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 »

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 »

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 »

Books I DNF’d in 2019

This is a companion post to the Most Disappointing Books of 2019 post, and I suppose I could merge them together, but I think that I have very different feelings about books I DNF vs. books I managed to finish, so I like to keep these separate. I don’t DNF often, because I hate feeling like I’ve wasted my time, but I will DNF if I know that a book won’t work for me (which I can usually tell within the first fifty or so pages). I DNF’d a grand total of seven books this year.

Let’s go in chronological order!Read More »

Most Disappointing Books of 2019

I still have two books to finish for this year, but neither of them is going to become a least favorite of the year, so I thought I would get this post out of the way now! As always, this is not meant to be an objective list; none of these books are objectively “bad” but I just didn’t jive with them for whatever reason. They are…very loosely organized in order from ones I disliked least to ones I disliked most.Read More »

Winter Reads TBR

As we come upon the end of the year I find myself not wanting to read at all, let alone wanting to start a new book. There’s just something about the close of December this year that’s making me feel kind of listless; there’s probably a multitude of reasons for this, some of them involving potential shakeups in my personal life (i.e. I am anxious about a potential new job opportunity and cannot concentrate properly on anything), but in any case, I am also very excited for the beginning of a brand new year where I can start a whole bunch of new books!

The winter months in particular (January, February, maybe a bit of March) lend themselves to a particular kind of book. I try not to be too much of a seasonal reader, but I always succumb; winter in particular makes you want to cozy up with dark, cold books, and I have several books that I hope to start the new year with. I am also sticking with books I have in my possession, whether as physical copies or ebooks, because I would really like to make a dent on the books I own.Read More »