Yearly Reviews

A Look Back at the Books of 2019

2019 was a hell of a year in that it mostly sucked. What didn’t suck? Books. I read books this year that I know I will continue to revisit for years to come. Funny, badass, sweet, exciting, and beautiful, these stories ran the gamut and did not disappoint. Except for the few that did, but that’s irrelevant. Below the cut is all the books I loved, and some that I did not, in this, the Year of Acute Misery.

Which book was my favorite?

Red White and Royal Blue
I read it twice in a row, very few books can claim that honor.

Honorable Mentions: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir & The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern.

Which book was my least favorite?

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. I never thought I would be bored reading Austen, Fanny proved me wrong.

Honorable Mentions: First We Make the Beast Beautiful, by Sarah Wilson & Kraken, by China Mieville

Which books will I read again?


Favorite author of 2019?

Tamsyn Muir

Honorable Mentions: Erin Morgenstern, and Casey Mcquiston.

Name a book you didn’t expect to enjoy as much as you did:


Picked this title up on a whim and ended up fascinated by the stories it held.

What books did I fail to finish? Why?


robot boy
Shallow characters and a threadbare, predictable plot left me empty.


The October Country
I tried, but it was just too sexist and dated, and I was not in the mood.

Best cover image of 2019?


Gideon’s a ginger!

Honorable Mentions:

What books do I regret not getting to?


Favorite graphic novel?


Descender 6
The final chapter in the Descender Saga was beautiful, bittersweet, and thrilling.

Honorable Mentions:


What books am I most looking forward to reading in 2020?

Favorite quotes:

“May you fight your own battles and forge your own wings.”
-Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell

“These doors will sing. Silent siren songs for those who seek what lies behind them. For those who feel homesick for a place they’ve never been to. Those who seek even if they do not know what (or where) it is that they are seeking. Those who seek will find. Their doors have been waiting for them.”
The Starless Sea, by Erin Morgenstern

“Death first to vultures and scavengers.”
-Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

“Everything went great right up to the explosion.”
-The Martian, by Andy Weir

“But the first time I saw you. Rio. I took that down to the gardens. I pressed it into the leaves of a silver maple and recited it to the Waterloo Vase. It didn’t fit in any rooms.”
-Red, White and Royal Blue, by Casey Mcquiston

“And in their corner all they had was Murderbot, who just wanted everyone to shut up and leave it alone so it could watch the entertainment feed all day.”
-All Systems Red, by Martha Wells.



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