Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
This week’s topic: Bookish Discoveries I Made In 2019
The thing about 2019…I discovered more about myself in relation to reading than I did physical things, so my list definitely reflects that!
I’ve admired her covers and have seen the love in Romancelandia, but 2019 was when I finally read my first Devney Perry book. AND I CANNOT BELIEVE I WAITED SO LONG! Her writing style is absolutely beautiful, her characters are fantastic, and her stories are heartfelt.
My confidence to DNF
I used to really struggle with the idea of not finishing a book, especially a review book. However, life is far too short and my time is much too precious now that I have other priorities (a.k.a. my foster children) to waste time reading something I don’t enjoy. Reading is my escape and I never want it to feel like a chore!
Legend is just as good as I remember
One of the first series I read that reignited my love of reading was Legend by Marie Lu. I think I read it around 10 or 11 years ago, and I could not put it down. It’s one of the few series that I can legitimately say I love cover to cover; first book through third! I had big plans to reread it this year plus read Warcross and Wildcard before the release of Rebel (a Legend novel), but I didn’t quite get around to it all. I did reread Legend and discovered I still adore it as much as I did years ago! I think rereading favorites from years ago can be tricky because we, as people, and our reading tastes change so much over a ten year span. I was worried it wouldn’t hold up, but it does!
The Hey Atlas Equinox Box
One of my favorite bookish small businesses is Hey Atlas Creative. The instant I saw their idea for a quarterly Equinox box filled with their products plus locally sourced goodies that combine for a seasonal solstice experience, I was sold! I received the first box in time for the winter solstice and immediately subscribed for all of 2020, it was that good! It included a Hey Atlas enamel pin, vinyl sticker, and 3 double-sided bookmarks, plus more from a local PNW creator and even an astrologer! To me, it is the perfect combination of bookish and self-care.
New/New-to-me blogs & bookstagrammers to follow
There are far too many to name, but I was happy to discovery new and new-to-me blogs and bookstagrams! I am not always the best at keeping up, but I try to be supportive when time allows. I also really enjoy reading what fellow bookworms have to share! If you have any suggestions or want to drop your own links, do so in a comment below.
I’m SUCH a mood reader
So, I know I am a mood reader…that was no surprise to me. What I discovered, though, is how much I dislike being restricted by my mood reading, especially with ARCs. Reading advance copies is one of the coolest parts about being a book blogger. The downfall to that for a mood reader is you may not be ready to read that ARC when you need to because your mood is 1) demanding you read something else, and 2) you’re not in the right mindset to read it. I decided to request less ARCs this year for that reason. I mentioned it before, but I don’t want reading to ever feel like a chore.
I can’t live without B&G lip tints
I’ve been a rep for Bubble and Geek for quite some time. One of my absolute favorite things (not just from this shop, but in general) is their lip tints! They are all Doctor Who inspired; I currently have and adore Donna and Clara (don’t let the colors scare you). For $5 before a rep code, you can’t go wrong! Plus the products themselves are such amazing quality! I lost my Donna tint at some point during the year and was devastated (as much as losing an item like that can devastate you haha). Now I have a spare…just in case! *Note: If you decide to check out Bubble and Geek, save with my code WILD5.
Reading is reading regardless of format
I know this can be a controversial topic among readers, but after branching out more in 2019 with regard to the format of book that I read, I realized that truly, it doesn’t matter how you read, as long as you’re reading. I used to only read print. I like print books! I read print books fastest! But, I also got a Kindle the Christmas before last, so I read a lot more e-books now. I also found myself in a state of complete dislike at work, so I listened to audiobooks to help the days seem less crappy. I am not the biggest audiobook fan only because I listen while multi-tasking, and it can be hard to follow a story when you’re not fully focused. I am thankful for them, though! Now, to me, it doesn’t matter if it’s a hardback, paperback, ebook, audiobook, my foster son reading his book out loud to me…whatever the format, reading is reading!
I like a good grump
We all have our types! …character types that we gravitate towards or that we enjoy more when reading. Mostly through contemporary romance reads in 2019, I discovered how much I like a good grump! You know, the broody males that have a wall built around them, that seem to be critical of everything and everyone. I honestly can’t get enough (when they’re done well, of course)! What I like even more is when that grump has a heart of gold buried deep beneath all that moodiness and swagger. I hope to read more of this character type this year!
I don’t need that merch
I am a big supporter of small bookish businesses. However, circumstances have changed, and I had to cut back on spending. I don’t really need all of the merch with my fave book quote. I don’t need to order a new bookish candle (or 2 or 3) every single month. I don’t need that book box because we all know its contents are more likely to collect dust than not. That doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to support these shops. I try to share news, sales, and suggestions when I can. I always recommend my faves! I drop by their pages to like/comment on photos or swing by the shop to leave a review. In the end, I still support their business even if I don’t buy.
Share with me!
What are some booking discoveries that you made in 2019?