2019 Round Up

Books That Disappointed Me In 2019

There were several books that I was very excited about since hearing about them and I was very disappointed by them. There were also some very hyped books that while lots of others loved, I just didn’t and as I have a lot of thoughts on some of them, some probably unpopular opinions, I thought I would share what books I didn’t enjoy as much as I thought I would.

The kingdom by Jess Rothenberg – I think this book just wasn’t for me. I can’t quite explain why I didn’t enjoy it much.

Evermore by Sara Holland – I loved Everless and so I was so excited for this but it just wasn’t as good and left me feeling a bit unsatisfied.

We Are Blood and Thunder by Kesia Lupo – This felt like any other fantasy book and I got bored halfway through.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor – I think it’s time to admit that Laini Taylor books are just not for me. I just can’t get on with her writing style even though the story itself was quite interesting.

Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson – A really hyped book that while I enjoyed I didn’t love. My favourite part of the book was Silas. If there is a Silas book I would read that.

The Paper and Hearts Society by Lucy Powrie – Another book that I was excited about that after reading a few chapters I just knew it wasn’t for me.

The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman – I loved the first two books and I was so excited about seeing how it would end but the story moved so slowly and not a lot happened until the very end so I wasn’t invested in the story by the time we got to the action and the plot moved forward.

Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron – I am so sad I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I thought I would. I was so excited for it but it just took too long for the plot to move for me and I got bored. The magic system and the world was so great though!

Alex Rider: Secret Weapon by Anthony Horowitz – I love the Alex Rider books but the short stories just felt very off character for Alex at times and I just didn’t enjoy them as much.

Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – I loved the first book so I was sad when I got bored halfway through this. I honestly can’t remember much of what happened in it.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo – Look I have never been more upset over a book that has let me down. I waited for years for Nikolai book and this was not it! It felt like a Zoya book and while I adore her, I wanted more Nikolai. Also was not a fan of Nina’s story.

The Wicked King by Holly Black – I cannot get past the toxic relationship that is Jude and Carden.

The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzie Lee – Wow this book was problematic.

Once and Future by Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy – I feel like I read a different version of this than everyone else because this book was problematic as hell and I haven’t seen anyone mention it! From the mass genocide of Arabs (and barely a paragraph of the character coming to terms with this) to the way Arabs were spoken about beforehand. I just can’t. The story itself was a mess too.

Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman – This book was boring and predicable as hell and problematic too. Why do people ignore the token diversity when the authors are white? I was thrown by some of the token diversity in Obsidio but this was…something else.

As you can tell I have been thinking about Once & Future and Aurora Rising since I read it and I have a lot of feelings about both of these books. I’m tired of the way that people of colour are portrayed in books and especially that no one says anything on the many stages of editing and beta reading and arcs and these authors just so happen to be white.

Anyways most of the books I read while there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with them just weren’t for me aside from the few problematic books I read this year.

Any books disappointed you this year?

2019 Round Up, Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Favourite 2019 Releases

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share.

I have read some really amazing books this year so it was hard to narrow it down to my absolute favourite releases this year. I have not included any debut books that I included in my previous post so as not to become too repetitive. But you can read that post here.

Here are some of my favourites:

The Kingdom of Copper by S.A Chakraborty – This book will be on every list when it comes to a favourite book. If you haven’t read these books then you are missing out on the best books to ever exist.

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The Fowl Twins by Eoin Colfer – I was so excited to be back in this world! One of my favourite series growing up and now we get brand new adventures!

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A Good Girls Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson – Wow I did not expect to love this book as much as I did! It kept me hooked right from the first chapter.

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Love From A To Z by S.K. Ali – My favourite love story. I can’t even begin to explain how much this book means to me.

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Boys Will Be Boys by Clementine Ford – This book is an incredibly important read. It deals with the patriarchy and toxic masculinity and at times it was so difficult to read but so important.

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The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco – I loved this book so much! I cannot wait for the next book!

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The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh – Renee’s books always leave me swooning and completely immersed in the world she’s created. This book is incredible!

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Prayers of the Pious by Omar Suleiman – Imam Omar Suleiman is one of my favourite scholars to study from and an incredible activist and role model of mine so I was so excited to read his book and it is such a beautiful read!

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Unleashed by Amy McCulloch – this was such a great ending to the Jinxed duology! I loved this book as much as the first especially as it was two girls in STEM who saved everyone.

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These are some of my favourite 2019 releases. There are so many more but I didn’t want my posts becoming too repetitive as they will appear in my top 10 reads of the year and some have already been included in my favourite debut books of 2019.

What are some of your favourite 2019 releases?

2019 Round Up

My Favourite 2019 Debut Books

We’re already at the end of 2019 which is crazy because it was just January? The year sees to have flown by but I did read some amazing books.

I’m going to share my favourite debut books that I read this year:

1 The Disasters by M.K. England – I loved this book so much! I loved how diverse it was and the Muslim rep was so great! You can read my review here

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2 Viper by Bex Hogan – I was able to read the arc and I loved how brutal and ruthless this world was! Pirate assassins! What more could you want. You can read my review here

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3 It’s Not About the Burqa Edited by Mariam Khan – This book was absolutely amazing and I just need everyone to read this! You can read my review here

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4 Nocturna by Maya Motayne – I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait to see where the story goes. You can read my review here

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5 A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby – This is a middle grade book and I really loved it! It’s such a moving and beautiful story. You can read my review here

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6 The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala – I was sold as soon as I saw the cover and I absolutely loved the story and the enemies to lovers. You can read my review here

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7 All The Things We Never Said by Yasmin Rahman – This book had me sobbing after reading the first chapter. A book dealing with mental health but also including a Muslim girl whose religion actually affects her decisions. I loved it so much. You can read my review here

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8 The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad – This book is the story of badass women getting stuff done. They each have wonderful story arcs of their own and interwoven together and it is SO GOOD. You can read my review here

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9 We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal – Where do I apply to join the zumra?! I cannot wait for We Free the Stars! I need it asap after that ending! You can read my review here

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10 All American Muslim Girl by Nadine Jolie Courtney – This book stole my heart. I felt so seen and heard. I am still thinking about this book months after I read it. You can read my review here

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11 The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah – A post-apocalyptic world underwater complete with submarine races and corrupt governments yet still hope drives people forward. I loved it so much! You can read my review here

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So here are my favourite debut books of 2019! Have you read any of these? What did you think of them? What debut books were your favourite?

2019 Round Up, Friday Favourites

Friday Favourites – Favourite New To Me Authors in 2019

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share.

This week I’m going to share some authors I discovered this year or finally read an author’s book that I had been meaning to read for ages!

So here are some of my favourite new to me authors:

1 Rin Chupeco – I read The Never Tilting World and fell in love! I need to read the rest of her books now asap! You can read my review here.

2 Clementine Ford – I had been meaning to read Fight Like A Girl for ages and I finally did this year and fell in love and then I had to read her second book Boys Will be Boys and I got to meet her when she came here on a book tour. You can read my review of Fight Like a Girl here and Boys Will Be Boys here.

3 Emily Suvada – I knew I would love This Mortal Coil but I never got round to reading it until this year and of course I fell in love! You can read my review here. I need to read book two soon as the last book will be releasing soon!

4 Brigid Kemmerer – ACSDAL was a really hyped book this year so I decided to pick it up and I really loved it. You can read my review here. I decided to read some of Brigid’s other books and I really loved Call it What You Want! So I will definitely be picking up her other books too!

5 Natasha Ngan – I got GoPaF in a fairyloot box last year but I didn’t get round to reading it until recently. It was a difficult read at times but wow it was so good! I could not put it down!

So here are some of my favourite new to me authors! Which authors books did you discover this year?

2019 Round Up, Friday Favourites

Friday Favourite – Favourite Book Covers Of 2019

This is hosted by Something of the Book who created this tag out of a love for lists. There are different topics for us all to be able to take part and you can find the prompts here. There isn’t a specific number of favourites so it’s entirely up to you how many you share.

This week I’m going to share some of my favourite covers of books that released this year! Honestly I can’t get enough of how many beautiful covers we were blessed with this year!

1 The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

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2 Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

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3 We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

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4 The Beautiful by Renee Ahdieh

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5 The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

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6 The Battle by Karuna Riazi

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7 Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

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8 The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

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9 The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdala

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10 The Weight of our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

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