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?
Which book was my least favorite?
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?
Name a book you didn’t expect to enjoy as much as you did:
What books did I fail to finish? Why?
Best cover image of 2019?
What books do I regret not getting to?
Favorite graphic novel?
What books am I most looking forward to reading in 2020?
“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.”
“Death first to vultures and scavengers.”
-Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir
-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.