I swear I’m not leaving again! It just turns out that back-to-back Thanksgivings and hosting 14 people was a little more than I anticipated. Who would’ve guessed?! Idk, maybe everyone. Anywho, the Holiday week was a freaking whirlwind to say the absolute least. I did have a wonderful time and everything went really smoothly with our first hosting of a family holiday so I’m putting this one in the win column!
2019 has been kind of a disappointing year, reading-wise for me. With so many things going on (liver donation surgery, my husband finishing his PhD, moving to New Mexico) reading has taken a back seat. I’m really looking forward to 2020 and stepping everything back up again with my reading, reviewing and blogging. We’ve also got our first ski trip coming up this weekend and I literally couldn’t be more amped. Anyway, today I wanted to participate in Top 5 Tuesday! A weekly meme hosted by Bionic Book Worm and this weeks topic is 2019’s most surprising reads!
Run Away by Harlan Coben
This book was such a doozie and it absolutely blew me away. When I picked it up I was definitely falling into the “judge a beautiful book by it’s beautiful cover” trap and this time it absolutely paid off! I thought I knew what this book was going to be about (a run away, obviously) but it packed so much more into it’s pages than I ever could’ve anticipated. I flew through this novel at break-neck speed and it’s one of the few books that’s nestled itself into my favorites shelf this year. It’s absolutely one I’d suggest anyone who is looking at it picks up! You can find my review for this one here!
The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking
This little book has impacted my day-to-day life a surprising amount since I read it! If you haven’t picked it up, I can’t suggest it enough. It’s a great coffee table book and if you’ve ever found yourself in a space or a time of year thinking you were feeling “especially cozy” then the emotion you’re probably trying to put your finger on is hygge! With no direct definition Wiking describes hygge as “quite, comfortable togetherness” or “coco by candlelight” and if that isn’t enough to make you buy this and then redecorate your home I don’t know what to tell you! My husband and I are always trying to make our home as hygge as possible. You can find my full review here!
One True Loves by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Is this the greatest book I’ve read of all time? No. Is this even my favorite book by Reid? Also, no. What this book was for me was a total surprise! I’ll be honest that Reid’s Daisy Jones left me a bit disappointed considering I loved Evelyn Hugo so much I could burst. However, when I picked up this baby from the library I thought it’d be a book I meandered through in-between other reads. What ended up happening was what all us readers like to call the dance of “just one more chapter” and then it’s 3 AM and we’re wondering where the time has gone. This was a light, fun and still poignant read that (for someone who doesn’t read a lot of romance) I really loved! Annnnd, here is my review!
Recursion by Blake Crouch
This one is kind of a cop out because I knew I was going to love it. What DID however surprise me was how much more complicated this was than my first read by Crouch (and one of my all-time favorites) Dark Matter. It still boggles my mind that anyone’s brain works in the way Crouch’s does and he’s quickly turned into an auto-purchase for me. This is definitely one you really have to pay attention to and might give it’s readers a bit of a headache with how complex the story lines are, but it’s well worth anyone’s time to read. This review also has one of my all-time favorite recipes in it, huevos rancheros!
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Let’s all chant together shall we: “What does Christina love?” “Strong, resilient women overcoming adversity to become the swan goddesses we always knew they were!”
I loved this. I’ve been a big fan of YA fantasy since I myself was a young-adult but in the last couple of years I’ve really moved away from it and haven’t enjoyed it as much. Because of that it took me way longer than it should’ve to pick this one up (despite all the glowing reviews). While I’m sad it took me so long, I’m happy I don’t have to wait as long for the next installment because no matter your genre of choice, this is a beautiful story and I think it would surprise most readers by how much they’d love it too! My review and a recipe for Jollof Rice can be found here!
Have you read any of these titles? If so, what did you think? What are some reads that surprised you the most in 2019? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know!