Is it too late to do a 2019 recap? I’ve been a bit behind on my 2020 blog goals due to the flu hitting me on New Years Eve…so much for the flu shot this year. Despite spending quite a bit of time sleeping, I spent a lot of time on blog research & post ideas, and I came across The Artsy Reader Girl’s Top Ten Tuesday posts. She has a weekly schedule of top ten topics to follow along with & share on her site.
My 2019 reading goal was 40 books since I turned 40 last year. I only made it to 30, but I read some great novels along the way, and reread a few of my favorites.
Here are my top ten favorite reads for 2019:
What were your favorite reads in 2019?
The Kingdom of Back tells the story of the Mozart children, Wolfgang (Wolferl) & Maria Anna (Nannerl) & their early beginnings as child prodigies of music composition & the clavier. The story, however, focuses on Nannerl, the eldest child of the Mozart family, She is very talented on the clavier & her days are spent in the music room with her father, Ludwig, who composes the music she plays. Ludwig is intent on showcasing Nannerl’s talent to the royal courts around Europe & making a name for the Mozart family. However, Nannerl’s talent is soon overshadowed by her younger brother, Wolferl & his musical genius.
As their father focuses all of his attention on Wolferl, Nannerl stumbles upon a mysterious world, The Kingdom of Back. A world with an upside down forest & fields of edelweiss. Nannerl meets a mysterious boy, Hyacinth, who offers to make her wish come true, but comes at a price.
This is my first Marie Lu novel, despite owning the the full Legend trilogy. The writing is excellent & the story is unique. The only thing that stopped this from being a 5 star rating is I wish more time was spent in the Kingdom of Back.
Thank you to Bookish First & Penguin Teen for the advanced reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Other then what I learned while watching Braveheart, I know very little about the history of Scotland. This novel intrigued me as it focuses on a young woman from an influential noble family in 1295 Scotland. Christina Bruce, a descendant of Celtic & Norman kings, was an influential person during the Scottish Wars of Independence, however, very little is truly known about her. While her father pledges loyalty to England, she is left to make tough decisions for herself & her family.
What I loved: Christina ‘s character. She is brave, fierce & loyal to a fault sometimes. The author takes great detail in fleshing out Christina’s life & her role in the Scottish War. And there is a lot of history & historical events that I really enjoyed reading about. And Christina’s relationships with her family & the heads of the other noble families is full of drama. I also loved the special relationship Christina develops with William Wallace.
What I didn’t: There are a lot of characters to keep track of. Some that disappear for a bit & then show up just when you’ve forgotten about them. The story struggles with pacing & can be a bit slow in parts (lots of riding back & forth.) It is also very heavy on the history which I actually enjoyed. However, there were parts where the events felt rushed through that should have been elaborated on more fully & character’s motives detailed a bit more.
To Crown A King is rich on history and drama. What it lacks in pacing, it makes up for with a strong female character, an interesting family dynamic & leaves you wanting more.
I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley.
What a magical story! Chasing falling stars, magical stardust, a ladder to the stars & cloud people all in one fantastical story of young girl’s adventure to save her dying grandmother.
Julia is a 4th grader whose most favorite person in the world, her grandmother, Grammu, is dying from the invisible disease. The only thing that can save her is a falling star. But catching one isn’t easy. Only one person in the history of their small town has ever actually caught a falling star, but Julia is certain that she can catch one to save Grammu. When things don’t quite go as planned, Julia embarks on a journey to find the legendary ladder to the stars & has several interesting adventures along the way.
I normally don’t review children’s books, but The Healing Star stood out to me as a unique & magical story dealing with childhood adventure, disappointment & loss. I highly recommend this to young readers in 3rd-5th grade age range & is definitely a great story to be read to younger kids.
*Thank you to the author, A. Kidd, for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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What an unexpected thing to see your blog mentioned on Twitter as a nominee for the Sunshine Blogger Award! A huge thank you to Beth Gray over at Panutopia. She has a very unique blog about the social and political issues in Panama, and what she envisions it could be. Be sure to go & check it out!
After careful consideration, I nominate the following bloggers & their blogs:
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Please go check out all my nominees! Thank you again Beth for the nomination! And if you want some other awesome blogs to check out, here is Beth’s Sunshine Blogger Award post with my fellow nominees!
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