Last year, I made a most anticipated books post like many, many others and well, I realised that I never quite did a sort of post where I talked about whether I actually read the books or not. So, here we are, talking about the few books that I ended up reading of those two lists, linked below.
So out of twenty four books, I have only read these. I know. that’s kinda bad but I do have reasons for at least few of them still being unread and in my mind, they are some valid reasons, too. The others, well, a few of them I am just not totally interested in anymore and the rest, my moody mind hasn’t let me get into them yet. Yeah. I am totally great.
The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden
I knew I was going to read this book, come hell or high water. It was the concluding novel to the Winternight trilogy and I was ridiculously in love with the writing and the atmosphere and just everything by then to not read it as soon as I could get my hands on it. I loved it, of course, because it’s the Winternight trilogy, it’s just….brilliant.
The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon
I wasn’t too sure I was going to read it during 2019 because my trend of reading the books bought in a year and being in the same year has never been great. However this one got lucky and I read it. More like devoured it, really. I loved it far more than I thought I would and I still have some thoughts about it that really itch at me but…overall, it’s a great book that I would definitely be reading again.
The Test by Sylvain Neuvel
I read it by accident. I was just on the verge of a reading slump and I was afraid. So I read a bit of Tolkien and then immediately afterward, this one. Yes, I know. A bit of a whiplash. It was a much needed one though! Also this book was a bit scary, no scratch that, it was a bit terrifying all the time. I don’t think I will be reading it again but trust me, it’s worth the read.
The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
I ended up reading this one in 2020 but that’s fine. I read it. That’s what matters, right? In any case, like The Night Circus, this one swept me off on an adventure that I wasn’t ready for. However I feel, this one was more me than The Night Circus and I am not sure if that’s a good thing or not? It was just whimsical and magical and abstract enough to make me love it. People have hated it for that same reason. I don’t know I find it fascinating that people can have such vastly different experiences from the same book.
Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
When I read The Enchantment of Ravens, I fell in love with Rogerson’s writing. It was lyrical and just wonderful. With Sorcery of Thorns, it became more. The characters felt more real, the world had a bit more flesh to it and I loved it too!
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
This was a book I wasn’t too sure of despite being intrigued about it. However when I read it, I knew I really did love Power’s writing and the plot and characters were intense. I also realised that I am sort of okay with body horror? You learn something new everyday, I guess. While it might not have been a super favourite of mine, I can’t wait for the next book from this author.
That’s it for my anticipated books that I ended up reading. I know that it isn’t a great indicator of me as a reader, perhaps but I know that I will always read what I really feel like doing it or I won’t be doing it justice. So, I am not beating myself too much for this.