My 14 Favorite Reads of 2019

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Hi everyone! So, as you’ve probably already guessed we’re going to be talking about my 14 favorite books of 2019 today! I wanted to have this post up in the beginning of January but then I had a bunch of other posts to upload and… here we are. But better late than never, right?

Last year, I separated my young adult contemporary, young adult SFF and middle grade favorites posts because there were just too many books to talk about but this year that’s sadly not the case. I’m not sure whether I just read less, whether my standards for books have become higher or whether I read more meh books, but while I did read a lot of books I really really enjoyed I don’t think I’ve found any books that, when I think back to them, fill me with the same joy that I had about my favorite books in 2018, which makes me a little sad. (I later wrote a whole post about it and actually found out why but I don’t know what to write here otherwise so we’re just leaving it like this.)

So, let’s just get into it and let me tell you about my favorite books of 2019!  Lees verder

My Best Friend Picks My TBR, 2020 Edition

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Hi everyone! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you might’ve known that last year my best friend Fadwa and I did a little project in which we both picked out a small stack of books the other had to read within the year. If you read either of our wrap-up poststhat we posted recently, you might also know that we loved doing this and that we both found new favorite books through each others recommendations. This is why we decided that we’re going to be doing it again this year, and I’m so incredibly excited about it!

Today I’ll be sharing the books Fadwa picked for me, why she picked these books, and my very excited reaction (or not, who knows, maybe I suddenly hate Fadwa’s reading taste, that’s a thing that could happen. definitely.) to her choices.

Also! If you want to see what books I want Fadwa to read in 2020, you can check out her TBR here.

408647981) I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest

Fadwa: This book is on here for a completely selfish reason,which is that I want Laura to read it with me. I haven’t read I Wanna Be Where You are either, even though I’ve been dying to do so for MONTHS. Things kept getting in the way. But hopefully buddy-reading it with my best friend will help make it a priority. It has everything I love in a fluffy YA contemporary: a cute romance, a road-trip, a main character with a passion she’d do anything to go after AND the main character is Black and lord knows we need more fluffy books about Black girls.

Laura: We’re staring this off with a buddy read? That automatically means we’re starting off strong because I always love reading books with Fadwa! And I can’t wait to read this one because it sounds so happy and fluffy and I tend to really like road-trip books so, I can’t wait! I might’ve already ordered this one.Okay, I definitely did. Lees verder

2019, a Reading Year in Review (The Good, The Bad and What I Want To Change) (aka, Just One Giant Ramble, Much Like This Title)

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Hi everyone! I know this post might be a little late because I’ve seen so many people post their end-of-year-posts already, but I haven’t been doing great mentally for the past few weeks so I haven’t really been feeling like writing anything. But I’m doing a little better today so I thought I’d write something now!

Anyway, looking back 2019 has been a strange reading year. Despite me surpassing my reading goal (according Goodreads I’ve read a whopping 158 books last year) and reading quite a few books I like, I’d overall describe my reading this year as meh. Just, meh. It’s just that, despite the fact that there haven’t been a lot of books I actively disliked this year besides Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate (okay, I usually like Riley Redgate but this was just Bad), Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston  (I don’t think robot-human romances are for me and I felt very bored), Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan (NO NO NO NO) and All the Feels by Danika Stone (Bad. Just, Bad.) there also haven’t really been a lot books that I absolutely fell head over heels in love with.Afbeeldingsresultaat voor disappointing gif Lees verder

My Best Friend Picks My 2019 TBR, a Wrap-Up

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Hi everyone! Last year my best friend Fadwa (who runs the most amazing blog and booktube channel) (seriously, she’s incredible) (I hope that one day this blog will come close to the quality that hers is, wow) and I decided to each make each other a list of books we wanted the other to read, and then give each other a whole year to get to these books (you can find my post about this here). This felt like the perfect way to test out how much we knew each other’s reading taste, and a great way to force the other to finally read our favorite books and make them explore genres they previously hadn’t read yet.

As you’ve all hopefully noticed, it’s currently 2020 so it’s time for a wrap-up! Did I get to all the books Fadwa picked out for me, and did I like them? Did I absolutely despise one of Fadwa’s favorite books, which led to her flying out here just to yell at me? I guess we’ll see.

Also, if you’re interested in seeing what books I picked out for Fadwa and whether she liked them or not, you can find her wrap-up post here.

312070171) Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

Fadwa said:

I’m starting with this one because it is quite possibly the book that I’ve pushed Laura to read the most in 2018 and SHE STILL HASN’T, […]  all is forgiven as long as she reads it this year *Gives Laura sidelong look*.

I’m very happy to announce that Fadwa can stop giving me a sidelong look because I did it! I finally read Love, Hate and Other Filters! This was the very first book on the list that I reached for because I was incredibly excited about it and while I have to admit that I don’t remember all the details anymore (I have a bad memory and it’s almost been a year, please forgive me) one of the things I remember most clearly about this book was the relationship between the main character and her family. Lees verder

All of the Books On My TBR Shelf – A #StartOnYourShelfathon Sign-Up Post

#StartOnYourShelfathon: A 2020 readathon hosted by the quiet pond. read your unread books and collect stars!

Hi everyone! When CW first announced she was planning on creating a year long readathon all about backlist books called the #StartOnYourShelfathon I was super excited and immediately wanted to join. This readathon is all about getting to those books on your TBR that you’ve been neglecting for quite some time, while being motivated by a lovely sloth named Castor and his star maps.

I have quite a few books on my TBR and I’ve been wanting to reduce this for some time, so this readathon sounded perfect. And with me being the way I am, I got over excited and bought a TBR cart so that I’d have a better overview, made myself a spreadsheet that included all of my physical TBR books, the kindle books I’m still most excited about, and my ARC TBR, and I also installed the Bookly app to track my reading. So. I guess I’m prepared, and I’m very ready to get started.

So, let’s go discuss my goals and my TBR for this readathon!

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  1. My physical TBR currently consists of about 60 books, and I want to cut this down to 30 or maybe even 20. I know that reading all of them just isn’t realistic, and I also just don’t want to do that because I still want to have a good selection of books on my TBR at all time, but I do want to cut down my TBR by a lot since it’s just too much right now.
  2. I suck at setting time aside to physically read a book, so I want to make it a goal to read for at least 30 minutes a day whenever I’m able to and track this using the Bookly app.
  3. I do want to allow myself to buy books (since I barely do that anyway) but these will count towards my end goal. Even if I add books to my TBR I will still have a TBR of only 20-30 books in the end.
  4. I want to stop requesting e-arcs, or at least restrict my requesting by a lot, because doing a lot of ARC reading and keeping up with this readathon will be too overwhelming. I will read 2020 releases at the same time as everyone else, and I will read them as an audiobook so that I won’t add more physical books to my TBR.
  5. I want to DNF more books, because I’ve read too many disappointing books this year and I can’t waste my time on more of them if I want to succeed in this challenge.

I could probably add more goals but everything can be condensed to; I will make an effort to cut my physical TBR down to 30 books. That’s it. But apparently I like to ramble a lot. Sorry.

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Okay so this is an overview of my TBR cart. A look at all of the physical books that are on my TBR. I feel weirdly ashamed of this, especially because it doesn’t even include my e-TBR, or the “pile of shame” books that I hide behind this first row of books I’m actually excited about, oops. But hopefully I’ll be able to show you all my physical TBR at the end of the year and not feel shame anymore? Anyway, let’s dive into what books are on here. Lees verder

40+ Very Exciting 2020 Middle Grade Releases

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Hi everyone! Like I promised in my 2020 young adult releases post, I’m bringing you a list of my most anticipated 2020 middle grade releases today! I’m both really excited about this list but also very overwhelmed, because all of these titles sound so ridiculously good but how will I be able to get to all of them and the very exciting young adult releases and my backlist? Someone help, please?

Anyway, I hope you will all be just as excited about all of these titles as I am, and that you might add some of these (or all, I’m not picky) to your TBR!

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Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse (January 14th) – Ancient monsters? Traditional Navajo tales? Rick Riordan Presents? Yes, yes and YES.
Mindy Kim and the Yummy Seaweed Business and Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade by Lyla Lee (January 14th) – I’ve been following this author on Twitter for a while and I was so excited when she announced her book deal, and these books look adorable!
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (January 14th) – So I’ve already read this one so I can personally tell you that it’s a good one and that you should add it to your TBR. Like, right now.
When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller (January 28th) – I loved this author’s previous book, The Science of Breakable Things, and this one sounds so lovely and magical. And when I saw that one of the comp titles is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon I knew I needed to read it ASAP. Lees verder

67 Very Exciting 2020 YA Releases

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Hi everyone! Like probably every other book blogger out there at this time of year I’m here to present you my most anticipated young adult releases of 2020! When I first started making this list it was my plan to keep this list short and sweet because with CW’s #StartOnYourShelfathon I really wanted to mostly focus on books that are already on my TBR this year, and maybe a handful of new releases. So I made a list of the 10 books I remembered from the top of my head that I was incredibly excited about, and thought that’d be it.

But then I started thinking about how there might be lots of books I was forgetting about or just didn’t know about and I didn’t want to miss any books in my post, so I started looking at Goodreads lists and publisher catalogues and, turns out, there are a lot more books I’m excited about than I initially thought. Help.

Anyway, here’s a list of 67 young adult books that are coming out in 2020 that I’m incredibly excited about + the reasons why. I also bolded the titles of the one’s I’m most excited about, in case anyone wanted to know!

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Scavenge the Stars by Tara Sim (January 7th) – I loved the Timekeeper series and I’m very excited that Tara Sim is publishing a new series that sounds absolutely fantastic.
We Used To Be Friends by Amy Spalding (January 7th) – A friendship breakup book? PLEASE. I’m so much more interested in this than in romantic breakup books. Wow.
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen (January 7th) – This book is described as being “for fans of Crazy Rich Asians or Jane Austen Comedy of Manners, with a hint of La La Land” and it sounds perfect.
Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire (January 7th) – I loved the first 3 installments in this series but lost interest once the 4th was published but maybe I should pick them up again, especially because, in this installment, we’re returning to a world and characters I loved a lot. Lees verder