Hello everyone! My Goodreads goal for 2019 is 40 books. I am a little behind schedule- moving states and new jobs can do that I guess- but here are the books I have read so far. They are listed in the order that I read them- not by how much I like them.
- Red Queen by Victoria Avegard
- Empire of Storms by SarahJ Maas
- Legendary by Stephanie Garber
- A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas
- Catwoman by Sarah J Maas
- A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
- The Fork, The Witch, and The Worm by Christopher Paolini
- Tower of Dawn by Sarah J Maas
- Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
- Phasma by Delilah S Dawson
- The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas
- Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim
- Rebel Born by Amy A Bartol
- Before the Broken Star by Emily R King
- Eldest by Christopher Paolini
- Brisingr by Christopher Paolini
- Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
- The Wrath of Darth Maul by Ryder Windham
- Into the Hourglass by Emily R King
- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Fledgling by Nicole Conway
- Avian by Nicole Conway
- Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
Song of Achilles is by far my favorite book of the ones listed. The story was amazing, and it was a great retelling of the Trojan War. Granted, I am obsessed with all things mythology and ancient Greek, but I believe that anyone not obsessed would still enjoy the story.
Christopher Paolini’s newest book made me wish he would release more about the aftermath of the Inheritance saga. I definitely want more of Angela’s antics, and a little more into her history would be much appreciated as well. I also want to see more of how Murtagh is dealing with his new freedoms and the consequences of his role in the war. I just want more. Mr. Paolini, please.
My other top recommendations would be Spin the Dawn and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. They are two completely different books- one being a “help” book- but they will probably make my top 5 come the end of the year.
Spin the Dawn is a young adult novel, but it does not follow all of the typical tropes you may think of. There is no dystopia, no “chosen one,” but a girl trying to help her family. The book was described online as a Mulan-esque tale, and that is completely true. Elizabeth Lim does a fantastic job at telling a story, and I cannot wait to read the sequel!
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is all about choosing what you actually care about. There are things that are worth using your energy on- you just have to take the time to reflect to decide what they are. Mark Manson utilizes the perfect amount of humor and metaphors to get the message across. It is definitely worth the read, especially for my fellow millennials.
I have about 5 books that I am currently reading/ have in my to be read pile and another few books on hold on Libby. I’m excited to see what stories I get to experience next!