15 Literary Fiction Books to Read in 2020

Y’all know I struggle with literary fiction, but one of my goals for 2020 is to read some more ~literary~ books. What do I mean by literary? I think the connotations of “literary” usually indicate well-written or experimental prose and a somewhat serious narrative dealing with serious, realistic topics. Or something to that effect. Not all the books on this list are hardcore literary; many, in fact, fall into that nebulous category of “upmarket” fiction – which is, as I understand it, literary fiction with a more commercial appeal. I think it’s a good mix!Read More »

20 Things to Do in 2020

This year, instead of having bookish goals and/or resolutions, I’m going to do more of a free for all and just talk about a bunch of things I want to do in 2020. They’re not even necessarily resolutions (or at least, not all of them are), and many are definitely more about having fun than anything else, but I think this is still a great way of looking ahead!Read More »

2019 Accomplishments & Reflections

2019 has been a year of many firsts. To that end, it’s been a rather successful year for me. More than that, I feel like it’s been a very busy year; I think I’ve had something to look forward to nearly every month, which is novel but welcome! I didn’t do this type of reflective post for 2018, but I think this year it’s much needed, as so much happened that I definitely need to process it somewhere.

So, in chronological order: Read More »

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2019

  • The Wicked King by Holly Black (★★★★★)
  • The Poison Master by Liz Williams (★★★★★)
  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (★★★★★)

MONTHLY TOTAL: 3
YEARLY SO FAR: 87

A rather paltry number of books read this month, which is fine. For various reasons December was not a super productive month for me, but I’ll get into that below when I talk about some life updates. In any case, I managed to finish a series (the Folk of the Air), which felt very productive, as well as read an older fantasy novel. So, in all, though I didn’t read a lot, I’m happy with what I read.Read More »

2019 Scrapbook

2019 Scrapbook

This is a compilation of all the media I’ve enjoyed during the year as well as a record of the various places I’ve been. I’m certainly not including every single thing I watched or listened to, only the things I want to remember. 2019 has been a year of a lot of Arabic music, some excellent television, plenty of theater (I hadn’t realized just how much before making this post; this isn’t even everything I saw!), and many, many, many travels!Read More »

Best Books of 2019

2019 has been an odd reading year for me; I think that my reading tastes have been shifting quite significantly. I no longer read the massive amount of YA that I used to, and I’ve been reading quite a bit more fantasy. I feel like I’ve gone back to my roots, as my top three reads of the year are all straight-up secondary world fantasy, which has always been my favorite genre.

For the first half of the year I was…not in a slump, exactly, because I was still reading a lot, but I wasn’t really feeling super passionate about a whole lot of books, which is why you’ll see that I only have eight books on my list (out of 88 total read), with a good chunk of honorable mentions.

However, that means that the books that made the list are ones that I truly loved, books that pulled me out of my semi-slump and utterly captivated me, books that will stay with me for a long time.Read More »