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An End of Year Wrap-Up

Somehow another year has been and gone – seemingly in the blink of an eye and yet an eternity in other ways. I discovered some new favourites, got completely let down by some anticipated reads and then disappeared off the face of the Earth whilst finally watching The Untamed and reading the source novel, Mó Dào Zǔ Shī (still haven’t recovered from that tbh).

I set my Goodreads goal as 2 books this year so needless to say I completed it on the 3rd or so of Jan. I actually found that doing that really helped. The year before I had set my goal at 65ish and I found that added pressure and made me feel like I had to be reading instead of reading because I want to. I still struggled a bit with focusing on read at my own pace and picking up what I wanted to read – since starting this blog I’ve often felt like I needed to be reviewing books regularly (and therefore reading a lot) and like I had to stay up to date with the latest releases. So for the new year I am going to be focusing on reading for fun and whatever pace that may be rather than reading from a place of ‘shit I need to be writing and publishing blog content’ etc. 

Disappointing Reads of 2019

I’m going to start with a couple of disappointing reads so that we can then move onto the good stuff and end the post on a high note.

40024139First off and perhaps the biggest disappointment for me personally was Serpent & Dove. I was so so hyped for this one and had heard such great things about it. I had expected to love it based on that and the tropes – but alas it was a let down to put it mildly afskdf. My mini review.

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Another one I was wanting to love but didn’t was We Are Blood and Thunder. It sounded so good but just left me feeling iffy. My review.

 

Favourite Sequels

9781509879540There were some great sequels out this year. We were blessed to get The Name of All Things – the sequel for The Ruin of Kings – in the same year book one released and it was amazing! Words cannot describe how much I love Kihrin, Teraeth and Janel. Next year we only get book three, The Memory of Souls but it’s going to be worth every second of waiting. My review for The Name of All Things.

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I got to read The Electric Heir – sequel to The Fever King – this year and HOLY GODS y’all are not ready. It’s just so brilliant, I tried writing a decent review so many times but ended up just flailing with the amount of emotions it made me feel. My review.

 

New Loves

I discovered more than a few new favourite books and authors this year.

One of the one’s I really want to highlight is T Frohock and her Los Nefilim books. I just love them so much – the characters Frohock created are *chefs kiss* Like I need people reading these books. I’m also really excited to read Miserere: An Autumn Tale. It’s a standalone not connected to Los Nefilim and I have no doubt I’ll love it as well.

My Reviews/posts for Los Nefilim, Where Oblivion Lives and Carved From Stone and Dream:
Five Reason to Read ~ Los Nefilim by T. Frohock
Book Review ‘Where Oblivion Lives’ ~ T. Frohock
Book Review ‘Carved From Stone and Dream’ ~ T Frohock

40522814My entire year was made when I was sent an arc of Docile by KM Szpara. I fucking cannot describe how much I love this book and his short stories. Like it’s so so good and I get jealous at everyone who gets to read them for the first time. My review for Docile will be up soon but know you have to read this.

 

Down the MDZS Rabbit Hole

qorz5cThe end of this year also saw me descend into hell – also as two weeks binging The Untamed (all 50 episodes) followed by a week binging Mó Dào Zǔ Shī (the book The Untamed is based on which is like 500k words long). 

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It wrecked me emotionally like?? I will never recover from this. This chaotic bisexual and his husband (THEY HAVE A SON!!!) are what make life worth living. Huge shout out to Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books – I’d had my eye on the show for a little while to check out but it was thanks to Silvia’s enthusiasm that I started it and then dived straight into the novel (which I might have missed out on the joy of discovering it without her). Definitely check out Silvia post that I’ve linked to if you’re keen to know more about MDZS and The Untamed – she does a great job explaining it.

Summing up…..

It’s been a great reading year over all – there’s been so many great books, new discoveries and new obsessions. Who knows what the new year will bring but I hope it filled with even more wonderful books!

What your reading year been like? Discover any new favourites yourself?

Until next time x

7 thoughts on “An End of Year Wrap-Up

  1. I love that you too mentioned mdzs separately from favorites because it deserves its own spot 🥺
    Also I really need to read the ruin of kings & sequel!!!
    I hope next year will be even better than 2019 for you 😘💕

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  2. I have felt the same way a lot in 2019 about reading things because I need to have them reviewed by their publication date or I need something on my blog. Luckily that died down a little and over the year I have gone from posting every day on the blog down and down until now I post when I want to and when I have content. It’s scary to be sporadic but also nice!! Less pressure.

    I have read exactly none of the books mentioned in this post, haha. I swear I read so many heckin books in 2019 but then missed out on so many as well?? It’s nigh on impossible to keep up these days, I feel.

    I have seen you screaming about that show on Twitter and I must say my interest is piqued!!

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    1. Yeah that’s where I want to be! The pressure taken the fun out and I dont want that 😔😅
      I know right sometimes I feel on top of release and suddenly I’m being bombarded with posts about books I didnt even realise were out 😅
      You should definitely watch it haha its amazing 👌

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  3. I too have been sucked down The Untamed hole possibly never to emerge! I’m re-watching for third time right now and the show has definitely emotionally wrecked me! I started reading the book, but I was doing it at the same time as the show so it was starting to get confusing keeping track of what was happening and I couldn’t devote the time and energy to both, but I’m planning to start over and read the whole novel this year!

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