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This is 2020!

Wow, can you believe that we are now in 2020!??!?! This is crazy as we are entering a new decade!  It is also a big year for me, as I turn 40 at the end of April. I am not even sure how this happened…. I can’t wait to see what this year and new decade brings, hopefully mostly good!  Let’s see what we can accomplish that is ‘bookish’ this year!

Jessica

 

2019 has been a great year filled with great things! Considering I almost didn’t finish my reading challenge and I freaked out, I read a lot of really good books, and some really bad ones this year. I’m kinda surprised at the extremes, but I also enjoyed them. My nerdy self has continued to grow and appreciate the fun things about life and I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store! Thanks to all you awesome followers; it wouldn’t be nearly as fun if we didn’t have y’all! Here’s to a new year filled with more books and nerdiness!

Kim

 

What are you looking forward to in 2020?  What suggestions do you have for us?

 

Kim’s Top 10 of 2019

Today we get to find out what Kim’s Top 10 Reads of 2019 are!  As mentioned yesterday, we do have one book in common(stay tuned to see what it is) , and Sian B Claven made Kim’s list TWICE this year! 

Here is Kim’s Top 10 list, these are in no particular order, since it becomes impossible to rank at this point for her!:

 

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

I love the story of the last Romanovs and it made me super emotional. My review is here.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Any book by Bardugo is gonna be awesome. She understood Diana as a character and the book paired perfectly with the WW movie soundtrack! My review is here.

Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich

Scary, dark, perfect setting, and I need the sequel, yesterday! My review is here.

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

So well written and I got very emotionally involved. Ivan told me to quit asking so many medical questions cuz he was sick of talking about B. Cepacia. My review is here.  THIS is the one Jessica and I had in common!!!

The Huntress by Kate Quinn

I want to be a Nazi Hunter when I grow up! My review is here.

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

So uncomfortable and creepy; it was awesome! My review and TV series comparison is here.

Buried by Sian B. Claven

Grave Encounters in book form! So dark and a perfect ghost story!! My review has not been written yet, but here is the book description:

Home is where the heart is … or the hatred.

You can feel the love and care someone puts into their home just by walking into it. Equally, you can feel the hatred and malice when you step into a home where dark deeds have been done.

Alex and his team of so-called paranormal investigators are given the opportunity of a lifetime when they are able to film inside one of the most haunted, and cursed, locations in their area:  The Jackson Mansion.

The thing that makes this mansion truly unique is that it is built completely underground. Determined to uncover the dark secrets of the mansion’s past, and prove himself a notable investigator, Alex doesn’t care what it takes. The mansion, however, has other ideas, as well as some rather restless occupants.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This book will stay with me a very long time! This is one I just read so there is no review yet.  Here is the book description, if you don’t know the story of this classic!:

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued. Labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, even a vision of the apocalypse, Lord of the Flies is perhaps our most memorable novel about “the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart.”

The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

I have never identified with a character so much! My review is here.

Asylum 1 by Sian B. Claven

An insane asylum with medical experiments- enough said! My video review of both books one and two are here.  These books are not for everyone! 


Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think?????

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Jessica’s Top 10 of 2019

Goodbye 2019 and hello to a new decade!  This year has gone by quickly, especially the last few months. Today I will share my Top 10 of 2019, and apparently YA dominated my list this year. Also, Katherine Center and Neal Shusterman have made my Top 10 two years in a row now!

Kim and I had one book that made both of our lists. You will have to see what her Top 10 is tomorrow to see what made both lists!

Here are my picks for Top 10 in order:

10. Birthday by Meredith Russo

Written by a transgender author, Birthday shows us what someone who is transgender experiences. Russo’s novels are important stories that those who are transgender may need and will help those of us who are not transgender understand what it is like. My review for Birthday is here.

9. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I did not expect to love this one as much as I did! The audiobook had different narrators for each character, which helped. I also did not figure the ending out!  The sequel One of Us is Next comes out January 7, 2020 and there is also a tv show in the works, which will be Must See TV for me! My review for One of Us is Lying is here.

8. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Center’s husband is a volunteer firefighter and she got many stories from him, and Things You Save in a Fire is so realistic! Center’s protagonist is a female fire fighter which I really loved!  Center is fast becoming a new favorite author and I can’t wait to see what she has coming next!  My review for Things You Save in a Fire is here.

7.  Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott, Mikki Daughtry, and Tobias Iaconis

If Everything, Everything and The Fault in Our Stars got together and had a baby then it would result in Five Feet Apart. I loved so much about this novel! I still have yet to see the movie, but WILL soon! And again… This cover is just gorgeous!  My review for Five Feet Apart is here.

6.  Hope and Other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum

A powerful YA novel that dealt with the aftermath of 9/11 and how it still affects us 15 years later. This is yet another one that everyone should read! My review for Hope and Other Punch Lines is here.

5.  They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I absolutely loved this book for its unique concept. *Spoiler Alert* we know what is going to happen in this novel from the title, but it is not about the end of Mateo and Rufus’ lives, it is the journey they go on for their final day. This one makes you think, would you want to know that this day is your last? My review for They Both Die at the End is here.

4.  Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman

Neal Shusterman is an author we both love at Jessica’s Reading Room and Dry was no exception!  This is yet another novel that leaves you thinking about it long after you have finished reading it. My review for Dry is here.

3.  The Ghostly Father by Sue Barnard

I have always been a fan of Romeo and Juliet, so this retelling  that is part prequel and also part sequel was just up my alley!  I loved everything about it and loved Barnard’s unique take on the story!  My review for The Ghostly Father is here.

2.  Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Kindred was a novel I came across looking for First Line Friday novels. I was concerned if it aged well as some novels don’t ‘age well’, but wow, this one is superb! Kindred is a must read for everyone!  In fact, it came very close to my number one read of 2019.  My review for Kindred is here.

 

What is my number one read of 2019??????

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain!!!

The Dream Daughter has earned its spot as my favorite book…EVER. Its is absolute perfection for me!  It went in a direction I was not expecting, and was a little leery about at first, but OMG, I loved everything about it! This was my first read by Chamberlain and it will not be my last!  My review for The Dream Daughter is here.


Have you read any of these books, and if so what did you think of them? Kim’s Top 10 of 2019 will post tomorrow.  She decided on her Top 10 a little differently from they way I chose mine. Stay tuned to see what books she loved and what one book we had in common for our Top 10!

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