My Year In Books

I'm not going to lie, I read a whole lot more than I expected to. My goal was 25 books because I knew University would take a lot of my time. Turns out, with the added stress of university and all the time I really didn't have free, I ended up reading over 50 books. Here are a few I did read... And my thoughts on them.

favourite book: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

It was hard to pick just one, but I do have to go with this book because it RUINED me. I finished it at 2am and basically cried myself to sleep. Not to mention I've met Sarah twice now (I have a personally signed copy of Queen of Shadows and I won the chance to have my photo with her the second time). But this book... it really motivates me to write an epic conclusion.

least favourite book: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

It wasn't that I didn't like this book. I wanted to like it. A lot. But I was disappointed by the relationships Garber created for this story. I liked the world and the magic. I really, really enjoyed the plot. But I loathed Tella. And as soon as I found out the sequel was going to be told from her POV, I decided it wasn't for me.

book i finished in one sitting: The Wicked King by Holly Black

After finishing The Cruel Prince, I caved and bought the sequel straight away and I finished it in a day. I remember reading these two books a) in two days, and b) to end my hangover from KoA. This was definitely an interesting and fun (and totally engaging) sequel to the series.

book i had to DNF: The City of Veils by S. Usher Evans

I ended up DNF'ing a few books... but this book was one of the few I didn't want to DNF. I was lucky enough (and super grateful!) to receive a review copy of this book in anticipation for the release of the third book. For a long time, I've wanted to read this. But the plot, characterisation, and writing was... sloppy. The author compared the book to Throne of Glass but it never hit those marks.

most surprising read: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Holly Black is on here again because I'm not going to lie, this was definitely one of the most surprising reads of the year. I didn't expect to like this book, especially since I was using it to end my book hangover. But with the traditional take on the Fae and the world she created, I was completely hooked. Two books in two days is pretty good for someone who also had assessments to do too.

most emotional read: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas

Last but not least, we have KoA... again... Like I said above, this book ruined me. I cried throughout most of this book. It definitely helped that I went and reread the entire series right beforehand. And I had to read it before going to see Sarah live because she spoiled the hell out of that book!

all the books i read:

The Queen's Wing




The Lord of Stariel



Inner Demons

Daughter of the Burning City

The Enchanted Sonata

Crown of Midnight

Heir of Fire

Queen of Shadows

Empire of Storms

Tower of Dawn

Kingdom of Ash

The Cruel Prince

The Wicked King

An Enchantment of Ravens


Beautiful Demons

Bitter Demons

Falling Kingdoms

The Beholder


The Raven Boys

The Dream Thieves

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

The Raven King

The Hunter

Wide Sargasso Sea

The Picture of Dorian Gray


Clockwork Angel

Clockwork Prince

Clockwork Princess

Lady Midnight

Lord of Shadows

Queen of Air and Darkness

Ghosts of the Shadow Market

Tales of the Shadowhunter Academy

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Days of Blood and Starlight

Blue Bloods



Van Alen Legacy

Evermore Academy

Stalking Jack the Ripper

Hunting Prince Dracula

It's not quite the end of the year yet, and I still have a book or two I'd like to finish before we start 2020. Hopefully I can read just as many in the new year. I have some books for review, and a lot of indie books gathering in my collection for a year of supporting the small guys. Also, Crescent City by Sarah J Maas comes out next year too so I'm stoked!

How has your year looked? See any books you've read? Let me know!

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