Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish discoveries I made in 2019

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is bookish discoveries I made in 2019. This post might be a little similar to the “changes in my reading life” theme from a few weeks ago, but I’ll try to keep it different!


1. I love audiobooks.

I used to be really picky about my audiobooks. Non-fiction only, because what if the character’s voice sounded wrong? The narrator had to be one of a few very specific people, because how else would I know they’d do a good job? Ugh, might as well just read the physical copy. But then I started a job where I stare at a screen inside a cubicle for most of the day. Sometimes people have conversations two feet away from me and it’s hard to concentrate. I have to listen to something, so why not books? I’ve hardly come across any poorly-made audiobooks. Even if the content wasn’t great, the narration usually was.

2. I am definitely a mood reader.

I used to be able to tell myself to pick up any book and read it and I’d just… do it. I don’t know how, because now it’s like I have a mental block stopping me from picking that book up unless it’s the only thing on the planet that I feel like reading. I’m not fighting it anymore. If I’m at work and the audiobooks I have checked out from the library aren’t doing it for me, that’s why I have the Libby app on my phone. I’ll just check something else out. If I’m trying to get through a physical book and it’s just not clicking, I’ll put it down and try something else. It’s great for when I read for fun and less great when I have ARCs.

3. Hype doesn’t always kill books for me anymore.

I read a lot of hyped books in 2019, and you know what? I didn’t hate all of them. I’d been so scared to read things like American Panda, Dumplin‘, and The Poet X, and I really enjoyed all three!

4. Most of the time, ARCs aren’t worth the stress.

I used to check Netgalley daily and Edelweiss weekly. I used to jump on those “fill out this form if you’re interested” emails from publicists. I used to love signing up for blog tours. Now, I just don’t. All I’ll end up with is a pile of books that I don’t really have time to read, I’ll stress about having to read them, and I’ll feel guilty when I don’t. I might as well just read books that I already own or books from the library.

5. I don’t need to stuff my house with books to be happy.

I used to keep every single book that I ever purchased, even if I hated it. I’ve started making trips to a used bookstore because (1) it clears up a lot of space, (2) it’s not like I get any enjoyment from seeing books I disliked on my shelf, and (3) I can turn those books I didn’t like into cash. I still keep my favorites, of course, but I’m not going out and buying a bunch of new bookcases anymore.

6. I really like Julie Murphy’s books.

This goes along with #3, but I avoided her books for so long because of the hype! I wish I’d read them sooner, because she’s a really great writer. I read three of her books in 2019, and I’m hoping to get to Ramona Blue in 2020.

7. It’s more fun to hate-read with someone than to hate-read alone.

I like to read really terrible books out loud with my boyfriend. We laugh, we comment, we make predictions, and it’s great. (Sometimes we read good books, too, but most of the time they’re terrible.)

8. I like non-fiction a lot more than I thought I did.

I read more non-fiction in 2019 than I think I ever have before, and I’ve really enjoyed a lot of it! I’ve gotten through political books like A Warning and Proof of Collusion, memoirs like Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, educational books on topics I’m interested in like Because Internet and The Body, and a whole ton of others. I still read mostly fiction, but I also like the feeling of learning about something on my terms.

9. It’s okay to DNF.

It took me forever, but I’m finally okay with DNFing. I don’t DNF every book I dislike (I’m still doing one-star hate-reviews) but if the book is bad and boring, I’m not wasting my time anymore. There are so many books I want to read that it just doesn’t make sense to spend time on books I can’t even write a sassy review about.

10. Mini-reviews are great for when I don’t have a ton of thoughts.

With all of the audiobooks I get through at work (usually 3-5 each week), I had to come up with a way to get those reviews out without doing like six posts per day. Mini-reviews ended up working out really well! I have a bunch of mini-review posts scheduled, and they’re perfect for when I only have a couple things I want to say about a certain book. I still write really long reviews when I have a lot of thoughts, but let’s be honest… I don’t always have a lot of thoughts.


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Top Ten Tuesday: Most anticipated book releases for the first half of 2020

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is most anticipated book releases for the first half of 2020. I haven’t been keeping track of upcoming releases as much as I usually do, but here are some books I’m looking forward to!


When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey
(March 2020)

The Mall by Megan McCafferty
(June 2020)

Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli & Aisha Saeed
(February 2020)

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
(June 2020)

Chasing Lucky by Jenn Bennett
(May 2020)

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
(May 2020)

Lucky Caller by Emma Mills
(January 2020)

Burn by Patrick Ness

19 Love Songs by David Levithan
(January 2020)

The Honey-Don’t List by Christina Lauren
(March 2020)


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Top NINETEEN Tuesday: Favorite books I read in 2019

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is favorite books I read in 2019. I feel like I haven’t talked about a lot of my favorites this year, so I’m excited to share them!

These are nineteen (not ten!) of my favorites, shared chronologically according to when I finished them.


Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun

Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

You by Caroline Kepnes

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable

Lost At Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Here by Richard McGuire

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker & Wendy Xu

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

The Story That Cannot Be Told by J. Kasper Kramer

Sadie by Courtney Summers

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Because Internet by Gretchen McCulloch

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

A Warning by Anonymous

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I hope to find under my tree

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books I hope to find under my tree. I never really know what books to choose for this theme because I’m happy whenever someone buys me any book! But let’s see… here are ten books I’ve recently added to my TBR that I’d be happy to have make an appearance at Christmas. 🙂


Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

The Woods by James Tynion IV

Unmentionable by Therese Oneill

The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan

Fixing English by Anne Curzan

Heartstopper by Alice Oseman

Princesses Behaving Badly by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt

A Girl Called Shameless by Laura Steven

By Your Side by Kasie West


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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is winter TBR. I talked a couple weeks ago about books I want to read over the holidays, so I’ll try to do different books for my winter TBR! This will probably change at least fifty times before the end of winter, but as of right now, here’s what I’d like to get to!


Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

Puddin‘ by Julie Murphy

The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas


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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I've read in one sitting

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! This week is a freebie, and I decided to go with books I’ve read in one sitting, inspired by one of the really old themes that I missed in 2012. I often listen to an audiobook in one sitting when I’m at work, but these are only books that I’ve physically read.


Lumberjanes, Vol. 1-3 by Noelle Stevenson

most volumes of Saga by Brian K. Vaughan

Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell

Been Here All Along by Sandy Hall

Sea Prayer by Khaled Hosseini

If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

George by Alex Gino

The King of FU by Benjamin Davis

Over Us, Over You by Whitney G.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


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Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday reads

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is holiday reads, or books you like to read during the holidays. I don’t do re-reads, so I don’t really have anything I typically read during the holidays. Instead, here are ten books I’m planning to read over the holidays this year!


All the F*cking Mistakes by Gigi Engle

I’m actually really excited about this one! I’m planning to read it on and off while traveling this holiday season.

Twice in a Blue Moon by Christina Lauren

I really want to get caught up on my ARCs over the holidays. I love Christina Lauren and I really don’t know why I haven’t read this one yet!

The Last Hope by Krista & Becca Ritchie

I was really excited about this series, but then I read a different book by Krista & Becca that I really did not like, so I’m less excited. It’s been a few months since this one came out, though, so I need to just read it.

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

This book sounds really good, but it just keeps getting pushed to the bottom of my TBR. This is another ARC that’s very much past due.

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

This is the last ARC on my list. With this one, I’ll be totally caught up! I don’t feel so bad about taking forever to read this one since it doesn’t release until next spring.

The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman

I’m really excited to find out what happens next in this story! I wasn’t 100% convinced by the first book in this series until the ending, and I’ve been waiting ever since for this book to come out.

The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

I have heard so many great things about this book! It sounds like it’ll be exactly the kind of book I love.

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

I’ve been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it! I’ve had a hold on it at my library forever and supposedly it’ll only be about three more weeks.

Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

Another book I’ve heard really great things about is Fix Her Up! It’s been a really long time since I read a great romance, so I’m kind of just planning to read everything I’ve heard good things about.

Talk to Me by Clare James

I think this is going to be the next buddy read I do with my boyfriend! It’ll also count for one of my reading challenges.


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