#12DaysOfBlogmas// The Books I’ve Read In 2019

  • Welcome to day 5 of #12DaysOfBlogmas, if you have missed any of the other posts then please check them out here, here, here and here.
  • In 2019 I had a a goal of reading 12 books in the year, and thankfully I hit it and a bit more. So today I’m just gonna give you a rating and a small review of each book, so that you can get a hint to what the books are about.
  • Turtles All The Way Down- John Green
  • This book covered topics such as OCD and loss in a way which is more accessible to a YA audience. It shows stories running parallel to each other and also has a ending which isn’t typical to YA. It’s another John Green classic which I really enjoyed and it educated me as well as giving me an escape.
  • Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K Rowling

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K Rowling

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    This was the first time reading the Harry Potter series and so I was really excited to start it. I love how the books get older as they go on and that there is a real structure which flows through all of the books which I loved. Each book was a school year and so it flows so well, they were similar enough to feel like you know the stories but there is enough different adventures and things happening to not get boring or repetitive. Throughout the stories you learn about the different back stories of the characters, you see relatable school characters and scenes whilst having that magical element. It discusses loss, neglect, emotional abuse, fear, friendship, relationships and teenage angst. Which makes it a great read for pretty much all ages and allows it to age so well. There is so much adventure in this series that it also allows you that escapism that people crave when they read, which is how it is so timeless.

    Autonomy of a scandal by Sarah Vaughan

    I read this book on holiday and when I was reading it I was really committed to it, I was really struck my the sense of injustice which was in the book and that’s what made me race through it. I loved the twists in it and the truth which is behind all of it, it is something which is so prevalent in today’s society. This book is about a story of a rape victim and a lawyer who mainly covers sexual crimes and it is all about the justice system and sexual crimes so please be warned about it.

    The Whole Brain Child by Dr Daniel J Siegel and Dr Tina Payne Bryson

    This is a non fiction book which is all about child development in regards to their brains. This is a really interesting book which shares science and stories about children’s development which is something I love to learn about. It is great for parents, childcare practitioners and anybody else who is interested in brain development.

    Talking Jane Austin in Baghdad by May Witwit and Bee Rowlatt

    This is a great book which is compiled of emails between a BBC journalist from the UK and a female Iraqi English literature professor in Baghdad. The book follows the stories of both women during the Iraqi war and slows the true struggles from the civilians in Iraq during the war. It’s the most eye operating book I have read in a long time and I enjoyed every page of it. It’s a great non fiction story to read as it almost feels like fiction until you realise it’s based on someone’s REAL LIFE.

    Fully Functioning Human (Almost) by Melanie Murphy

    This is also a non fiction book and it’s by the influencer Melanie Murphy. It’s a great book for any young person to read as it converts Melanie’s experiences and advice on so many different topics and situations in life. It talks about having healthy relationships with food and exercise, sex and relationships, and other amazing and relevant topics.

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson.

    The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson.

    In September, Megan and I started a monthly book club and this was our first book within in. This book is one of the most gripping and amazingly written books I’ve ever read in my life. It’s a crime solving thriller which has so many twists and turns that it makes you want to stay up until 2AM to finish it off (guilty lol). If you want to read more in depth about this book then I have done a book review which I’ll link here for you to check out. I also read the second one which was equally as amazing and gripping, and the whole series is worth checking out. I am still yet to finish the third one but I can’t wait to finish my goal books first to then finish this series off.

    If Only by Melanie Murphy

    Another book from Miss Melanie Murphy but this time it is a fiction book. This book is really easy to read, and has such a lovely story to follow. The concept of it is so unique and is so worth checking out. If you want a more in depth review on this book then click the link here to check my review out.

    The Lives We Touch by Eva Woods

    This was one of the five books I read on holiday and this took me less than eight hours to read; that should attest to how great it was. It was a story which worked its way backwards and told the story of a young girl who had ended up in a coma. It followed the family on the ‘outside’ trying to find out what happened, but also on the parallel it followed Rosie’s journey within her own head. Both sets of journeys unfold all of the answers to the questions and shows all of the request and turns off life. It covers topics such as mental health and strained family connections which are important to be covered in fiction.

    A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

    Jodi Picoult is very well known for writing books on taboo or ethical topics and that is what I find so special about her as an author, and spark of light is no different. The story is about a man shooting up one of the last abortion clinics in America, inside there is a nurse who is pregnant, a black Christian doctor, an older lady who was there for a checkup, an undercover ‘pro-lifer’ and a young girl who was getting contraception. The book cuts between each persons story, and this also includes the police negotiator who is the father to the young girl stuck inside. This book dissects shooting culture in America, the Christian ‘Pro life’ culture in America, the process of abortion and also the use of sexual health clinics. It shows you how they run and also the uses there are for them within society. It also follows life stories of different people who ended up in that place at the same time, it allows you to see abortion and the respective clinics from all different view points which I find is genius. A book worth reading that will also spark conversations.

    Heart and Hustle by Patricia Bright

    This is a non-fiction book which I listened to on BorrowBox, and it is written and read by Patricia Bright. Patricia is a multi faceted social media influencer and business women, she has multiple enterprises and social media channels and is very successful in her field. This book is all about the heart and the hustle that it took her to get to where she is now. This is a bit like an inspirational self help style book which offers tips, advice and inspiration on how to make your passions into a job and I found the advice to be applicable to all fields and hobbies which is great for all people. It’s great that she is also aiming this towards social media as it is an area of expertise which she has to speak on and share with others. Definitely check this out and support Patricia.

    These my friends are the 18 books which I have read in 2019, I’m so happy I met and then exceeded my target! I really wanted to get back into reading as self care and as a hobby and now I am definitely back on the wagon right now! What was your favourite book you read in 2019?

    Thank you so much for reading today and I hope to see you around these parts again soon! If you’re enjoying my content then do leave me a comment, like and follow so I can get all of your feedback. Don’t forget to check out my Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest too which will is down below!

    Alex xxx

    13 Comments

    1. Great post! I also read turtles all the way down this year and I absolutely loved it too! How OCD was covered and explored in the book was very interesting and is something I had never read about in a YA book before. I’ve also been getting though all the Harry Potter books this year for the first time as well, although I don’t think I’ll be able to finish them all by the end of the year sadly. It’s so cool getting so much extra backstory and in depth details that were not explored in the movies! :))

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      1. It was my favourite John Green book because it was so different and such a great way to show different mental illnesses in a non villanised way. I was so happy I was able to get through the franchise and I’ve still not seen the films and at the moment I don’t think I will because I loved the books so much. Thanks for much for reading and commenting!

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