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  • Writer's pictureLaurel Anne

Books of 2019: Overview

And so the year comes to a close. It's time for me to look back on all the books I read this year! If you've been following my reading list, you know my goal was to read 50 books in 2019. I have a love for many genres, so I decided not to limit myself on the type of book. I was reading 1,000 page epic novels, followed by children's stories. Sappy YA, then Christian non-fiction. And on my bookish journey this past year, here are some of the highlights.

Top 5 books of 2019:

- Skyward by Brandon Sanderson. Knocked my socks off, y'all! I'll be reading it again!

- The Storm Keeper's Island by Catherine Doyle. So stinking fantastic. I can't wait to read the sequel and the rest of the series when they come out!

- The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. I never knew this book existed, but now that I do, I intend to read it yearly. Lovely story.

- Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S Whitney. Fantastic, and every Christian should read it.

- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. One of my all-time favorite classics, and I could read it endlessly.

Bottom 3 books of 2019:

- Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan. Watch the movie instead, I beg you.

- The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfus. Started out great, but I wish almost half the book never existed. It was disgusting. Might've ruined him as an author for me.

- The Sacred Enneagram by Christopher L. Heuertz. The Enneagram does not replace the Gospel, and this guy certainly seemed like he was treating it that way.

On my list to buy:

- The Storm Keeper's Island by Doyle

- The Blue Castle by Montgomery

- Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Whitney

- Storybound by Marissa Burt

Series I'm continuing in 2020:

- The Storm Keeper's Island series

- Storybound series

- Blood of Kings series (By Darkness Hid)

- The Wheel of Time series (Lord of Chaos)

Series I gave up on:

- Crazy Rich Asians series

- Kingkiller Chronicles (The Wise Man's Fear)

- Artemis Fowl series

Here's also an overview of the types of books I read, based (very) loosely on genres, to get a feel for what my year looked like. I'm definitely a novel-lover, always have been. But I do try to branch out!

Novels: 29

Children's: 5

Epics: 1

Non-fiction: 11

Collected works: 4

What's next for 2020? I've got a list a mile long (literally, it's pretty daunting) of books I'd like to read. I haven't decided what my goal will be number-wise, but as always, I'll be reading old favorites and trying new things as well.

Have any book suggestions for me? Send them my way! And if you want to keep up with my reading list, you can follow along with my personal account on Instagram.


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