August 31, 2019

The Books I’ve Read in 2019! Part 1

Hello everyone, I hope you are well! Today I’m listing all of the books I’ve read so far this year (I decided to divide it into 2 posts because otherwise it would be LONG)! I’m listing them all in order and I’ll give a quick synopsis and if I loved it or not. Usually if I love a book, I’ll mention it in a monthly favourites! One of my goals for this year was to read 30 books, and I’ve almost met that! If you want to see the books I read in 2018, you can read that post here. Okay, let’s get started!

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1. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simison– The sequel to The Rosie Project that I read in 2018, I liked it. A third book has now been released and I have it on my list! The main character is a quirky Sheldon Cooper type, and I though the books were cute!

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2. The Good Liar by Catherine McKenzie– The storyline of this book really intrigued me! It was inspired by stories that came out after 9/11- people who faked their own death to start anew, and couples on the brink of divorce where one spouse dies and the other gets money because of the death. I remember it being a really quick read.

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3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas– I was interested after seeing movie previews for it. While I thought it was good, I was underwhelmed at the ending. It was okay, although I think the subject matter is important and very relevant today.

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4. Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris– Creepy and full of twists and turns. I really liked this author as you’ll see in other books I’ve read! It’s about a newly married couple who seems perfect, but you don’t know what’s going on behind closed doors.

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5. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven– I would compare it to The Fault in Our Stars, and it was a good read that left me crying while I finished reading it on the couch. Two teenagers meet at the top of the bell tower at school (it looks like they are going to jump off), and the relationship that forms as a result.

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6. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn– My least favourite Gillian Flynn book. Really didn’t like it! To be blunt, it’s about a girl who survives her family being murdered, and her life as an adult. Apparently it’s a movie, and I don’t know if I would watch it or not!

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7. The Break Down by B.A. Paris– I like this better than Behind Closed Doors, and again read it quite quickly. Full of twists and turns if you like that sort of thing! Makes you want to sleep with a light on and lock your doors.

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8. The Expats by Chris Pavone– I’d never really read a spy novel, and I think this was pretty close to that. I liked it, and there’s a sequel that’s on my list!

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9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan– I might be the only one who didn’t get was all the fuss was about. It was also really annoying to read on an e-reader because there are translations throughout that you have to jump to the end of the chapter and back. I have the sequel on my list so we’ll see if it gets better.

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10. Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella– I’ve been a Sophie Kinsella fan for as long as I can remember, so reading another book by her is always fun.  They make me laugh out loud and are a bit lighter in subject matter than some of the other books I had read so far this year! A couple finds out life expectancy is longer than ever, so they have to keeps things new by surprising each other!

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11. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey– If you want to know about Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps to get out of debt and build wealth, this book explains everything. I’m not 100% on board with everything he speaks about, but I do follow some of his principles and listen to his podcast a lot. If you don’t want to spend money, I’d suggest it! haha.

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12. The Imposter Bride by Nancy Nichler– I’d had this book on my list to read for years, but I was somewhat underwhelmed by it. It’s about a woman who comes to Canada to marry a Canadian, but it turns out she isn’t who she says she is. The book is from the perspective of her daughter (the mother runs away when her daughter is a baby), so it was sad. I don’t know if I just wasn’t in the mood for a serious book, but I didn’t love this one.

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13. An Unwanted Guest by Shari Lapena– A murder mystery where everyone was trapped in a hotel with a power outage! I really liked this one, and couldn’t figure out who there murderer was! Multiple wrong guesses. Second book I’d read by this author, and I liked it!

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14. The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware– Another creepy read and the main character was a tarot card reader which was interesting! It had some twists, and I liked it!

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15. An Edited Life by Anna Newton– I think this is the first book I’ve read by a YouTuber I watch! I read it fairly quickly, but haven’t implemented anything yet. It’s hard to do some of it because I don’t have my own house yet, but I will do what I can! My Mother-in-law is borrowing it right now, so when I get it back I will give it a go!

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16. One Day in December by Josie Silver– Probably one of my favourite books of the year so far. I really liked this one. I wish I read it in December, but I just really liked and felt like I got to know all of the characters. Totally stayed up until 1AM to finish it, and definitely cried.

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17. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent– I really liked the beginning of this book, and really didn’t like it the further I got. Wouldn’t recommend it.

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18. Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis– I don’t really get why this book is popular, and I don’t think I’m the target audience. I tend to agree with some of the more negative reviews of this book, so you can google those!

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19. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas– Beauty and the Beast meets Twilight and The Hunger Games. If you are looking to get engrossed with a series this one has a bunch of books, and they are BIG. I’m about halfway through the second one, and am getting more interested in the world the books has created!

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20. I Know You Know by Gilly Macmillan– This one was interesting because it had a podcast built in, and after listening to some true crime podcasts I really liked that aspect! It had some twists toward the end that I didn’t see coming.

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21. Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris– A quick read with short chapters that left me saying “Okay, one more chapter then I’ll go to sleep” over and over. I liked the twists and I think I’ve now read all of the books by this author!

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22. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie– The first Agatha Christie book I’ve read, and my first impression was how formal it was. I wanted to read the book before watching the movie (which I haven’t yet), but I liked the ending! Took a little bit to get into, but overall I enjoyed it.

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23. Her Pretty Face by Robyn Harding– This book flickers from the past to the present, and they are connected but you don’t know how. I thought I had it figured out but I was wrong! Second book I’d read by this author, and I liked it!

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24. Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty– One of my favourite authors, and this one was about adult triplets, and a year of their life. I really felt like I got to know the characters and didn’t want it to end! Might be one of my favourites from this author.

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25. Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney– From past journal entries to the present with a twist that left me saying “wait, what?!”, I read it quickly and really liked it! Creepy, but very good.

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26. My Lovely Wife by Samantha Downing– I just finished this one last week and I flew through it! Really enjoyed how creepy it was, and the twists along the way! Would definitely recommend it.

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I’ve also finally created a GoodReads account where I’m keeping track of the books I’ve read this year. If you want to follow me there, click here!

I’ll be back at the end of the year with part 2 of this post, and I’ll also share how I’ve read so many books without spending any money.

As you can probably tell I’m a huge bookworm, and I’ve really enjoyed reading so much this year! It’s crazy getting inside so many different characters’ heads, but I love reading! I can’t believe I’m almost at my goal already and will definitely need to set the bar higher for next year.

What have you read this year? Any recommendations? I’d love to know!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey

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