popular book I read was The Great Gatsby, and the least popular was Loukas and the Game of Chance (which I reviewed here).
My average rating is 4.2 (wow! I'm generous! Or maybe I just know how to pick books I'll like)
In January 2019, the first book I reviewed on GoodReads was Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen. The first book I reviewed here is History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera. My last review of the year, from last Monday, is Reverie by Ryan La Sala.
In 2019 I read 150 books, and 50 of them earned five stars. I guess I had ridiculously good luck this year, and I hope it carries through to 2020! Here's the complete list. These are just books I've read in 2019, not only ones published in the past year, and they're in reverse chronological order to match the blog feed. All my reviews will be linked, and I'll also do a short gallery of my favorite covers at the bottom! I strongly recommend all of these books, and I hope you'll choose a couple for your 2020 backlist TBR!
It's a lovely fall Thursday, and I'm staring at the pile of books on my nightstand, mostly new and unread... and yet I'm still thinking about which books I want to order next! These beauties are a mix of new releases and old, and I can't wait to read all of them!
This week I am planning to write more than I read. I've been finishing books at a ridiculous pace, but I haven't reviewed any of them yet! And I have so many feelings, so I should probably put pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and get those thoughts out. However, I am still going to read, as I'm not wired to go more than 24 hours without a book.
All of my To Review books are upcoming or recent releases that I've been lucky enough to receive ARCs of, so some of those reviews won't be out for a few days (Hint: Check back on March 7 to see my stop on the Lovely War blog tour!). However, my To Read books include past releases I'm overdue to read. For instance, I thoroughly enjoyed The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, so I'm excited to visit Felicity in this sequel! Mackenzi Lee's witty writing and lovable characters made the first book in this duology an irresistible read.
That's it for me, so what about you? Current reads, on hold at the library, in the mail, what are you reading?
It's no secret that I love libraries. They are truly a blessing, allowing readers to get their hands on new releases without costing a thing. I also love secondhand bookstores and library sales, where books are often inexpensive. However. Some books are so hyped up that I can't help but click that little green "BUY" button. Here's a look at my next few purchases, some of which are hopefully on their way.
Even with my mountainous TBR pile from BTAF 2018, I have elected to start 2018 by reading library books. I love my local library because they offer a wealth of services such as online content, tourism passes, and are part of a network so I can get almost any book I'd like to request. Right now, I read both physical books and ebooks borrowed through Libby, an Overdrive app for ebooks and audiobooks.
A short aside: Seeing girls of color on book covers gives me life! More to come on this, because I think this is a trend we wholeheartedly need to embrace.
If I'm not juggling at least three books at a time, there's something wrong. This week, it's The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic, Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein, and Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen.
I'm closest to finishing The Foxhole Court, and I'm enjoying it a lot. It's very character driven even though it's a sports book with an invented sport. The group dynamic is always changing, and I like Neil's struggle with identity and his teammates. I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series.
Chemistry Lessons is new to me, but I've read Meredith Goldstein's column in the Boston Globe for ages, so I know it won't disappoint. It's a fun, scientific take on romance, full of labs and Boston/Cambridge locations. I just got it from the library, so I'm not very far in, but progress will be made!
Saint Anything is a reread, because I couldn't help myself! I read it just after it was published, which feels like ages ago but was really only 2015. It's definitely one of my favorite Dessen books, and I'm excited to meet Sydney and Mac again.
What are you reading? Email, comment, Instagram message! I'd love to hear your currently's and TBR!
Hi everyone! I hope you've had a good start to your week. Today is Tuesday, and it's also the release date of Queen of Air and Darkness, so I wanted to start something a bit special. I sometimes feel like bloggers tend to ignore our personal lives in favor of soley bookish news, unlike BookTube, where vlogs are just as common as hauls, or Bookstagram, where it's so easy to share a picture of a favorite pet. As bloggers, our medium is text, which can feel limiting, but I want to have a more personalized presence in my corner of the internet. Hence, Tuesday's Two, where I share some journal-style current happenings in my life.
Over the course of the year, my varied successes in following the reading challenges I set out for myself have proven that I am very much a mood reader. When I set out with my challenge list, I never imagined only reading a quarter of the books at this point. It didn't occur to me that I might not be capable of following a set list. But is this a bad thing?
True story: On my GoodReads Want-To-Read shelf, I have exactly 661 books.
Almost every day, I scroll through my friends’ recent updates, and I find new books that sound promising, and I click that little green button with glee! I never think about the growth of my TBR list until it comes time to choose a new book to read, or I’m puzzled in the library (do I brave the long list, or do I give up and borrow Harry Potter again?). You can see how my lack of specificity in my TBR becomes a problem.
Hey, I'm Shreya! I love to read, write, travel, and drink coffee.