Hi guys?! Welcome back to my blog, A Literary Latte after so so so long! It’s been forever since I wrote a blog post (September to be exact), but alas I have returned. I’m sure you’re all super excited to hear the news.
So. It’s 2020 in 4 days. Four-freaking-days. Which is crazy. Absolutely insane. And so it’s time to define my year in terms of the best books I read. I have no clue what my total this year was (so I definitely need to get organised with my tracking next year) but that just highlights that these truly were fantastic – because I have no clue what books I read this year other than these select few which stood out to me!! Wow!!
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
We’re starting out with a goody. Probably the best book I read this year because WHAT A FREAKING BOOK. And why on earth did I wait this long to read it?? Why. I admit it’s because the blurb did not appeal to me whatsoever, and I’m not usually a fantasy person (give me all the cheesy, mostly happily ever after contemporaries please <3.) but I’m so glad it was 99p on Amazon which prompted me to pick it up anyway!
This was insane. A solid 10/5 stars. Kaz Brekker, Nina, Matthew, Inej, Jesper, Wylan they were all amazing. The plot was incredible and had me literally unable to stop reading. The characters were all so well written and now all have my heart forever. It was just incredible and I cannot wait to get to Crooked Kingdom (although I suck with sequels so you’ll likely see that in my 2025 wrap-up:).
Cinder by Marisa Meyer
This is another book I’ve had on my tbr and promised I’d read for ages and so 2019 was the year of getting to the backlist!! I was so impressed with this one, even though again the blurb didn’t have me reaching for it that eagerly. But it was so good. So good. THE ENDING THOUGH was so frustrating (in a cliffhanger way) but the fact that the next book in the series isn’t from Cinder’s perspective has me CONFUSED at how they’ll wrap this one up. Very confused.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Morgan Matson’s books were again 99p on Amazon and so I picked up all the ones I haven’t read (Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour is still yet to be read but other than that – all completed) and oh my goodness. Even though it was an epic cheese-fest 99% of the time, and we all knew exactly what was going to happen from the get go; I still enjoyed it. But the main reason it’s made it to the list even though it wasn’t crazy special is IT MADE ME CRY. LIKE UGLY CRY. I hardly ever have an actual reaction to books (laughing out loud, crying etc) but this book. Wow. Even though the ending was super expected (so you can obviously guess what made me cry just from the synopsis) it still had me in tears. And many of them.
On the Come up by Angie Thomas
THIS BOOK. Angie Thomas has 110% become one of my auto-buy authors now because The Hate U Give was beautiful and On The Come Up was just the same. Incredible. I was so nervous to read it because I love The Hate U Give endlessly (I’m also tempted to reread it now that I’ve thought about it) but I ended up loving it!! Both of the books are so different so I wasn’t even comparing the two as I read it which I was happy about. It was just so good! Highly recommend and definitely another 5 star read from Thomas.
This Savage Song by Veronica Roth
So… this is kind of cheating because this is a reread. But I hadn’t read it in ages (only my second time) so it was practically new anyway?? But I’m so glad I reread it because it was amazing and I adored it. Schwab’s writing was incredible – I loved Kate and August, the plot was insane, the world building was crazy and I just loved it. Other notable rereads though include Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Abertalli) and Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) which again – adored.