How the hell is it already June?!
I’m aware that people say this every year, but it really does feel as though 2019 has flown by.
Since we’re halfway through the year, I thought it’d be nice to check up on my reading year and discuss both the best and worst books that I’ve read so far in 2019.
Let’s start with where I am with my Goodreads goal.
At the beginning of the year, I decided that I wanted to be overly ambitious, and set my goal to 225 books.
I’m not even halfway there yet. I plan on reading more graphic novels, short novels, poetry collections, and comic books to help me gain on my goal a bit.
Worst Books of 2019 (So Far)
Thankfully, I haven’t read too many terrible books so far this year. However, there are a few that stand out.
- Infected by Scott Sigler – 1 Star – So far, this is the worst book I’ve read in 2019, although it could be tied with Stephen King’s Elevation. I went into this novel expecting science fiction, not body horror. It’s definitely not a book for people with weak stomachs. I wasn’t bothered by the immense gore; for me, the book was just poorly written, the story was mediocre, and I didn’t care at all for any of the characters.
- Elevation by Stephen King – 1 Star – I grew up reading Stephen King, and I still consider him to be one of my favorite authors. Elevation, however, left much to be desired. It’s a very shallow novel with no real plot.
- Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer – 2 Stars – This is my most disappointing read so far in 2019. I loved the premise of this book, as it’s a fairy tale retelling based on the Norwegian myth called East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I found the novel to be problematic, however, as the main relationship in the novel is based on lies and violence.
- The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch by Neil Gaiman – 3 Stars – Looking back on this book, I realized that it in no way deserves 3 stars, so I’ll be lowering it to 2 stars. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors – I’d even wager to say he’s in my top three. However, this graphic novel was terrible. I found very little to enjoy, and I wasn’t a fan of the art style. I feel like I was biased by how much I generally enjoy Gaiman, which is why this ended up with 3 stars.
Best Books of 2019 (So Far)
Finally, the fun list! I tried to narrow this down to five, but there was absolutely no way I was going to leave any of these books off this list.
In no particular order:
- The Last by Hanna Jameson – 5 Stars – I read this book recently, and adored everything about it. I’ve read a lot of post-apocalyptic novels, as it’s my favorite genre, but I’ve never read one that was also a mystery story. It worked so well. I also had the opportunity to interview the author, which was amazing!
- Words of Radiance (Book Two of the Stormlight Archive) by Brandon Sanderson – 5 Stars – I’m obsessed with this series. I read the first book in the series at the end of last year, and I’m going to be reading the third book either at the end of this month or the beginning of July. After reading The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson nudged his way into my favorite writers. No one does world-building quite like he does.
- The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker – 4.5 Stars – I didn’t use to be a fan of romance stories. I avoided the genre for years, under the false belief that it was all smut with no storyline. This book proved me wrong. I’m officially a fan of romance stories now. This novel blew me away and was wonderfully steamy.
- The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas – 5 Stars – This book surprised me. I came across it on my library’s new releases shelf and was attracted to the cover. Plus, it was a time-travel novel, which piqued my interest. Mascarenhas’s writing blew me away completely. The characters were intriguing, the story was perfect, and the writing was gorgeous.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – 4.5 Stars – I was inspired to read The Night Circus after hearing it praised over and over again by my favorite Booktuber, Hannah at A Clockwork Reader. I love whimsical stories, and it doesn’t get more whimsical than this. While many readers find the novel to be slow, which I do understand, I was attracted to this book by how atmospheric it is.
- Sadie by Courtney Summers – 4.5 Stars – Sadie was one of the first books I reviewed this year. I listened to the audiobook, after reading that it was the better way to take in the story. The podcast format worked particularly well for an audiobook. The story focuses on difficult topics (such as child abuse, rape, murder, and drugs, among others) and is a powerful YA mystery story.
Overall, I’m pleased with how my reading year is going so far, although I wish I had more time to read.
What are the best and worst books that you’ve read so far in 2019? Let me know in the comments!