Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ ThatArtsy Reader Girl
Welcome back to another Top Ten Tuesday! Today weâ€™re talking about our biggest bookish discoveries of 2019. The math worked out so we have nine this week but they are some great ones!
1- Sequels: The Struggle Is Real
I had this epiphany recently as I was slogging my way through a sequel of a book that was at the top of my favorite reads of last year (not naming names). I still havenâ€™t pinpointed exactly what it is but for some reason I almost (note that I said almost, not always) dislike the second book in a trilogy, series, or even *gasp* a duology, less than the first book. Honestly, Iâ€™ve found it quite frustrating, so if you have recommendations for book series that are consistant all the way through, recommend them in the comments!
We talked about our shared discovery of audiobooks recently but 2019 was definitely the year I actively chose to listen to audiobooks, even over bookish podcasts, and I more than doubled my reading stats between 2018 and 2019!
3- Hello Netgalley, My New Friend…
Any other Simon and Garfunkel fans out there? I never thought I would actually do it but last April I caved and got a Netgalley account. It was all in the name getting an eARC of The Grace Year by Kim Ligget, but since then I have set up my Samsung tablet (which I prefer over my husbandâ€™s kindle believe it or not) to be a dedicated e-reader and I make sure to read a few ARCs every month.
4- Social Issue Contemporaries Are My Jam!
I love that feeling when I finish a book and my first thought is: “The world is better because this book is in the world.” I feel that way about THUG by Angie Thomas, Heroine by Mindy McGinnis, and A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum. Stories have an ability to reach people and touch hearts in a way that few other mediums do. It gives me chills just thinking about it.
1- TBR? Whoâ€™s She?
As I get older I find I am such a massive mood reader there really isnâ€™t any reason to make a TBR list. There is no faster way to put me in a slump than to make me feel like I have a reading obligation! Last year I just gave up and read whatever I wanted without worrying about it and had a great reading year! Hooray for no judgment reading!
2- Iâ€™m Here For A Challenge
Now that said, sometimes I do need a push to pick up a book and thatâ€™s why I turn to reading challenges! There is still enough flexibility to pick up something I feel like in the moment, but with some guidance to keep me from feeling lost in my giant pile of books I want to read. Plus, really good challenges encourage me to pick up books that I might not gravitate toward otherwise! If you want to try a challenge, we have a huge master list of challenges you can check out!
3. Iâ€™m A Big Girl Now!
Please donâ€™t get me wrong, I love YA and middle grade. These age ranges got me back into reading after a long time away (thanks law school!). And I definitely do still read a ton of YA and MG. However, looking back at my favorite reads of 2019, the overwhelming majority of my favorite books were adult reads. So this year I plan to focus more on adult books!
4. Real Life Book Clubs Are Amazing
I joined the Jen Hatmaker Book Club this year and part of that club is a Facebook page. Through that page I was lucky enough to meet a ton of awesome women who live in my area and we started an IRL book club. Other than blogging, this book club has been my biggest reading discovery this past year. We have been meeting since June and these ladies have become my best friends. Our group chats are the stuff of legends and I have never felt so instantly accepted. Book loving people really are the best people.
But By Far Our Biggest Discovery…
Was realizing what amazing blogging buddies we are! We had no idea that we had so much in common! We enjoy enough of the same books that we can talk about stuff and we actually share a lot bookish habits and opinions. At the same time though, we are different enough that it keeps life, and our blog, interesting! It is definitely our biggest bookish discovery of last year.
What About You?
What are the biggest bookish lessons you learned last year? Tell us all about them in the comments!